Monday, June 24, 2019

Bim Skala Bim Tours the US Northeast this Summer, Premieres New Song/Video "Gumbo," plus Screenings of "Chet's Last Call"!

Boston's legendary, US ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim are back for their annual summer tour of the Northeast, with shows in Massachusetts, Maine, and upstate New York--see all the dates below (note all of the amazing ska acts opening for them!). Bim's also promoting the new song and video for "Gumbo," which is a fantastic, New Orleans jazz-infused ska track promoting multiculturalism and racial unity through the simple act of people of all races and backgrounds coming together to share food and companionship: "No us and them/Just me and you/and some tasty stew." See the video below.

Bim's singer Dan Vitale is also bigging up screenings of the music documentary "Chet’s Last Call!: A Story of Rock and Redemption" he co-directed with his brother Ted, which is about the long-gone downtown Boston bar/club of the film's title, run by the now departed Richard “Chet” Rooney (watch the trailer for the film here). In the 1980s, Chet's Last Call was the place (like NYC's CBGBs, Max's Kansas City, etc.) for Boston's underground punk, rock, and ska bands (including Bim Skala Bim, The Bosstones, Dropkick Murphys, The Liz Borden Band, Pajama Slave Dancers, and many more) to do their thing. Screenings of "Chet’s Last Call!: A Story of Rock and Redemption" (some of them with Q and As afterwards) are being offered on July 5th at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA; July 22nd at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater in Wellfleet, MA; August 1st at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA and the Once Ballroom in Somerville; and August 2nd at the Record Archives in Rochester, NY (more info on all screenings can be found here).

Bim Skala Bim Summer 2019 Tour Dates!
June 28th Revere, MA @ Oceanside Events Center with Desorden Publico (from Venezuela!)
June 29th Quincy, MA @ Veterans Memorial Stadium (2:30-4:30 pm slot)
June 29th Kingston, MA @ PINZ in Kingston Mass with The Instigators
July 12th Wellfleet, MA @ The Beachcomber with Thumper
July 18th New Bedford, MA @ Vault Music Hall with Void Union, NB Rude Boys
July 19th Portland, ME @ Bayside Bowl with Zeme Libre and Roots, Rhythm and Dub
July 27th Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom for the New England Ska Summit with Copasetics, Hempsteadys, El Grande, plus special guest Rikki Rocksteady and screening of "Chet's Last Call!: A Story of Rock and Redemption"
Aug 2nd Rochester, NY @ Flour City with Personal Blend and Miggedys Reunion
Aug 3rd Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt with Hub City Stompers and Miggedys

Tickets for any of these shows can be purchased here.

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