The Slackers

The Slackers

The Slackers are self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll from New York City.

The Slackers began in 1991 in NYC. After years of local gigs and rehearsing in a dingy basement in Manhattan’s lower east side, the band released its debut album, Better Late Than Never, in 1996. The band’s success resulted in the release of a second album, Red Light, on the Epitaph label in 1997. Since then the Slackers have released 11 more studio albums (The Question, Wasted Days, Slackers & Friends, Close My Eyes, Slackers in Dub, Peculiar, Boss Harmony Sessions, Self Medication, Lost and Found, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and The Slackers [self-titled, 2016] ) 3 live albums (Live at Ernestos, Upsettin Ernestos, Slack in Japan), several EPs (International War Crimminal, My Bed is a Boat), and numerous singles and compilation tracks.

Since 1997 the Slackers have played over 100 shows every year in a total of 46 american states, 7 Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, 5 Latin American countries, and 2 Asian countries.

The band’s musical style is distinct from their contempories; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic 50’s and 60s American styles. There are influences from 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it. He says, “The band might play a classic Jamaican style but the vocals are distinctly American east coast, revealing the obvious connection of Jamaican music to the Doo-Wop of Harlem and the Bronx.”

With the demise of record companies over the last 5 years, the Slackers have successfully used crowdfunding ( to release new music including the latest release, The Slackers [self-titled] in February 2016.

Los Thujones

Named for the psychoactive chemical compound found in absinthe, the “skagrass” band Los Thujones discovered the seed of their original sound one winter night in a cabin on New York’s Wallkill River in 2010. Rick Schultz introduced his global-minded, politicized dance tunes to brothers Charlie and Theo Schikowitz while they sat by a fire, passing around a vial of wormwood and laughing at the musical possibilities opening before them. Over the next few years, Rick (vocals, ukulele), Charlie (mandolin, violin), and Theo (contrabass) would remain the core of this ongoing experiment in global musical fusion.

Today, Los Thujones float their woody and complex string band interplay atop the irresistible rhythms of ska, reggae, Latin and Caribbean styles, and hints of Afropop and funk, all of it steered by the subtle and commanding groove fluency of Craig Santiago. The articulate trombonist Andrew Vogt (from the rocksteady band The Big Takeover) provides a bawdy contrast to all that wood and string and a foil for primary soloist Charlie Schikowitz. Los Thujones plays global groove music with a difference and with an inherent message of unity and no boundaries.

“I know it sounds cliché,” says Schultz, “but this really is about breaking out of the shackles of modern life. We're using this music as a weapon to fight the forces of confusion in a world gone mad, and doing our damndest to have a good time along the way.” Beginning in the hopping college clubs of their hometown of New Paltz, Los Thujones grew into featured spots at the famed Bearsville Theater in Woodstock; Club Helsinki in Hudson, a bastion of new Americana; the 2015 O+ Fest in Kingston; BSP IN Kingston and the Grand Victory in Brooklyn. They developed a reputation as an inspired, participatory live band—raw and refined, equal parts Americana barnyard and sweaty Jamaican dance floor.

Determined to craft a three-dimensional debut record and not just a document of the live sound, Los Thujones has entered the studio with producer Michael Tudor (Duncan Sheik, Moby, Rufus Wainwright).

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