Rude Boy George Release New Album And Premiere New Music Video Music News | By Bryan Kremkau on Apr 27th, 2018 SHARE TWEET REDDIT SHARE EMAIL Rude Boy George has gone through a bit of a change again. Roger, Marc and Pam are now joined by some new members including Jenny Whiskey and Rob George from Hub City Stompers and Bigger Thomas. Megg is having a baby and taking some time away from the band, and other members have went off to do new things (jazz) or old things (Sgt Scagnetti). The band have released their new EP, Love My Way, which contains 4 new tracks of new wave ska covers. Plus, the album art was designed by me! Love My Way is our 4-song EP of 80’s new wave tracks by The Pretenders, Yazoo, Gary Numan and the Psychedelic Furs that we recorded towards the end of last year. The EP is called Love My Way in honor of the Psychedelic Furs song of the same name but also to honor the new wave artists on this record — Chrissie Hynde, Gary Numan, Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke and Richard Butler — who forged a new sound and created instant classics in the process. The album art pays respects to UB40’s 1983 Labour Of Love album cover and features a collage of images that illustrate each of the songs on the EP and individual band members. You can purchase the new EP Love My Way at their Bandcamp page. The band’s announcement video on the changes of the band happening and introducing the new members:     The first single and video is for the Yazoo cover “Only You.”     Topics: love my waymiddle of the roadmusic videonew waveonly youRude Boy Georgeskayazoo ” - Bryan Kremkau


The Specialized Project is a group of UK-based music folk who raise money to help those stricken with teenage cancer, and other dreadful afflictions.  The fundraising largely focuses on the release of multi-CD tribute albums that feature dozens of great bands.  Their forthcoming release - Gifted: A Tribute To The Jam - is a four-CD affair containing 65 ska and reggae artists covering tunes by The Jam. I can't wait to taste the whole enchilada.The first track I have stumbled across for this record is by Rude Boy George (great band name) taking on the classic tune Town Called Malice.  They are an NYC band that specializes in ska remakes of 80s New Wave songs.  I dig it.The primary differences between this version and the original are the ska backbeat, a slightly slower tempo, and the dual vocals of Megg Howe and Roger Apollon Jr.  The ska vibe and groove combine nicely with the sentiment of the original, making this an easy and enjoyable listen.  Perfect for your next party.Click Here to watch the official video for Rude Boy George's cover of Town Called Malice.Click Here to watch The Jam's original music video for Town Called Malice.”

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On Sept. 8, from the ground floor of The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), one could hear the sound of music floating down from The Loft. This was the inaugural performance for “Locals in the Loft,” a series that celebrates performers from the area at the SOPAC.Two local bands, Laredo and Rude Boy George, brought about 50 people together over their shared love of live music. Rude Boy George’s set included influences from 80s music to ska or reggae with covers of songs like “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Sandie Shaw and “Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics. The bands Laredo (pictured) and Rude Boy George performed song covers with their own spin.Claudia Emanuele/Staff Writer Loredo drew from multiple genres, concluding their set with a country song. In an exclusive interview with The Setonian, two members of Rude Boy George, lead singer Roger Apollon Jr. and bass player Marc Wasserman, expressed an early love of music. Both men grew up with music in their lives from the start. “Besides family and friends, music is the biggest part of my life,” Wasserman said. “I have to listen to music every day.” According to Apollon, his professional career in music started with a chance encounter. “Music has been a very big part of my culture and I’ve always been listening to the radio,” Apollon said. “I only sang in the shower until someone in college overheard me and said ‘my friend is starting a band and you should sing for them.’ That was the moment the arts started to take up a big part of my life.” Though both Rude Boy George and Laredo performed covers of songs that night, Wasserman explained that they are not just a cover band. “We have to reinterpret the songs,” he said. “We have to put our own spin on it but keep the parts people know and love.”Apollon added that it is important to them that they “pay homage” to these songs and have the original creators enjoy this new spin. Gary Shippy, the drummer for Laredo, said his band sometimes plays originals, but for “Locals in the Loft” they would only perform covers. Shippy then talked about the origins of the band, which started out as “a jam session in [his] basement with local musicians who wanted to get together to play.” The people who consistently showed up to these “open jam sessions” became members of the band. Though this event was Rude Boy George’s first performance at SOPAC, Laredo played at the venue once before for The President’s Ball. Shippy said “Locals in the Loft” is a “unique concept.” “Since there are a lot of bands like Laredo and Rude Boy George there is a thriving music scene where people have real jobs but are in bands for fun,” he said. Claudia Emanuele can be reached at” - Claudia Emanuele

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RUDE BOY GEORGE @ OSKAR SCHINDLER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WEST ORANGE, NJ – 8.19.17 AUGUST 20, 2017 | CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY It’s always fun to see Rude Boy George! As you can tell, I shoot them a lot but that’s because they are fun to shoot and they are also my friends. It was great to see them not in a club setting for a change and it was a gorgeous night too! I had my kid with me for this, so I didn’t get to shoot as much as I usually do but I let my twin brother Matt take some shots and later on my wife snapped a couple as well. My brother got a good shot of Roger doing the “rock on” devil horns. Since the band urged people to stand and dance, I didn’t feel as bad of getting up close to them to get some shots. I even went on the side of the stage at one point since some of the band members were hiding in the back. I used my 70-200mm f2.8 lens for the most part, but took out the other lens to get some wider shots as well. If I didn’t have my family with me, I would have tried to bring my tripod and try to get some stars in the skies with the stage but I was lucky I made it this far in the set. My son loved the music, and loves dancing. He’s been dancing at a very earlier age, especially to ska and reggae music. He was cranky as hell all afternoon but once we got to West Orange, he had a big smile on his face. Since RBG’s set was around bedtime, we had to cut out a little early. Follow Rude Boy George on Faceook for show updates, which they have a few shows in the area coming up! CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE AND PHOTOS!” - Bryan Kremkau

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The Selecter @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY Live Reviews | By Ray Manuud on Aug 16th, 2017 Date: August 9th 2017Opening Bands: The Pandemics, Rude Boy George If there is one city in the US that has cultivated a prolific amount of any given music scene it is New York City, especially in regards to music subculture like that of punk rock and the like. Case in point, NYC’s ska scene has always been able to cater to the fans that have sought this predecessor of reggae music and distant cousin of punk rock (through marriage, a la 2 Tone). At its height a couple of decades ago, the NYC ska scene was massive. Reaching mainstream, everyone wanted a piece of ska and so the scene flourished, bands by the van loads played ska music and performed shows nationwide. Although, the scene may not be as prevalent as it was, no matter how small the scene got there was always an outlet as well as a fairly easy means to find out who was still playing the music and where to see them perform in this city. Flash forward to the present and we have yet another visit and therefore another US tour from legendary 2 Tone ska band The Selecter who after many periods of hiatus and a couple of reformations, come back to touring and recording new music. Fronted by the stylish and beautiful Pauline Black and unflappable Gaps Hendrickson, the two founding and remaining original members of the band seem almost as excited as the fans themselves to be at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on this summer night. The Selecter is still in the thick of things, touring relentlessly all over the world and promoting their latest album aptly titled Subculture. Kicking off this much anticipated night of ska was New York’s Pandemics. They have become a regular staple of the current NYC ska scene with their upbeat, soulful, and melodic brand of the third wave. With this particular show they seemed musically tighter than they ever have. The highlight of their set, however, was their energetic rendition of Gangsters by the 2 Tone godfathers, The Specials. Following the opening set was yet another NYC ska band that has become one of the more prominent bands of the current NY ska scene, Rude Boy George. RBG with their trademark sound of ska infused new wave, brings to the table a marriage of two much loved subcultures and genres thus cementing themselves as a high energy party machine for hire. In their arsenal are beloved tunes from the post punk to make all move and dance to the rhythm and beat with classics originated by Squeeze, Eurhythmics, and Kim Wilde. Selecter capped off the night with an amazing set full of high energy and tight instrumental harmony. On hand were signature Selecter classics like 3 Minute Hero, Missing Words, On My Radio, and Too Much Pressure. Absent from this set is one my all time favorite Selecter tunes, Whisper, which I have heard them cover live at a previous show. Despite that being the only misstep to this excellent set in this humble reviewer’s opinion, this was hands down the best Selecter performance I have caught so far. A real treat and pleasing spectacle. The band also littered their set with new tunes from their forthcoming Daylight, due out this October. The new tunes which include new tracks like Frontline and The Big Badoof have me itching to pick up this record when it hits. Also present in this set was a fair share of music from their latest album appropriately titled Subculture, which by the way is great as it holds up nicely to its namesake and the social commentary that are often found in the band’s songwriting. Out of all of the original ska bands out of the 2 Tone ska era of the late 70’s early 80’s, Selecter is proving to be the most consistent and prolific for quality new material, that’s even over The Specials, Madness, and Bad Manners. In every sense, Pauline Black is the Queen of 2 tone ska and that will never change (respect due to the irreplaceable Doreen Sheaffer as the Queen of ska’s first wave). I clearly still have my teenage crush on this woman. Her style still exudes sex appeal and her dance moves are infectious plus her ability to control her vocals at seemingly almost every pitch truly set her apart from most female lead singers. Her commanding performance and her graceful lead have both her band and fans follow. Selecter’s skill at musicianship is not only apparent, it’s obvious. Their openness and modesty shows as Pauline Black welcomes and invites all for meet and greets and maybe a conversation or two with her, Gaps, and any other members who may be lingering around before and well after the show. Truly a class act. Topics: 2 toneconcert reviewlive reviewPauline BlackRude Boy GeorgeskaThe PandemicsThe Selecter ” - Ray Manuud


Thanks to Ska Express for naming us Band of the Week!”

— Ska Express

MARCH 10, 2017 SAVE FERRIS TAKE OVER GRAMERCY THEATRE, NYC 3-4-17 Andrew Fiero Tags: BABY BABY Checkered Past EP Concert Photography Concert Review Rude Boy George Save Ferris Save Ferris New Sound 2017 Tour Anyone needing proof that absence does make the heart grow fonder, look no further than Ska Punk veterans Save Ferris. Begun out in Orange County, California back in in 1995, like many bands, they started from the ground up, selling their 1996 EP, Introducing Save Ferris, out of the trunks of their cars.  With a name inspired by the iconic 1986 John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Save Ferris would follow-up with the successful 1997 full-length, It Means Everything. Following with a spot on the main stage at 1998’s Vans Warped Tour, two singles in the Billboard top 100, and their sophomore album, Modified, in 1999, Save Ferris were a force to be reckoned with. Since then, they have survived several lineup changes and a hiatus, but thankfully, lead lady Monique Powell has kept the dream alive. Now, after seventeen long years, Save Ferris returns with brand new original material with the release of their five track EP, Checkered Past. Released back on February 10th, in celebration of the band’s return, the very same day, they kicked off their New Sound 2017 Tour that takes them coast to coast through March 26th. A tour which finds Save Ferris with Vista Kicks on the West Coast dates and Baby Baby on the East Coast dates, on Saturday, March 4th, the party landed down in New York City at Gramercy Theatre. As the fans, both young and old, checked in from the freezing cold, they walked in to see opening support, Baby Baby. Coming together back in 2009, the Atlanta, Georgia based band comprised of Fontez Brookes (vocals/guitar), Grant Wallace (drums), Colin Boddy (aux percussion), and Hsiang-Ming Wen (bass) provided the perfect start with their brand of self-pattened Fun Rock.  As the lights went down and the crowd continued to grow, Baby Baby invited everyone to begin dancing as they went into “Serge” and the chant along “Hang in There.” Going into other tracks such as “Teach You How to Dance” and Punk Rock tingling “Keep on Dancing,” the band certainly lived up to their name of Fun Rock.    Sharing fun stories in between the music, during the second half of their set they pulled out all the stops as Wallace left his drum set several times to get closer to the crowd, even jamming on the cowbell. Going into “Turnip” and “Just Because You’re Here,” the party-like atmosphere continued with wild stage antics and rowdy guitars. Closing out with “Fire,” Save Ferris’s Alexander Mathias hopping out to lend his saxophone skills to the finale. A band that provokes a let loose and have a good time vibe, Baby Baby are as much a party band as B-52s or Andrew WK, but do it their own way.    [Show as slideshow] A hard act to follow, New York City’s own Rude Boy George came out next. Becoming well known in the area for their upbeat Ska revivals of classic New Wave tracks, Rude Boy George is made up of Megg Howe and Roger Apollon Jr. sharing vocals, Jackie Chansen on saxophone, Jesse Gosselin on guitar, Mark Wasserman on bass, Dave Heise on drums, and Pam Buckley on piano.   Ready to go, they opened with Berlin’s “The Metro” before going into Howard Jones’ “Things Can Only Get Better” and The Cure’s “Close to Me.” Rude Boy George offered a unique take on the ’80s classics. Possessing a stage presence that was infectious, it was impossible not to dance along as the energy level elevated with other songs like Blondie’s “Atomic” and the anthemic Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America.” Fans of Ska looking to get into a band with instantly recognizable cover renditions done to perfection, look no further Rude Boy George.   [Show as slideshow] With two acts down, it was time for the headliners Save Ferris to take on the New York crowd for the first time in over fifteen years. A long time coming, Powell and her bandmates Gordon Bash (bass), Patrick Ferguson (guitar), Erik Hughes (trombone), Alex Mathias (saxophone), and Brandon Dickert (drums) did not keep the eager audience waiting long as they promptly kicked into old favorite “The World Is New.”   From there, it was on into other oldies but goodies, “Nobody But Me” and “Little Differences.” A rush of a beginning, taking a moment to catch her breath, Powell expressed gratitude to those who came out to see the band. Slightly under the weather, Powell showed no sense of such while singing, but poked fun of her own raspy speaking voice.  Unshaken, Powell not once let her ailment hurt her performance, saving all her energy to unveil new tracks, including “Golden Silence,” “Anything,” and “Do I Even Like You?” Of course there was a good balance of all Save Ferris’ history for all to enjoy, but perhaps the most delightful aspect of the night was Powell’s engaging personality. Constantly joking around, the night took on a feeling of old friends getting together for the first time in too long a time. In addition, Powell gave the show a burlesque feel as she slowly removed her dress, but do not get too excited, there was another dress underneath, showcasing more of her playful stage manner.   While the band leader shined bright all night, she was far from the only one to enjoy the spotlight as Bash stood tall during “Superspy” when switching out his electric bass for an upright bass. Going into what was thought to be the final song of the night, “I Know,” Save Ferris expressed more thanks to the audience before shuffling off the stage. Quickly returning, the encore offered one more modern day cut, “New Sound,” before wrapping it all up with their distinctive cover of Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Come On Eileen” to a sea of applauses. Sharing a bond with the live crowd like few can, those three simple words “You Mean Everything” in the set closer perfectly summed up Powell’s view on each and every person who has ever picked up a Save Ferris album or purchased a ticket to a show. Wearing her heart on her sleeve all night, Powell revealing how grateful she was for love, for music, and for her fans. The checkered past that kept Save Ferris out of sight so long has made the return all the more meaningful. Ending their performance in New York City with promise that they will be back again, Save Ferris prove there is light as long as their is hope.  [Show as slideshow] ” - Andrew Fiero

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Rude Boy George@ Gramercy Theatre, NYC Live Reviews | By Bryan Kremkau on Mar 6th, 2017 March 4th, 2017 Opening Bands: Rude Boy George, Baby Baby Rude Boy George were up next and I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve seen them. I’ll be seeing RBG next month when they play 2 sets for our 20th Anniversary party at Otto’s Shrunken Head. That should be a blast! They started things off nicely with “The Metro,” originally done by Berlin. Their most recent cover of Howard Jones’ “Things Can Only Get Better” is definitely a stand out and quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Gotta love the upbeat ska versions of the new wave songs. Every time I see them, they introduce a new song. This time it was “Atomic,” the classic Blondie song and later popularized by Sleeper for Trainspotting. The band has been appearing on the Specialized compilations lately, and did a cover of “Iron Lion Zion” by Bob Marley but they didn’t do that song for that set. Their next one will be The Jam so I’m really curious to hear how that will turn out! Perhaps they will debut it at the ReadJunk party or maybe they will surprise me and finally do The Comsat Angels “Will You Stay Tonight” that I have been asking them to do for 2 years now haha. Anyway, they finished the set with their awesome cover of “Kids in America.” It’s always such a good closer for their set. They got the crowd into it and ready for Save Ferris.   ” - Bryan Kremkau

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(Speaking of Marco...another old thing that came back in 2016 was Marco on the Bass that was dormant for a couple years is now being refreshed with new posts. Marco's current band Rude Boy George released a fantastic EP this year which includes one of my favorite songs of the year - a cover of Howard Jones' "Things Can Only Get Better")   ”

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - ONE HEART: TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Fascinating Bob Marley tribute charity compilation This terrific series, in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and The National Foundation For Youth Music has produced various artist tribute albums to The Specials, The Beat, Madness and The Clash – first-rate compilations with a dazzling array of artists contributing new tracks to the project.    Spread over a mammoth four discs, this tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers contains many tracks that stick satisfactorily to the blueprint laid down by the originals, like The Skatalites featuring Doreen Shaffer’s Nice Time, One Love Orchestra’s take on Jamming, Steel City Rhythm’s Could You Be Loved and Annabella Lwin’s Cheer Up.    King Hammond’s Kinky Reggae is suitably slinky, while Black Symbol’s strident Get Up Stand Up is an effectively modern version, as is Rude Boy George’s souped-up, nippy, Iron Lion Zion. The Spammed boast an improbable line-up of Neil Innes, Horace Panter, Micko Westmoreland, Rat Scabies and Kevin Eldon, who delivers a heartfelt vocal on I Shot The Sherriff.  The Funadicts’ Lively Up Yourself is delightfully bright ’n’ breezy, and The Uplifters deliver a bouncy, infectious Pour Down Your Sunshine. And we close, surprisingly, with Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir’s lusty, rousing, Three Little Birds. Fabulous!        Specialized | CD 003 (4CD) Reviewed by Shane Baldwin” - Shane Baldwin

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Rude Boy George @ Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY – 12.29.16 Jan. 1 | Concert Photography Rude Boy George opened up The Skints show at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on December 29th 2016. I did a full review over at if you want to read that. It’s always fun to photograph my buddies Rude Boy George. Since there’s no photo pit at Knitting Factory, I sat in the crowd for the entire show shooting and dancing. Sometime it’s better that way since you can shoot the entire set. But then you have to contend with people getting in the way, dancers bumping into you and things like that. The lighting for their set was basically atrocious. Knitting Factory is better than this because Skints set looked fine! But for whatever reason, they had no front lighting for their set and just ugly red lighting for the back. It makes it hard to shoot bands this way so I was cranking up the ISO up to 4000-5000. Hence why every photo is black & white & very grainy. I just wish they would leave some white front lighting in front, especially when band members like to stand on the ledge part. The members just get dark and it’s hard to see. Sigh…the life of a concert photographer. Check out my favorite shots: The Entire Gallery Buy Prints/ License Photos: Prints in this set are available for purchase! Just email which photo(s) you’re interested in (please provide alt tag or #) and I’ll give you a quote. Photos are also available for licensing to your website, magazine, Facebook page, etc. as well. Tags: BrooklynConcert Photographyknitting factorynew yorkNikon D800Rude Boy Georgeska ” - Bryan Kremkau

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