Blue Note Presents SAMANTHA RONSON & THE UNDERTAKERS Tonight
WHAT: Well-known DJ Samantha Ronson will trade in her turntables for a microphone as she leads her new band The Undertakers in their East Coast debut at the Blue Note. The new material, which she has already performed in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, will make up the tracks on an album called Chasing The Reds that Ronson says will be released later this summer. Over the last few weeks, Ronson has posted videos online of her singing acoustic covers with producer and guitarist Jimmy Messer, who will be on hand for her Blue Note debut, along with bassist Billy Mohler, keyboardist Jonny Polonsky and drummer Eric Gardner.
WHEN: Thursday, July 7, 2011; Sets at 8:00pm & 10:30pm
WITH: Samantha Ronson, vocals; Jimmy Messer, guitar; Billy Mohler, bass; Jonny Polonsky, keyboards; Eric Gardner, drums
COST: $25 @ table / $15 @ bar
WHERE: The Blue Note; 131 W 3rd. St, New York, NY 10012
MORE: Doors open at 6pm. Set times are 8pm and 10:30pm
BIO: Just who is Samantha Ronson? Her stepfather's a jukebox hero - as in Foreigner's Mick Jones - and her brother's a star DJ - that'd be Mark Ronson - so for Samantha Ronson to get a word in at the dinner table, she had to know her tunes. It wasn't until Ronson was 20 that she discovered her music talents.
Ronson grew up around music - going on tour with Foreigner for family vacations and cutting class at her stepfather's studio - but she was never interested in playing. Then, after spending a year in Paris after high school, she returned to New York and realized she had nothing to listen to. Ronson taught herself to play and sing and eventually put her poetry to the music. She was still a closet performer, though, when a different sort of music opportunity knocked.
"I got a call one night from a club that I used to hang out at and they were like, 'Do you want to DJ?' "Ronson remembered. "I was like, 'No way,' [but] my friends were like, 'Come on, just do it. How hard could it be?' I was always in the club; [I figured I] might as well get paid for it. Samantha took the gig and before she knew it she was filling in for her brother at other clubs while he finished his album. Sam continued to sharpen her skills on the "Wheels of Steel" and eventually DJing became a full time job.
"I am a pretty good DJ. I give myself props." Samantha gets more than just props. She spins at some of the most high profile gigs around the country. Appearing at Jessica Simpsons Birthday Party, with Lindsay Lohan on the American Music Awards, ElleGirl Prom, Blender, Maxim, IFC Awards, Playstation at the Super Bowl, Sundance and the VMA's in Miami.
Samantha's career shows no signs of letting up. She continues to field offers on a daily basis and says she loves what she's doing. "This is the best job I can imagine: playing music I love, hanging with my friends, and giving people something to dance to."