“While the artist known as Root Boy Slim, Foster MacKenzie III, departed this world entirely too soon at the age of 48, he left us with a highly entertaining and weird catalog to remember him by… If you are not aware of Root Boy Slim, then you probably didn’t come of age in the late 70s and early 80s in the Washington, D.C. area where MacKenzie was/is pretty much a folk hero. Do you remember the guy who tried to scale the fence at the White House in 1969 who claimed to be searching for the “center of the universe” while tripping balls on acid? That was Foster MacKenzie III.” - dangerousminds.net
“The hippest thing to happen in Washington since Nixon resigned.” - Rolling Stone
“Root Boy, however unsomber, is the real thing, the genuine apocalyptic apotheosis.” - The Washington Post
“Howlin’ Wolf Meets Alfred E. Newman” - Joe Sasfy, Unicorn Times
Following last year’s sold out performance, the Root Boy Slim All Stars return to Bethesda Blues & Jazz with “Mood Music for the Nuclear Age”. A rock solid 12 piece outfit culled from all of the kickass bands that Root toured and recorded with for over 15 years, including most of the surviving members of the Sex Change Band. The Root Boy Slim All Stars features Tommy Lepson belting out lead vocals with his big B3, sax virtuosos Ron Holloway and Marshall Keys (the Jones Boys Horns), Dan Hovey and Ray Tilkens shredding on guitars, Brent Mingle on bass, Jim Orr on keyboards, pounding percussion by Torro Gamble, John Zidar and “Kung Fu Shorty” Albert Bashor, and of course backing vocals by the fabulous Rootettes - Cherie Grasso and Dick Bangham!
PLUS a sneak peak at the new official trailer for the documentary-in-progress “Boogie Til You Puke: The Legend of Root Boy Slim”.
“Mood Music for the Nuclear Age” is a night of musical mayhem from the deliriously deranged and demented mind of Root Boy Slim - guaranteed to raise your spirits to near toxic levels and make your mood rings sweat!