Hi All,

Last Sunday from 2 – 5 pm family & friends gathered at Babbs Skating Rink and Beach in Suffield, CT to enjoy a afternoon of music from SPF-4 while also supporting the Babbs Skating Renovation Project. If you don’t know about Babbs, that’s okay, here’s a chance to learn: http://www.babbsrink.org/

SPF-4 played on a stage located at the top of a small cliff overlooking Lake Congamond below. As they played the boats gathered at waters edge to enjoy the sounds of surf and reverb. Is been a while since I’ve seen SPF-4 and they were as tight as ever. Behind the band, cars rolled in and locals with lawn chairs came out hear the band and stayed to donate their hard earned money to renovation project. Here are a handful pictures of SPF-4 and Babbs Skating Rink by Ted Theodore:

Here’s where you come in:

The committee overseeing the project would like to continue the music series through October. If you would care to donate your band and your time you will be compensated in beverages and the un-dieing gratitude of an all volunteer staff. The project organizers have begun to get sponsorship from local businesses and hope to be able to pay bands in the future, but for now this is an all volunteer project. If you would like to be part of saving history please contact me and let me know of your availability for a Sunday afternoon gig by the water.

Deb Noble
Blue Stingraye Productions

Thread City’s Old’s Kool Chopper and Hot Rods
Franco-American Club
116 Club Road,Windham, CT

** People Choice for Best Bike and Rod** Nothing Newer than ’72 to be eligible for trophies!

3 bands: Ten Foot Polecats, 9th Wave and Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers

Vendors, Beer, Live Music and of course, a good time to be had by all for more info www.tobyslyme.com

Price for Adults $10 donation Kids under 12 yrs. are Free
Vendors & Cars/Choppers for People Choice Competion – Same $10 entrance donation

**A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Victoria Valli, a local resident battling cancer. **


Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers debut at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford CT on September 11, 2010 with their very own hi-octane honky tonk.

Band plays from 9 pm – close.

Get your dance shoes and your dance partner ready as they roll thru tried and true trucking tunes as well as western-swing, honky tonk and original material off the latest CD “Coney Island Cowboy”.

Cover $5 – FREE parking – 21+

Mark your Calendar

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Saturday July 31 2010

The Zen Bar
317 Farmington Ave
Plainville, CT

Blue StingRaye Presents “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream Tiki Party” – at The Zen Bar, Plainville CT
Live Music from The Aquatudes, Commercial Interruption and the Matt Rae Trio

3 bands, tiki drinks and two fistfuls of reverb!

There will be 3 local CT bands performing that evening – The Aquatudes (West Hartford), Commercial Interruption (Milford) and headlining will be The Matt Rae Trio (Norwalk). Matt Rae is often referred to as the “Master of the Telecaster” and his 3 solo CD’s have been given favorable reviews by Vintage Guitar and 20th Century Guitar magazines.

The doors are at 8:30 and the music kicks off at 9 pm. The Zen Bar has a large dance floor and great atmosphere. This will be THE Best party of the Summer and you don’t want to be left out. All for just $5!

My Promise to You: We believe that even if a person can’t get out too often, they should always plan to come to Blue StingRaye Production and have fun without having to take out a small loan. Blue StingRaye shows will always be affordable and have great entertainment value to appeal to the common man & woman, living on a budget.


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Mark Your Calendar

1. Old Hollow Tree
2. Piggy In the Middle
3. Coney Island Cowboy
4. Already Cheatin’
5. Bigshot of the Honkytonk
6. When the Sheriff Comes to Town
7. Moonlight Eyes
8. Little Mr Train Man
9. Honkytonk Special
10: Crackerjack Delight
11. The Trucker & the Tranny
12. Get Real Gone
13. Woke Up Dead
14. Six Days On the Road

Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers
Coney Island Cowboy CD $15 free shipping

If you didn’t get one at the show buy one here direct from the artist.

Brooklyn Country invades the South July 4th weekend,Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers will be in NC for three dates.

July 1st Town Pump Tavern, 135 Cherry Street, Black Mountain, NC


July 2nd, Heavy Rebel Weekend 2010 Winston-Salem, NC 7:45 in the JailHouse


July 3rd, The Cave, Chapel Hill, NC, the late show at 10:30 pm

Opening @ the Cave will be Kelley and the Cowboys

Blue’s Review  – Rat Fest 2010

The day couldn’t have looked or sounded more perfect last Saturday in Northport, NY. SKNJR_RatFest2010_3906As I arrived at the Northport Firemen’s Fairgrounds under bright blue skies I was greeted with the aroma of gasoline and the sounds of Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers wafting over head.

There were hot rods and rat rods from all over the island, including the The Rumblers CC, Tiki Kings Car Club and The Rat Rods (see pictures in flickr file). Many of the vixen-like vehicles had been dolled up with names like “Armed and Dangerous” and the “Jade Grenade”. I loved looking at the cars as much as I loved the music.

Sean Kershaw & the New Jack Ramblers opened the show shortly after 12 noon with their very own hi-octane honky tonk. How fitting for a hot rod show! The band played tried and true trucking tunes as well as original material off the latest CD “Coney Island Cowboy”.  Pick one up at www.seankershaw.com or at one of the upcoming shows. Pulling into second place was a swingin’ foursome, Phill Billy Deluxe and they were. The band was quickly pulled together for Rat Fest 2010 and played their hearts for the ever growing crowd.  They were the cure for the “Summer Time Blues”.

Racing to the finish was the surf, soul and spaghetti western sounds of the TarantinosNYC. They rocked out on covers such as Los Straightjackets Rockula and an assortment of pulp movie music. They are and will remain one of the most solid surf bands on the East Coast. You can grab their debut CD at www.tarantinosnyc.com .

Best of all, I got to hang out with lots of familiar faces, “Filthy Phil” Ackerman (The Mowers),  Johnny “I Play Loud” Cola (The Wraydars), Dawn Gund, and Vince G. (Strange But Surf). All in all, it was a perfect day and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it.

Till we meet again, my lovies, I remain your, Blue StingRaye

More photos from the event can be found on:
Blue StingRaye’s Flickr Set
Artrocity’s Flickr Set

Heavy Rebel Weekend 2010 is almost upon on. Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers bring their HIGH Octane Honky Tonk Friday July 2 in the Jailhouse at 7:45.
Mark your calendar!

Heavy Rebel Weekend, Millennium Center, 101 West 5th Street, winston salem, NC


Author: admin

Ratfest 2010Rat Fest 2010, Northport Firemen’s Fairgrounds, Steers ave, Northport NY,

Saturday, June 19
Rat Fest 2010
Northport Firemen’s Fairgrounds, Northport Long Island
Sean Kershaw and the New Jack Ramblers, seankershaw.com
The TarantinosNYC www.tarantinosnyc.com/intro.html
PhillBilly Deluxe http://www.myspace.com/thebillyctrio
Noon- 4 pm
Northern State Parkway to Exit 42 N (RT 231/Deer Park Rd), bare Right to RT 66 N. Go about a mile and you’ll blend onto Jericho Tpke.
Turn Left onto Elwood (at Shell station and Block Buster on left)
Signs will be posted starting here

Continue on Elwood and in 4 miles you will cross over RT 25A (aka Ft. Solonga Rd.)
After crossover Elwood turns into Resevoir, keep going and it turns into Church St., then turns into Ocean.
On Ocean turn left onto Steers Ave., sign says “Steer Ball Fields”.
Then a right onto Clipper at the bottom of the hill,.Show is on the corner of Clipper Drive and Steers Ave.
If spectator parking is full continue on Clipper 3 blocks to dead end and there are soccer fields with additional parking.
For our friends that are from the north, Connecticut, and New England Ya all can take the Bridgeport Connecticut. Ferry across  OUR  Long Island sound  to Port Jefferson .The salt water in the air is good for Rat Rods.

spf4-028This past Wednesday night I did something I rarely do anymore. I went out to a show on a school night! But this was a very special show, SPF-4 and Dai Kaiju at the Iron Horse in Northampton (NoHo as the locals call it). The Iron Horse has doubled in size since it’s beginning, but is quite an intimate venue with tables that press up against a good size stage. Being able to grab a front table makes you almost feel as though you are part of the performance as well, without actually getting in the way.

This was an early show with SPF-4 opening up the night shortly after 7 pm. What can I say about SPF-4 that I haven’t said before? This band is one of the few that has never had a line up change (hope I don’t jinx them) and it shows. They are tight, fun and feed off each others playing with an ease that comes only with time.  The band broke out a couple of tunes I hadn’t hear before like “Dano Island”, a tribute to Dano Clam. “The Bitter End” is a melancholy melody reminiscent of more than one relationship gone bad, but with a really good soundtrack. They closed with “Sea Sick”, very powerful metal surf song which was a good segway to Dai Kaiju. FYI, SPF-4 has a new CD that you should grab PDQ before they are gone and you are SOL.
Dai Kaiju was un-freakin’-believable. They are Kabuki Instro-Metal, a true theatrical performance from beginning to end. The musician get into character and attain an anonymity through the use of masks and face painting. daikaiju-001The guitar player, Secret Asian Man, makes love to the audience with every power chord and thrust of his guitar. The beating of two drummers and the pounding bass line grab your attention in a way the makes you gaze in amazement while being totally blown away by the music. One of the highlights  was “The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls” which starts slow and dreamy, Zappa-like, building to a divine wail and right into the next song. The band closes the show with the same, albiet destructive, power that they open with, drums and notes flying about the stage.

Dai Kaiju  has had a gig almost every month for two months straight. One of the hardest working surf bands, actually any band, on the indie music scene today.

Enjoy the photos and the video by Ted Theodore. A fine new addition to Blues Reviews.

SPF4 Photos
SPF4 – The Bitter End Video
Daikaiju photos
Daikaiju – The Trouble With Those Mothra Girls Video

Aloha, my lovelies! I remain your Blue StingRaye
Blue Stingraye Productions