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.

The Royal Swindle

The Royal Swindle is an 8 piece SKA/REGGAE/SOUL band from Southern Connecticut. A "Connecticut Ska All-Star Band" featuring former members of The Stepbacks, Flip Ya For Real and Sgt. Scagnetti, The Royal Swindle fuses the classic sounds of 60s R&B with ska and reggae. Comprised of a full rhythm section, 3-piece horn section and 3 vocalists, The Royal Swindle performs songs by artists such as Hepcat, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, The Specials, Laurel Aitken, The Honey Cone and some more "rare" Bob Marley songs. The Royal Swindle is known for their "song mash-ups" fusing "Monkey Man" by The Specials and "Pressure Drop" by Toots and The Maytals. The Royal Swindle is also known for their brilliant crafting of energetic set lists that keeps the audience moving, so bring your dancing shoes!

The Excitement Gang

The Excitement Gang is a 3 piece ska band from CT. Taking inspiration from bands like the clash, operation ivy, and the specials. The Excitement Gang brings energy, emotion, and intelligence to every show they play....and you can dance to it too. Ex members of Flip Ya For Real, The Distributors, and Distance No Object.


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