Transport to paradise in The Rockers Galore video for “One Shot”

Rockers Galore | photo courtesy of the artist

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 →


Download “Big Haiti’s Dream,” a new Blayer Pointdujour song featuring Kuf Knotz (playing MilkBoy on 3/9)

BigHaitiHe 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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: In Memory of Joe Stummer at North Star Bar, World/Inferno Friendship Society at Chamelon Club, Kalob Griffin Band at World Cafe Live, The Babies at Kung Fu Necktie

To mark the anniversary of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer’s passing, the North Star Bar will be hosting In Memory of Joe Strummer: A Benefit for Strummerville. The show benefits the Strummervile charity that financially support struggling musicians who aspire to change the world through music. The charity was established by family and friends of the influential punk rocker, and a variety of acts will be performing in support of the cause including Blayer Point du Jour and the Rockers Galore, The Cold Roses, Betty Iron Thumbs, I Yahn I Arkestra, The Future Unwritten (named after the Strummer documentary), The Successful Failures and Split Red. More information on the foundation can be located here. Below, watch one of the Strummerville sessions directed by famed punk scene DJ and Clash associate Don Letts.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: 2nd Street Festival, Steve Kimock w/ Bernie Worrell at WCL, and New Edition w/ Salt-n-Pepa and El Debarge at The Mann

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.

Some of the featured performers for this year include headliner Man Man, as well as Blayer Point Dujour and the Rockers Galore, The Spinning Leaves, The Great Unknown, Lushlife, and many more.

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.

Blast to the past! Look back to 1995 when wearing plaid outfits was hip and boy bands were popular. Some of the all stars of decade will be featured in Party in Fairmount Park, including New Edition, Salt-n-Pepa, and El Debarge. Tickets to the show at The Mann Center range from $39.75-125; doors open at 6 p.m.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anchorfest ft. The Dead Milkmen and more at Union Transfer, Crash Course in Science and Psychic Teens at Vox Populi Gallery

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.

Vox Populi
is an artist collective that hosts monthly exhibitions of under-represented artists with gallery openings, lectures, talks, and other cultural nuances. Tonight Phonographic Arts Philadelphia curates an event featuring Crash Course in Science, Psychic Teens, Normal Love, and more. We did a Key Studio session with Crash Course earlier this week which you can check out here. This event is all ages and starts at 7PM. Tickets are $8 at the door, check out the facebook event for more info.


Photos: Blayer Pointdujour And The Rockers Galore’s Key Studio Video Session

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.

Port Au Prince EP by blayerpdj