Big news from the Majestics....
1) Vince Ercolamento joins the band....
Our long-time friend and musical conspirator, Vince Ercolamento, has become a full-time Majestic. The big difference now is that instead of the highly-paid, hired-gun sideman he used to be, he now has to rehearse every week and is paid crappy like the rest of us, if at all. We welcome Vince. He was The Majestics first sax player 35 years ago, and he brings a wealth of sound, expression and humor that fits perfectly.
2) Our first show since pre-pandemic is booked....
Thursday August 19th......PARTY IN THE PARK with THIRD WORLD. Also appearing ROOT SHOCK. $7. Don't believe the PITP website for show times. Doors at 5, MAJESTICS at 5:30. Don't be late and miss us.
Ron Stackman, Jim Schwarz and Lou LaVilla began performing together in 1972.
The following year they created Bahama Mama, one of the first American bands to embrace Reggae music. When the group split up in 1980, Stackman, Schwarz and Lavilla remained together and formed the Majestics.
Originally a trio with Ron on Hammond B-3, clavinet and guitar, Jim on bass and Lou on drums, the Majestics steadily developed a fan base in upstate New York, eventually catching the attention of the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry. In 1982, the group backed Perry when he opened for the Clash during their historic run at New York City's Bonds International Casino, then traveled with the music icon to Kingston, Jamaica to record his "Mystic Miracle Star" LP.
The Majestics later filled out their sound, enlisting guitarist Rudy Valentino (with whom they recorded their 1984 EP, "Future Now") and Trinidadian percussionist, Brother James.
The band performed extensively throughout the eastern United States during the 1980s, opening for Burning Spear on two tours and appearing with a veritable who's who of Reggae music including Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Leroy Sibbles, Yellowman, Third World, The Gladiators, The Wailers, Eek-A-Mouse, Dillinger, The Heptones, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley, Black Uhuru, Mutaburuka and others.
Now, 40+ years after the band's formation, the Majestics' original trio is back along with guitarist Kevin Hart and Vince Ercolamento on saxophones.
Original roots music along with versions of classic Reggae gems. Roots. Rock. Reggae.
Original songs and distinctive versions from the deep archives of Roots Reggae
3) CD RELEASE PARTY....
Saturday September 4th at Three Heads Brewery. Vince will be there. So will Linda Rutherford. This'll be the official release of our latest record, MAJESTICS MMXX. Recorded during the pandemic while in isolation from each other. Vince, Herb, Rudy & Linda help make it nice. Details will follow.
The FREE CD deal has been extended....
Buy ANY shirt and get the new Majestics' CD MMXX for no extra charge. Plus, there's a clearance-sale price for the SCIENCE T-shirts available in gray and yellow.
They're in our way – get 'em out today!
Sorry . . . Sold Out!
Here's a previously unreleased version of 'Old Time Saying', remixed as a 12" 45rpm or 'Disco 45'....a D.J. remix that pairs a popular hit back-to-back with it's dub version.
Recorded September 2019 - August 2020
Pre-pandemic tracks recorded at Majestics World H. Q. Rochester NY
Pandemic-era tracks recorded in isolation in our home studios
Kevin Hart - guitar, vocals
Lou LaVilla - drums, vocals
Jim Schwarz - bass, vocals
Ron Stackman - keyboards, guitar, melodica, vocals
Vince Ercolamento - saxophone
Linda Rutherford - violin
Herb Smith - trumpet
Recorded, produced & arranged by Majestics
Mixed & mastered by Jeff Gilhart; Tree Fort Studio, Rochester NY
Dub mix by Rudy Valentino; Hamburg, Germany
1) 'What Was It You Wanted' (Dylan)
2) 'Drunken Sailor' (traditional)
3) 'Toronto Shuffle' (Young)
4) 'Lonesome Side of Blue' (Stackman)
5) 'Live In Unity' (LaVilla)
6) 'Waste Not, Want Not' (Hynde)
7) 'Old Time Saying' 12"-45rpm version (Rodney)
Check out this piece in CITY NEWS talking about our new record....thanks Frank DeBlase
Here's a bunch of photos from our last show WAY back in February 2020. Thanks to photographers.......
Aaron Winters & Jack Garner
Majestic appreciation to our photographer pals......
Stained glass by Donna Bratcher
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