The members of the band Island Head will come together for a rare live performance later on this summer. This is no small task since the members are all active musicians and will be flying in from all around the world.
Currently, trumpet player/arranger Don Harris is on tour with Nile Rodgers and Chic in Europe. Chic is famous for hits such as “Good Times”, “Le Freak” and “I Want Your Love”. The band has been getting back in the public eye due to Nile’s latest endeavor with the group Daft Punk. Nile plays guitar on their new album “Random Access Memories” and produced the hit single “Get Lucky”.
Don said; “We finished a set in Ireland and as we walked off the stage you could hear the audience singing the chorus from “Get Lucky”. Even though the single is by Daft Punk the fans know it is Nile’s signature sound added to the song that makes it appealing to them.”
Don will be flying in from Europe to do the Island Head show.
Keyboard player David Frank has been busy promoting his new album by his own group The System entitled “System Overload”. Together with singer Mic Murphy, The System have had hits such as “You Are In My System” and “Don’t Disturb This Groove”. David will be flying in from his home in Los Angeles, Ca.
Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung is a legendary reggae guitarist who has played with many of reggae’s superstars including Peter Tosh of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Mikey was mentioned more than once in the auto-biography “Life” by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. It seems Keith has a home in Jamaica and according to Keith, playing with Mikey was one of the highlights during the time he lived in Jamaica.
Mikey Chung will be flying in from Jamaica for the Island Head show.
Bassist Neil Jason is one of the busiest bass players in New York City. He toured recently with the reunion of The Brecker Brothers Band featuring music from the album “Heavy Metal BeBop”. You will also see Neil on The David Letterman Show in the CBS Orchestra featuring Paul Shaffer subbing for bassist Will Lee. Neil has also been in Europe recently recording and promoting the new album by jazz singer Brigitte Zarie.
Neil will be taking a break from his touring and playing schedule to do the Island Head show.
The rest of the band includes Tim Cappello on sax, Andy Bassford on guitar and Billy Messinetti on drums. The three of them live in and around New York City. Although they won’t be flying in from anywhere, they also have extremely busy schedules recording, writing, producing and playing live gigs.
All of the members of Island Head are coming together because this is a project they all love and want to be a part of. The band plays a very unique and interesting approach to classic songs from Bob Marley and The Wailers. Mikey Chung said; “I know when we all get together to play live it will be magical!”
This is a show you will not want to miss. The details of the show are below.
Date: Wednesday July 24, 2013
Where: The Cutting Room NYC
Location: 44 East 32nd Street – New York, NY (between Park & Madison)
Time: 10:00 PM
Tickets: click the link below