You thought earnest, shameless tribute bands were just for Las Vegas, didn’t you? While New York obviously has a wealth of original music to offer, we’ve been thinking: singing along to live renditions of “Fat-Bottomed Girls” could in theory be a lot more fun than pretending to care about DIIV. It’s time to take a break from nodding to noise bands and take your pick from this fine array of tributes to the classic acts we all totally still listen to, even though we’ll only admit it at karaoke.
Ring of Fire Band (Johnny Cash Tribute)
Lead singer Michael Patrick started off in a Grateful Dead tribute band, but found that his voice was much more suited to singing songs by The Man in Black in his Ring of Fire Band. In 2007, they were part of the Pardon Johnny Cash Flower Pickin’ Festival, in honor of Cash’s 1965 arrest for picking flowers (and public intoxication) in Starkville, MS. They hail from central New Jersey, and you can catch them celebrating Cash’s birthday on February 24th at B.B. King’s.