NEW YORK, NY, July 17, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Otto's Shrunken Head presents the special showcase, "A Night of Roots-Punk Ruckus", hosted by Lady Zombie, featuring touring artist, Edgefield C. Johnston from St. Louis, the return of local blues-punk artist, Darren Deicide, as well as New York City-based artists The Sunnyside Social Club and Jay Swagger.
The show will take place Saturday, July 19th at New York City's own Tiki bar and original music venue, Otto's Shrunken Head. This showcase will highlight this eclectic genre that combines elements of Americana and traditional styles with contemporary punk sensibilities. This complimentary show will begin at 7pm and will go into the night when at 10pm it transitions into "Mambo Jambo" where resident DJ Ratta brings you a night dedicated to blues, R&B, mambo, cha cha, rock and roll, mento, ska, rocksteady, surf, exotica, boogaloo, doo wop, soul and more.
"If any proof is needed that the power of blues is easier to find than ever, look no further than Darren Deicide," says The Aquarian Weekly. Darren Deicide was born on Halloween in the rhythm and blues filled environment of Chicago. With a playing style that "blends the best aspects of blues, rock n' roll, and punk", trademark vocals that one review said "makes Satan himself feel as if he is not sinister enough", and a stomping foot, Darren Deicide delivers a contemporary style of roots-influenced rock that has been described as "John Lee Hooker meets Johnny Rotten", "raw, bluesy punk by a one-man dervish", and "the energy of Hasil Adkins, the presence of Robert Johnson, but the tortured delivery of Daniel Johnston.". Like his own multi-cultural background, his music is an eclectic hybrid of many blues-based styles, but remains, as described in another review, as "good, pissed snot-infested rock n' roll".
He maintains a continuous touring schedule and has played with an array of notable artists around the entire United States that has spanned from Dead Prez to Danny and the Juniors. He has played on Fox 5's "Good Day New York" as a featured artist on the "Make Music New York Festival". In addition he has been featured at Louisville, KY's "Good Folk Fest", Washington, NJ's "Festival in the Borough", and Hartford, CT's "Hope Out Loud Festival". He has worked with award-winning director, Gabriel Haze, and reborn doll artist/model, Marilyn Mansfield, on his premiere music video for the song "The Cocaine Song". As a devotee of both the rhythm and blues idiom and rock n' roll rebellion, Darren also competes and teaches swing dancing and has had editorial articles printed in a number of publications, including the long running column "Agent Provocateur" in The Aquarian Weekly, now a weekly segment for the 9Sense podcast. His most recent release was his first 7-inch vinyl pressing, "Bomb This Joint". This summer he begins work on a new full-length album.
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