Upcoming Shows

The Selecter

The Selecter

Rude Boy George

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The Pandemics

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:00pm

Advance: $30

This event is All ages

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The Selecter
Whenever successful bands from the past reform they invariably start trading in nostalgia and become “heritage” acts. No one expects them to grow artistically or continue to excel at the same things that brought them popularity in the first place, but that’s what The Selecter have done in the past few years. They’ve played at major festivals, headlined 3 UK tours and recorded three studio albums, the latest of which, Subculture, is mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty. Legendary 2-Tone artists, The Selecter, released their new studio album SUBCULTURE to critical acclaim in June last year on DMF Records. The Selecter is led by their iconic frontwoman Pauline Black, whose recent series of shows on BBC 6Music were hugely well received, and whose book ‘Black By Design’ continues to sell in droves worldwide, alongside an incredible talented band of musicians, including Neil Pyzer (Spear Of Destiny) Will Crewdson (Rachel Stamp) and co-fronted by original member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson (who features extensively on Subculture). The anarchic passion that fuelled Selecter gigs during the 2 Tone era, when they toured with the Specials and Madness at the peak of their early fame is still there, except the pair (Pauline & Gaps) seem more driven than ever. Their confidence is sky-high and they’re also writing the best songs of their career, which is saying something given the enduring popularity of hits like Three Minute Hero, Missing Words and On My Radio.
Rude Boy George
Rude Boy George
Rude Boy George is a NYC-based band that performs ska, rocksteady, and reggae versions of new wave classics. The band is motivated by its love and respect for ska (reflected in the reference to the rude boys who were fans of 2 Tone ska bands like The Specials and The Selecter) and the extraordinary amount of good music produced in the new wave/post-punk era (represented in the band’s name by Boy George of Culture Club). Rude Boy George formed in January 2013 with members drawn from several popular and long-standing NYC area ska bands, including Bigger Thomas, Beat Brigade, The Toasters, The Royal Swindle, and Across the Aisle—and its live debut took place at Electric Avenue in Manhattan on April 13, 2013. Since then, the band has played such venues as The Grand Victory (Brooklyn), Fontana’s (Lower East Side), Otto’s Shrunken Head (East Village), Asbury Lanes (Asbury Park, NJ), Hat City Kitchen (West Orange, NJ), Fairfield Theater Company’s Stage One (Fairfield, CT), Beatnik’s (Worcester, MA), Café Nine (New Haven, CT), The Sellersville Theater (Sellersville, PA), and was a featured act at the 2014 Maplewoodstock Festival (Maplewood, NJ) where Rude Boy George performed before 2,000+ music fans of all ages and backgrounds. In May 2013, Rude Boy George recorded its debut EP (released in January 2014) at Bill Laswell’s studio in West Orange, NJ with engineer James Dellatacoma and producer Wayne “Waylo” Lothian (English Beat/Special Beat/General Public/Untouchables). The band has since returned to the studio with Dellatacoma and Lothian to record a cover of Madness’ “Driving in My Car” for the Specialized 3: Mad Not Mad charity CD in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, as well as tracks for Rude Boy George’s debut album Confessions, which was released on December 5, 2014 via Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and other fine retailers. Confessons was voted the #6 debut album of 2014 in an international poll of ska fans done by “Reggae Steady Ska” (Germany)—sample the entire album here: https://rudeboygeorge.bandcamp.com/album/confessions-2. Rude Boy George is: Megg Howe - vocals Roger Apollon, Jr. - vocals Steve Shafer - backup vocals and melodica Jackie Chasen - saxophone and backup vocals Pamela Buckley - piano and synthesizers Jesse Gosselin - guitar Marc Wasserman - bass Dave Heise - drums Wayne Lothian - producer
The Pandemics
The Pandemics
With roots in Long Island, New York City, and Westchester, the Pandemics are a well-oiled machine with laser precision when it comes to putting out high energy ska music. A highly trained army of scene veterans and newcomers alike, with the one mission: To spread their infectious brand of Ska-Punk music the world over. Having debuted in December 2010, The Pandemics have grown into a versatile group, incorporating the sounds and stylings of music that runs the gamut of ska music. Started by Chris Malone (Trombone / Vocals) and Chris Chatterton (Lead Trumpet) in his basement, and shortly there after with James ‘Big Jim Slade’ Fulfaro (Bari Sax) the group quickly began to gel after just the first couple of sessions. Next came the addition of the band’s rhythm section with the addition of Brian “BKens” Kennedy (Guitar), Greg “G.A.” Steiner (Bass / Vocals) and CJ Dunaieff (Drums). After playing together for just a short time, the band knew they were on to something, but they were still missing that an x-factor of sorts that would set them above the rest… Enter Paul “Apollo” Chestnut (Alto & Tenor Saxophones) and slightly later, Chris “Da Man” Mandato and the rest is history! In 2013 Chris Chatterton, now a married man, left the group and was succeeded by killer lead trumpeter Chris “Q” Quintero. Summer of 2014 also saw the departure of long time bassist, Greg Steiner. Enter the excellent bassist Will ‘Splashmaster” Harris to fill the void. Will would also go onto engineer The Pandemics following release at Sabella Studios that fall. Today the group continues to grow in stature, performing regularly in the New York tri-state area and beyond. The Pandemics have toured through the mid-west and up and down the east coast. Along the way they have built up long list of notables with whom they’ve shared the stage. This amazing list of bands includes but is not limited to: The Toasters, The Slackers, Fishbone, Buster Poindexter, The English Beat, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (Japan), Mustard Plug, Ingrid Michaelson, Mephiskapheles, The Resignators (Australia) and many, many more. Furthermore, The Pandemics have served as the backing band to Two-Tone great Roderick “Roddy Radiation” Byers of the Specials (UK), as well as local Long Island favorite “Spider Nick” Martielli. Their releases to date include the Patient Zero EP (2011) and Brain On Tap (2012), as well as numerous compilations such as, Altercation Records’ Blood Sweat and Punk (2012), the CDs For Sandy – Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit compilation and the Asbestos Records Skalapalooza compilation. Currently the band is hard at work at their next two releases to be released in 2014 and 2015 respectively Keep an eye open and an ear tuned in. The Pandemic is spreading to a town, club or college campus near you!