Mephiskapheles with NYC Ska Orchestra

Mephiskapheles with NYC Ska Orchestra

Friday · May 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Mephiskapheles is back in red and black. The band that helped define third-wave ska, then defied critics by exploring even greater possibilities with its darkly original ska fusion, has reunited with a new tour and new album in the works.

Formed in the East Village of New York City in 1991 by a group of punk rockers/artists/ad guys/jazz musicians, Mephiskapheles played its first show on Long Island. From day one, the band began attracting a diverse, dedicated fan base.

Sold-out NYC gigs led to tours with the Buzzcocks and GWAR, and hits on the Hawaiian Islands Chart with three singles from the band's first album, 1994's God Bless Satan, produced by Bill Laswell.

While touring relentlessly, Mephiskapheles followed-up in 1997 with Maximum Perversion, a jazz-influenced work that didn't take long to be hailed as a classic. A deal in 1999 with Koch Records resulted in the band's hard-hitting, exploratory third album, Might-Ay White-Ay.

Flash-forward to today with satanic ska being, without a doubt, the music most relevant to our current times. Fronted by riveting lead singer Invidious (the artist formerly known as The Nubian Nightmare), along with the hottest rhythm section in New York, and the Horns of Hell, Mephiskapheles has picked up where it left off, with an ongoing reissue program, a focused touring schedule, and a new album around the corner.

See you in Hell.
NYC Ska Orchestra
NYC Ska Orchestra
The NYC Ska Orchestra is an 18-piece big band with a bold new sound, playing strikingly original compositions and arrangements of popular songs across many genres. The players have been selected to best express the ensemble's lush musical stylings of ska, jazz, rock steady, and reggae. Led by trumpeter and vocalist Kevin Batchelor, the NYC Ska Orchestra brings tremendous collective talent to the stage.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215