About Us


We are Rocks Off, and we rock, cuz we care. There is nothing we love more than putting on ass-kickin shows, with hot bills of bands in clubs & environments that don't suck.

We like awesome bands, big stages, crisp sound, bright lights, & most of all - fun people. Our flagship event is the Rocks Off concert Cruise Series. We run close to 200 concerts, parties and events on boats from April to October, and sometimes even beyond. We also produce shows in venues all over NYC - Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Highline Ballroom, Terminal 5, Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Electric, Knitting Factory, The Bell House, and many more.

So come check us out sometime in one of our venues, or get out on the water for a cruise with us. You'll be glad you did. We promise.




File 368Jake Szufnarowski
Bossman / Head Talent Buyer / Cowbellist

When not booking shows or playing host to all the wonderful women who board the Rocks Off Concert Cruise, Jake can usually be found playing golf, riding his motorcycle through congested city streets or out in the woods, and working as a confidential informant for the NYFD arson squad. Jake's favorite color is red, his favorite food is Italian and his favorite past-time is high fiving himself for making it to 36 years old and not having any children. He is also the creator of the massively popular website "ThingsThatLooksLikeCockNBalls.com" and the Facebook Page "GoFuckYourself", of which his mom is wildly proud.


File 371Sancho Dominguez
Enforcer / Lover / International Man of Mystery

Sancho was the first employee of Rocks Off. He met Jake through his brother Flaco Dominguez who Jake used to tag team with in the spring pro wrestling league "Prohibida Futura Lucha Dominica." Jake wrestled under a mask and went by the ring name "Motociclete Muchacho". Sancho ran our NYC office from its inception in 2001 until 2005 when his homeland was struck by Hurricane Guillermo. Sancho moved back to the DR to help his family rebuild their Cockfighting Empire, which is the largest on the north shore of the island - boasting eleven different Cockfighting arenas! In the spring of 2006, once internet service was restored to the DR, we were able to provide Sancho a work-from-hammock position. He now handles all of our online customer service inquiries and select band bookings from his laptop on the beach of Cabrete.


94 Karina Rykman
High Priestess / General Manager / Kool Chief Rocka
Karina is a literal force of nature. She stepped onto her first Rocks Off Cruise in 2012 as a guitar slinging axe-murderess and then refused to step off.  She quickly anointed herself General Manager of Rocks Off, revoked Sancho’s visa, and sent Jake packing to London to live for 2 years while she dug her talons into the flesh of the Pirate Fish. She has yet to let go.
When she’s not literally keeping the wheels on the bus or the propellors in the water, Karina can be found performing Beastie Boys B- Sides in Bowery Karaoke Bars or touring the world playing bass and singing with Marco Benevento.  As one recent passenger astutely noted, it’s Karina’s world. The rest of us are only pretending to live in it.




41 Buffalo Bill Mulvey

Production Manager, Sound Enginer, DJ Extraordinairre, Luddite


Buffalo Bill was once frozen on ice, and hence frozen in time.  We bumped into him once with the Half Moon and our 'Love Captain' Roland thought it was an iceberg and that we were sinking.  Turns out all it did was put a dent in the hull, and we fished the giant block of ice and de-thawed it, releasing Buffalo Bill back into the wild environs of Rocks Off.  As soon as the first ray of sunlight hit his glistening iced-down torso he grabbed the microphone and the DJ console and made sure the whole cruise rocked the fuck out.

We're pretty sure he was frozen in the late 90s, based on his flip phone, hotmail.com email address, and a love of actually calling people on the telephone. That plus his aversion to any music recorded after 1999.



95 John “Bloodclot” Joseph
Cro Mag / Walking Tour Major Domo / Vegetable Powered Triathlon Machine
John Joseph, aka Double J, might not have been born a vegan, but he certainly won’t die as one either.  Because John Joseph will never die. We’re quite frankly shocked that this divine slice of spirit even bothers to inhabit a human form at all, but we are truly blessed to have him as our #1 Walking Tour Guide.  Stay tuned for 2022 when he will start leading Manhattan Iron Man Tours.  Tours that last even longer than his beef with Harley.





File 383Chris Zahn
Tribute Band Guru / Mr. Internet

Chris Zahn is the internet. Seriously. Google has to license his brain in order to make their search software work. He also knows more about Tribute Bands than anybody on earth. You need a midget Ozzy Impersonator who ONLY does Ozzy's first 3 solo albums. Zahn will find it. Quicker than Walter Sobchak can find The Dude a toe. Zahn is also a world famous inventor. He spends his days inventing reasons for people to drop half a paycheck in one evening at the BB King Blues Club. He's pretty good at it too. But he's better at picking up chicks. Even if he is usually dressed like he's on his way to a Stone Temple Pilots concert.




File 386Big Bad Ernie Brown
Head of Security / Film Star

E.B. - as his enemies call him - is our Head of Security and sometimes Babysitter. He's great at both - maybe because he's big and mean and also a Baby Daddy to about 300 kids throughout the 4 Burroughs (he's got no love for S.I.) From August - November - during late afternoons and weekend, E.B. volunteers his time as a pee wee football coach in Brownsville. Beyond being a dedicated Father, Award Winning Coach, and prolific Baby Daddy, EB also stars in such films as "Black Dat Ass up Volume 6" and "So You Think You Can Pole Dance."



File 380Shane Goldman
aka Lance

We discovered Shane as a stowaway in the hull of the Halfmoon in 2007. Both of his parents were killed in a fiery car wreck on the FDR Drive that summer. Lil Baby Shane apparently crawled from the FDR over to the Skyport Marina and made his way to the Half Moon - obviously using his serpent like sense of heat to find the engine room and seek comfort. We're not quite sure if he was an idiot retard before the wreck, or if his current state is a result OF the wreck - but either way he made perfect sense to take over the role of idiot retard Lance in Tragedy. Art imitating life, for real. In all seriousness though, Shane isn't a retard idiot - he's just an idiot.