26jun8:00 pm11:00 pmFeaturedChris DeMakes of Less than Jakewith John Cozz and the Rippers and DJ Ryan Midnight 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge, 340 Third Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
FM & Dancing Tony present Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake live at FM Jersey City. The show will also include performances by
FM & Dancing Tony present Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake live at FM Jersey City. The show will also include performances by John Cozz and the Rippers and DJ Ryan Midnight will be filling in the gaps before, between and after.
AGE: 18 +
DOORS: 7:30 pm doors
About Chris DeMakes
Chris DeMakes (born September 27, 1973) is the guitarist and, along with Roger Manganelli, vocalist of the ska-punk band Less Than Jake. DeMakes is one of the original band members, as well as the current drummer Vinnie Fiorello. While Fiorello is the lyricist, DeMakes and Manganelli write the music.
He was born in Michigan, however, he grew up in Port Charlotte, Florida where he met Vinnie Fiorello. The two friends played in a local band, Needless Guilt and when DeMakes moved to Gainesville, Florida to attend the University of Florida, Fiorello followed suit to ensure their musical collaboration would continue.
DeMakes is known for his stage presence. Along with saying outrageous things on stage, he appears to have a penchant for running around the drum kit during songs and getting the crowd to start huge mosh/circle pits. He sometimes dresses up in costumes for Less Than Jake’s live shows, though this was mostly done during the earlier years. Some examples include a gym teacher, a redneck, a baseball player, an 80’s metalhead, a college professor and more recently, Bob Barker from The Price Is Right.
A few of Less Than Jake’s songs are written about DeMakes’ actual friends. Mark Cruce, mentioned in the lyrics of Mr. Chevy Celebrity is one example of this. Also, according to Fiorello, the song Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore is about a girl who had a crush on DeMakes, but ending up hating him in the end.
When not touring with Less Than Jake, DeMakes records solo material.
John Cozz and the Rippers
John Cozz and the Rippers have become one of the most representative bands of the New Jersey basement punk scene in recent years due to their unique ability to capture the cultural experience of the local scene. Deep Fried, John Cozz’s most recent release via Sniffling Indie Kids, does this not simply through innumerable references to Taylor Ham, Rutt’s Hut,and The Sopranos, but in crafting a diverse album that can at times be rough, sentimental, irreverent, genuine, or ironic.
DJ Ryan Midnight
DJ Ryan Midnight has been DJing in the New York City area since 2014, with a combination of dedicated sets and supporting a host of live shows including The Selecter, The Toasters, The Porkers, and Voodoo Glow Skulls, along with regular recurring DJ sets at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Ryan also hosts the weekly-ish podcast, 100% Ska, spinning all-vinyl sets covering the full spectrum of the genre along with in-depth interviews.
Find him at:
8:00pm - 11:00pm
FM Restaurant Bar and Lounge
340 Third Street, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302