007: Rocksteady

  • Sun, Jun 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • The Broadside

    600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, LA

Ticket Price $15.00 Buy Tickets
Description

007 is the brainchild of Jeffrey "the Houseman" Clemens (drummer for G,Love and Special Sauce), who found one musical stone unturned on the vibrant music scene in his adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Knowing that rocksteady is an essential era for fans of Jamaican music, Clemens assembled a band of outstanding local musicians dedicated to celebrating this treasured sliver of 1960s pop music. While ska and reggae are more commonly recognized styles among roots music fans, rocksteady is the crucial link between the two. Emerging in the mid-60s, rocksteady is, in simple terms, ska at half speed, minus the horns, with a prominent bass line. It's the mellow precursor to Bob Marley-style forthright reggae, and its simple vocal harmonies spout lyrics about good times, romance, and the politics of freedom.

Named for Desmond Dekker's 1967 rude boy anthem, 007 was born to revive the well-loved and oft-forgotten songs of rocksteady's very limited heyday (1966-1968). The repertoire includes songs by a host of rocksteady artists such as Dekker, the Jamaicans, Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, and Justin Hinds. 007 produces an authentic rocksteady sound, covering these classic tunes in a live setting much like they sound on the original recordings. In spite of their collective affinity for the Jamaican tradition, the band members come from a variety of musical backgrounds. With Clemens singing and anchoring the beat, guitarists Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich make up the front line. McMurray is best know as front man for popular New Orleans rock band Royal Fingerbowl. Freilich, a local avant-garde jazz mogul, plays with the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Joe Cabral, who is best known as saxophonist for Tex-Mex outfit the Iguanas. Cabral contributes lead vocals on the best-known rocksteady tune of all time, "The Tide is High," which was originally recorded by the Paragons before Blondie turned it into a #1 hit in 1980.

 

007: The genre is steady, rocksteady

007 is the brainchild of Jeffrey "the Houseman" Clemens (drummer for G,Love and Special Sauce), who found one musical stone unturned on the vibrant music scene in his adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Knowing that rocksteady is an essential era for fans of Jamaican music, Clemens assembled a band of outstanding local musicians dedicated to celebrating this treasured sliver of 1960s pop music. While ska and reggae are more commonly recognized styles among roots music fans, rocksteady is the crucial link between the two. Emerging in the mid-60s, rocksteady is, in simple terms, ska at half speed, minus the horns, with a prominent bass line. It's the mellow precursor to Bob Marley-style forthright reggae, and its simple vocal harmonies spout lyrics about good times, romance, and the politics of freedom.

Named for Desmond Dekker's 1967 rude boy anthem, 007 was born to revive the well-loved and oft-forgotten songs of rocksteady's very limited heyday (1966-1968). The repertoire includes songs by a host of rocksteady artists such as Dekker, the Jamaicans, Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, and Justin Hinds. 007 produces an authentic rocksteady sound, covering these classic tunes in a live setting much like they sound on the original recordings. In spite of their collective affinity for the Jamaican tradition, the band members come from a variety of musical backgrounds. With Clemens singing and anchoring the beat, guitarists Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich make up the front line. McMurray is best know as front man for popular New Orleans rock band Royal Fingerbowl. Freilich, a local avant-garde jazz mogul, plays with the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Joe Cabral, who is best known as saxophonist for Tex-Mex outfit the Iguanas. Cabral contributes lead vocals on the best-known rocksteady tune of all time, "The Tide is High," which was originally recorded by the Paragons before Blondie turned it into a #1 hit in 1980.

Date & Time

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue Details

The Broadside

600 North Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, United States

The Broadside
The Broad Theater

GENERAL INFO:

1) The showtime listed on the event is the time the show starts. Doors will open one hour before. 
2) We have plenty of chairs and picnic tables but seating is first come first serve. If you want to guarantee a seat for a big event please plan to arrive early. We have ample and comfortable standing areas with plenty of room for social distancing.
3) You must follow our COVID guidelines or you will be asked to leave and no refund will be given.
4) You must wear a mask when moving around the venue. It is still the New Orleans mandate. If you are “drinking” – sip your drink, then put your mask back on. 
5) If we cancel a show due to rain, we will always refund your ticket. In the event a show is moved to another date due to weather, we will automatically move your ticket to the new date. If the new date doesn't work for you, we will happily refund you.
In a nutshell, if there's a show you want to see, buy the ticket and worry about the elements later(always dress accordingly though!).
6) Children 12 years of age and up need to have a ticket.
7) We have a full bar. No outside food or drinks are allowed.