The Five Dollar Festival

DCS & Hard Rock Cafe Present

The Five Dollar Festival

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Manhattan Project (closing the night!), Fear Nuttin Band, The Underwater Sounds, Reef'd

Sat, August 16, 2014

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

$5.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album “In These Times” made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled “Country” (2012).

"The band's five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre." - JamBase
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (PANDA!) is a quintet from Rochester, NY. Their psychedelic roots reggae album “In These Times” made iTunes Best of 2012 list. Over the past six years, PANDA! has performed 800 shows, put out a collection of live albums, and released a roots Americana record titled “Country” (2012).

"The band's five masterful musicians weave layers of complex music within a reggae framework and may be one of the most diverse bands in the genre." - JamBase
The Manhattan Project (closing the night!)
The Manhattan Project (closing the night!)
Since exploding on to the scene in 2010, The Manhattan Project has become one of the fastest growing live electronic duos in the northeast. TMP continues their sonic-boomtronic assault in 2013, blowing up clubs, amphitheaters, festival main stages, and after-parties across the country! Drawing influences from house, dub, drum n bass, techno, and lounge, The Manhattan Project brings sophistication to the dance floor with their original compositions, high energy beats and mind melting textures. Armed with an arsenal of keyboards, synths, electronic and acoustic percussion, they seamlessly merge analog and digital sounds to create a sonic style all their own.

High energy shows, spot-on covers, and clever live remixes of popular artists, movie themes, and the obscure, have gained TMP the reputation of a must-see live act!

Their music features the pulsating beats of a DJ, with the power and feel of a full band, as they gain loyal fans through word of mouth and incredible live shows. The Manhattan Project has shared the stage with Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, Future Rock, Conspirator, Polish Ambassador, Archnemesis, Jimkata, Dopapod, Ozric Tentacles, Zoogma, BioDiesel and more!

Their new EP 'Atomic Bomb Party Vol. 3' was just released in April for free download to great reviews and is embraced by DJ and live music fans alike! The Manhattan Project features Shawn Drogan on drums and electronics, and Charlie Lindner on keyboards and synths.
Fear Nuttin Band
Fear Nuttin Band
Some bands have coined themselves as revolutionary, but Fear Nuttin Band is evolutionary. With their musical roots fusing the intensity of metal, the rhythm of Jamaican dance hall and the social consciousness of hip hop, this band is defining a genre.

The Fear Nuttin Band sound is as diverse as the cultures the band members represent. The hot West Indian sun incubated the talents of frontmen Roosta (vocals), Prowla (vocals) and Jay Chung (guitar), while instrumentalists Matt Penza (drums), Chris Regan (guitar), Brian Daigle (bass) represent New England's finest. The union of these six individuals was in the stars: with Chris, Jay, Penza and Brian lending their musical talents to heavy bands all over the Pioneer Valley, the four always found themselves in and out of bands together. It was the same day that Matt, Chris and Brian found themselves without a frontman that Roosta and Prowla called up and asked them to jam. These final Fear Nuttin Band members have been together since.

Much can be said about their home of Springfield, Massachusetts, and its reputation for breeding original artists and ideas. Put on the map for growing groundbreaking entertainers from the powerful reggae dynasty that is the Morgan Heritage, to the mixed melodies of one of the country's biggest new rock acts Staind, the metal onslaught of Shadows Fall, and All That Remains, Springfield has become a musical hotbed. Fear Nuttin Band took the area by storm with their infamous live shows, and became hometown heroes when they were awarded wins in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam four years in a row, taking home the honors for best new band, best new reggae/ska band, and best party band.

Most recently, Fear Nuttin Band triumphantly competed in the nationwide Bodog Music Battle of the Bands, making them Boston's champions and landing them a recording contract with Bodog Music. Fans watched as Fear Nuttin Band trekked the nation on the Bodog Battle reality TV series, winning the hearts and respect of their competitors and fans, and becoming a favorite among esteemed judges Johnny Rotten, Bif Naked and Billy Duffy. Fear Nuttin Band victoriously returned for the explosive Bodog Battle finale as the Alternative Press Magazine's popular vote-back winner. Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour, told the band once, "All you need is one man to believe in this band and the rest is history." Bodog Music's founder Calvin Ayre is that man. Calvin was so excited about the public's response to Fear Nuttin Band that even though they had been previously voted out of the competition, he made them a part of the Bodog Music roster alongside the Bodog Battle winners.

With their musical credo "Unify the Music, Unify the People," the band has embarked on a musical mission. They have developed a worldwide following due in part to their unique sound, but also because of their diehard work ethic. Live, Fear Nuttin Band are an unforgettable force that draws audiences into the stage swagger of two of today's most charismatic frontmen, Roosta and Prowla. Because of the band's unique charisma and energy, they've played over 500 sold-out shows and toured the nation with the likes of Toots and the Maytals, Blink 182, Buju Banton, Green Day, Morgan Heritage, Fishbone, and graced several stages on the Vans Warped Tour. All this, plus the band has released several independent EPs, and developed their own merchandise line.

In 2007 Fear Nuttin Band linked up with famed producer Terry Date (The Deftones, Pantera, White Zombie, Korn) to take the reins on their Bodog Music debut record titled Yardcore. The album captures their infectious, energetic live performance while highlighting the vocalists' phonetic banter and melodic verses. A mix of reggae, dance hall, and hard, heavy rock, the album is a progressive body of work. Peppered with political statements, the singers bare their souls through every track and speak of their personal values and beliefs. Yardcore is a crossbreed, a non-conformist body of work put together purely to give the listener something to think about. What it's not is "Rockstaffari" bullshit — it's an angsty, ballsy blend of hardcore instrumentals and vocals that scat and swoon with Jamaican nobility. Chris Regan and Jay Chung provide the wailing guitars and pocket riddem harmonies while Brian Daigle's bass acts as the pulse of the rhythm section and Matt Penza's drumming pyrotechnics pop and burst throughout the disc.

Fear Nuttin Band's Yardcore is a real offering of love driven with intensity, and it might be the first album in history to cause a mosh pit that ends in hugs and high fives. Yardcore is set to be released in March 2008 on the Bodog Music label with simultaneous releases in America, Canada, Europe and the U.K.
The Underwater Sounds
Whether you catch them at a festival, in a crowded basement, at the TLA, on a rigged stage in a rustic barn, at a hiphop show or on a reggae bill, the Underwater Sounds will captivate listeners and create a unique listening experience.

Now 4 years together, this 4-piece has been described as a sort of reggae-funk-jam fusion, alternating between periods of technical precision and psychedelic improve. The Sounds strive to bring new ideas and unconventional approaches to reggae music; they do this while incorporating a strong female vocal and mindful informed lyrics.

In 2010, their self-titled record was voted #1 debut album by WXPN.org's The Key, and in 2011 the Underwater Sounds were nominated for 2 Asbury Park music awards, Best Groove Band and Top Female Vocalist.
Now, the band delivers it's sophomore full length album, Que Se Queda (That Which Remains), due for release in early 2012. Engineered and produced by Daoud Shaw (Van Morrison, Saturday Night Live, the Jerry Garcia Band) in Philadelphia, PA, the album is an ambitious effort--a sweeping variety of grooves laid over unusual rythyms, topped with captivating melodies.

"A blend of unique, catchy, and relative," their sound "can take them anywhere...at times beautiful, at other times angry, but mostly heavily invested in every emotion," the Underwater Sounds are eager to stay on the road and keep creating conscious music.
Venue Information:
Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia
1131 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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