Five Firsts: Jason Bonafide of the Slaughterhouse Chorus

NAME: Jason Bonafide
BAND AFFILIATION: The Slaughterhouse Chorus
INSTRUMENT: Guitar and resonator

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I’m not totally sure, but I think it was the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness” on double cassette. However, my first musical love via my parents’ CD collection was definitely the Eagles. These were confusing times.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … REO Speedwagon, Foreigner and Peter Frampton at SPAC. I denied this thoroughly after discovering punk rock, but in retrospect, it was a truly epic first concert.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A student model Yamaha alto sax when I was 10 years old. I picked the saxophone for 5th grade band because I thought it sounded pretty cool when the president played one. My first guitar was a Christmas present from my parents a couple years later, a Yamaha classical out of a JC Penney catalog. I still have them both, and I’m still terrible at saxophone and classical guitar.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … An ugly ska-punk cover of Nirvana’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School Battle of the Bands. I was 15. We broke nearly every piece of equipment we owned over the course of a few songs, but managed to come in third place – right behind Fall Out Boys (the original – members of which currently play in great local bands Smittix and Boyish Good Looks) and Visual Reason (who were already a big deal well before they went on to success as Count the Stars).

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Public Access, which lasted until just a few years ago and took me all over the country… and I’m still playing music with some of the same people almost ten years later. Not bad!

Guitarist Jason Bonafide and his bandmates in the punk rock Americana band the Slaughterhouse Chorus will be celebrating the release of their new five-song EP with a bash at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 8pm on Saturday. Joining in the festivities will be the Killerados, Slackjaw and the Fugue State. Admission is $5, which includes a copy of the new CD.

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