Blue’s Review – Rat Fest 2010
The day couldn’t have looked or sounded more perfect last Saturday in Northport, NY. As 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