Rudie Crew, MK Groove Orchestra (Double Set), Funkface, Bigger Thomas, Trick Fall & The Tuscaderos

Rudie Crew

El Husey & Dan Dulin, upon leaving the Ska fusion band Skinnerbox, formed a new band dedicated to Reggae and Ska with Dancehall vocal stylings. The Rudie Crew began rehearsing in a dank studio on Ludlow Street just south of Houston and knew right from the first that a new and exciting sound had been hatched. The original singers were David Greene and Sherwin (Sherankin') and an amazing drummer named Junior (Cliffton Anglin). The Rudie Crew released its debut album “Invasion” in 2003, follow up “Ride” in 2005, and groundbreaking "This Is Skragga!" in 2011. The Rudie Crew is signed to Megalith Records and is currently touring to support "This Is Skragga!".

After many years and numerous personnel changes the Rudie Crew has a solid line up of veteran all-stars up with Roy Radics fronting the band and the songs developing a more progressive sound.

MK Groove Orchestra (Double Set)

The MK Groove Orchestra is not your grandparents big band, the MKGO is equal parts rock band and jazz band, drawing upon all sounds and cultures that inspire them. Musical omnivores to say the least, depending on what night you see the group, you may be treated to a transcription of a B side from an obscure old school funk 45, the opening theme of a Bruce Lee film, a rendition of a classic recording by a cuban orchestra from the 50s or a classic rock anthem...most likely all of the above. The MKGO's originals also have an equal sense of adventure and breadth, written with clarity and purpose and performed integrity, intensity and virtuosity. Imagine all this...wrapped in face melting guitars.

Funkface

As the great city of Gotham undergoes its many phases, only one thing remains the same... FunkFace kicks ass .No doubt one of the greatest live rock bands going, FunkFace are the nagging pain in the side of conformity, blending what you know with what you haven’t heard striving to split you in half with sonic fits of joy. So sweet and bitter at the same time .Hard driving grooves uplifting you to melodic chorus peppered with political rants hidden behind sweet come-ons screamed at the top of your lungs.

The five piece unit has been blazin the New York massive for years. Make no mistake about it, They've been around the block, in your mom's house and up the river and down many times over. Lead singer Luqman‘s vocal assault stirs the swarm while the rhythm section Frank beans (bass) 40 oz Jeff (rhythm guitar ) and Ramsey Jones (drums) stagger the senses. Leaving Tim Grove (lead guitar) to ignite the hive into heated frenzy. Hard rock will never be the same; this bands sound has remnants of a punk age, hard rock with a little twist of hip hop, soul and ska. The ultimate fuse, total groove rock. Many have referred to as Soul Core.

Mentioned in Fader magazine and in the Vibe, as the hardest hitting band in the world also featured in the documentary Afro Punk, as leaders of the black rock scene. Plus they are well know around the world as true stage destroyers ask any stage hand or concert carpenters. Still the band genre bending skills are evident in their multicultural look. All the different experience leads to many sounds that become one. FunkFace is posed for the attack and no one will be spared.

FunkFace latest record has all the hard rock you could want, but the addition of a few slow rock ballad open up the band to an area never explored. Still they have created a large symphonic sound a slight throw back to bands like the Verve.

FunkFace have toured and played with many bands like the Distillers, Rage against the Machine, ApolloHeights, Bad Brains, Tribe called Quest, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murphy's Law, Fishbone, Peaches, Tv on the Radio, Mike Ladd, and many, many more. Still the best way to experience this poliomyelitis is to shed your fears and succumb to the raging wave that is FunkFace.

Bigger Thomas

Celebrating 21 years of ska and reggae in 2009!! Bigger Thomas continues to keep crowds moving and grooving to their patented version of reggae ska that includes a heavy dose of traditional and 2-Tone ska thrown in for good measure. The band reflects the cultural diversity of the city they call home with members who have roots in the NYC metropolitan area as well as Haiti, Jamaica, Canada and the UK. Best known for their upbeat ska-pop song "Ska in My Pocket" they now play a diverse style encompassing ska, reggae, calypso, punk, african and latin rythyms. Their Megalith Records release "We Wear The Mask" was recorded at Version City Studios and produced/mixed by King Django. The band's most recent efforts "Resisting Success" and "Bigger Thomas" a CD/DVD reissue of their first out-of-print LP are also available online at biggerthomas.com, megalithrecords.com and itunes.com.

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Rudie Crew, MK Groove Orchestra (Double Set), Funkface, Bigger Thomas, Trick Fall & The Tuscaderos

Friday, March 1 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM at Spike Hill