Rocks Off Reader #9

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Welcome back to the Rocks Off Reader. The people at Rocks Off present a lot of awesome experiences from concerts to bus trips to walking tours.

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Rocks Off Does Wrestling! It’s no secret that Pop-Break.com loves wrestling. Like seriously loves wrestling. And if you know Jake from Rocks Off you know he’s as down with the gladiators of the squared circle as we are. I mean the guy has Terry Funk’s autographed tattooed to his body! Anyways … Rocks Off will presenting the amazing KAIJU BIG BATTEL on Saturday July 20th at Stage 48. Not familiar with KBB? Well think about the movie Pacific Rim … in a wrestling ring. Click here for Kaiju Big Battel tickets. Then on Sunday July 28th, Rocks Off will be presenting Dragon Gate USA’s “Enter the Dragon” show at The Highline Ballroom. This event will feature a Chikara Pro Tribute Match, The Young Bucks vs. The Inner City Machine Guns in what will be an amazing match and tons of the best indie wrestlers in country. Click here for DGUSA tickets.

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Friday July 19th: Masked Intruder with Elway, Sam Russo (Santo’s Party House): They’re the best pop punk band you hope never gets out of prison. Their words, not ours. They’re one of the hottest groups in this exciting genre — catch them in an intimate venue before they get all sorts of huge. Click here for tickets.

Saturday July 20: Tim Barry with Colt Branan, Des Ark (THe Knitting Factory): A true punk rock troubador, Tim Barry is a straight up bad ass with an acoustic guitar. Check out Pop-Break’s interview with Tim from last year to see our point. Click here for tickets.

Friday July 26th and Saturday July 27th: The King of Surf Guitar Dick Dale (The Brooklyn Bowl): The almighty lord of surf guitar Dick Dale may be in his 70s, but he’s going to melt your face off for two nights of shred-tastic guitar. Sure, you may just know him for the Pulp Fiction theme song, but Dick Dale has so much more in his arsenal and the dude is a legit bad ass on stage, leaving it all on the floor. Brooklyn, you’ve been warned. Click here for Friday night tickets. Click here for Saturday night tickets.

Friday July 26th, Sunday July 28th: The Gaslight Anthem with The Boucning Souls (7/26) and The Hold Steady (7/27) (Pier 26 @ Hudson River Park): Oh how stoked are we for this one! Being based in Asbury Park and bred in New Brunswick, we have a very special place in our hearts for The Gaslight Anthem (our editors worked with the drummer for Pete’s sakes!). Speaking of those two cities, the gatekeepers of both municipalities, The Bouncing Souls will be in full effect as well. Best concert of the summer. Hard to argue. Click here for Friday Night Tickets. Click here for Sunday Night Tickets.

Also coming to a venue near you: VOLTO! Feat. Danny Carey (TOOL), Lance Morrison (DON HENLEY), Matt Rohde (JANE’s ADDICTION) + John Ziegler (BUBBATRON) (8/4 @ Highline Ballroom), The Doors Experience: Blue Sunday (8/9 @ Cafe Wha?), Kevin Seconds with Kepi Ghoulie (8/13 @ Bowery Electric)

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Rocks Off is known for their awesome boat shows. Here are some upcoming shows coming up for The Rocks Off Armada…Click Here for Maps off All Ports.

Thursday July 19: Moon Taxi (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel – Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): New hotness alert. Moon Taxi is legitimately going to blow up into something huge, so get on the bandwagon now and see them on a boat. These guys have had music on ABC’s Nashville, HBO and they’re playing Lollapalooze this year. You heard it here … these guys are gonna blow up. Click here for tickets.

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Friday July 20: The Slackers w/ DJ 100dbs (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Circle Line – Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, Circle Line Pier 83 – W. 42nd St + West Side): They are one of the few acts that has appeared on the Rocks Off Concert Cruises since its inception — and for good reason, The Slackers are ska royalty. The high-energy horns and upbeat rhythms will keep people dancing all night on the boat. Click here for tickets.

Sunday July 28: Sheer Terror w/The Templars (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel – Boards: 6:00pm / Departs: 7:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): This going to be brutality defined … on a boat. Legendary NYC hardcore punk icons Sheer Terror are going to break the noise. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday July 30: Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute w/The Great White Caps (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Half Moon -Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm -E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): They’re back! The eight-piece tribute to New York’s own Talking Heads returns to the Rocks Off Concert Armada. In two they will be bringing the phenomenal surf rock band, The Great White Caps who are hot off their Point Break Comes Alive! show at the Highline Ballroom earlier in July Click here for tickets.

Coming to the Boats: Schism – A Tribute to Tool (8/1), Bonerama (8/2), Ellis Ashbrook (8/7), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (8/8), Murphy’s Law (8/9), Jukebox the Ghost w/Jenny Owens Young (8/10)

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Rocks Off is running air-conditioned, bathroom-equipped, sound-system-stacked, TV-screen’s a blazin’ rockin’ party buses from NYC to and from shows at PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach this summer.

“Buses leave from the time and location listed on each show page. These bus rides are BYOS: Bring Your own Shit!!! Refreshments are not served on the bus, but we encourage you to bring your own (just keep tidy and help us keep the bus clean). Best part is that our professional drivers are also highly trained Ninjas, and will be staying with the bus to guard your precious briefcases and designer hula hoops — meaning you can leave your stuff on the bus while you’re at the show.

The buses will leave the venues half an hour after the show ends, so no matter what condition you’re in, please proceed as efficiently as you can towards the bus after the last encore. The plus side is, you’ll find yourself back in NYC afterwards in plenty of time to get a decent night’s sleep, or to just keep raging with all the awesome people you met on the bus.”

July 2013 Bus Schedule

Saturday July 27: Bob Dylan, Wilco and Beck – Americana Tour at Jones Beach

Friday August 2: Wiz Khalifa, A$ap Rocky, B.o.B. & More at PNC Bank Arts Center

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THE PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE of ROCK N ROLL in NEW YORK CITY: Hosted by Rocks Off’s Jake Szufnarowski “If you want to know how how the rock n roll business works, and oftentimes doesn’t work — complete with hilariously offensive, almost unbelievable tales — this is your man. Yes, folks, NYC Rock and Roll ain’t dead yet. Join us on “The Evolution of Rock N Roll in New York City Through The Eyes of a Living, Breathing, and Working Concert Promoter, Rock God and Hell Raiser”, and you’ll learn just how alive it is.” Next Dates: Friday July 19, Friday August 2.

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THE HISTORY OF ART, CRIME, DRUGS and PUNK ROCK ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE: Hosted by John Joseph of The Cro Mags. (Description by John Joseph himself) “Most people walking around on the Lower East Side today with its trendy boutiques and coffee shops have no idea of its history, the great music and violence that has always co-existed side by side down here. I’ll take you to the punk clubs, gang hangouts and drug spots where some of the craziest things went down. It’s a first hand account from someone who was immersed in the danger having myself grown up on the streets of NYC since the age of 14. I guarantee you it will be a true punk rock & crime history lesson from someone who was there way back then and is still here.

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We will drop by the famous CBGB’s location where The Ramones and so many other legendary punk bands started. We’ll walk by Great Gildersleeves where the Hells Angels regularly ran people over on their motorcycles. Stroll down memory lane at Saint Mark’s Place passing Trash and Vaudeville (punk store), the Electric Circus where the likes of Bad Brains, Crass, and so many others jammed. All the while telling you my anecdotes and funny stories of the crazy shit I’ve seen go down. Then Tompkins Sq Park, giving first hand knowledge of the area’s events. We’ll even hit MANITOBAS for Bob Gruen’s famous Punk Rock photo exhibit before we go by the Ritz (now Webster Hall) and Irving Plaza where so many great bands like Black Flag, Bad Brains, Circle Jerks, Motorhead (first U.S. gig), The Damned, Buzzcocks played and where the late punk-rocker John Belushi slam danced his nights away. Finally our last stop on the tour will be Max’s Kansas City where we end in Union Sq. Park discussing the area and what is what it was like. Drugs, hookers, violence, the Palladium where The Clash’s London Calling album cover was shot and many great bands played. Ever heard of Julien’s Pool Hall? The porno theaters where I’d sleep in the dead of winter for 50 cents a night and the Gramercy Park Boxing Gym (now PC Richard’s) where my old man and many World Champions boxed. The bottom line is, whether you’re a seasoned New Yorker or someone visiting the city on vacation, this tour is not to be missed. I can guarantee that it will be a memorable experience.”

To buy tickets to either tour click here.

Bill Bodkin is the owner, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, however, he is the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Sophie. He can be seen regularly on the site reviewing The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and is the host of the site's podcast, The BreakCast. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism & English. Follow him on Twitter: @BodkinWrites