Max's Kansas City Festival [Night 2]

Max's Kansas City Festival [Night 2]

Fri ยท May 26, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$15.00 - $20.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Reagan Youth Featuring Tibbie X
Reagan Youth Featuring Tibbie X
"Reagan Youth is an American punk rock band formed by singer Dave Rubinstein (Dave Insurgent) and guitarist Paul Bakija (Paul Cripple) in Queens, New York in early 1980. They were pivotal in introducing the style of hardcore punk to the East Coast punk scene, but have also been identified as a part of the peace punk movement. As strident radical anarchists, their name is a play on Hitler Youth.
Their initial career lasted until 1990, and singer Rubinstein committed suicide three years later following a series of tragic events. In 2006, Bakija reformed the band with bassist Al Pike, drummer Javier Madriaga, and several new members.
An important group in the New York/New Jersey hardcore scene, they performed regularly at CBGB and toured the U.S. extensively, often with other early punk bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, and The Misfits. Beastie Boys and Rancid, among other significant successful punk rock and alternative rock groups, have cited Reagan Youth as an influence. NOFX mentions Reagan Youth in their 2003 song, "Franco Un-American"."
The Brats
The Brats
Before there was KISS, before there were The Ramones and Blondie, there was The Brats. The Brats and The New York Dolls were at the forefront of the NYC music scene of the Seventies. Brat, Rick Rivets, actually quit The Dolls to form The Brats. The Brats would become the biggest draw in NYC from 1972 to 1981 and every band hoped to open for them for the exposure. Just ask any one of the members of KISS or The Ramones ("Beat on The Brat!") or any other NYC band for that matter, The Brats were a big influence on them and the whole NYC music scene of the Seventies.
Their story begins one night while hanging out with Alice Cooper downstairs at Max's, Keith West and the boys were giving the waitress a hard time. Alice leaned over and said "You guys are a bunch of Brats" and they took him literally.
Early on, The Brats rehearsed in a loft on Bleecker Street, where they would stage their infamous loft parties, often with an then unsigned band, KISS, as their opening act. They headlined all over the New York City area with other up and coming bands like Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads and The Heartbreakers. They would often be featured in Rock Scene Magazine, which gave them international exposure and helped to sell out shows at places like Max's, CBGB's, Gildersleeves, and The Ritz.
The Brats released two singles on their own label, Whiplash Records. Both "Be a Man" (w/B side"Qualude Queen") and "Keep Doing What You're Doing" (w/B side, "If You Can Rock You Can Roll") were released in the Seventies and are now highly sought after by record collectors all over the world. In 1976 they were asked to record their song, "First Rock Star on the Moon", for Max's Kansas City's second compilation album of NYC artists.
Frustration with not getting the recognition they deserved was eventually the cause for the band to breakup. Ron Blanchard left to form the band, the Roost, and Scott st.Clair Sheets left to join the Pat Benatar Band. It was here that Scott would have success as a songwriter, penning the songs "Prisoner of Love" and "Fire and Ice", which went on to be a top 10 hit and won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for Benatar. Joe "TV" Guido and Keith continued The Brats with the help of Sammy Merendino (Cyndi Lauper) on drums and Tony Guarino (a former Brat) on guitar. Tony was later replaced by Brendan O'Brien, who went on to become a sought after producer working with the likes of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springstein, AC/DC, and many other top rock acts. The Brats finally disbanded in 1987 after briefly changing their name to "The Secrets".
Fast-forward to 2011 and The Brats are back with original members, Joe, Scott, Keith and Lon Rozelle (original Falcon Eddy drummer) and are busy as ever. They have just released an ep (5 songs) with Fountains of Wayne's, Brian Young, co-producing. Rave Up Records, a record label in Italy, has released a compilation of old demos and live tracks from the Seventies on vinyl and has another one on the way.
Even now when a young musician is asked about the Brats, they often reply, "Yeah, I've heard of The Brats, and I hear they were great, but I was too young and unfortunately missed them". Well now they have the chance to experience what The Brats were and are still. One powerful and exciting NYC rock and roll band!
Ruby & The Rednecks
Ruby & The Rednecks
Magic Tramps
Magic Tramps
Val Kinzler Band
The Val Kinzler Band (VKB) is comprised of veteran rockers supporting Val with a strong passion for creating inspirational and original music. The talent, chemistry and diverse, creative impact of these players has evolved impressively since the band formed in 2013. As feisty weeds push their way through the cracks in the graffiti stained pavement of NYC's Lower East Side, The VKB has risen to the calling of their desire to empower others with their driven and gutsy sound. Influences from roots, punk, soul, rockabilly, and Motown are snugly tied together with the twine of our times.
Val is a native New Yorker who plays piano, organ and guitar. Known for her bluesy, powerful vocal style, and energetic stage presence, she is a prolific songwriter. "Nothing Sacred about Hatred" is her third CD, following "Resume", produced by Larry Russell, and "East Third Street", produced by Genya Ravan.
Joe Vasta on bass and backing vocals is the producer of VKB's forthcoming CD "Nothing Sacred About Hatred." He was guest bassist on 2015 Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Joan Jett's recent Unvarnished CD. He was also a member of and recorded with, "Mink DeVille" John Waite, Billy Idol, Helen Wheels, D L Byron and others. His unique downstroke bass style and precise musicianship has made him one of rock's most highly revered players.
David White's inventive and dynamic guitar playing provides the golden thread that ties together the varied influences in the well crafted songs. David White and Val met while backing "King Bee & The Stingers" aka Buddy Bowser. David played on some demos for Val via the Recording Artist Development after Val won first place in their Singer Songwriter Contest. David has also played with The Hollies/ Devil's Blues and has his own band with the talented Chris Robison of(Elephant's Memory) "Stumblebunny."
Jon Ihle's (Ihle Factor) versatile and expressive drumming gives VKB a rock solid foundation that inspires audiences dancing and emoting to universal themes infused with infectious melodic hooks. Jon's main influences stem from 70's progressive rock such as King Crimson, Yes, Renaissance, Gentle Giant, and Emerson Lake and Palmer. He also is a songwriter, guitar, and bass player. He also performs with Ian Lloyd (Brother Louie).
VKB's debut record "Nothing Sacred About Hatred" (Tate Music Group) will be released this Summer.
Visit and click the "listen" page to preview these tracks!
Stay tuned for more details about this band's exciting journey into the hearts of music lovers everywhere!
Sex Dolls
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003