The Naked Heroes are a duo of soul redeeming shaman who set the room afire with their spirited, red-blooded, call-and-response-based live shows that are best described as a controlled form of chaos. The Naked Heroes celebrate a primal connection to a greasy, unhinged humanity that lurks deep inside all of us and yearns to be exercised. Members Merica Lee and George Jackson use rock ‘n’ roll as a springboard and infuse it with elements of r&b, blues, and dance music to create their own unique foot-stompin’, ass-shakin’, soul redeeming elixir.
GETTING NAKED WITH THE NAKED HEROES:
V&T: What is your favorite city to play, and why is it special to you?
TNH: Rockaway Beach in Queens, NY. We did a 3 show residency out there last summer and they were some of the most fun shows we’ve ever played. They were at Rippers right on the boardwalk at Beach 86th street. We played facing the ocean with the sun beating down on us. It was a real mix of people out there. The highlight was playing the last song of our last show on top of the picnic tables and a drunk guy jumps up on the table and tries to grab Merica Lee. Merica was wearing a bikini with an Evel Knievel style cape and puts the guy in a headlock and still keeps playing! The guy got kicked out and then our friends in Midnight Magic came on and it turned into a full on dance party.
V&T: Who are you listening to lately?
TNH: Baltimore club, Hot 97, James Brown, Museum of Love, Courtship Ritual, Gang of Four.
V&T: What would be your dream lineup for a band?
TNH: The JB's with Booker T and The M.G.'s as the rhythm section with Hendrix on guitar and Dolly Parton singing.
V&T: Why "Naked?"
TNH: It feels better than nude.
V&T: What do you do when you're not Naked Heroes?
TNH: Make high-waisted bell bottom jeans. You can check ’em out at www.mericalee.com.
June 20th at The Rock Shop - Brooklyn, NY
Every third Monday - dj The Ides at The Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn