Typically, a band name is simply just a band name. For instance, The Butchers (performing on 6/2) don’t really chop up beef for a living, and although the Jacuzzi Boys (performing on 6/16) may own a hot tub, they’re certainly not children. Despite the troubling trend of misleading band monikers, I’ve recently encountered some Ft. Lauderdale paparazzi photos that suggest that tonight’s headlining band REBEL is indeed rebellious. This leads me to a new series I like to call “REBEL Don’t Give A Sh*t!”…
Monthly Archives: May 2012
The 7 Deadly Sins and Green Room go hand in hand. At some point in the past year, we’ve committed every deadly sin at least once. We’re so cool with sinning at Green Room that we even booked a rapper named SIN….twice (did I at least get a chuckle from that one?). In case you’re far removed from your Catholic school education, the deadly sins are as follows: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride.
The artists showcasing their sin-themed art tonight are:
In addition to the incredible artwork and the usual shenanigans by resident DJs LinderSMASH and Kaos, we’re welcoming back guest DJ KC Killjoy of Cyanide Regime. 80s, new wave, post-punk, indie, electro, industrial, you know the drill. No cover, doors at 10pm, BOGO drinks until midnight.
Before every other line in popular hip hop ended with -izzle, half the syllables in the most popular hip hop songs were broken up with an -iggity. We have Das EFX to thank for that, even if most don’t remember it was them, and not the backwards-clothes-wearing wankstas of Kris Kross, who were responsible for it.
Das EFX brings to Green Room this Wednesday a legacy which speaks volumes to just how many people were paying attention to Skoob and Dray in the early 90s when they were best known for the monster hook on Ice Cube’s “Check Yo Self” and the verifiable classic “They Want EFX.”
From tracks like “Rap Scholar,” featuring Redman, “Buck-Buck,” “Generation EFX,” to the Beastie Boys-sampling “Kaught In Da Ark” and “Mic Checka,” the other huge track from the 1992 debut smash Dead Serious, Das EFX were at the top of the hip hop heap, bridging a gap from old school playfulness to the soon-to-come gangsta hardness around the corner.
It would be ideal with the duo ran through the hundreds of tracks that outright stole the Das EFX style, with the exception of a certain couple of young MCs who missed the bus cause they were too busy jumping (see what I did there?), but if they get through the killers on The Very Best of Das EFX, with “Buck-Buck” for good measure, at least one hip hop fan will be very satisfied.
Das EFX performs this Wednesday night, $10 at the door, Green Room: 109 SW 2nd Ave, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
Miami indie rock band REBEL is coming out of their pseudo hibernation for a series of highly anticipated release shows for their latest effort entitled Locations. The all-black clad trio, known for their high energy anthems and frenetic performances, has been busy polishing their sound at Powerplant Studios and teasing their fans with short Youtube snippets showcasing the new tunes. We can hardly wait to see the band’s fresh sound live and in-person; Luckily, we don’t need to wait very long because Green Room is the first date on their 4-stop release tour that traverses through South Florida and all the way to Tampa. To get a better feel about what to expect on the new release and their show at GR, we asked the guys a handful of questions…..
Describe the sound on Locations. How does it differ from INTRCPTR?
The sound differs in a variety of ways: “INTRCPTR” was driven mostly by guitars and drums, with the bass grounding most of it. The sound on “Locations” is a more mature note and we’d like to think it tells a message and continues the musical arc our band is taking. On “Locations” we have more power coming from the synth end, making the sound a much more majestic influence on the listener… not that it’s an electric EP. “Locations” shows growth, in music writing & composition. It shows broadening of our minds into a much more sober state, with our edge injected in it as well! Theres more thought provoking lyrics, as well & that’s left to interpretation, for the fan to decipher…I think the band has gone through a process of evolutionary growth.
On Tuesday, I blogged about the Magic Hat art competition that’s happening this Saturday night. That only mentioned the art component of our night though. On the GR stage (and sometimes off the stage), 3 top notch Miami bands will perform throughout the night: psychedelic rock Space Between Words, bluesy duo Deaf Poets, and f**kin’ rock n’ rollers The Mirrors. To better acquaint yourself with the acts, I’ve selected some choice cuts by each band for you to stream/download when your boss isn’t looking. Enjoy.
Also, on the bill (but I can’t find any music to download) is The Mirrors. Stream their tracks below….
In addition to Space Between Words, Deaf Poets, and The Mirrors, we have a Magic Hat art competition, The Reckless Dames burlesque troupe, DJ Andie Sweetswirl. No cover, doors at 9pm, 2-4-1 drinks before midnight, $5 Magic Hats. 21+, Green Room 109 SW 2nd Ave, downtown Ft Lauderdale
In preparation for tomorrow night’s Black Friday: Nine Inch Nails Tribute with LAVOLA and The Craven, we’ve been blasting our top NIN tunes in the office all day. Let me tell you, it’s incredibly distracting to listen to Trent Reznor’s nightmarishly soothing voice and try to write press releases at the same time (“May 26th at Green Room we have
I want to f**k you like an animal great performance by….” ).
I went around the office today to ask my co-workers what their favorite NIN track was. This was their responses…..
D.N.AVS CHOICE: Only
CRIPLO’S CHOICE: Something I Can Never Have
While everyone was busy brandishing their fake light sabers, crowding the dance floor, and showing off their movie-grade Star Wars costumes, Nick Sears was focused on getting quality video footage to chronicle what was expected and proved to be one of Green Room’s best parties of the year. Usually known for his stellar photography (he’s showcased his work more than a handful of times at GR), Nick was able to get all kinds of different angles of the night and mesh them together with a dark dubstep track to create one helluva montage that would make George Lucas giddy. Enjoy…..
This Saturday, Green Room hosts our very first art battle. What is an art battle, you ask? It’s a lot like a contest, except the word ‘battle’ sounds a lot more bad ass. Ok, so there’s no bloodshed, pre-fight weigh-ins, or even any flying acrylic paint at this particular event. This type of ‘fight’ is more of a friendly, premeditated creative competition amongst some of South Florida’s most colorfully-minded individuals. The notoriously eccentric microbrewery Magic Hat has jumped on board for this weekend’s contest. The only rule: create a piece of artwork inspired by one of Magic Hat’s newest line of summer ales, Summer Ale, #9, Elder Betty, Blind Faith, and Pistil (see images below).
The top 3 winners will be chosen by 3 judges: a Magic Hat rep, a celebrity judge, and YOU. Yes, the people will get to vote. Here’s how it’ll work…..
Each piece will have a link directly to a photo of the piece on our Facebook page (I’ll be uploading photos of each piece a few hours before we open doors). Each ‘like’ will be counted as a vote for the artwork. At 1am, all 8 pieces will be ordered by number of ‘likes’. That combined with the order chosen by each judge will determine the top 3 winners, lowest score wins. Anyone looking for a headstart on the voting, check Green Room’s official Facebook page around 8pm on Saturday.
If art battles aren’t your thing, we have a stellar music lineup consisting of Space Between Words, Deaf Poets, and The Mirrors who all promise entertaining live performances. The Reckless Dames burlesque troupe will also be dancing throughout the night. Andie Sweetswirl will be spinning your favorite indie jams til the wee hours of the morning. No cover, doors at 9pm, 2-4-1 drinks before midnight.
This past weekend provided plenty of photo ops, that’s why we were heavily pushing our official Instagr.am hashtag #greenroomftl. Not a ton of people decided to hashtag us, but I did manage to find some filtered gems. Remember, the hashtag #greenroomftl doesn’t apply to just this past weekend; anytime you come out to Green Room and snap Instagr.am pics, make sure to tag us so we can find them the next day and give you some love (or at least a heart symbol).
This Friday night, Green Room unleashes it’s first annual May The Fourth Party, an over-the-top event that celebrates the Star Wars movie series. As usual, the Green Room creative squad has stuffed the night with tons of eye and ear morsels. Rather than just writing all the details in a boring, long-winded paragraph, I thought it’d be WAY more to fun to hash out all the juicy details in the form of a good ol’ Star Wars opening crawl. Hit play! (for those of you who are no fun and enjoy reading in its
mundane traditional form, look for the transcript below the video)
In the galaxy of South Florida, on the most remote section of the planet of downtown Fort Lauderdale, in a province known as Green Room, lies a venue that showcases some of the galaxy’s most creative humans, droids, and creatures. A rogue place not controlled by anyone, let alone The Federation. Where the dark side and the light side can hang out together, and enjoy a PBR + a shot of jack ($7). Where the only rule is that you must be 21+ and NOT Jar Jar Binks or an eff’n Trekkie.
On May the 4th, the province of Green Room will be overtaken by 14 different local artists, skin suspension light saber battles, a performance by the 3000 Brigade, a costume contest, photobooth, and so much more! Jedi LinderSMASH and Darth Kaos will be spinning 80s, new wave, indie, and industrial inside the ship. That Droid Sam will be guest DJing on the hull. Only 5 credits to get in (or $5). Ship doors open at 10pm. 2 for 1′s before midnight.
May the 4th be with you!
$5 cover, doors at 10pm, 2-4-1′s before 12.