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Stockyard Stoics,
Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7,
King Django, Leftover Crack,
and The Slackers
May 26, 2001
At The Wetlands
New York City, NY

by Alex Rud
May 27, 2001

File Under: Ska/punk
bands performing
1) Stockyard Stoics 
2) Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7 
3) King Django 
4) Leftover Crack 
5) Slackers 
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  • Slackers
  • When Hell-Cat bands come to town, you can only expect the best show. Such was the case for the Slackers show.

    Due to some cancellation by Virulent Strain, a band that I don't like at all, Stockyard Stoics filled in. Stockyard Stoics started rocking with their songs like "Babylon" among others. They had a solid set and got people to move around.

    When Dave Hillyard and the Rocksteady 7 play, you can expect some serious ass shakin in the house. Such was so, as the Calypso Jazz/Ska/Rocksteady began to rock the crowd and dazzle them every time someone did a solo. Rocksteady 7 finished off with a Skatalites classic "Eastern Standard Time" which got everyone to dance their ass off to this legendary tune.

    Next up was none other than King Django. King Django always manages to amaze me. KJ played most of the stuff of the new album, it was great, but really different. I guess it would sound different when there was no keyboards, or a dj scratching or a horn here and there. Django; however, didn't need all those things to get a great rock/reggae set going.

    Leftover Crack's set started out promising, playing 2 Choking Victim songs, but soon after their set went stale, I don't know why, I mean, I have seen these guys before and they never had a bad set. I guess they were pissed because this was supposed to be their record release party but instead, thanks to Hell-Cat, it was a preview of the new record.

    The main band Slackers, came out with a bang. They are one of the best ska bands today, without a doubt. Slackers played a set which lasted for about 2 hours, and for those 2 hours the place was rockin, and dancin and singing along to fine tunes, such as: "Have The Time," "Wasted Days," "Pedophilia" and others.

    The show was great and every single band on the bill was rockin. All was fun and nobody went home disappointed. All in all, a great show. Peace!

    Alex Rud is a Staff Columnist. Contact him at arud@rockzone.com.

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