Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Vic Ruggiero (of The Slackers) Friday, Ska Fest Saturday, English Beat at Toad's, Bim Skala Bim in Hartford

Friday, July 9, 2010, Manic Productions presents:

The Space
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden CT

$10 - 7:00PM - All Ages


Buy tickets now or pick them up at Redscroll Records

Vic Ruggiero is a musician, songwriter and producer from New York City who has played in many ska bands, such as The Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars, SKAndalous All-Stars, Crazy Baldhead and The Silencers. He has also performed with punk rock band Rancid, both live and in the studio. He has released three solo acoustic albums, and has accompanied acoustic ska musician and singer Chris Murray. Asian Man Records

Chris Murray is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist working primarily in the genre of ska. In Canada, he was a member of the now-defunct ska band King Apparatus during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He now lives in the Los Angeles, California area, where he performs regularly, both solo as well as with the Chris Murray Combo. In addition, since 2003 Murray has been organizing a weekly ska/reggae show called "The Bluebeat Lounge" which features both local and out of town artists every Wednesday at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood. Asian Man Records. Chris Murray is also opening for English Beat and Bad Manners at Toad's August 19, 2010 - see bottom of this post for more info.

The Forthrights:
Ska/rocksteady from Brooklyn. Stubborn Records

Since 2002, Tip The Van has drawn influences from rock ‘n roll, ska, pop-punk, indie rock and reggae, all the while creating their own unique sound with dual female vocals. Sisters Nicole and Simone Oliva rock audiences with their harmonious vocals while Stephanie Allen rips trombone melodies and synthesizer lines. The backbone of Tip The Van rests in the hands of the three Bryans (or Brians, depending on which one you ask) with Bryan Howard’s bass-driven rhythm supporting Bryan Briggs’ intricate drumming and Brian Dunnigan’s wailing guitar solos.


Saturday, July 10, 2010 - All Day Ska Fest:

The Space
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden CT

$12 Advance / $14 Door - 1:00PM - All Ages

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Big D And The Kids Table are a Ska / Punk / Dub band from Boston, Massachusests. - "For the past fourteen years Big D And The Kids Table have proven that regardless of fame or poverty they will forever be addicted musicians—and their latest full-length Fluent In Stroll is the apex of their decade-and-a-half long career. The best person who ever put it was [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman, McWane explains. “My girlfriend once asked him if we were a big band and he replied, ‘I’ll tell you like this, they’ve been around for 14 years and each year they’re relevant.’ I think that’s a great description of what this band is all about."

Knightsbridge Fiasco is a ska/punk band from Stratford, CT. They consist of 7 members.

The Suburban Monkeys are an 8 piece ska band from Wallingford, CT.

The Waffle Stompers are a ska band from New Brunswick, New Jersey.

CbJ is a 5 piece ska-punk band from Sterling Heights, Michigan. They have shared the stage with bands like Green Room Rockers, The Toasters, Koffin Kats, The Know How and Mustard Plug.

Survay Says! is a ska/pop-punk band from New Jersey that has spent the past year and a half playing shows all over New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut having opened for such acts as Bayside, Tip the Van and more.

Johnny 9 and the Racers is a ska/pop punk band from CT.

Cyrptorchild Chipmunk is a Ska / Punk / Hardcore band from West Virginia.

The Strikeouts are a ska-core, South-Florida based band composed of 6 dudes just trying to have a good time doing what they love!

4 Point 0 is an energetic eight piece Ska-Rock band from Syracuse, NY.

The Four Shades of Black are some rad kids from Windsor, CT who love ska. We're big into having a good time, and dancin' around. We wanna see you dance too!

Heres the lineup for the day:

1:30-2:00 4 Point 0
2:15-2:45 4 Shades of Black
3:00-3:30 The Strikeouts
3:45-4:15 Johnny 9 and the Racers
4:30-5:00 Doc Rock
Break 5:00-5:45
6:00-6:30 Survay Says
6:45-7:15 CBJ
7:30-8:00 The Waffle Stompers
8:15-8:45 Suburban Monkeys
9:00-9:30 Knightsbridge Fiasco
9:45-10:15 "Secret Special Guest"
10:30-12:00 Big D and the Kids Table


Sunday, August 8, 2010: Bim Skala Bim w/Special Guests

The Webster Underground
300 York Street
Hartford, CT

$12 Advance/Door - 7:30PM - 21+ to drink

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Bim Skala Bim will be playing the Boston area this August, starting with Providence, RI on Thursday, August 5th followed by The Middle East in Cambridge and the Beachcomber in Wellfleet and then finishing Sunday the 8th in Hartford, CT at the Webster Underground.

Bim Skala Bim was one of America's initial responses to Britain's 2-Tone movement in the early '80s. Also inspired by the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley, the group has also become one of the longest-lasting ska groups in America and has the tightest lineup. Formed in Boston in 1983 by vocalist Dan Vitale and bassist Mark Ferranti, Bim Skala Bim's lineup has been unchanged since 1989, presently including Vitale and Ferranti plus drummer Jim Arhelger, percussionist Rick Barry, keyboard player John Cameron, guitarist Jim Jones and trombonist Vincent Noble. Bim Skala Bim released a self-titled album in 1986, and appeared on the Boston ska compilation Mash It Up two years later. The group signed to Celluloid Records in 1988, but 1989's Tuba City proved to be its only Celluloid release. The band recorded and released How's It Goin'? (1990) and Bones (1991) on their own; in 1992, however, Relativity agreed to distribute their records through the group's own Bib Records (Big Indie Beat). (Subsequent albums appeared on Bib, as well as reissues of efforts going back to Tuba City.) Live at the Paradise (1993) captured Bim Skala Bim's energetic live show, and the group's sixth full-length, American Playhouse, appeared in 1995. Two years later, the group released Universal; Test Patterns followed in 1999.


Thursday, August 19, 2010, English Beat with Bad Manners and Chris Murray:

Toad's Place
300 York Street
New Haven, CT

$22 Advance / $25 Door - 7:00PM - All Ages

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One of the earliest and most important ska revivalist groups, Birmingham's the Beat formed in 1978 (the band had to change its name to the English Beat in the U.S. to avoid confusion with Paul Collins' band of the same name). The multiracial band carved a distinct sound through the use of alternating lead vocals by guitarist Dave Wakeling and punk toaster/rapper Ranking Roger, supported by a tight band consisting of Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass), and Everett Moreton (drums). The addition of 50-year-old saxophonist Saxa, who originally played with Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, gave the band credibility and fleshed out its sound. An opening spot for the Selecter led to the band's signing to 2-Tone, where they released the hit single "Tears of a Clown," a wonderful version of the Smokey Robinson classic. In 1980, the band decided to form its own 2-Tone-inspired label, Go-Feet (distributed by Arista). A string of hit singles followed in the U.K., including "Mirror in the Bathroom." Their debut LP, I Just Can't Stop It, combined the early hits with other pop/ska-oriented material. "Stand Down Margaret," with its anti-Thatcher stance, found the band moving in a more political direction, leading to several benefit gigs for "radical" causes. Musically, the Beat slowed down the tempo for a more traditional reggae sound showcased on 1981's Wha'ppen. This direction failed to bring the chart success of its predecessor. Featuring a more pop-oriented approach, 1982's Special Beat Service helped the band increase its U.S. fan base through MTV exposure of "Save It for Later" and "I Confess," but the bandmembers decided to call it quits early the following year. Wakeling and Ranking Roger went on to form General Public, and Cox and Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals.

Bad Manners, composed of vocalist Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), Louis Cook (guitar), David Farren (bass), Martin Stewart (keyboards), Brian Tuitti (drums), Gus Herman (trumpet), Chris Kane (saxophone), and Andrew Marson (saxophone), were one of the many bands to take their inspiration from the Specials and the ska revival movement in England in the late '70s. They quickly became the novelty favorites of the fad through their bald, enormous-bodied frontman's silly on-stage antics, earning early exposure through 2-Tone Records package tours and an appearance in the live documentary Dance Craze. In the early '80s, they managed several U.K. hits including "Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu," "Lip Up Fatty," "Special Brew," and "Can Can." By the mid-'80s, the ska craze was over and the band retired temporarily after the release of 1985's Mental Notes, only to return in 1989 with Return of the Ugly, remaining a live attraction despite a lack of recent hits. By the mid-'90s, a third wave ska revival renewed interest in the band. Eat the Beat was released in 1996 and Uneasy Listening followed in 1997, as well as several collections from the band's peak years.

Tour dates:
Jul 9 Stephen Talkhouse Amagansett, NY
Jul 10 Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, NY
Jul 16 Romano's Concert Lounge Riverside, CA
Jul 17 Giant Orange Festival @ Orange County Great Park Irvine, CA
Jul 21 Pabst Theater- With Squeeze Milwaukee, WI
Jul 22 Minnesota Zoo Amphitheater- With Squeeze Apple Valley, MN
Jul 24 Wiens Family Cellars Temecula, CA
Jul 25Ogden Theatre- With Squeeze Denver, CO
Jul 27 Crown Nightclub at The Rio- With Squeeze Las Vegas, NV
Jul 28 Gibson Amphitheatre- With Squeeze Los Angeles, CA
Jul 30 Mountain Winery- With Squeeze Saratoga, CA
Jul 31 Uptown Theatre- With Squeeze Napa, CA
Aug 1 Fillmore- With Squeeze San Francisco, CA
Aug 7 (Private) Malibu, CA
Aug 10 The Depot-w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 12 The Slowdown-w/ Bad Manners, Chris Murray Omaha, NE
Aug 13 Doube Door-w/Bad Manners,Chris Murray Chicago, IL
Aug 16 World Cafe Live-w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray Philadelphia, PA
Aug 18 Showcase Live-w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray Foxboro, MA
Aug 19 Toad's Place-w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray New Haven, CT
Aug 20 Lupo's w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray Providence, RI
Aug 22 9:30 Club-w/Bad Manners, Chris Murray Washington
Aug 24 Cat's Cradle w/ Bad Manners, Chris Murray Carrboro, NC
Aug 25 Variety Playhouse w/ Bad Manners, Chris Murray Atlanta, GA
Aug 26 Club Firestone- with Chris Murray Orlando, FL
Sep 3 Del Mar Racetrack Del Mar, CA
Sep 6 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, WA
Oct 16 (Private) Malibu, CA
Dec 30 (Private) Malibu, CA
Feb 18, 2011(Private)Malibu, CA

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