The CD is done! Celebrate with us on November 7th!

October 25th, 2009

toobscurityandbeyond_webUPDATE:  We’re still updating our new web store. Stop back here tomorrow (Sunday November 8th) to order the new album directly from

Friends and fans of Afroskull – if you have followed the band over the past few years you are no doubt familiar with the saga of the mythical new CD.  Well we are proud to announce that the disc is finally finished!  To Obscurity and Beyond, our first CD of new music in nine years, will be released on November 7th!

The new album features nine mind-blowing Afroskull originals. Jazz legend Ronnie Cuber joins an expanded horn section to breathe fire into Joe Scatassa’s high-wire horn arrangements while the rest of the band pours on the gasoline. To Obscurity and Beyond is the culmination of four years worth of writing and recording specifically designed to melt your face!

Join us for the CD release party on Saturday, November 7th, at Ace of Clubs in New York City.  Come down early for great sets from our friends Wounded Buffalo Theory (8:30pm) and Blue Food (9:30pm) before Afroskull blows the roof off.  We’ll be doing two epic sets, including the new CD in its entirety, with a special five-piece horn section and special guests.  THIS is the Afroskull show you have been waiting for.

The new CD from Afroskull
Available at starting November 7th, 2009

Saturday, November 7th, 10:30pm
@ Ace of Clubs – 9 Great Jones St., NYC
Also appearing:  Wounded Buffalo Theory (8:30) and Blue Food (9:30)

To Obscurity and Beyond – coming soon

September 20th, 2009

We are pleased to announce the completion and imminent release of our first album in nine years, “To Obscurity and Beyond.”


Two big September shows

September 11th, 2009

Greetings once again Afroskull fans.  We’ve got two big shows coming up this month.

First up, this Saturday night (9/12) we’re live at Union Hall in Brooklyn.  It’s our first show in Brooklyn in a long time and our first gig ever at Union Hall, one of the borough’s best venues.  We’re the first band on a great bill that also includes Buffalo Killers, the Scott Metzger Band and the Nate Wilson Group.  Plus we’ll be joined by a special guest on bass: our old pal from New Orleans, Matty Williams! The funk starts at 8pm.

Next up on Friday 9/18 is a special benefit show for the Parkside Lounge, our home-base for the past few years. The club has fallen on hard times and needs our help! We’ll be joined by a couple of special guests: The Wild Koba on keyboards and guitar, and Bearded Jon Stonbely on the bass! Come out on September 18th to support the Parkside Lounge and your favorite purveyors of monster funk, AFROSKULL.  Show time once again is 8pm.

We’ll see you in September, as the old song says.  And then get ready for some Afroskull news in the next couple of weeks that we have ALL been waiting for …

a few photos from the last Parkside show

August 11th, 2009

Thanks to all who came out to the Parkside Lounge a couple of weeks back.  We’ll be back there on Friday, September 18th.  More details about that and more will be coming soon.  In the meantime check out Greg Aiello’s photos from our most recent gig.

Afroskull Returns to the Stage – July 24th, 2009

July 9th, 2009

We’re back from our little siesta and ready to get down.  Join Afroskull at the Parkside Lounge in New York City on July 24th for a full set of the super-heavy funk.  We’ll have Bearded Jon on bass, Superman Seth on percussion and the full horn section along for the ride.

AFROSKULL live at the Parkside Lounge

317 E. Houston St. @ Attorney St., NYC

Friday, July 24th 2009 – 8pm

Live at the Parkside Lounge – Jan 09

January 7th, 2009

People of the funk, get ready. Afroskull is back. This friday night at our second home, the Parkside Lounge, the monster uglyfunk party commences. In the spirit of musical acrobatics, we’re dusting off a few oldies but goodies that we haven’t attempted in a few years, plus covers by Rush and Funkadelic. We’ll be joined by guest vocalists Isaac Davy Aronson and Donny Dykowski too. So if you’re dealing with the post-holiday blues, there is no better place to soak in some live music and adult beverages than at Parkside this friday night!

see you there!

AFROSKULL live at the Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. (at Attorney St.), NYC
Friday, 1/9/09 8pm


October 10th, 2008

Myth: Linus was the only one who believed in the Great Pumpkin. Fact: Afroskull believes in the Great Pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin is a powerful bipartisan entity that will save our economy. The Great Pumpkin is an orange glowing beacon of hope. For the 42nd anniversary of the first television emergence of said rotund squash, Afroskull will converge on the Parkside Lounge to usher in the greatest musical holiday ever: Halloween. On this epic night your favorite monster-funk-rockers will not only be including a slew of never-before played covers (Led Zep with horns anyone?), but also taking it to the stage with more musicians than you can shake a razor-blade tainted apple at. Joining us will be the incomparable Dan Asher (making his funky triumphant return on the bass), the baddest three-piece horn section this side of Louisiana, plus special guests the Wild Koba on guitar and Isaac Davy Aronson on vocals!

AFROSKULL live at the Parkside Lounge
Thursday, 10/31/08, 8pm

Parkside Lounge Fri 3/21/08 – last show till summer!

March 19th, 2008

Please join Afroskull for another encounter at the Parkside Lounge this Friday night, March 21st. It will be our final show at least until the middle of summer. Our guitarist, composer and fearless leader Joe Scatassa will be working in London for the next few months, and the commute to the Parkside will be a bit too much for him. He’ll be back in mid-July so we’ll be cranking the live show back up around that time. So please come by and give Joe a warm send-off.

AFROSKULL live @ the Parkside Lounge
Friday 3/21/08 – 8pm
317 E. Houston St. (corner of E. Houston and Attorney St.)

Show at the Ace of Clubs 10/25/07

October 23rd, 2007

First of all, congratulations to all our fine friends in New Orleans who survived last Saturday’s 11:30pm – 3:30am onslaught of super-charged funk at the Maple Leaf.  The combination of old friends returning to the fold, an incredible all-star horn section and a rowdy crowd ensured that it was a gig for the ages.  Special kudos to Afroskull co-founder and bassist Bill Richards for delivering a massive bass performance on all fronts, including the challenging compositions from our NYC set. Stay tuned for some photos from the show!

These last two shows were truly fitting celebrations of our 10-year anniversary and we are grateful to everyone who helped to make it happen.

For you New Yorkers, we’re back from the Big Easy and in the mood to throw down.  How lucky for you that we’re at the Ace of Clubs on Great Jones St. in Manhattan this Thursday night?  We’ll be joined by two other fantastic bands, the Van Davis Trio at 8pm, and GromKo at 9pm.  We’re due on around 10pm and we have a nice set cooked up for ya.  We welcome back Jeff Pierce (trumpet) and Mark Nikirk (tenor sax) to the horn section, as well as Bearded Jon on the bass.

AFROSKULL live at the Ace of Clubs
Thursday, 10/25/07, 10pm
with the Van Davis Trio (8pm) and GromKo (9pm)
9 Great Jones St. (corner of Lafayette and Great Jones)


October 5th, 2007

Hello to all our fine friends. Believe it or not, this month we are celebrating Afroskull’s 10th birthday with a show at the Parkside Lounge in NYC this Friday (10/12), and then on Saturday 10/20 at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans. The press release below has all the gory details. We hope you can join in the celebration!


Twin blowouts in New York and New Orleans to commemorate a decade of hair-raising funk

New York based funk/rockers Afroskull have announced a pair of shows to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary, on October 12th at New York’s Parkside Lounge, and October 20th at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans.

Afroskull formed in New Orleans in the summer of 1997 around a core of well-schooled musicians who had first met in the suburbs of NYC years earlier. Using the music of Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus and Black Sabbath as their guides, they developed a unique style that is equal parts funk, hard rock and jazz. A devoted local following quickly followed along with a reputation for unrelenting funk-drenched sets that lasted well into the wee hours. In 2002, after the release of the locally acclaimed CD “Monster For the Masses,” several national tours and two legendary “Afroskull Does Black Sabbath” sets, the core of the band pulled up stakes and got back to their roots in New York City. In the years since, Afroskull has gained a whole new audience (along with several new band members) thanks to their red-hot live shows and is now becoming known among hard-core live music fans as one of the city’s best-kept secrets. And now October 2007 brings a 10th anniversary party to each of the band’s hometowns, featuring special guests from throughout Afroskull’s history.

October 12, 2007 @ the Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St (corner of Attorney St.), New York City

The New York version of the 10th anniversary brings the band back to their long-time homebase on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, and will feature Jason Marshall on bari sax (of Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor), bassist Bearded Jon Stonbely, and a special appearance by NYC guitar mercenary The Wild Koba.

October 20, 2007 @ The Maple Leaf Bar
8316 Oak St., New Orleans

The New Orleans party will be an epic Afroskull marathon, a true melding of the NOLA and NYC lineups, featuring original bassist Funky Dollar Bill Richards (of I Tell You What fame), and the Horns of Doom: Chuck Arnold on trumpet, Rick Trolsen (of Bonerama) on trombone, and Jason Mingledorf (Papa Grows Funk) on tenor sax. Other scheduled guests include Big John Shaffer on vocals and the Madd Wikkid a.k.a. Earl Scioneaux on keyboards.