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May 17th, 2011 · No Comments · music

It’s pretty simple. If you have never seen this band you have to.

From Greenwich Village, NYC, going to an Urban Blight show in the 80’s was pretty much a weekly thing. I remember seeing DEVO in Central Park in 1979 and remember thinking when I saw “Bob 1” and “Bob 2” on top of the P.A. columns rocking hard, that I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

After seeing Urban Blight a few times in the early 80’s fresh back from a tour of the U.K., I remember thinking that I could do it. That’s how Mondo Boffo was born. I’ve told that story before (see previous post). but to this day, Mondo getting a video on MTV was probably the greatest thing I ever accomplished (sad isn’t it given what MTV has become), next to the birth of my daughter and obtaining the StreamAware patent. Our first gig, or one of them was opening up for Urban Blight and the Swinging Madisons at CBGB (where Urban Blight was basically the House Band) on New Year’s Eve 1982/83. Place was packed to the back. There were many other great shows, usually on the guess list, at Trax, The Ritz (now Webster Hall), Lone Star Cafe (Roadhouse), Mudd Club, Tramps and many other places that sadly are only part of the club scene lore of the city.

Urban Blight’s mix of Ska, Funk and Hip Hop (and remember this is back in the Run DMc/Beastie Boys days) put them at the pinnacle of the New York City Music scene and earned them a reputation as being the most fun thing to do in the city if they were playing. I never had a bad time at an Urban Blight gig. Their were many parties, many hangs, lots of good times, it was the way New York was in the past. Dudes were chill and Girls had class and were naturally beautiful not like Snooki Polozzi and “The Situation.” It lasted for 10 or 15 years and often I’d hear that the Urban Caravan was up at some college (which was like every weekend) or somewhere on the East Coast.

But like all things, they come to an end and members would up leaving as they got married and children entered the picture.

The Magic Six as they are known consist of Keene and Jamie Carse, Paul Vercesi, Tony Orbach (yes Jerry’s son), Dan Lipman and Wyatt Sprague. Other notable musicians played with them including Mackie from the CroMags and Sterling from Duran Duran/Bowie.

And now, I don’t know but it seems like there’s a stirring for more. The kids are out of diapers and maybe the Blight Boys will take another run at it. Now couldn’t be a better time. Music is just awful and their sound is unique. Always a dance band, one doesn’t go to an Urban show to stand around and pose. Just have a good time.

It’s also for a good cause that Urban Blight will be taking the stage for. Namely The Children’s Museum of the Arts: Family Benefit Carnival and Concert.

Click To See Urban Blight Tall And Lonely Buildings Video

Here’s the info as I can’t provide a link because it’s all contained in a javascript pop-up box:

All proceeds will support increased expansion of CMA’s free arts programming for children in NYC, including CMA’s new home at 103 Charlton Street in the Fall of 2011.

Admission for 15, VIP premier seating + lounge, select open bar, premier listing on program and web site, mention in press releases and post-event photo/editorial coverage, verbal acknowledgement during the event, back cover ad in event program, and 1-year family membership.

Admission for 10, VIP seating + lounge, select open bar, listing on program and web site, verbal acknowledgement during the event, and inside cover ad in event program.

Admission for 8, VIP seating + lounge, select open bar, listing on program and web site, and full-page ad in event program.

Admission for 6, VIP seating + lounge, select open bar, listing on program and web site, and half-page ad in event program.

$1,000 VIP PATRON:
Admission for 4, VIP seating + lounge, select open bar, listing on program and web site, and quarter-page ad in event program.

*Please note: VIP guests will print out one e-ticket for admission. Please send guest names to Lori Feren at by May 19th.

Child, ages 1-18 ($25)
Adult ($100)

Featuring Adam ‘Adrock’ Horovitz, Urban Blight, and other special guests!
General Admission ($35)
VIP – limited open bar and premier seating ($100)

Contributions to CMA are tax deductable to the extentalalowed be law; the non-deductable portion of each ticket is $20. If your donation is eligible for a corporate matching gift, or you have any additional inquiries regarding this event, please contact Lori Feren at 212-274-0986 or

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