What A Dream It's Been


BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS

Since forming in 1988, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have emerged as one of the world's most respected practitioners of American roots music! They began as rockabilly revivalists, then dug deeper into the music which rockabilly came from: western swing and particularly the country boogie style of the late 1940s and early 1950s, which served as a link of sorts between the western swing and rockabilly eras and was particularly associated with California country music in that era.

Wednesday, November 13th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $15 *. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Business As Usual


THE CYNICS
30th Anniversary Rock'N'Roll Tour

THE ELECTRIC MESS
THE ELEVATOR OPERATORS

Guitarist/producer/record company head Gregg Kostelich is the frenetic force behind the garage-punk institution that is The Cynics, formed in 1983. He managed to keep the band afloat in the wake of constant personnel changes, he recorded some of the finest garage tracks ever, and also launched one of the best independent record labels of the 1980s. The Cynics’ style has been clear since their inception: fuzzed ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are '60s punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash. Gregg has occasionally steered the band into flirtations with folk-rock and little pop, but it’s the grunged-out punkers that have created The Cynics’ reputation. Their first two 45s were released by the Californian Dionysus label, but soon after Gregg had established his own Pittsburgh-based Get Hip Recordings who would release all of The Cynics albums and singles, as well as those by countless great garage, punk-rock and power-pop releases by other bands from around the globe.  

Though Gregg’s guitar is the backbone of the band, vocalist Michael Kastelic’s contribution to The Cynics sound cannot be underestimated. In concert (and on record) he screeches, wails, and moans with great abandon, while his frail, thin body shakes throughout the room. Michael is a truly possessed frontman.

Friday, August 16th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $12 - $15*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Wild Weekend


MIGHTY FINE • LES SANS CULOTTES • PUSH

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 "Francophonique Tsunami" "Those Frilly Parisian Underthings" and "Seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant," Les Sans Culottes borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen-soldiers of the French Revolution. The band's sound is a melange of Gainsbourg, NY Dolls, Blondie, the Shirelles, and the Kinks. 

Saturday, August 10th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Faded Memory



RYAN LUCE (RECORD RELEASE SHOW)
LOW ROLLER • DJ HONKY TONK RADIO GIRL

“Sometimes you gotta get lost to be found”

Taking an unexpected trip to LA set the stage for Ryan Luce’s debut EP, California Gold. Driving through Arizona to the city of angels, he encountered the vast plains and mountains of the southwest. Encountering truckers, runaways, and hustlers gave Ryan material to tell stories of life, love, and loss. Taking a songwriting class from Louise Goffin at the legendary Village Studios started the journey to write the title track of two young kids setting out anew, hoping for the best ("California Gold"). Standing at a bus stop in early spring he wrote a song about a couple splitting up with a two step beat ("Loner Tendencies"). From there a showing of the the late '70s flick, The Rose inspired him to write about being a musician and the love, you may have after being out on the road ("Secondhand Rose"). The album opener ("Faded Memory") has been with Ryan the longest, written in the span of 20 minutes, he has continued to sing a song about a father’s dreams dashed and a son that grew into a man.

Over the last year he has been joined on stage by friends, DM Salsberg (keys), Matt Sapp (bass), Omer Ashano (violin), and Waverly Langston (drums), opening for Dan Layus and The Last Bandoleros. Over the course of three winter days Ryan and his band recorded at Grand St. Recording with engineer, Jake Lummus. Along with pedal steel player Ron Raymond, they have crafted songs that stretch out into the vast western sky.

Saturday, July 20th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM.  $10. 21+ with ID.

On Fire


LITTLE LESLEY & THE BLOODSHOTS
BOBBY BLUE THE BALLADEER
THE HUDSON CITY RATS 

Little Lesley & the Bloodshots light up the stage with their soulful twang and captivating songs. Hailing from New York City and South Carolina’s upstate, they’ve been making waves and making friends around the world with their honest approach to American roots music. Lesley Swift fronts the band, belting out her self-penned songs with gravel and grace. She caught the rock'n'roll fever from her guitar slingin' husband Brian “Swifty” Swift, and what started in their garage in Nevada has been setting fire to hearts and feet since 2012. Called “a welcome shot in the arm for the rockin’ faithful” by UK’s Vintage Rock Magazine, the band launched in New York City and played the first New England Shakeup (2013), were direct support for both Robert Gordon and Kim Lenz, independently released their debut full-length album On Fire, and landed a spot on the Ink N Iron festival (2014) in Long Beach CA. Their third year was highlighted by a stand-out performance at the world’s biggest and most renowned rockabilly festival, Viva Las Vegas (2015), which garnered them an official place in the international rockabilly scene and attention from European booking agents and labels.

2016 marked their first tour abroad and their signing with the legendary Western Star Records of the UK. Alan Wilson recorded and produced their Doin’ Fine EP, which created quite a buzz and is still in regular rotation on BBC radio. Nick Westfall produced and directed the band’s first official video for title track “Doin’ Fine”, with over 20,000 views in the first 24 hours on Facebook. The band made their first appearance at the Nashville Boogie, the Hotrod Hayride (UK), and ended the summer playing to over 10,000 people on the main stage closing night of the Summer Jamboree festival in Senigalia Italy. Lesley & Brian had moved from Brooklyn to Greenville SC and the band quickly became a fixture in the southeastern Kustom Kulture scene. In fall 2017, they returned to the UK to play the famous Hemsby Rock N Roll Weekender and record their second full length album with Alan Wilson, Heartbeat.

2018 launched the release of Heartbeat on Western Star Records, performances in Germany and Sweden, another stand-out performance at Viva, and a lineup change. Lesley returned to her roots and is leading the band on rhythm guitar, trading upright bass duties with Jersey City’s very talented Jeff Feinberg. The masterful Johnny Cola, an original from Long Island’s rockabilly scene that birthed the Stray Cats, is on lead guitar. His echo, reverb and bigsby heavy sound is the perfect fit to continue the journey Swifty started. New England drummer Jeremy Kroger brings his stylish, stripped down dance beats, and the music continues to evolve.

Friday, July 12th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Cry About It Later



BOURBON EXPRESS
PHIL GAMMAGE • DAVID HAUGHT

Bourbon Express, described by Country Music People as “a band doing real country music,” 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.”

Friday, June 28th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM.  $10. 21+ with ID.

Vaporized


DUB IS A WEAPON
DJ PRESIDENT CARTER

“It can’t be done, man!” That’s what Dave Hahn (The Slackers, The Stubborn All-Stars, Antibalas), mastermind behind Dub Is A Weapon, heard when he first floated the idea of a live dub group, as he and his mates listened to some prime 1960s King Tubby cuts in the band van. “Everyone seemed to think you could only do dub in the studio,” Hahn recalls. Hahn set out to prove them wrong, with skills learned live and on the road, and with help from a Jamaican beatnik percussionist, an old high school friend, and young upstarts from the Brooklyn scene. Together they’ve honed their live take on the genre’s spaced-out grooves, a sound felt in full force on their Vaporized album and on stage.

Saturday, June 22nd at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10-$13*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here

Bad Decisions


THE STOPS
WORLD WAR IX • LAST THROES • HIGH&TIGHT

The Stops are from the small beach resort town in Intercourse, PA where the ladies are ladies and the men are happy to make them fresh butter made from whole milk. If you were to throw your favorite old school '70s punk-rock tape into a blender with half a pint of blood, half a pint of sweet, and the script to your worst nightmare then you might start to get a picture of the songs they sing about ex-wives, vampires and strippers all influenced by the bad decisions they make while on tour and the tapes that keep them going, such as the Dead Boys, Backyard Babies, and Whores to name a few.

Saturday, June 15th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Diamond Times


GREAT LAKES
A CENTURY OF FAKERS • GREASER PHASE

Great Lakes formed in 1996 in Athens, Georgia and released a self-titled debut in 2000. Though fronted by Ben Crum since its inception, the band has always enjoyed the contributions of a rotating cast of accomplished collaborators. Their debut benefitted from contributions by members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, of Montreal and many others, and garnered strong reviews from Mojo, Uncut, and many others, which led to festival appearances in Europe and a slot opening for Belle & Sebastian. After Crum left Athens for New York in 2002 the band went through several iterations, releasing three more albums and a handful of singles and touring the US a couple times and Europe many times. The list of collaborators grew to include a host of players who had made names for themselves with the likes of Talibam!, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Beirut, The Ladybug Transistor and many others. While their debut and 2002’s The Distance Between established Great Lakes' reputation as accomplished purveyors of top-notch late 60s-inspired psychedelic pop, over time the band’s sound shifted towards more organic and natural instrumentation, beginning with 2006’s Diamond Times and continuing with 2010’s Ways Of Escape, and increasingly incorporated more folk and country music influences as the songs veered away from the whimsical psychedelia of the band's early records and began to take on a greater degree of emotional depth. Great Lakes' more recent albums have been praised by Magnet, Allmusic, No Depression, and many others. A fifth LP is currently in the mixing stage, and is expected to see release in 2014. All of the band's albums are available from Orange Twin Records.

Friday, June 14th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Dance With Me


THE BLUEBEATS
DJ THE STRANGER

Formed by ex-Scofflaws singer Mike Drance in 1994, The Bluebeats recapture the sound of ska and rocksteady, creating a sound that is at the same time both classic and fresh. By combining strong vocals and rock-solid rhythms with original songs and Jamaican classics, The Bluebeats make fans whenever they perform. The band have appeared at Tramps, The Wetlands, and SOBs in New York City as well as performing at many tri-state area clubs and colleges. The band has appeared with such acts as The Skatalites, Culture, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Phyllis Dillon, Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, and Hopeton Lewis. A pinnacle moment for the group was when Roland Alphonso, a founding member of The Skatalites, joined the band on stage at The Cooler in New York City. In the spring of 1998, The Bluebeats toured Europe supporting a bill that featured Jamaican legends Dave Barker and Laurel Aitken. The band's first two albums Dance With Me and Live And Learn are available on all streaming/download providers. For 2019, Drance is joined by original member Steve Prisco, long-time band members Glen Hackett and Jason Hackett along with Al Speed and Vinny Carriero.

Friday, June 8th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Make The Night Just A Little Longer


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. 

Friday, June 7th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10-$13*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Dirty Power


GIRLS ON GRASS
JONATHAN GREGG TRIO

Brooklyn-based Girls on Grass, despite their moniker, is precisely 50% girl— Barbara (writer, singer, guitarist), drummer Nancy Polstein (the Friggs, Cheri Knight, Star City)—and 50% boy: blues/alt-country vet David Weiss on lead guitar (replacing Sean Eden), and WFMU’s own Dave Mandl on bass.

Upon her arrival in NYC in 2004, Barbara served time in a handful of bands; it took a decade for her songwriting identity to blossom, and when it did, it contained multitudes: not only her Wisconsin working-class folk-country sensibility, but all the strains she took in as a kid and as a working musician. Think very, very melodic roots-y but also psych-inflected bands: the dBs, the Rain Parade, plus a big dose of surf and rockabilly. Plus, just warm as heck.

But that’s not all: she’s sort of a guitar hero. Think Dickey-Betts-meets-Tom-Verlaine. Precisely executed, angular lines, played left-handed. But that’s not all, either, because this is really a band, one that, upon their 2014 live debut (at Freddy’s Back Room) seems to have become the favorite of an alarming number of people. On Barbara’s left is Dave #1: the Tele guy who can effortlessly channel the likes of Roy Buchanan, Clarence White, or Richard Thompson as he plays in deft counterpoint to Barbara’s guitar. On her right is Dave #2, the melodic-but-grooving bass guy, who seems to always come up with the perfect but completely unexpected part. And behind her, holding everything together is Nancy, a drummer who really knows how to support a song, but can unleash a Bonham-esque stadium fill when such a thing is called for.

Dirty Power, their just-released sophomore effort, is a stunning collection that continues Barbara’s lay-it-on-the-line approach to songcraft but ups the ante musically with a more-developed guitar interplay that’s equal parts Sticky Fingers and Marquee Moon. Girls on Grass recorded Dirty Power with producer Eric Ambel (alum of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Del-Lords, Blood Oranges) and engineer Mario Viele, with mixing by Michael James.

Thursday June  6th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Playtime



THE ROCKSTEADY 7
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Playtime album

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.

Saturday, June 1st at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 - $12*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Rainfall And Laughter


MARCELLUS HALL & THE FOLLOWING GUESTS

RUBY RAE

Marcellus Hall has recorded with the bands Railroad Jerk and White Hassle and has toured the US, Europe, and Japan. He continues to make music under his own name. A solo album, The First Line, was recorded with accompanying musicians and released on Glacial Pace Recordings in 2011. A second solo album, Afterglow, was recorded and released with The Hostages in 2013. Hall now records and performs with The Following Guests (Damon Smith, Mike Shapiro, and others), formerly known as The Hostages).

The ultimate in the burgeoning garage folk art rock literate dance acoustic idiom that is sweeping the city. Hall and his band deliver like no one else. No one even comes fucking close. There is a reason why all of New York is talking about New York’s best kept secret. If it’s great music you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t want to miss this!

Friday, May 31st at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

A Different Kind Of Country


ALAN LEE & THE WHISKEY BUMPS
DAVID HAUGHT

The Whiskey Bumps are an all-star band fronted by Alan Lee Becker, which blends rootsy original tunes with tasty covers they call the "Honky Tonk Circus!" Alan Lee Backer (singer/guitarist/songwriter), who also plays banjo, mandolin, dobro, lap steel, bass, six-string bass and harmonica, has been a working musician since age 16. Since 1989, he has gigged with many Americana/roots-rock performers in the New York area including a two-year stint as guitarist/mandolinist for Walter Egan (writer/singer of “Magnet and Steel” and the author of “Hearts On Fire,” recorded by the legendary Gram Parsons). As a founding member of the Twanglers, he helped kickstart the Americana/alt-country movement with his participation in the groundbreaking first Rig Rock CD compilation on Diesel Only Records. With his current band, Alan Lee & The Whiskey Bumps (and his former band, the Wicked Messengers) he has opened for Rosie Flores, Sara Evans, Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun and Highway 101. He has also, (with the Twanglers) supported artists ranging from Junior Brown and Boozoo Chavis to the Beat Farmers.

Virginia-born, Brooklyn-based alt-country singer David Haught melds rock 'n' roll, Americana, bluegrass, and honky-tonk influences into a self-described "Different Kind of Country" that, above all, stays true to its straightforward storytelling roots.

Thursday, May 30th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Going Up


BENNY TROKAN & THE BELL GUARDE
THE ELEVATOR OPERATORS
THE WOOLY BUSHMEN

Somehow between playing bass with Reigning Sound, Lee Fields, and The Jay Vons, Wick Recording artist Benny Trokan finds time to craft three minute soulful confections! He thrilled the crowd at Hank's in March and he returns with the smooth soulful jangle. Orlando's crazed children of Question Mark and Buddy Holly The Wooly Bushmen return to our fair city! Making a pit stop on their U.S. tour of their new LP, The Woolly Bushmen In Shambles (on Pig Baby Records)! Going Up! The Elevator Operators have the button of the lift pushed to the 1960s rock'n'roll floor.

Friday, May 24th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Say Anything



NICKY EGAN
DJ JOE CRISPIANO

Dubbed a "soul songstress" by Phillyburbs.com, Nicky Egan is an accomplished songwriter and keyboardist who commands the stage with captivating energy.

Originally from Philadelphia, Egan grew up in a home where the sounds of Richie Havens, Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, and The Rolling Stones were frequently buzzing on the stereo.

Egan now splits here time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. Since 2017, she’s been playing keyboards and singing for LA-based group, Chicano Batman on the road, and hibernating off the road in Dumbo, New York, recording new music with writing partner & producer, Joe Crispiano of The Dap Kings.

This show is part of Dead Flowers Productions new free Wednesday Happy Hour series of shows at Hank's Saloon, this event is co-presented by SlamJunk.

Wednesday, May 22nd at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8:30PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

It Sure Feels Good!


THE LORD CALVERTS
THE PIGGIES • WIRE TROOP

The Lord Calverts are an explosive garage rock/power pop quintet from the New York City. The band claims that their roots are in Baltimore, where, as part of the burgeoning '60s garage-rock scene, they recorded for obscure labels and occasionally got a song into the lower rungs of the local charts. Truth or myth, their music is clearly influenced by that era, but with a sound that is absolutely current. The Lord Calverts deliver true American roots rock: fast, nasty, catchy and rude.

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 and 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 on a 45 as part of Norton Records' Rolling Stones covers series, on the flip side of LaLa Brooks (of the Crystals) doing "Play With Fire."

Wire Troop melds the muscle of a 60s-style power trio with the finesse and stylistic breadth of '70s pub rockers. Playing a carefully curated and eclectic selection of second-hand blues, old time rock'n'roll, Tex-Mex, boogie, R&B instrumentals, and a little hard country, Wire Troop keeps it lean and tight and focused on delivering a good time.

Saturday, May 18th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10 - $13. 21+ with ID.

Don't Give Up Your Good Thing


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 PhoenixLollipopRoadburn 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.

Friday, May 17th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10 - $13*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Floor-Shakin'!



THE GET IT!
THE NEW YORK FOWL HARMONIC

The Get It is an 11-headed firebreathing black-and-red hydra of funk, melting panties and destroying dance floors since 2008. The New York Fowl Harmonic play old-school noisy garage-rock and merengue. Music for parties, dancing, and revelation; not the internet.

Thursday, May 16th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

How To Remember Your Dreams




KING MISSILE
Plus: DOGBOWL and RAY BROWN

King Missile is a spoken-word/alternative rock band fronted by John S. Hall. They recorded three albums for Atlantic Records, and released several recordings on various independent labels, most notably Shimmy Disc. There have been several incarnations of the band. The first incarnation, which John formed with guitarist Dogbowl, spawned several college radio hits, including “Take Stuff From Work,” “Sensitive Artist” and “Wuss.” The second incarnation, featuring Dave Rick on guitar and Roger Murdock on drums (as well as multi-instrumentalist Chris Xefos) were known for “Detachable Penis,” “Jesus Was Way Cool,” “Martin Scorsese,” and many others.

On Saturday, May 11th, the second incarnation of King Missile (John, Dave, Roger, and Brent Cordero on keyboards) will perform at Hank’s. Their set will include many of the songs listed above, as well as “F**k Me and Kill Me,” their forthcoming single, and other new material.

Saturday, May 11th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $12-$15*. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

Cross-Eyed And Bow-Legged



TOM CLARK & THE HIGH ACTION BOYS
SEAN KERSHAW & NEW JACK RAMBLERS

The son of a drummer father in DeKalb, Illinois, a small town about an hour through the corn fields west of Chicago, a 12-year-old Tom Clark bought his first guitar at a garage sale for three dollars. He played in bands by age 13, and in college played bass and then guitar in a punk band called Blatant Dissent. In 1986, tired of working in the corn fields and in the produce section of a food store, Clark moved to New York City. Clark played in the parks and on the sidewalks of Greenwich Village by day and in Irish bars in the Bronx at night. Sometimes he played with his new friend Hank Wedel and his band Open Kitchen. Tom Clark & The High Action Boys recorded one album, 2002's Cross-Eyed and Bow-Legged, and more recently perform regularly at The Treehouse at 2A. Sean Kershaw & New Jack Ramblers play hi-octane honkytonk straight outta Brooklyn!

Friday, May 10th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Hallucination Blues



TIN FINGERS
GOLDEN ALPHABETRED DATSUN

Thursday, May 9th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Above And Beyond



ERIC BIONDO

Beyondo aka Eric Biondo is a songwriter/producer/trumpet player based in Brooklyn, NY. Eric has recorded with TV on the Radio, The Monkees, Antibalas, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charlie Hunter, Passion Pit, Foals, Holy Ghost and Superhuman Happiness. Eric has also performed trumpet with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

This show is part of Dead Flowers Productions new free Wednesday Happy Hour series of shows at Hank's Saloon, this event is co-presented by SlamJunk.

Wednesday, May 8th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 6:30PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

Oldest Story In The World


THE PLIMSOULS
McKINLEY JAMES

The newly "Re-Souled" Plimsouls is a resurgence of the 1980s California rock band, but with a new look. Original Plimsouls guitarist Eddie Munoz teams up with random cool friends to bring the classic sounds of The Plimsouls to the stage, songs like "A Million Miles Away", "Oldest Story In The World", "Now," plus songs from the Valley Girl soundtrack.

McKinley James is a 17-year old Rock & Roll guitarist/singer from Rochester, NY.  His father, drummer Jason Smay (Los Straitjackets, JD McPherson Band) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond organ at 7 but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King and Otis Redding. He started performing in Rochester blues and jazz clubs at age 13 and has performed with Chris Duarte, The Nighthawks, Joe Beard and JD McPherson. McKinley is also the face of the latest Eric Church album campaign, having starred in his videos, and also appears on the album cover for Church's latest record, Mr. Misunderstood. McKinley is also very excited to announce the release of his first EP, Live In Nashville.

Saturday, May 4th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $12-$15. 21+ with ID.

* Purchase advance tickets here.

For The Benefit Of Mr. Kipp


Legendary booker, sound engineer, and all around rock'n'roll bad-ass Kipp Elbaum has hit a bit of a rough patch, so it's time to step up and raise some dough to help him get back on his feet! Heap, Cash Registers, and Live Ones will be playing live'n'loud, and DJs Mr. Lee (Dead Flowers Productions/Going In Style Sound System), Danny 2 Times (Moral Panic) and Nug Luva will be spinning rekkids! Oh, and there will be a raffle as well to raise more funds.

If you've ever had the good fortune to meet or work with Kipp, you know he'd be the first in line to help you out, so please lock this date in your calendar and make the scene!

Saturday, April 27th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Everything I Do Is Wrong


Abdication… For Your Love record release show

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, Abdication… For Your Love was originally available solely as a promotional giveaway. This 2019 reissue marks the first wide release of the record.


Cliff Westfall's 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. 

Friday, April 26th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $12-$15. 21+ with ID.

Devastate Me


BUBBLE
JESSIE KILLGUSSSOPHIGE BUSKIN

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.

Thursday, April 25th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Times Is Tight Like That


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.

Wednesday, April 24th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 6:30PM. Two sets. No cover. 21+.

Get It From Me


UNCROSSING
MIDNIGHT SLIDERPEELS

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.

Saturday, April 20th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

What I Say?


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. 

Friday, April 19th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10-$13. 21+ with ID.

Photograph by Rueben Radding

Do The Chicken!


THE NEW YORK FOWL HARMONIC
VIVA

The New York Fowl Harmonic play old-school noisy garage-rock and merengue. Music for parties, dancing, and revelation.

Thursday April 18th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Rock'N'Roll Girlie Show


EYEROLLER
DONUT CITY • NOT ALL HEROES
Ms. Edie Nightcrawler dancing all night!

Benefit show for Pin Ups for Pitbulls.

Saturday, April 13th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

A Night To Remember


BLOCKHOUSES
JACQUES LE COQUE • HOLY TUNICS

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.

Friday, April 12th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Aint Got A Lot


GREG FARLEY (ex-Felice Brothers)
PATSY HANK LOVECHILD

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. 

Thursday, April 11th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Diggin' For Gold


FREDDY DeBOE

Known for his soulful blues rock&roll saxophone sound, Freddy DeBoe has traveled the world with many acts and musicians, including Daptone Recording artists Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, and The James Hunter Six, as well as soul singers Lee Fields, Nicole Wray, Binky Griptite, Mark Ronson and many others. He continues to perform and record as a bandleader, tour around the world as a sideman for the world’s best.

This show is part of Dead Flowers Productions new free Wednesday Happy Hour series of shows at Hank's Saloon, this event is co-presented by SlamJunk.

Wednesday April 10th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 6:30PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

Maybe Tomorrow



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!

Saturday, April 6th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Let's Boogie


THE JERRY DUGGER TRIO
(Featuring Hero Suzuki, Mark Greenberg, and special guest Craig Dreyer)

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NEW MOON ACOUSTIC BLUES BAND
HOMEBOY STEVE

Jerry Dugger was born in The Bronx and raised in Harlem. He caught the music bug early in life, listening to his parents Ida and Alfonza sing around the house, singing with them in church, and listening to their collection of 78rpm records.  Through an amazing set of circumstances, a late night walk through Washington Square Park and a life changing encounter with Matteus Mederer (who was busking under the arch),  Jerry found himself being introduced to the New York City blues scene and Dan Lynch Blues Bar. He spent thirteen years studying the blues there, watching and performing with Bill Dicey, The Holmes Brothers and eventually hosting the Saturday and Sunday afternoon jam sessions. This little bar became the hub of the Blues scene in NYC. Many legendary Blues musicians, Johnny Copeland, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, just to name a few, stopped by to hang out and sing a song on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Dan Lynch was also the launching pad for many up and coming Blues artists.


Friday, April 5th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

Surrealistic Pebble


QUICKSILVER DAYDREAM
SHOP TALKNATHAN XANDER

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.

Thursday, April 4th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 9PM. $10. 21+ with ID.

This Is Your Happy Hour


THE GET IT!

The Get It is an 11-headed firebreathing black-and-red hydra of funk, melting panties and destroying dance floors since 2008.

This show is part of Dead Flowers Productions new free Wednesday Happy Hour series of shows at Hank's Saloon. The band will playing two floor-shaken' sets!

Wednesday April 3rd at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 6:30PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

Runnin' Yo' Mouth On Me



ROBERT KIMBROUGH Sr. BLUESCONNECTION
APACHE BROWN BANDHARLEM 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.

Saturday, March 30th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $10-$13. 21+ with ID.

Something To Hold Onto



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.

Friday, March 29th at Hank's
345 Adams Street, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $12-$15. 21+ with ID.