Rocks Off is proud to announce our 13th annual Concert Cruise season is kicking off in fine fashion with the almighty Alabama Shakes !!! We'll be taking the Shakes and about 250 lucky fans for a very special, intimate cruise on the Hudson River tomorrow night, Valentine's Day.
Recently we were listening to our favorite comedian Bill Burr's "Monday Morning Podcast" and he told a story about John Lennon performing with Chuck Berry back in the 70s. Yoko Ono was "sitting in" and when her shrill screams made a cameo Chuck Berry's eyes BUGGED OUT OF HIS HEAD! You can see it all unfold, complete with Bill's commentary - RIGHT HERE.
Shortly after we thought - "Ah, man Chapman missed." And the shirt was born.
But just remember - Yoko isn't ALL bad - f you wanna see some real quality Yoko - HERE SHE IS covering Katy Perry. Never had one lesson!!
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Rocks Of is proud to debut our new weekly podcast series called GET YOUR ROCKS OFF. Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski will be interviewing creative types that he finds interesting. Musicians, artist, managers, agents, promoters, pro wrestlers, comedians and more.
Jake sits with Disco Biscuits bassist and mascot Marc Brownstein for a candid discussion abut the origins of the Disco Biscuits, why Marc was kicked out of the band at the end of 1999, Drugs aka Tuesday Bluesday, the parallels and differences of the guitarists in the Biscuits and Conspirator and much more.
As Chris Barron, singer of the Spin Doctors, said in the documentary "Wetlands Preserved":
That's a stunning remark to come from one of the "architects" of that music scene. Usually a live music club functions as an incubator for bands - let's them plan and try to find an audience. Wetlands opened and attracted and audience and forced bands to cater to them in order to get booked. Soon after, Wetlands widened its welcoming wings to become a New York City home for Funk, Reggae, Folk, Punk, Hardcore, Hip Hop and Electronic Music as well.
And that's just the music part of it. Larry literally put the club's money where his mouth was. The Activism Center wasn't something that got funded if there happened to be left over profits from the club. The Activism Center was treated as a necessary expense! And this Activism Center had some signifigant victories such as convincing the NY Times to cancel their contract with the paper supplier MacMillan Blodell who had been clearcutting Canadian rainforests.
When New York City lost Wetlands, it didn't just lose a place for bands to play, It lost a place that music fans could call, and feel at, HOME. How fitting then that as the strongest Hurricane to ever cross the Northeast Corridor prepares to blow into our city and shuffle things up yet again, that Larry Bloch at this time is rising up into his next plane of being where he will undoubtedly formulate and actualize, and give birth to a whole new set of dreams.
"We Labor To Birth Our Dance With The earth"
Be Seeing You.
Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski worked and lived at Wetlands Preserve from 1994 until it's closing in 2001. He began as Larry Bloch's assistant and then served as Wetlands Talent Buyer from 1999-2001.
Join us on Saturday, May 5th as we take over Pier 81 in a celebration of good livin' and all things Mexican! Pier 81 juts out over the Hudson River for amazing views and cool breezes all afternoon long.
From 12noon to 5pm we’re gonna have ourselves a serious party, complete with live music thanks to Yacht Rock Revue and Lucha-Libre inspired wrestling featuring the stars of Evolve Wrestling throughout the day!
There will be lots more entertainment all over the pier; from limbo contests to Mexican-themed face painting and music from New York City's only all-female Mariachi band 'Mariachi Flor De Tolocahe'!
And of course this Cinco De Mayo party wouldn't be complete without some killer food and drinks. Thanks to our sponsors PACIFICO and NEGRO MODELO the Mexican cervezas will be flowing all day long. We'll also have a wide range of tequilas available as well as margaritas! Because really, what better way to spend a beautiful summer day than chilling out by the water with a nice cold margarita in hand. Also we'll be serving up some tasty Mexican-fare with nachos, quesadillas, burritos, and more!
Anyone who was on the Bronx boat cruise last year knows what an amazing time it was!
Anyone who wasn't there simply needs to check out this review and pics from Brooklyn Vegan
When we tried to figure out how to make it even more amazing, we thought SHIT - why not do TWO nights and invite MARICAHI EL BRONX to have some fun with us as well. And so as not to overload you on the Bronx by having both bands in the same night we decided to spread out our Bronx cheer over two nights and bring TWO GALLANTS on board as well!
And if that wasn't enough, we even set it up so that you could save some cash AND get this amazing SIGNED POSTER if you buy tix for BOTH shows.
Aren't we just the SWEETEST? Go ahead, kiss usright there. We'll kiss you back.
TIX for THE BRONX / TWO GALLANTS Party On the River!
TIX for MARIACHI EL BRONX Fiesta En El Rio
We're sooooo fucken psyched to be bringing the Bad Brains back to NYC for the first time since the night Obama was elected - that's almost 4 years - and we've missed them!!!!!! To make these shows extra special we've stacked the bill with NYC Harcore legends and flad wavers of the PMA brigade H2O and also from the Wu Tang Clan - GZA!!!! Tickets go onsale for both shows this comign Friday February 19th! See y'all in the pit!!!
Did you know that the Rocks Off empire includes a tattoo shop in Tucson, Arizona? IT does, and that tattoo shop is called The Magic Fun Store. check out this video we made about the most famous tatgtooo to come out of the shop. The Unicorn and the Dolphin!Over 100,000 views in one week!
We're psyched to announce that LESS THAN JAKE will be performing TWO CLASSIC ALBUMS over two nights ON A BOAT!!! On Friday November 4th they will be playing LOSING STREAK and on Saturdya November 5th they will be playing HELLO ROCKVIEW. Tidkets are extremely limited and once they're gone they're gone for good! So get em while they're hot!!!
And check out this special video announcement of the shows. LESS THAN JAKE shows you MORE OF JAKE (the video stars Rocks Off founder Jake aka "SzufDaddy" who accepted the band; challenge to come up with a "creative" way to annouce the shows...
But there's much more to celebrate! It's the 11th Anniversary of Rocks Off! We have been doing these concert cruises for 11 f'n years and hell, it's about time we celebrated how awesome we are! And it's also the birthday party of our Head Honcho Mr. Sancho Dominguez! He might be stuck in the Dominican Republic the night of the show but the spirit of Sancho will fill the Half Moon as we raise our tequila shots in honor and reverence. With all this awesome stuff to celebrate how could we not make this party an OPEN BAR?! That's right, only $35 for an epic night of debauchery with an open bar and performances by Johnny Corndawg and many special guests! This will be the greatest night you will never remember. Come celebrate with us - ROCKS OFF LOVES YOU!
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MIKE FARRIS - Mike Farris, formerly of the Screamin Cheetah Wheelies, and the only white man ever to win the Dove Gospel Award for best singer, returns to New York City for this very special show with the handpicked Rocks Off Rhythm Revue. This rock n soul patrol featuring Mike Farris, Scott Metzger, Andy Hess, and Josh Dion will be delivering the ecstatic classics. This is how you get yer Rocks Off