Rocks Off Reader #13 – End of Summer Edition


It’s the end of summer and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than with the slew of concerts from Rocks Off.

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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.

Sunday 9/1: 10th Annual Camouflage Jungle Cruise featuring – a Jungle/Drum & Bass Party Christian Bruna, Raw Q, 9X, Dan Meshugs & MC T.R.A.C on the upper deck and a Techno/House on the lower deck featuring – Justin Schumacher, Tommy Etzi, Todd Fatjo & Valerie Molano. (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Half Moon – Boards: 11:00pm / Departs: 12:00am, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): Get your dance on with a slew of the best DJ’s in the world of jungle, drum & bass, techno and house. Click here for tickets.

Sunday 9/15: Eyehategod with Final Conflict (Rocks Off Cruise Aboard the Harbor Lights – Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr.): NOLA blues meets southern rock meets old school hardcore. Click here for tickets.


Saturday 9/21: The Machine Performs Pink Floyd (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Circle Line – Boards: 7:00pm / Departs: 8:00pm – Circle Line Pier 83 – W. 42nd St + West Side Highway): The premier tribute to the music of Pink Floyd brings its insane show to the Rocks Off armada. Click here for tickets.

Saturday 9/21: The E-Street Shuffle : A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Jewel – Boards: 6:00pm / Departs: 7:00pm, E. 23rd St. & FDR Dr). They’re one of the best Bruce Springsteen tributes out there and what better way to celebrate the beginning of fall? Click here for tickets.

Coming to the Boats: Jim Kenny & The Pirate Beach Band (9/28); Good Riddance – Fat Wreck Chords CMJ Party (10/19).


Saturday 8/31: Together at Last! The Dwarves, The Queers, Atom Age at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Pop punk and grunge icons come together for the first time at one of Brooklyn’s most unique and intimate clubs. Click here for tickets.

Thursday 9/5: HmfO: A Tribute to Hall and Oates w/The Great White Caps at The Mercury Lounge. The people behind The Talking Heads tribute band Start Making Sense and The Great White Caps bring you HmfO that’s right Hall and Mother Fuckin’ Oates! They bring the hits, you bring the ruckus. Click here for tickets.

Sunday September 15: The Angry Samoans with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown at The Bowery Electric. The baddest mothers in the world of American punk rock return to New York City for a sweaty and fists in the air show. Click here for tickets.

Friday September 20: Start Making Sense – Talking Heads Tribute at The Brooklyn Bowl. This band has really taken off in the New York City area and now you get to catch them on dry land for a (psycho) killer show in Brooklyn’s best venue. Click here for tickets.

Also coming to a venue near you: Air Sex World Championships (9/21 @ Highline Ballroom); Good Riddance (10/18 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg); Cro-Mags (10/20 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg).


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.”

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.”

To buy tickets to either tour click here.

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