Asbestos Records, Premier Concerts, and Manic Presents:
Todd Rogers Benefit feat... THE PIST
Spring Heeled Jack (sans horns), World Game, The Redactions, Ponybird
Sun, October 7, 2018
Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm
This event is all ages
Every scene has unsung heroes who spend their lives contributing to that what has brought us all together. Todd Rogers is such a person. As frontman of prolific CT punk act Boiling Man, to working at the legendary Tune Inn and painting their iconic sign, to spending 15 years as art director for Asbestos Records (as well as designing albums, shirts and websites for dozens of other CT bands, labels, record stores, coffee shops, and dozens of posters for Manic Presents. Todd recently suffered from a debilitating condition that led to having emergency surgery to remove and replace 4 discs from his spine. Even after insurance coverage, the operation and subsequent rehab ran tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket, and Todd will have to spend months of recovery to get back to his art. Asbestos Records & Manic Presents are hosting this show to help Todd get back on his feet. Tickets available on a sliding scale, and any additional donations are greatly appreciated.
The Pist was an American hardcore punk band that was formed in Connecticut in the winter of 1992 by Al Ouimet on vocals and bass, Bill Chamberlain on guitar, and Greg Bennick on drums. They were a popular band in the DIY punk scene of the 1990s. After a few lineup changes, the band eventually solidified as Al on vocals, Bill on guitar, Brian Marshall on drums and Rick Abbott on bass. The band toured the U.S. four times in the ensuing years and broke up in 1996. While they were around they played shows with the likes of Aus-Rotten, Blanks 77, The Bouncing Souls, Capitalist Casualties, Los Crudos, and the Voodoo Glow Skulls. In 2002, The Pist reformed to play two reunion shows with The Unseen when the New Haven, Connecticut club the Tune Inn closed.
Spring Heeled Jack (sans horns)
Spring Heeled Jack is a third wave ska band based out of New Haven, Connecticut. The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Ron Ragona and drummer Dave Karcich in 1991. After a short breakup, Ragona and Karcich reformed the band with a new lineup. This lineup went on to record two albums before announcing a hiatus in 2000. While the band members moved on to perform in several new bands, their intention was to play the occasional reunion show. This plan would never come to fruition as a cerebral aneurysm would be cause for Karcich's death in 2002. In 2015, several band members returned to reform the band full-time. A third studio album, Sound Salvation, followed in 2017.
World Game are a 4-piece hardcore punk band from Southern Connecticut. Drawing from classic d-beat, New York hardcore, and west coast punk, their sound is vibrant, versatile, and punishing. The band just recorded a scorching 13-song follow up to a self-released demo, which is currently available on Bandcamp.
The Redactions draw as much from ‘77 London as they do from American Hardcore ‘81. Two parts wailing guitar, one part thumping rhythm section, and enough melodies, hooks, and singalongs to fill out the Johnny Thunders cook book, minus the needles. The Redactions are loud, honest, and working class, the way punk rock should be.
The solo project of Jennifer Dauphinais, a song-writer influenced by the emotional roots of country, the confessional poetry of folk, and the spatial freedom of ambient and harmonic tones. The heart of Ponybird derives from a central singer-songwriter focus, with a tribe of players that satellite the work. Dauphinais is also known for performing with folk-roots innovator, Christina Abbott in their duo, The Karner Blues, as well as drumming for heavy rock bands, Belle Starr, The Editors, and Spider & Fly.