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(I Gotta) Rock Show

Monday, October 5th 2015, 7:00 pm

The Wilder
174 Fleet St, Portsmouth NH

For a decade the Portsmouth Halloween Parade has been fueled in part by rock ‘n roll. That tradition continues this year when the 11th annual (I Gotta) Rock Show returns to The Coat of Arms Pub. The show pays tribute to working class rock and features The Super Black Market Clash City Rockers returning to Portsmouth to honor one of the most iconoclastic bands in history, The Clash. They will be joined by a powerhouse line-up including Red Sky Mary, Kraken’s Beard and The Damn Garrison.

Local musician Tim McCoy (also the show’s co-coordinator) will be joined by his Watts bandmate Dan Kopko, Jay Fortin, formerly of Scissorfight, and drummer Rick Orcott, formerly of the Guts, for a set of Clash tunes. Demand was high for a repeat performance from these guys after their last visit to the Coat during which guests were asked to refrain from dancing on the tables. So this one’s for you Portsmouth!

Featured in the current issue of “Revolver Magazine!,” Red Sky Mary delivers down ‘n’ dirty Led Zepplin rock with a modern twist.  They will be joining the lineup, having toured this summer with the Texas Hippie Coalition for its Smokin’ Hot Tour and having also opened for Lynyrd Skynrd. These young musicians, with a couple of Spotlight Awards already under their belts, are poised for greatness.

Kraken’s Beard will be proving that rocking hard while sporting epic beards is not for the faint of heart, and The Damn Garrison will kick off the show in much the same way as Super Black Market Clash will be capping it off – powered by working class punk rock.

In keeping with recent tradition, the Parade will announce this year’s grand marshal on this rocking night. T-shirts and other PHP paraphernalia will be on sale as well and we will be raffling off many items donated by local businesses.

A $5 donation will be requested at the door as New Hampshire’s biggest Halloween parade is brought to you by the people, for the people. The parade is not a city-sponsored event. It is staged by volunteers and funded solely by the community, primarily through grassroots events. The Rock Show rises again this year thanks to the generous support of its sponsor Moxy restaurant on Penhallow St.