You can’t not dance when listening to Blayer Pointdujour’s project, The Rockers Galore. You just can’t. Attempts to remain unfazed when watching the group’s recently released video for “One Shot” will be futile and silly. This infectious song’s unique blend of funk, hip-hop, hard rock, and Haitian kompa will have you grinnin’ and groovin’ from the first zesty beat to the last. Continue reading →
He released his debut LP The Bull back in the fall, and Blayer Pointdujour is already back in the studio with his band The Rockers Galore, working on a followup. Today we have a free download of a new single he recorded with local hip-hop mainstay Kuf Knotz called “Big Haiti’s Dream.”
Pointdujour explains the song over e-mail:
I got the riff from Kenny Dorham‘s “Bansheers Dream.” The verse lyrics talk about things that I use to face – my work and as well as fears. The chorus is a prayer. I find solace in the fact that we all push ourselves to attain our goals. Were all on the same level at the end of the day.
He adds that working with Kuf Knotz was also a dream come true. “Once I finished composing the demo and positive lyrics, I was determined to get him on the track,” Pointdujour says. “He really liked the track and came to the studio with a ton of lyrics. I love every word he spit on it. We had a great vibe. Cant wait to work with him again.”
Listen and grab an mp3 below, and check out an in-studio video of the song being recorded after the jump. Blayer is heading to South By Southwest this year, and is throwing a tour kickoff show at MilkBoy on March 9th with St. James and the Apostles, The Parachuting Apostles and the Joe Jordan Experiment. Tickets and information about that show can be found here.
The Fourth Annual Second Street Festival kicks off today in Northern Liberties. The section between Germantown and Green Street will be closed off from noon to 10 p.m. for a free concert, festivities and fun. There will be musical acts on four different stages, sponsor tables, vendors selling food, drinks, jewelry, clothes, and other goodies. At 3 p.m. there will also be a pie eating contest at the Germantown stage. I might very well be entering, so that will be quite a sight to see.
If you’re planning on not staying too late in Northern Liberties, head over to World Cafe Live to see Steve Kimock‘s Summer Tour. Kimock is known for his improvisational stylings ranging from jazz to world fusion to funk and anything that inspires him at the time. He will be performing tonight along with Bernie Worrell. The show starts at 8 p.m., tickets are $20-30. Below watch a short video preview of the tour.
Dan Krawiec was a musician, a DJ, a writer, and a friend. Music was his life and he was beloved by many in Philadelphia who knew him as “Dan K”, an inspiration and a big piece of the philly punk and indie scene for years. He also worked at Rustica Pizza in Northern Liberties and would be seen there frequently. Every year on his birthday he would throw some type of party, and tonight the tradition lives on with a memorial fest at Union Transfer in his honor. Anchorfest features The Dead Milkmen, Mercury Radio Theater, Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, and more. The fest is all ages and starts at 5PM, tickets are only $12. Come out and pay tribute to an awesome dude while listening to some great music.
Recently, the reggae/dubstep band Blayer Pointdujour And The Rockers Galore dropped by the XPN studios to record this month’s installment of our new Key Studio Video Sessions. (Last month, our inaugural Key Studio Video Session featured the country/folk trio Sisters 3.) In addition to the audio and video—which we’ll post next Wednesday—we were able to shoot a few photos of the session, which we’ve posted below. Blayer Pointdujour And The Rockers Galore’s debut EP, Port Au Prince, was released by the Philebrity label last August; you can listen to it via Soundcloud below. The band’s next show, which was originally scheduled to take place at Bookspace, has been moved to The Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art at 531 N. 12th Street (9/17, 8 p.m., $10); the updated flyer is included with the photos below.