Queen of Hearts
Photo Courtesy of Rocks Off
Sat., July 23, 7 p.m.: The Greenhornes and The A-Bones play on a cruise ship. Should be fun.
The trio of Craig Fox, Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence–known as The Greenhornes—formed in the late 90s in Cincinnati, Ohio. They’ve travelled the globe and released three full-legnth albums. The sound–think The Kinks, The Who, The Zombies and The Animals. Their most recognizable tune, ‘There Is An End’, was featured throughout Jim Jarmusch’s 2005 feature ‘Broken Flowers’.
Jack Lawrence (known in Detroit as Little Jack) also plays with Jack White in The Reconteurs.
After a five year hiatus, The Greenhornes are back and very excited to have Jack White’s Third Man Records release their brand new full length album, the aptly titled ‘★★★★’ in the fall of this year.
Bashing out garage rock years before it was fashionable and rockabilly-influenced sounds as if the Stray Cats had never happened, the A-Bones were a Brooklyn-based five-piece that approached the sloppy greatness of rock & roll’s past with a beer-addled enthusiasm that had nothing to do with “oldies” or “nostalgia” and everything to do with the primal impulse to play music that’s fast, loud, and wild. Named for a tune by the Trashmen, the A-Bones were led by vocalist Billy Miller and drummer Miriam Linna, who previously bashed it out in the Zantees and were also the brains behind wild-assed pop culture journal Kicks and label Norton Records, both of which reflected the same frantic attitude as their band. (Filling out the lineup were Bruce Bennett on guitar, Mike Lewis and later Marcus “The Carcass” Natale on bass, and Lars Espensen on sax.) The A-Bones kicked off their career in 1984, and two years later they released their first record, a 10″ EP called Tempo Tantrum, with the album Free Beer for Life! following in 1988. They lent their services as a backing band to such unsung rock & roll legends as Rudy Grayzell, Hasil Adkins, Johnny Powers, Ronnie Dawson, Roy Loney, and Cordell Jackson, released a fistful of singles on various hyper-cool labels, and released five full-length LPs for Norton before finally calling it a day in 1994. The group played occasional reunion shows over the next decade, though, and in 2004 recorded a new tune (with backing vocals from the 188.8.131.52’s) for a 20th anniversary retrospective, Daddy Wants a Cold Beer and Other Million Sellers. In 2009, the A-Bones reunited again and released the full-length studio effort Not Now!
Aboard The Queen Of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts is a 500-capacity boat docked at Pier 40, at West Houston Street and the Hudson River. The Queen of Hearts is a 3-level boat, with a full bar and bathrooms on the lower level. The bands play on the upper level, which has a roof, but is open on the sides. There is also a large open deck on the middle level, where smoking is permitted as you enjoy panoramic views of the city and beyond.
Departing from West Houston Street on the west side, The Queen of Hearts will barrel down the Hudson, usually heading straight for the Statue of Liberty. She will nose up to offer incredible views of Lady Liberty before cruising the harbor.
This event is 21+
$35 for day of, $30 for advanced
The Queen of Hearts
Pier 40. West Houston St. at West Side Highway
Maps & Directions
Advance: $30 / Day of Show: $35
The Queen of Hearts Website
The Greenhornes Website,
The Greenhornes Myspace
The A-Bones Myspace