San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Deal's Gone Bad
Sam Cooke releases his first secular single, the soul ballad "You Send Me" It debuts at number one in the US charts.
The hottest summer in recent Jamaican history causes the traditional roots music, ska, to slow down to the pulsing dance rhythms of rocksteady.
Otis Redding plays Monterey Pop Festival to the biggest audience of his career, ensuring "crossover" success.
Bob Marley and the Wailers release "Catch a Fire" their first full-length, and the beginning of massive international stardom for Marley.
Where do these two strands of influence find voice today? In the unique hybrid of Jamaican Soul, as brought to you by Chicago's own Deal's Gone Bad. Now in their 14th year, Deal's Gone Bad is touring extensively with its strongest and most consistent line-up in its history. With elements of ska, rocksteady, reggae, and American soul, DGB is sure to please on the dancefloor as well as on their
fourth release to date, The Ramblers on Megalith and Jump Up! Records (March, 2007). Although the band draws its influences from classic Jamaican (Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe) and American (Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Temptations) artists, the sound is a uniquely modern combination, unlike anything else on the scene today. Deal's Gone Bad will appeal to fans of both soul and Jamaican music, as well as anyone looking for a turn on the floor or a song in their hearts. While The Ramblers is a testament to the strength of the songwriting, as well as the close-your-eyes-and-its-Otis voice of Todd Hembrook (his first record with the group), it is in live performance where the boys truly shine. Deal's Gone Bad shows are a combination of soul rave-up and
island dance party, with the force and energy of any punk band worth their salt. Lace up your dancing shoes and slip into your sharpest suit or pencil skirt, Deal's Gone Bad is coming to your
town so get ready
Archbishops of Blount Street
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill's ONLY ska band, no matter what you heard.
Raleigh Public Record says,"this band is brass heavy and reminds me of a cross between Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and the Pietasters. Bottom line – these guys are amazing." The Independent Weekly says, “Archbishops of Blount Street pay tribute to two-tone trailblazing.” The Durham Herald – Sun calls Archbishops of Blount Street "people with a drive for the music and party." The Chapel Hill... News says Archbishops of Blount Street "give the day a great reggae/ska flavor."
Archbishops of Blount Street play ska music unlike anyone from Roanoke Rapids to Wilmington, from Greenville to Greensboro. There are ten guys in the band! We have five gentlemen who play fiery horns, five who sing like nightingales, five that lay down a rhythm on top of which only a corpse could keep still and the whole is even greater than the sum of our parts.
Blount (pronounced, 'blunt') Street is a downtown thoroughfare running north and south through Raleigh, North Carolina in the US of A. We named the band Archbishops of Blount Street to give listeners an idea of our geographic origin. Ska, the mother of reggae music, was born in Jamaica and traveled over its half-century of waxing and waning popularity to the rest of the globe. But ska retains its Jamaican sense of rhythm, instrumentation and baudiness.
Some Archbishops are former members of The Jumpstarts, T-Rox & The Skankosaurs, 40 Ozs. and Dread34, all of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill's finest gone-but-not-forgotten purveyors of skank. Archbishops of Blount Street play ska music covering all its major movements including first wave, two-tone and third wave and will soon premiere original music, too. We've played every size of venue from small local bars to major music festivals and have shared the bill with national touring acts like The Pietasters, The Toasters and international stars Bad Manners.
Though we call ourselves a ska band we only build about a third of our set with traditional ska covers. The rest are pulled from five decades of more widely popular music and given the special Archbishops treatment. By our very nature those treatments emerge as identifiably ska, but our mad skills allow us to organically rework each song into a fresh but immediately recognizable take on the original.
If you still need to know who we are you can catch Archbishops of Blount Street at an upcoming local performance. E pluribus unum. Esse quam videri. Quod populus tripudio. Skavoovie!
The Rockit Pops
The Rockit Pops are a Punk Rock band with Ska undertones from NC
In The Showroom
Doors @ 7:00 PM
Show @ 7:00 PM
When & Where