Rocks Off Reader #11

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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 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 8/8: Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel, Boards: 6:00pm / Departs: 7:00pm -E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.) LivingSocial presents the biggest and best tribute to Sublime, Badfish. How big is Badfish? This is a national touring band that sells out concert venues throughout the nation. Click here for tickets.

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Friday 8/9: Murphy’s Law – ‘Jimmy G’s Annal Birthday Bash’ (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Half Moon, Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): New York Hardcore aboard a boat. Iconic NYHC band Murphy’s Law celebrate the birth of their lead singer Jimmy Gestapo with a full-fledged boat concert. Click here for tickets.

Saturday 8/10: Jukebox the Ghost, Jenny Owens Young (Circle Line Manhattan Pier 83 – 42nd St and West Side Highway) — SHOW IS SOLD OUT

Saturday 8/17: Ship of Fools #7 with Wigjam: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel, Boards: 6:00pm / Departs: 7:00pm) Rocks Off’s annual Dead tribute show returns for its 7th voyage around the river. There will also be kick ass eats provided by the famous Dr. Marinade!Click here for tickets.

Coming to the Boats: Guac Rock 2013 featuring The Fine Machines, Beverly, Joywave (8/19); Turbines, The Folkadelics (8/22); Black 47 (8/23); Detroit Cobras, The A-Bones (8/27).

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Friday 8/9: The Doors Experience: Blue Sunday, (Cafe Wha? Advance: $10): Check out a full 90 minute tribute to The Doors featuring TV personality Michael de Avila from the award-winning NBC Sports show, Lunkerville. Click here for tickets.

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Sunday 8/11: Drivin’ N Cryin’, (The Mercury Lounge, Advance: $15): Looking for a guitar-driven slice of Southern fried gold? Then check out Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, a former Geffen and Island Records recording artist that reminds us a lot of The Black Crowes. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday August 13: Kevin Seconds w/Kepi Ghoulie, King Django (Bowery Electric, Advance: $10): Punk stalwart and radio host Kevin Seconds, who’s performed with everyone from Chuck Ragan to Bad Brains, will return to NYC for an intimate early week show. Click here for tickets.

Also coming to a venue near you: Chrome Cranks, Pop. 1280, Twins Guns (Mercury Lounge, 8/16); Mike Farris, Roger Alan Wade (Mercury Lounge, 8/16); Madonnathon – The 10th Annual Madonna Birthday Tribute (Brooklyn Bowl, 8/17); Joyce Manor, Glocca Morra, Dogs on Acid (Knitting Factory Brooklyn, 8/17).

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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 August 24.

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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