Main Stage Bands

 The 2014 Del Ray Music Festival’s headliner THE PIETASTERS!

It’s been three years since their last release, but the grandfathers of Ska-Rock-and-Soul are back with a new DVD filmed live at the legendary 9:30 club.  The DVD features classic hits and never before released material, band commentary, and tour footage featuring the song “Drunken Master” off their last studio album.  The band has plans for summer touring and a trip to theU.K.to play at the world famousIsle of WightScooter Rally. The Pietasters have managed to be one of the few bands to weather the rise and fall of the ska genre in the late 90’s.  This is because the band was never a gimmick.  They play passionate music inspired by real life; they have a timeless sound that is relevant in any era.

Vocalist Stephen Jackson attributes the band’s mandate to rock to a cohesive mindset, part of which involves taking pride in stirring up a frenzy at all of their shows.  The band’s unofficial motto “It’s not a good show unless somebody bleeds” while rough, is the product of the band’s punk rock roots. Having grown up in DC during its punk heyday the Pietasters were weaned on the old school greats. Jackson and his cohorts regularly attended shows by bands like Minor Threat, the Meatmen and Scream. It was around this time that they discovered ska.

Inspired by British vets such as Bad Manners and the Specials, the Pietasters found a home in the local D.C. ska scene. But ska wasn’t the only genre that would inspire the band. While a smattering of ska still exists in the band’s platter du jour, your first mistake would be to assume that this group is strictly a ska outfit. It’s not unlikely that one will hear shades of Spencer Davis, Otis Redding, Alton Ellis and Bob Marley while the band is rocketing through their repertoire. Jackson says of the band’s eclectic output, “It comes from hanging out in old, stinky record stores. You’d pick up a Specials record, find that there were six covers on it, and then you’d buy those records. You start exploring the subcultures and looking for their origins trying to find the authentic stuff.”

Recently James Brown enlisted the Pietasters to be his backing band at WHFS’s Holiday Nutcracker Ball.  Playing “Sex Machine” and “I Feel Good” with The Godfather of Soul in front of 25,000 people was yet anotherhigh pointfor the band.  Currently, the Pie-guys have finished recording and are mixing songs for their upcoming album.

DATE TIME STAGE ARTIST GENRE
June 28, 2014 12:00PM MAIN STAGE ROCK OF AGES MUSIC Kids Bands
June 28, 2014 1:00PM MAIN STAGE ANDREA PAIS Pop
June 28, 2014 2:00PM MAIN STAGE LAUREN CALVE BAND American Roots
June 28, 2014 3:00PM MAIN STAGE MISS SHEVAUGHN & YUMA WRAY Cosmic Americana
June 28, 2014 4:00PM MAIN STAGE ELROY JENKINS Rock
June 28, 2014 5:00PM MAIN STAGE THE COWARDS CHOIR Rock
June 28, 2014 6:00PM MAIN STAGE KATE MORAN BAND Pop
6:45PM SIDE STAGE CLASSIFIED FREQUENCY Power Pop
June 28, 2014 7:30PM MAIN STAGE THE PIETASTERS Ska