ROCKS-OFF PRESENTS THE ROCK N ROLL HISTORY WALKING TOUR;
INCLUDING A GUIDED TOUR OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE WITH JOHN JOSEPH (THE CRO MAGS)
Rocks-Off, one of the most infamous concert promoters in New York (famed for their live rock boat shows), has launched a series of walking tours in NYC. The two inaugural walking tours include The History Of Art, Crime, Drugs and Punk Rock on the Lower East Side (a guided tour given by John Joseph of the legendary Cro-Mags) and The Past, Present and Future of Rock & Roll in New York City (given by Jake Szufnarowski, owner of Rocks-Off, talent buyer and concert promoter for many legendary clubs in NYC and front man of international touring juggernaut, Tragedy: "A Metal Tribute To The Bee Gee's").
Of the tour, John Joseph says "There is a lot of history in the Lower East Side and a lot of its culture and significance has been lost in recent years with the gentrification of the city. Some of the best artists in the world came out of there and some of the most storied crime lore came from there as well, and those two elements co-existed side by side. I feel like an archeologist, digging up and exposing the real Lower East Side for new generations before it becomes completely fossilized."
Szufnarowski's tour walks you through the hot downtown spots for music over the past fifty years. From CBGB's where you will learn stories of it's heroes like The Ramones and how to properly go #2 in the CBGB bathroom. You'll see the spots where groups like Rancid, Social Distortion, the Beastie Boys and The Replacements hung out and played secret shows. You'll also see the future of rock & roll like Piano's, The Cake Shop and Arlene's Grocery where newcomers like The Strokes, Interpol and The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s honed their chops.
Both tours are given weekly in-between Thursday-Sunday. Tickets for the tours can be bought at www.rocksoff.com/walkingtours.