Music Hall of Williamsburg
Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration

Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration

Reigning Sound, Barrence Whitfield and The Savages, The Condo Fucks, Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Miriam & Nobody's Babies

Sat, April 29, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$25 advance / $30 day of show

This event is 18 and over

A benefit for The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

https://www.themmrf.org/

Special Guests: 

Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories)
The Great Gaylord
Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)
Roy Loney (Flamin' Groovies)
Andy Shernoff (The Dictators)
Peter Zaremba (The Fleshtones)

Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration
Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration
Reigning Sound
Reigning Sound
Reigning Sound was formed in 2001 by Memphis, TN garage-punk legend Greg Cartwright (vocals/guitar), who is also known for his previous bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivians.

After Cartwright relocated his family to Asheville, N.C. in 2004, where he formed a new band. The current line-up includes: Benny Trokan (bassist), Mike Catanese (guitar), Mikey Post (drums), and Dave Amels (keyboardist).

Reigning Sound's debut,"Two Sides to Every Man", a three song 7" single, was released in May of 2001. One month later came their first full-length album "Break Up, Break Down" (Sympathy for the Record Industry). With its country-folk melodies, the first album was to be an early blueprint of where Cartwright's songwriting was headed.

"Time Bomb High School," (In the Red) was released in August 2002, and is known for its polished sound, pop hooks and near-perfect balance of classic R&B and rock-n-roll. Aside from the many stand-out originals on the album, cover songs like "Stormy Weather" and "Brown Paper Sack" prove Cartwright has mastered the art of revamping old songs and making them seem like his own.

The band's third album "Too Much Guitar," (In the Red) was released in May of 2004. With recording help from fellow Memphians Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout of the The Lost Sounds, it's by far Reigning Sound's loudest and noisiest album to date. Songs laced with psych-pop, garage and soul under a blanket of fuzz is the vibe heard throughout the entire album. The obnoxiously loud "We Repel" opens this record and from the first chord it's apparent that it's not a sequel to any of their earlier records. An opening slot on a huge American tour with the Swedish garage band The Hives helped to promote the album shortly after its release.

"Reigning Sound: Live at Maxwell's" (Telstar/Spoonful) was released in July of 2005, which was an interesting show to say the least. By the end of the gig Cartwright, with no back-up set, broke all but three guitar strings and still finishes the show for his usual rowdy crowd. This live album has a unique, rough-around-the-edges feel, not to mention it's also the only place to find the stand out track "I Need You Now," a soulful Sam Cooke cover song that allows Cartwright to pay homage to one of his favorite singers.

In September 2005 Reigning Sound released a rarities comp "Home for Orphans" (Sympathy for the Record Industry). The album features slower, moodier alternate versions of tunes from "Too Much Guitar" along with some other unreleased tracks.

Another live LP, "Reigning Sound: Live at Goner Records," (Goner Records) was released in late January 2006. This is a daytime in-store performance recorded in June of 2005, and with its crystal clear production, gives listeners an accurate account of what Reigning Sound is all about. The album also hosts great cover songs like "Black Sheep" by Sam the Sham, "Tennessee" by Carl Perkins and "Do Something" by The Swingin' Yo-Yo's.

After spending a portion of 2005 recording a George Soule album with legends Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, the band once again began recording as a backing band with another rock legend, Mary Weiss of the 60s band The Shangri-Las, who is widely know for the hit song "Leader of the Pack." Cartwright wrote nine of the 14 songs on the record, he also co-produced the album with Norton Records owner Billy Miller. The album "Dangerous Game" (Norton) was released in March 2007 and recieved rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine. Reigning Sound also performed the Cartwright tune "Stop & Think It Over" with Weiss on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Reigning Sound's latest album, "Love & Curses" (In the Red) was released in 2009 to rave reviews and is available on CD, vinyl and iTunes. The album features mainly all new Cartwright signature originals, and one obscure Detroit garage cover ("Stick Up For Me").
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages
There's no harder hitter than frontman Barrence Whitfield of Boston, MA. When he hits the boards with the Savages, you're either gonna ride the energy or be crushed by it. We're talking Joe Louis, Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, Smokin' Joe Frazier. Barrence has what these greats all possessed, the one thing a trainer cannot teach a fighter: a lust for mayhem. The wilder, louder, more insane the Savages bring it, the more BW is ready to attack the mic, to bring it high, to bring it low, to wear you down on the ropes, and eventually drop you.

Backing Whitfield are the best cornermen in the business, led by garage/punk guitarist Peter Greenberg, the visionary who started the Savages after a legendary stint with the Lyres, and his sidekick Phil "Mr. Tenacious" Lenker on bass. Greenberg works his guitar with the ruthless intricacy of a chain saw ice sculptor. Lenker meshes with drummer Andy Jody for an unrelenting sequence of haymaker beats. Tom Quartulli's saxophone rips like a foghorn through the mist.
The Condo Fucks
The Condo Fucks
The Condo Fucks
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs
From the esteemed Norton Records label comes one of the wildest and most exciting groups of the current roots and blues revolution. Daddy Long Legs-named for its harp-blowing, blues-bellowing frontman, is a blues hollerer who blurs any definition by age or color. He growls, barks, yelps, and wails without sounding like an imitation of anyone or anything. This is simply pull-the-cord-and-let-the-snot-fly blues.

His partners in crime are cut from the same sweat-and-whiskey-soaked cloth. Guitarist Murat Akturk cranks out everything from powerhouse country blues rhythms to multi-stringed slide riffs. Drummer/percussionist Josh Styles keeps it simple and right on, sometimes locking in with his bandmates and other times leading the charge himself, slamming shovelfuls of coal into the beast.

The resulting gutsy, rocking blues spans the gamut from the churning romp of the album opener “Death Train Blues” to the nasty hoodoo stomp of ”Evil Eye” that closes things down. Yeah, you’ve heard players bring the train into the station before – but by the time Daddy Long Legs wrestles the thing to a halt, everyone’s covered in sweat.

Their ”Evil Eye On You” LP was definitely not an attempt to domesticate the sound of Daddy Long Legs in a studio setting; the twelve cuts are wild and wooly and real. Infuse a few hisses and pops into the tracks and it would be easy to believe this music was recorded a few decades ago, but no – Daddy Long Legs is happening right now, boys and girls.
Bloodshot Bill
Bloodshot Bill
Montreal's long-reigning international solo king of roots rock. A legend in his prime...
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/