Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Electric Avenue Presents Roddy Radiation Of The Specials on Friday, July 19th In NYC

Electric Avenue is proud to present Roddy "Radiation" Byers, the iconic guitarist of The Specials performing a blazing solo set of his own ska meets rockabilly songs at Characters NYC (243 West 54th Street between Broadway & 8th Avenue) in Manhattan on Friday July 19th.  Support will be provided by Long Island ska punk upstarts The Pandemics. Doors are at 9 pm and the cover is just $10!

Byers, better known as "Roddy Radiation," is The Specials lead guitarist and lead singer of his own band the Skabilly Rebels. He is well known for his guitar playing on classics by the band such as "Concrete Jungle" and "Hey Little Rich Girl" and penning "Rat Race," which helped to create the groundbreaking 2 Tone sound.

Check out Radiation performing a solo version of The Specials "Do Nothing" from last year:

Electric Avenue is a partnership between myself and my fellow New York City ska blogging pal Steve Shafer (Duff Guide To Ska). We have teamed up to present monthly ska and reggae shows at Characters NYC, a midtown Manhattan Irish pub with a big back room ideally suited for live music.

Since last fall, we've been undertaking this labor of love to support ska bands and their fans, and have some fun in the process. Electric Avenue shows already have featured some of the best acts on the Northeastern U.S. ska scene, including King Django (NJ), The Snails (Philadelphia), The Frightnrs (Brooklyn), Destroy Babylon (Massachusetts), Bigger Thomas (NY/NJ), Beat Brigade (NY), Doomsday! (NY), Los Skarronerros (Brooklyn), The Pandemics (Long Island), The Scofflaws (Long Island), The Bullbuckers (Wilmington, DE), The Reggay Lords (Brooklyn), The Copacetics (Providence, RI), The Rudie Crew (NYC), The Royal Swindle (CT) and Rude Boy George (NYC).

The Facebook Electric Avenue event page can be found here. And take a moment to "like" the Electric Avenue FB page, so you keep up on our shows.

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