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New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble
And The Rudy Crew
August 31, 2001
At The Hard Rock Cafe
New York City, NY

by Alex Rud
August 27, 2001

File Under: Ska/Reggae
bands performing
1) The Rudy Crew
2) New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble 
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  • I got to the Hard Rock Cafe an hour before the bands were scheduled to go on. The show was a 5 dollar cover charge, which wasn't too bad at all. I have never seen a show at the HRC before, so I was really surprised with what I saw. Most of the people have never ever heard the bands, or even knew what ska was. They soon,however; were in for a treat.

    The Rudy Crew started things off. RC had a tight, reggae, sound. They also played their instruments rather well. I found them very enjoyable, as they played one great song after another. One of the things that I liked was that one of their singers was really good at toasting. When the guy started doing it, my mouth just dropped.

    Some really didn't know what to say about them at first, but after a while, they were enjoying themselves . I look forward to seeing these guys in the future.

    The legendary New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble came next. NYSJE are always going through lineup changes, and it's really weird each time. The change, however, didn't have any affect on their playing, as they tore through one amazing song after another.

    NYSJE played great songs. The played my favorites, like: "Blow Wind Blow," "Nasty By Nature. NYSJE played 2 Toasters songs, and they even played "Skalloween" by the legendary Skatalites. It's funny how even the greatest of bands have someone who inspires them.

    What I enjoyed even more than the music, is seeing how the people, who had never seen NYSJE, reacted to them. Almost everyone in the place was really digging them. Oh the power of ska music!

    The show was really fun, and I thank Converge records for getting some ska shows up. They will be having a ska/reggae night every last friday of the month. I hope this will give the scene a spark, and we could even see 3 or 4 ska shows a month.

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