The Professionals
Dave Kiss Presents

The Professionals

Ruts DC, Vixen77

$22.00 - $25.00
Ages 21+
The Professionals with Ruts DC & Vixen77 at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia
  • 7PM - Doors
  • 8PM - Vixen77
  • 9PM - Ruts DC
  • 10PM - The Professionals


So, next Professionals chapter officially begins, to take the band into 2020.6 new songs recorded during 2019, will be available to advance order on Friday 29th November.

3 EP’s, to be released in January, February and March of the new year.Each Ep will feature 2 of the new tracks plus two live recordings of older material. They’ll be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and super limited edition colour vinyl.

They’ll be available through Transistor music individually or as various bundles where exclusive T- shirts and signed posters can be obtained. These tracks are contenders for next years October released album, the follow up to the critically acclaimed What In The World.

There’s talk of adding guests to the recordings before the release, taking advantage again of Paul Cooks punk rock address book. Studio time has been booked around the bands tour with SLF and US dates, where further new material will be put down.

We have a 2020 vision and hope you’ll all be part of it.


“The Crack. I cannot explain to you the impact that this LP had. It is simply one of the best albums of it’s time. A true treasure that does not age but only impresses the more you play it.” Henry Rollins

Released in September of 1979, The Ruts one and only studio album ‘The Crack’ was an extraordinary statement of intent. As the energy and attitude of punks first wave started to dissipate, here was a band that exploded onto the scene with everything to offer. ‘The Crack’ had it all. Twelve power-packed songs brimming with invention and energy, it featured an extraordinary run of hit singles – ‘Babylon’s Burning’, ‘Something That I Said’ and ‘Jah War’ – alongside some of the best adrenalized rock music to emerge in the decade’s closing. Malcolm Owen’s snarling yet soulful vocals, Paul Fox’s soaring guitar and the incredible rhythm pairing of bassist John Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy came together in perfect harmony to create an album that is as relevant and important now as it was then. Henry Rollins isn’t alone in his opinion when he frequently refers to The Crack as the “best album ever made”.

The Ruts (now Ruts DC) have always been intent on creating fresh music, constantly striving to move forward. When the band returned to the studio in 2008 to record ‘Rhythm Collision 2’ the follow-up to the 1982 dub-masterpiece, they hit the road and began the daunting task of crafting the first new Ruts DC songs since the early 80s, resulting in the release of 2016’s exceptional ‘Music Must Destroy’ album. It featured ten new songs of prime Ruts energy and song-writing suss, proving just how well the Jennings/Ruffy partnership had endured, alongside new guitarist Leigh Heggarty.

As 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of ‘The Crack’ it’s now time to take a well-deserved look back and Ruts DC are proud to announce some very special EU shows to celebrate the albums original release. These shows will not only feature their 'The Crack' masterpiece but also tracks from 'Music Must Destroy', 'Grin & Bear It', 'Animal Now' and maybe even a brand new tune...

“It’s always been important to us to be a current and forward-thinking band, releasing and playing new material whilst being proud of our past,” states John ‘Segs’ Jennings. “A milestone to many, The Crack is an important piece of work to us too. We now feel ready to celebrate where we came from.”

“Making ‘The Crack” was a real game changer for me,” continues Dave Ruffy. “The Ruts were a band that were greater than the sum of their parts and wrote music inspired by everything we had ever heard. It’s a piece of work that I am immensely proud to have been a part of. Now forty years on we will be playing the album in its entirety, it’s quite a challenge as some of the songs have not been played since 1980! Our legacy is large, and we are and will continue working hard to make this a great show.”


The future is female and Vixen77 is proof positive. Vixen77 is five unique females merging artistically under one common goal: to play loud rock and roll. Their songs are raw, uncompromising, female-driven anthems that are a throwback to rock's rebellious glory days. The ladies combine fiery grooves with hooks and attitude to create bangers that make people move. If The Runaways and The Stooges spawned a musical child from punk-rock basements of Philadelphia, it would be Vixen77. Known for their live shows, which are usually a sweaty mess of angry fun, Vixen77 is stripped-down, in-your-face garage-rock from five empowered women that pisses off the parents and the neighbors.

Formed in 2018, Vixen77 is musically wise beyond their years. It's as if they've time-traveled from punk's heyday of the 60's in Detroit where the likes of The Stooges and MC5 reigned supreme. Their three-song E.P. was recorded in Philly with producer Pete Donnelly (bassist of The Figgs), who perfectly captured the band's primal, grimy, and brash energy that pervades their live performances.

In the short time they've been together, Vixen77 has shared the stage with the likes of The Figgs, female rock icons Cherie Currie (The Runaways) & Brie Howard Darling (Fanny), and Philly's punk legend Rodney Anonymous (Dead Milkmen).

Vixen77 is glam, glitter, and a ton of fury.

As Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said, "Well behaved women seldom make history." That's just what Vixen77 looks to do.

Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125