If New London's Hempsteadys say they're going to throw the ultimate, raucous (but all-ages) summer bash, that's good enough for me. After all, the H-steadys, demonstrating a flair for rhyme not seen since Robert Service or perhaps Eminem, describe themselves with on-the-money accuracy:
"Whalie-winning, dance-floor filling, neighborhood-chilling, beer-swilling (and) stage-killing."
If, then, the band wants to host a reggae/ska/punk lineup that includes acts from the length and breadth of the East Coast, methinks you should pay attention. On the bill: Riki Rocksteady and the Arraignments (Boston), the Snails (Philly), Sammy Kay (NYC), Chilled Money Brains (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Meriden's Pickpocket.
It takes place Sunday at the El 'n' Gee Club in New London. All hail summer!
- RICK KOSTER
The Hempsteadys' All-Star Summer Bash, 7 p.m. Sunday, El 'n' Gee Club, 86 Golden St., New London; $5; (860) 437-3800