This past week we heard the Skatalites would be in town and we lined up for tickets. For anyone who has not seen their show, they put on an amazing set and there is no way to listen to them without dancing. Once it hits, you are hooked.
We set out for a new venue, American Beauty. This is a great new spot, which has been hosting lots of good reggae music recently. It’s a small bar with a venue in the back, which holds about 300, making it a great place to see a show, intimate enough that there are no bad “seats”, but large enough that you still get the energy of the crowd. With $20 show tickets, a reasonably priced and decently curated bar, plus free pizza with every drink, American Beauty can’t be missed anyone looking for a genuine NYC night out on a budget.
The music kicked off with The Pandemics, a local 8 piece Ska band. They refer to themselves as a Ska Army with one goal, to spread their infectious brand of NY Ska Punk to the masses until skanking in the streets causes a mass hysteria. Which is exactly what they did. With a mix of their own works and some amazing covers they had the crowd jumping and jiving. Their dual trumpet players seemed to taunt one another as they revved up the crowd through song after song. You can see photos and video of their performance below. The next time you see them on a billing in NYC you better check it out, or you’ll suffer Pandemic.