Upcoming Shows

LESS THAN JAKE

LESS THAN JAKE

MEST

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Punchline

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Aboard The Liberty Belle

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Delicious Eats by Sancho's Cantina!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Liberty Belle Riverboat

Boards: 6:00pm / Departs: 7:00pm
Pier 36 - 299 South Street Maps & Directions

Advance: $39.99 / Day of Show: $45

This event is 21+

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LESS THAN JAKE

Who is Less Than Jake?

That's a legitimate question for someone who has been out of touch with the

independent or punk music scene for the last quarter of a century. To some, the name

may bring you back to a movie soundtrack or a video game; others are transported to a

sweaty day on the Vans Warped Tour. One thing that can not be argued is that if you

have experienced Less Than Jake live, it is something that you will never forget.

With ten full length releases, numerous EP's, 7" singles and compilations, the band has

quietly sold millions of records worldwide, with little support from radio and television

outlets. They have been self managed for the last 6 years and have shown no signs of

slowing down their break neck touring schedule. To quote an industry insider, "while

their contemporaries crowds have diminished, Less Than Jake's draw has seemingly

gotten larger." If asked how this was accomplished, the band members shrug and

respond, "we never stopped touring or trying to be an active band.”

Continuing to play over 150 dates a year while also writing and recording new material

has kept the band fresh in a time when "ska" has become something of a four letter

word. The list of acts they have supported is staggering (Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Snoop

Dogg) while the list of bands that have supported them makes even the most hardened

music industry veteran do a double take (Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Yellowcard). All the

while the band has held firm to its punk rock roots and have managed to live through

many musical trends simply by just being Less Than Jake.

With well over 300 releases on various labels under their belt, most would think their

legacy is already in tact, but the status quo has never interested Less Than Jake. They

continue to write and perform new material and have no thoughts of letting up. With the

energy and exuberance of a band half its age and the determination of savvy veterans,

there is seemingly no end point to this enduring and entertaining band.

So who is Less Than Jake? Go see a show and find out.

MEST
MEST
Since forming in a working class suburb of Chicago in 1995, Mest have been tearing up the punk rock scene. Playing in local Chicago punk clubs, the group self-released their debut album, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ 40′z”. The band got their first real break when frontman Tony Lovato sent the band’s album to Goldfinger’s John Feldmann who helped them get signed to Maverick Records, and produced their major-label debut, “Wasting Time”, which was released in July 2000. Since then the band has released 3 more albums on Maverick — 2001’s “Destination Unknown”, 2003’s self-titled disc, and 2005’s “Photographs”– and toured the world as part of the Warped Tour. “Mest was a band that was always known for their live show. It didn’t matter if we had 10 or 10,000 kids at the show, we always put everything we had out on stage every night,” remembers Mest singer Tony Lovato. Tensions between the band members about the musical direction of the band, growing up, starting a family and not wanting to tour as much caused the band to break-up in 2006, and Mest announced their breakup, as well as a farewell tour entitled “So Long and Thanx for the Booze.” With the band broken up, Lovato spent the next couple of years battling the demons that had built up in his closet. Years of alcoholism and drug abuse had been quietly concealed by living on the road as a part of a traveling circus, but now Lovato was left alone with his addictions staring him in the mirror. “When I got off the road, I was partying pretty hard and it went from recreational use to a daily thing. It got to the point where I wouldn’t leave my house for two or three days at a time, because I had such bad anxiety,” remembers Lovato. “I remember going on a binge of drugs and booze that didn’t stop for a few days. I went to take a shower and my heart just kept racing faster and faster. It was at that point that I knew if I didn’t do something to change the way I was living I would be dead. I needed to deal with a lot of the issues that I was covering up with drugs and alcohol. I needed to learn how to be a human being again and regain my life.” After spending some time working on himself, Lovato was inspired to start writing music again. He joined up with new Guitarist Mike Longworth and new Drummer Lil Rich Gonzales. The experiences he had over the past few years had provided him for the perfect place to be creatively reborn. The end result was a series of pop-punk songs that paid tribute to Mest’s past, but pushed the band forward into a future that was wide open. Now after fine tuning the material on the road, Lovato and Mest are ready to have their fans scream the songs from the rooftops as they release their new album, “Not What You Expected.” “As an artist you have to constantly evolve and if you don’t then you will become stagnant. It was impossible to write the same kind of record as I did in 2002, because I’m just not in the same place in my life,” said Tony. “If I were to try and write the same album, it wouldn’t be genuine and fans would be able to see right through it. This album is just the next evolution of Mest and I think it shows how we’ve progressed as musicians, and creative people.” “Not What You Expected” is a return to the care-free days of listening to bands like Green Day, Blink-182 or Social Distortion blasting with the windows rolled down. It’s punk-rock with infectious guitar riffs and sing-along choruses that instantly transports you to another place, away from all the world’s problems. More importantly it’s a return to form for a band that has been sorely missed in music. “When I got back out on the road playing shows, people would always come up and tell me how much of an influence Mest was on them. It is the most humbling and most flattering thing to have someone come up to you and say that you inspired them to want to go out and play music,” he said. ” Then, to have guys from bands like A Day To Remember or Escape The Fate who inspired me to start writing again tell me how I influenced them was a great feeling.” Lovato brought the circle of inspiration back around when he asked new friend Tom Denney from a day to remember to co-write a song with him. The track is “Radio (Something To Believe)” and is an ode to all the bands that the duo grew up listening to. “I can’t recall who was more stoked to work with whom. I would say that I was, but he would probably say he was more excited,” laughs Lovato. “It’s a really cool experience to work with someone when you have mutual respect for each other’s songwriting and records. Jeremy, from A Day To Remember, jumped in the studio to record a part for the song, which was amazing. That’s what music has always been about; supporting one other.
Punchline
Punchline
The combination of energy and sincerity has long been the hallmark of Punchline, a Pittsburgh, PA band that prides itself on constantly trying to craft honest and meaningful songs. In an era of short attention spans, their new album LIONis a testament to their commitment to creating a truly memorable musical journey. The largely self-produced roller coaster ride starts with the album’s first single “Friend From The Future”, an upbeat yet emotional punk rock song that is sure to appeal toboth the band’s longtime following and new listeners alike. The distinctive voice of singer Steve Soboslai offers thought-provoking lyrics paired with infectious melodies, challenging those who cannot seem to see the present tense for what it is —an opportunity to make a change and make a difference.What follows the opening track is a collection of songs that at one point or another touch every area of human feeling. “Darkest Dark” (which features Matt Thiessen of Relient K.)is a reminder to loved onesthat you're always there, “Dead When It Hits The Shelves” is a self-effacing homage to frustration, and “Sensory Overload” is a fiery exploration of resentment in a modern world that sometimes seems like too much to handle. The styles of the songs vary throughout the record, but the inspiration and passion behind the tunes is the thread that ties them all together and makes them work in perfect harmony.Friends Matt Theissen of Relient Kand Anthony Raneri ofBaysideeven drop by for guest vocalist appearances on Lion. In typical Punchline fashion, the styles of the songs vary greatly throughout the record, but the inspiration and passion behind the tunes is the thread that ties them all together and makes them work in perfect harmony.
Aboard The Liberty Belle
Aboard The Liberty Belle
This cruise is aboard THE LIBERTY BELLE and will depart from Pier 36 - 299 South Street. We will be boarding and departing at the times listed on your ticket and are not able to allow refunds if you miss the boat. So don't be late - it sure ain't pretty to be standin on the dock, watching the party sailing away! There are cash bars on board so make sure to swing by the ATM on your way to the boat. There will be food available for purchase. All cruises are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the show or your purchase, please contact Sancho Dominguez at sancho@rocksoff.com or check out our FAQ page on www.rocksoff.com Please note that all shows are 21 and over and ID will be required upon boarding the boat *RAIN OR SHINE!*
Delicious Eats by Sancho's Cantina!
Delicious Eats by Sancho's Cantina!
We have delicious food available for purchase on all our boats! Menu items vary slightly but typically include empanadas, chicken, rice, salad, pasta, and the like! Cash only, so come hungry and with your pockets stuffed!