The Brought Low are a hard rock power trio from New York City who formed in 1999. They released their self-titled debut record on Tee Pee Records in 2001. In 2006 they released their long awaited sophomore effort, Right On Time on Small Stone Records (Dixie Witch, Sasquatch, 5 Hose Johnson). The record was hailed as an instant classic by The Boston Phoenix, Lollipop, Roadburn and Stonerrock.com among others. Third Record, their last album for Small Stone, was produced by Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Cave In, Scissorfight). The band is known for its live show and has shared the stage with Them Crooked Vultures, Supersuckers and Nebula among others and has performed at the Emissions From The Monolith and South By Southwest music festivals.
King Missile is a spoken-word/alternative-rock band based in New York City. They recorded three albums for Atlantic Records and one on Shimmy Disc. Earlier and later incarnations of the band have released several recordings on various independent labels, including Instinct, Important, Manifatture Criminali, and Powertool.
Over the years, King Missile released a string of singles — and albums — that were resoundingly embraced by American college radio, including "Sensitive Artist," "Jesus Was Way Cool’, "Martin Scorsese," and the hugely popular "Detachable Penis" just to name a few.
NYC pop band Bubble — formed in 1994 on NYC's Lower East Side, out of the legendary anti-folk movement that spawned everyone from Beck to the Moldy Peaches — are celebrating 25 years of making music. Founding members Dave Foster, Russ Alderson, Tommy DeVito and newer members Rembert Block, Charly Roth and Mike Fornatale, are finishing Bubble’s latest album, recorded with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu). They will also release a career spanning set of live tracks recorded in the studio at WFMU this year.
Singer/songwriter Jessie Kilguss released her fourth album, The Fastness, in June 2018. In 2015, she sang harmony and played the harmonium with Freddie Stevenson, opening for the Waterboys on the European leg of their Modern Blues tour. Also in 2015, she played a featured show at the Sundance Film Festival. Kilguss is a former actress who made the switch to songwriting after performing with one of her musical heroes, Marianne Faithfull, in London and Sydney in a musical written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs, directed by Robert Wilson. She also acted in the film adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.
Uncrossing was formed in Brooklyn in 2016 by longtime friends Kristin Flammio (vocals) formerly of Forts, Jared Drace (guitar) and Sanal Leejean (drums), both from metallic-hardcore scene veterans Activator. The sound is a metal alternative amalgam with elements of classic-rock, indie-pop and stoner-doom. Scott Meyer (bass) completed the lineup in 2017 for the band's first local performances. They've since gone on to play NYC loud music havens like Saint Vitus, Lucky 13 and Mercury Lounge among others. The band self-released a thee-song EP in February 2018 on digital and cassette that received coverage from Brooklyn Vegan's metal outlet Invisible Oranges as well as horror site Dread Central. The EP was recently picked up by Off The Record in The Netherlands who will release and distribute CDs in Spring 2019. In the meantime Uncrossing is in the studio working on a new batch of songs to release by end of year.
Glamorous jazz chanteuses and gutsy blues shouters front New York City's Empire Beats, a five to nine piece show band that explores an expanding book of old-school Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, Jazz, and Pop music ~ familiar and forgotten hits from the past and funky new originals. Empire Beats' energetic music revue recalls showcases of another era but is firmly rooted in the right now. Since 2011, drummer/band leader Mark Boquist's well dressed gentlemen have been playing behind some of New York City's most talented young singers and presenting their showcase in niteclubs, dive bars, lounges, and halls at festivals, funraisers, private events, and public parties earning themselves a solid reputation as a rocking dance band playing songs from every side of the love equation.
A plan was hatched in a bar in Washington Heights in late 2013. To bring high-energy, catchy, punk-rock and roll tunes to the masses of NYC and beyond was the mission outlined. The inspirations were many. Ramones, The Who; The Replacements, and Husker Du. The Jam, The Rolling Stones; The Velvet Underground, and The Undertones. The Beatles, The Clash; Chuck Berry, and Johnny Cash. Just to name a few. The list goes on...
Guy knew how to rock the stage and studio from his years with The Figgs. Chris had rocked the cities of the USA and Europe doing Kowalskis gigs. Great songs, energy, and coolness: this was the Three Legged Stool of Rock that the endeavor was to be founded on. Blockhouses was born.
During the next few years, the plan came together. Recordings were made and gigs were played. The line-up of this trio was finalized. A joyful noise was raised. A hiatus was taken. Then, in 2018, at long last, the band's first official album was completed. Guy Lyons, Christopher Peifer, and Jim Balga were ready to bring their collective decades of on-stage pop, punk, and rock and roll experience to the stage once again. Gentlemen will raise their fists and bang their heads. Ladies will dance and swoon. Children will shout with joy. The world shall be right again!
Scrappy Connecticut upstarts Jacques Le Coque rattled their way through eight years of fast and loose head-bopping, hip-shaking tunes with a keen pop sensibility and their new record Positively... Jacques Le Coque shows no signs of slowing down. With a couple of albums, Jacques Le Coque, Hooky, and the Tip of My Tongue 7" under their belt, this expertly home recorded band tightens up and battens the hatches to show a sharp capital-R Rock & Roll band stepping out of the garage and into your hearts. Killer hooks, hyped-up good vibrations and wild eyed smiles both live and on record are a guarantee these gentlemen Positively... deliver in full.
Holy Tunics is a Brooklyn rock'n'roll/power-pop band started in late 2014. In 2017, Holy Tunics opened for Teenage Fanclub and Gin Blossoms locally, recorded their debut full length LP Butter Dish, released April 2018 via Madrid’s Meritorio Records, and split a single with Hamish Kilgour (The Mad Scene, The Clean) via Brooklyn label GP Stripes. In 2018, Holy Tunics went on multiple tours, including one with classic indie act Dumptruck. Covering their debut Hot To Trot EP The Big Takeover Magazine wrote: “Although several tunes date to 2015’s rougher-recorded Notes From Captivity Pt. 2, Holy Tunics have streamlined them with energetic, smoother yet punchy production and playing that reinforces their hooky guitar-pop heroics.” They are currently working on a new album entitled Hit Parade Lemonade Supersonic Spree produced and engineered by Travis Harrison (Guided by Voices / Built to Spill) due out June 2019 via Meritorio Records.
Greg Farley was born in Highland, NY, a small town on the Hudson River. His dad was a teamster who drove tractor trailers and his mom worked at the A&P. In 2006 he began touring out of his car playing house shows, small bars, and on the street, burning CDs, wrapping them in road maps, stamping GF on the front. From the east coast to California and back, he saw landscapes and cities that most of the people he grew up with never got the chance to see. Upon returning he was lent a fiddle by a good friend, took up learning some old time, and joined The Felice Brothers. He played with them for the next ten years, working other jobs in his down time: He mucked stalls on a horse farm, waited tables at a vegetarian restaurant, worked as a carpenter, tree care, woodworker, and sawmill operator.
Through it all, his music was the only constant. Now, striking out on his own with his debut LP Taker Easy, recorded in Stanfordville, NY with producer/engineer Nick Kinsey, he mines his own history for stories of class struggle, nature, love, pain, work, and family, all set against the backdrop of the northeast.
Phil Gammage is an American musician, composer, and recording artist best known for his eight solo album releases and his work as a songwriter, singer, harmonica player, and guitarist. His recordings are used in film and television projects. His latest album Used Man For Sale features ten of Phil’s song compositions and has received great reviews and radio airplay internationally. This follows his critically acclaimed album Adventures in Bluesland in 2014. He currently performs his roots and blues based music as a solo performer (2018 European solo tour) or with his full band The Phil Gammage Quartet. He has performed recently at such noted concerts as the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival, CBGB Festival, and BluesCraft Summer Festival. Phil Gammage is the consummate live performer, who brings a unique depth and drama to his music.
Butch Phelps is a songwriter, vocalist, guitar player, music teacher and music lover who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Soaking up a variety of musical influences as a kid, Butch began playing guitar and writing songs at an early age. Having lived in most regions of the USA at one time or another, his appreciation for writers and performers reached new heights in Portland, Oregon. Upon arriving in NYC he became immersed in the thriving music of the East Village while cofounding the band The New Heathens. In addition to his solo work, Butch has created bands The Elevaters and The Buck Ups. Butch continues to write and perform with his bands and rowdy friends all over NYC.
From their haunt high atop the Palisades in Jersey City, Hudson City Rats serve up a healthy dose of primitive, infectious rock'n'roll. From rhythm and blues to 70’s glam; if it’s got a good groove, the Rats are sure to put their own spin on it with their raw, stripped down style. With the infamous Patrick Lally at the helm, Fred Jenkins and Jeff Feinberg provide a big beat behind Robert Boudreau's blues-tinged guitar. Their live show is a house rockin' party, so come on out and get ready to move!
Mandy Lemons, winner of the 2015 Emissaries of Memphis Music People's Choice Award, and Sturgis Nikides (who recorded and toured with legendary Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer John Cale of The Velvet Underground) — also known as Low Society — are blazing new trails on the stomping grounds of Blues Roots and Americana music. Texas Blues, Memphis rock'n'soul and a healthy dose of New York attitude help define the sound and spirit of their music. Their recordings have received critical acclaim world-wide, including numerous Best Of lists. Low Society have placed on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues & Top 50 Blues-Rock Album Charts as well as the prestigious Living Blues Magazine Top 25 Radio Chart. Sirius XM B.B. Kings Bluesville has had theirmusic in rotation since the beginning of 2015 with their second album You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down, and now continuing with their third release, recorded in Belgium and Memphis in 2017, Sanctified.
Quicksilver Daydream is an experimental psychedelic-folk band based in Brooklyn. Their recordings combine brooding, surrealistic lyrics with a nebulous mix of mellotron strings, woozy synthesizers, soaring guitars, and reverberating vocals. Like the true innovators of Psychedelia, Quicksilver Daydream looks beyond tradition, creating a modern sound awash in electronic oscillations and rhythmic evocations. Employing both the mechanical and mythical, the band paints sweeping, symbolic landscapes, conjuring worlds that vibrate between the hallucinatory and nostalgic.
ROBERT KIMBROUGH Sr. BLUESCONNECTION APACHE BROWN BAND • HARLEM SLIM
Robert Kimbrough Sr continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of North Mississippi and its distinctive style of blues. Growing up, Robert listened, first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home, at Junior’s Juke Joint Club, and the ever frequent weekend house party and porch jam session. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues his father’s musical tradition, along with some of his siblings. You can often find many of them sharing the stage on any given night in Mississippi. The Kimbrough name, along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong today, bringing people from all over the world to see and hear them play.
The Cotton Patch Soul Blues style that Robert plays is a straight link to the music that his father originated in North Mississippi. It is a deep soul sound that can be linked back to his ancestors coming from the cotton fields, singing and ‘hollering‘ as they worked in the tall rows of Mississippi cotton. This distinct and somewhat underground style of blues is rooted in hypnotic, rhythms and dance-able grooves. The Black Keys released an entire album in 2006 of Junior Kimbrough cover songs called Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough. Up until the mid '80s, the only way to hear this music was to visit a church-turned-blues-den founded by Junior Kimbrough in Chulahoma, MS that unfortunately burned down in 2000.
GREG CARTWRIGHT BENNY TROKAN & THE BELL GUARDE Plus: An all-star cast of WFMU DJs
Greg Cartwright, also known by his stage name Greg Oblivian, is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Memphis, Tennessee. He currently fronts Reigning Sound and is signed to Merge Records. After moving away from Memphis in the mid-2000s, he has since lived with his family in Asheville, North Carolina. Cartwright is also a founding member of the Memphis '90s garage bands The Compulsive Gamblers, The Oblivians, and Greg Oblivian & The Tip Tops.
Aside from also playing occasional solo performances — including a memorable show at Dead Flowers Productions' old venue, Magnetic Field — Cartwright also plays in The Parting Gifts, a band also featuring Lindsay "CoCo" Hames of The Ettes and Patrick Keeler of The Raconteurs, and The Greenhornes, and a guest appearance from Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Cartwright has also played in a handful of other bands, including guitarist in The Detroit Cobras and as drummer for '68 Comeback. He has also collaborated with The Deadly Snakes, contributing to their album I'm Not Your Soldier Anymore. In 2007 he wrote songs and co-produced Dangerous Game, a comeback album by Mary Weiss of The Shangri-Las.
Swilson play occult pub-rock: think Radio Birdman and Dr. Feelgood meets Hawkwind. The band features dicks from former/current asshole bands like The Dictators NYC, Bamboo Kids, Shakin' Street, Shemps, Little Seizures, Mighty High, etc.
The Martinets have been ripped out of NYC circa 1979 and transplanted to the 21st century for the listening pleasure of today's peoples. Two highly praised recordings, Love! Hate! and New Stories For Men, were released on Scooch Pooch, and the third, Comeback Tour, on Italian label Tornado Ride Records. Their fourth cd, the magnum opus Rock and Roll Will Probably Never Die, was released the summer of 2014 by Musick Recordings.
From the edge of the galaxy and through the wormhole beneath the sink, Long Island’s legendary teenage purveyors of new wave/ psychedelic/garage-rock mayhem The Plastic Device are back!
The 41 Players was formed by John Deley in 2010 because of his love for the music and cultural heritage of New Orleans. He asked drummer Ethan Eubanks to join him in the band and over several years and many gigs, they became co-leaders of the musical collective that play the music of New Orleans, from Louis Armstrong to Dr John, and everything else in between. The group got it's name from Pier 41 which is at the end of Dikeman Street in Red Hook where John Deley lives, and where the 41 Players had their first Monday night residency at the now gone and beloved bar Bait and Tackle.
THE ROCKSTEADY 7 Plus: DJ 100dBs on the wheels of steel
The Rocksteady 7 is an influential American ska and jazz band from NYC. Founded in 1997, the core of the group has consisted of tenor saxophonist and band leader David Hillyard (The Slackers) and legendary percussionist Larry McDonald (Lee "Scratch" Perry, Gil Scott-Heron). In live performances, they are supported by a rotating cast of top shelf nyc musicians. Given reggae's globally reaching influence, the Rocksteady 7 holds true to the genre's roots and the self-described "Jamaican Jazz" sound combines ska, rocksteady and reggae with extended jazz improvisation, intricate melodies, and complex harmonies. The group incorporates many diverse elements of world music with rocksteady rhythms, including ska, jazz, calypso, as well as early African and American jazz influences.
100dBs is a producer and DJ living in Brooklyn whose signature style blends performance and selection: astral echo pedal on a wild crate-digger's chase through the genealogy of a tune. He came up listening to Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, thanks to the bootleg cassettes his mother managed to bring with her from Cold War Romania. An adolescent encounter with a Lee Perry record flipped his whole world and led to formative dub experiments on an old four-track. He got his start spinning hip hop nights on the Lower East Side and has toured the world since. He's rocked parties for burners, breakers, Berlin artists and Brooklyn's reggae revivalists.
The Nevermind Orchestra is a phrenetic, psycho-jazz-grunge ensemble that reimagines the works of Nirvana through the lense of a modern brass band. Comprised of accomplished NYC musicians who have individually played with prestigious ensembles ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to the Commodores, the group has been leading grunge second-line marches on the stages, streets and subways of the northeast since 2012. All of the classic Nirvana staples as well as some of their lesser known covers and deep cuts receive a fresh but instantly recognizable overhaul ranging from funk-rock to blues to reggae to bhangra - but each one delivered with the same raw emotion crafted by Kurt, Krist and Dave back in the day. As Time Out New York claims, “There's no shortage of Nirvana cover bands floating around but none are quite like the Nevermind Orchestra."
THE RAMBLIN' KIND BOURBON EXPRESS • ROGER STREET FRIEDMAN
The Ramblin' Kind are a New York City country band with a penchant for old-school licks and iconoclastic ideas. Singer/guitarist Jim Allen, lead guitarist Matt Applebaum, bassist Paul Foglino, and drummer Steve Goulding serve up songs with tons of twang and lyrics that would get them tarred and feathered in Nashville.
Bourbon Express, described by Country Music People as “a band doing real country music,” is wife and husband, Katie (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Brendan (guitar) Curley, and Sarah Kinsey (vocals), whose original country music features harmonies, Telecaster guitar, pedal steel, and fiddle. The band’s latest album, Cry About It Later, was recorded at Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig and produced by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Steve Earle, Joan Jett). Rootstime calls it “simply gold.”
Singer-songwriter Roger Street Freidman is 54, a husband and a father of two, and about to release his masterwork, Shoot The Moon. It’s a full-emotional spectrum collection of vivacious and reflective vignettes from real life that recalls the pop-rock singer-songwriter tradition of Jackson Browne, Marc Cohn, Randy Newman, Colin Hay, Bruce Hornsby, and Mark Knopfler. Few artists make albums like this today. In an age of irony, few songwriters are this brave in their vulnerability, and possess Friedman’s gift for penning hook-laden, emotionally resonant, pop-rock.
THE ELECTRIC MESS THE PIGGIES • HIGH & TIGHT Plus: DJ Elevator Operator
The Electric Mess are a garage-punk/psychedelic band from New York City, formed in 2007. They released their fourth album, The Beast is You in 2018, and have toured Europe, three times, as well as several cities in the States. Led by the dynamic and androgynous Esther Crow (also rhythm guitar and percussion), with Dan Crow (guitar), Oweinama Biu (keyboards, vocals), Derek Davidson (bass), and Alan J. Camlet (drums, vocals), "there has never been a more apt name for a band who encompasses such a massive range of influences... a real kaleidoscope of sound, rapid fire lyrics, sheer unadulterated urgency, and a real rock and roll attitude." (Powerplay Magazine, UK) They plan to release their fifth album, later this year.
The Piggies are a bunch of NYC scene veterans who have kicked around in dozens of bands including the Little Killers, the Sea Monkeys, Wighat, Sato & Jonny, the Haney Brothers, the Poolside Cowboys, Holy Crow, the Underthings, the Dirt Cheap, and more that they don't remember (and neither do you). Posessing an extreme distaste for show-biz hustle and self-promotion, but a non-negotiable need to roll & rock, the Piggies can be found playing out in various NYC-area houses of ill repute on a regular basis, putting pretend rock'n'roll bands half their age to shame, and occasionally opening for touring acts like the Detroit Cobras, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, the A-Bones, Mr. Airplane Man, and so forth. Their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Parachute Woman" was issued as part of Norton Records' Rolling Stones covers series, on the flip side of LaLa Brooks (of the Crystals) doing "Play With Fire."
Birth Of The Cool is an acoustic jazz group based in Brooklyn, New York, which lovingly re-imagines the music of legendary trumpet player Miles Davis from the 1940s and 1950s. This incredibly fertile era of Miles Davis’ music spans rhythm and blues, the invention of bebop, the creation of cool jazz, and the development of hard bop, as well as the inception of modal jazz music.
BOTC features a combination of veteran NYC-based musicians, as well as new faces on the scene, including trumpet player and producer Jeremy Mush1 (The Slackers/Hungry March Band/Fireproof), drummer Luis Zuluaga (The Slackers), pianist Harold Weg, baritone saxophonist Patrick Laslie, and tenor saxophonist Andrew Schwandt.
C'mon and get rhythm at the belated Johnny Cash birthday bash with the usual gang ffrom The CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree with special guests Cliff Westfall, Sean Kershaw, Alan Lee Backer, Diego Britt, Katie Curley, Sam Mastandrea, Monica Passin, and others!
WFMU's DJ Radio Honky Tonk Girl will be spinning top-flight 45s before and after the show.
"Comprising most of the members of Greek rembetiko revivalists Que Vlo-Ve, [Greek Judas] reached the inevitable point where it made sense to completely and explosively electrify the colorful, gritty repertoire from the 1920s and 30s underground that they’ve mined up to this point. Wade Ripka alternated between roaring, poinpoint-precise, menacingly chromatic electric guitar leads and and searing lapsteel lines, joined by a masked rhythm guitarist who doubled on tenor sax on one of the later numbers. Slavic Soul Party drummer Chris Stromquist nimbly led the group through the songs’ relentlessly tricky changes with stomp and aplomb while bassist Nick Cudahy was the picture of cool, chilling in the back, delivering the same kind of effortless psychedelic groove that he did for so long in the late, great Chicha Libre. Toward the end of the set, frontman Quince Marcum picked up his horn and joined with the sax player for some intricate twin leads on what sounded like a brass band mashup of Macedonian folk and Led Zep." -New York Music Daily
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Andi Rae Healy has been a mainstay on New York City’s indie-country scene for nearly a decade. Her debut album, I Guess I Am A Sinner — featuring contributions from artists as diverse as pop princess, Cyndi Lauper and indie darling, Jill Sobule — was released in 2006 and earned rave reviews for its deep melodicism, lush production, and its brutally honest and painfully heartfelt lyrics.
Ruby Rae writes and performs music that defies easy categorization: a catalogue of influences would include Wanda Jackson, Mazzy Star, and Lori McKenna. Both vibrant and dark, simultaneously catchy and psychological, the sound is cinematic and complex, drawing on diverse sources that include folklore, mythology, horror films, and autobiography.
Secret Country was born out of a love of outlaw country, cold beers, and hot dogs. Originally an acoustic duo performing at parties, bbq’s, and bars, the advent of original material led to an augmentation of the group through various lineup changes into the quintet that you’ve heard tantalizing your eardrums for the last decade.
Comprised of half British and half American band members, The Rakehells build a bridge across the great pond with their unique vision of what rock'n'roll should be... aggressive, yet danceable pop with an in-your-face attitude and catchy hooks.
SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS • CLIFF WESTFALL
Plus: WFMU's Honkytonk Radio Girl
For all of you who miss the old Hank's Honkytonk Brunch, we’ve got a treat coming your way when Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers play the new Hank's for the first time! Sean and co. play hi-octane honkytonk straight outta Brooklyn
Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, and addiction… you know, funny songs. Or he can turn on a dime and dive headlong into a sentimental weeper. The Kentucky native delivers with a mixture of wit and bravado that, for Westfall, is central to what country music is all about. His debut album, Baby You Win, appeared on multiple Best of 2018 lists, and received acclaim in publications including Saving Country Music, No Depression, Magnet, PopMatters, Country Music People (UK), Lonesome Highway (Ireland) and many others. Backed by a crew of some of NYC’s finest musicians, his songs combine clever and insightful lyrics with classic honky tonk hooks.
DJ sets before, between, and after by WFMU's Honkyonk Radio Girl!
Like a dusty old jukebox buried in the back of your odd uncle’s garage, The Crevulators take listeners on a trip through the great American soundscape. With influences ranging from classic country, rockabilly, rockn’roll, blues, jazz, garage-psych & even tejano, The “Crevs” dish up a mélange of everything that is American music. For fans of Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Byrds, Doug Sahm, CCR, Tom Petty, Cracker, The Replacements, Los Lobos, Tom Waits, etc.
Urban Styles: Graffiti In New York Hardcore second edition release party. Mr. Lee moderates a panel discussion on the connection between tattoos, graffiti, and New York Hardcore.
Urban Styles the first book from author Freddy Alva, is a subterranean adventure back to a time when subcultures and underground movements blended seamlessly and went largely unnoticed by the mainstream world. Urban Styles deftly straddles the seemingly in congruent worlds of graffiti culture and the hardcore punk scene of the 1980s to tell the story of a unique moment in time when crossover between the two outlaw cultures was a common, if not heralded, occurrence. Urban Styles chronicles a gritty New York City and its boroughs while telling the stories of forgotten revolutionaries who were as familiar with stealth runs through train yards as they were slamming on the CBGB dance floor.
“In this band, New York and New Orleans meet at the crossroads and no one moves an inch!" -Steve Myers
After touring most of the world with The Afghan Whigs, singer Steve Myers returned home only to get shot and left for dead on a rainy New Orleans street. Myers moved to New York to recover and try to put his past behind him only joining the Dulli lead Twilight Singers occasionally for shows on the East Coast or recording down South. Not until hooking up with fellow New Orleanian Jagon Eldridge in late 2003 did he think about starting a band of his own. The original line up for Mighty Fine consist of Jagon Eldrige and Richie Pomerantz ( Andy G. &The Roller Kings), Mitro Valsamis (Trickbabys) and Paul Verciglio. For the last 10 years Mighty Fine has rocked all over New York state, sharing the stage with bands TV On The Radio, Andre Williams, The Dirtbombs, The Slackers, Titus Andronicus, The Gories, Mary Weiss and The Afghan Whigs. After releasing the album Get Up To Get Down on Drugfront Records in late 2011 that included the singles" Ready To Roar" featuring Greg Dulli, "Black Train" and "Something For Your Ass" featuring Mick Collins, the band went thru several lineup changes including a UK tour lineup that included Collins on guitar. After taking some time to regroup Mighty Fine is back to what it does best, playing punk/soul all over NY State now with new member’s Bradley Dean (The Visitors) on guitar and Mickey Finn (Boss Hog) on Keys. Sweaty Rump Shakin' Punk Soul is a great way to describe the band, the combination of a James Brown styled soul review and sweaty punk rock show.
The Robert Kennedy Assassination is Rob K. (Workdogs, Jam Messengers), Kai Eric (Panther Burns), Andrew Cushen (Hellhounds, Chop Shop), Jack Martin (Kid Congo), and Eric Blitz (Missing Foundation, Greg Ginn band). The Women Of The Night are a dream-pop/proto-punk combo out of New York City. They make distillations of lost unintentional everyday happenings
Celebrate the opening of the new Hank's in Downtown Brooklyn!
DJs Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) and The Stranger — who helped shake up the dance-floor at the old Hank's a handful of times, and recently spun 45s at the legendary Vinyl Club in Jamaica — will be spinning boss sounds all night long!
Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The January edition features Melody Lee and JT Miller on the wheels of steel until the wee small hours!
Two musical warriors who have played around the world and countless NYC venues in the '80s, '90s, and throughout the 21st century keep the spirits lively in the newly located Hank's Saloon.
Jack Grace has performed a with a wide variety of artists, from Jerry Lee Lewis to Norah Jones, Doc Watson to Fishbone, from solo shows with Merle Haggard, to leading his full seven-piece band alongside The Meters. He has five songs in the cult hit, Super Troopers which Jack also aided in scoring. The song, “Big Bear’ is also featured in 2018’s Super Troopers 2. Hugh Pool has shared the stage with such luminaries as Patti Smith, Gov't Mule, Leslie West, Johnny Winter, Dave Edmunds, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and more. He has performed on the Emeril Lagassi Show, The Mitch Albom Show and Late Night With Conan O'Brien. His original songs have been used in network TV and film.
Dead Flowers got its start as a celebrated music-centered online platform for its writers' passions and obsessions. It was a place to read about the classics reconsidered, the obscure brought into the spotlight, the lost re-found, and the so-called "marginal" made to matter... Those elements animate Dead Flowers Productions, an enterprise devoted to managing, booking, and promoting bands and projects that ignite those same passions.