Joker's Republic, The Vansaders, Lunch Trucks, Troubleman
45 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ, 07874
Doors 5:00 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
Watch & Listen
The Slackers are a classic American band that is equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story of perseverance and a belief in their musical vision, what Vic likes to call, "Jamaican Rock N Roll." While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican Ska/Reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (Original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music as an extension of the traditions of the United States. This band is equally appreciative of old Blues, Country, 60s Soul, Rock, and Rn'B as it is of Reggae, Rocksteady, Dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters.
Smashing the stereotypes of "Ska" as happy, uptempo, and shallow music, the Slackers play with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They can out jam any hippie band and outwrite most singer songwriters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2010 with The Great Rocksteady Swindle, they have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.
We are a Ska Punk band from North NJ with Pop Punk hooks that delivers high energy performances infused with pop culture references when we take the stage.
"The Vansaders walk the line of rowdy and refined. Their bourbon-soaked blend of punk, country and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll is the type of sound that’d easily be the soundtrack to any heavy night of drinking at your local dive bar with a group of close pals as well as those lonesome nights of drinking by yourself.
Their music has moments of heart and heartbreak, of celebration and solitude. It’s the type of music Mike Ness would raise a shot to while shooting a look of “hey these guy are good” over to Johnny Cash. And in today’s alt-rock musical culture which keeps racing towards becoming the second coming of New Wave; listening to The Vansaders is both refreshing and exciting."
$22 in advance, $25 cash at the door.
$5 Food & Beverage Minimum collected in cash at door for all guests under the age of 21; Voucher redeemable in restaurant.