Rocks Off Reader #12


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.

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.


Sunday 8/18: Greenpoint Fish And Lobster Company Sunday at Sea featuring music by DJ Jonathan Toubin (Aboard The Jewel – From the India Street Pier (Greenpoint Brooklyn) / Departs: 2pm) This will be the “maiden voyage” for the Greenpoint Fish and Lobster Company. Tickets are $60 and you’ll get: Jumbo Lobster Rolls, Ahi & Watermelon Ceviche, East & West Coast Oysters, a beer & wine open bar, an oyster shucking class and of course the best damn dance music. Click here for tickets.

Monday 8/9: GUAC ROCK 2013! featuring music by The Fine Machines, Beverly, Joywave (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel, Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm -E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.) Nachos NY, a nacho-blog turned books presents their annual fusion of delicious Mexican food and rock music. Click here for tickets.

Thursday 8/22: Turbine, The Folkadelics (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Half Moon -Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.) Americana and indie folk rock come together on the high seas. Click here for tickets.


Friday 8/23: Black 47 (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Half Moon -Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.) It gets all sorts of Celtic on the river as icons of the Irish scene Black 47 performs live. Check out Pop-Break’s interview with Black 47 frontman and author Larry Kirwan. Click here for tickets.

Coming to the Boats: Detroit Cobras, The A-Bones (8/27);EyeHateGod, Final Conflict (9/15); The Machine: The Pink Floyd Tribute (9/21); E Street Shuffle: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (9/21).


Friday 8/16: DOUBLE SHOT. #1 Chrome Cranks, Pop. 1280, Twin Guns (Mercury Lounge, Advance: $12/Day of Show: $15): In your face, unapologetic punk rock. Click here for tickets. #2 Mike Farris of Screaming Cheetah Wheelies performs with Roger Alan Wade (Advance: $20) later in the evening. Click here for tickets.


Saturday 8/17: Madonnathon – 10th The 10th Annual Madonna Birthday Tribute (Brooklyn Bowl, Advance: $12/Day of Show: $12): This annual tribute is hosted by Cathy Cervenka & friends. This year’s all-star cast includes Tammy Faye Starlite, Mark Rinzel (Jessie’s Girl), Amber Martin (Mattachine), Yana Chupenko (Shiny Mama), Hot Sausage, Emily Strigl (The Mynks), Cathy Cervenka (The HoHos, Love Bites), Daryl Glenn, Angela Di Carlo, Patrick Johnson, Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, Gia Mele, Edie Nightcrawler, Daniel de Jesus & more TBA!

Saturday 8/17: Joyce Manor, Glocca Morra, Dogs On Acid (Knitting Factory Brooklyn –
Advance: $12): Acoustic pop punk at its very best. Click here for tickets.

Also coming to a venue near you: The Queers, The Dwarves (8/31 @ Le Poisson Rouge), HMFO -Hall & Mother Fuckin’ Oates (9/5 @ Mercury Lounge); The Angry Samoans, Last Call Brawl, Downtown Brown (9/15 @ Bowery Electric); Start Making Sense: A Tribute to The Talking Heads (9/20 @ Brooklyn Bowl).


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.

John Joseph of The Cro Mags
John Joseph of The Cro Mags

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.


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.”

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Bill Bodkin is the gray bearded owner, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break. Most importantly, he is lucky husband, and proud father to a beautiful daughter named 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

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