Version City Tour / Press

“One of the most innovative and accomplished musicians of our generation, King Django, is going to be hitting the road this summer for the 2nd part of King Django’s Version City Tour. The tour starts on May 24th in Washington, DC and will cover 25 shows in only 23 days. Django will lead a quartet of musicians on the tour. He will be joined by Brian Hill of Regatta 69 on bass and vocals, guitarist/vocalist John DeCarlo of Wesbound Train, and drummer Anthony Vito Fraccalvieri of Broadcaster and Royal City Riot. Fraccalvieri just came off a six-week US Tour with the Toasters. Depending on the venue, each show will have anywhere from 1-3 sets showcasing the songs of Django, Hill, and DeCarlo. ”

“In 1987, Jeff Baker made one of the most crucial decisions of his life. On one hand, he was a 20-year-old who was very adept at computer programming, and those skills had landed him a job offer that put a lot of currency on the table. On the other, he was King Django, a Brooklyn-raised ska/reggae acolyte who had become deeply infatuated with toasting (reggae singing/speaking) as a teenager and was quickly growing acclimated with playing music himself. The programmer and the active musician would not be able to coexist. “I thought about it a lot. At the end of the day, I said, 'You know what? If I take that job, I'm not going to be able to do this anymore,' and I didn't take the job. That was probably the first major fork in that road there,” says the 45-year-old Django, who cribbed his name from the Upsetters' song “Return of Django” and is now based out of New Brunswick, NJ.”