Mephiskapheles are back in red and black for 2014. The band who invented the devilish, whimsical MTV- and radio-friendly genre of Satanic Ska, then defied critics by exploring even greater possibilities for their darkly original ska fusion, have reunited, with a new tour and new album in the works.
Formed in the East Village of New York City in early 1991 by a group of artists, ad-agency employees, and jazz musicians, Mephiskapheles played their first show on Long Island, and from day one began attracting a diverse, dedicated fan base.
Flash-forward to today; and with Satanic Ska being, without a doubt, the genre of music most relevant to our current times. Mephiskapheles are picking up where they left off, with a reissue program with Jump Up Records, a focused performance schedule, and a new Mephiskapheles album in the works.
By combining strong vocals and rock-solid rhythms with original songs and Jamaican classics, The Bluebeats have been making fans whenever they perform.
Since forming in the summer of 1994, The Bluebeats have appeared at Tramps, The Wetlands, 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 Decker, 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.
Complete with a revamped line up The Bluebeats have recorded their third release entitled “Respect Due.” Better then ever and committed to spreading their gospel of Jamaican R&B - The Bluebeats press on…
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