The Slackers

The Slackers

Reigning from Brooklyn NY, The Slackers have been playing their trademark brand ska and rocksteady music since the early ’90s. With a vast collection of albums, The Slackers show no sign of slowing down. They have played over 2000 concerts in 32 different countries.

Bandleader Vic Ruggiero calls The Slackers’ sound “jamaican rock n’ roll” with influences ranging from Bob Dylan to The Skatalites. These guys keep it real by combining punk attitude, soulful vocals, and traditional ska instrumentation, creating a unique contribution to the ska genre that combines both old and new. This seven-piece band will bring all the grit and grace you could ask for. They are not afraid to jump between genres and have been taught by some of the best Jamaican ska and reggae originators. Ranging from topics that touch on the personal and political, they have no problem smashing stereotypes on cultural norms.

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Shows

THE SLACKERS - BROOKLYN NY'S SKA/REGGAE KINGS RETURN TO VANCOUVER!
Rickshaw Theatre
Fri. December 14th 8pm
$22 - $25 advance Ticket Info Tickets At: Red Cat Records, Highlife Records, Zulu Records, online @ ticketweb.ca
Here come the kings! We're talking about Brooklyn NY's ska/reggae kings THE SLACKERS that is... We celebrated their 25th Anniversary last time they came to Canada's west coast and now we're working on their journey to their dirty 30th! But no matter what point we are in life, it's always a joy to host our long time friends.

Through The Slackers' mixed repertoire of music ranging from ska and reggae to soul, R&B, folk, and bossa nova they've managed to capture fans that span the spectrum of music with audiences of all ages. The band also plays with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They're a band like no other and certainly not what one may think from a ska band from their era in the US. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2016 with their self titled album The Slackers, they have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music.

Now after 20 years of working with the Slackers, Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is part of this beautiful tradition of Slackers music.

We figured if we're welcoming old friends like the Slackers back to Vancouver, we may as well get some other old pals to join them. Taking the stage before the Slackers for their Vancouver return are the Van City legends, LOS FURIOS.

For more than two decades, Los Furios has been keeping Vancouver jumping with their ultra high-energy mix of ska, punk and reggae music. Their fire and energy makes them the perfect compliment to The Slackers reckless ska-punk assault.

And while this is definitely a night of catching up with old friends, we couldn't let a chance to bring something new to our Ska & Reggae Massive. Vancouver's BREHDREN takes a Ska & Reggae Society stage for the first time to thrown down their 9-piece ska, reggae, indie and jazz mishmash. We've had our eye on the Vancouver upstarts for awhile and we're excited to finally have the opportunity to bring their music to you! Warming things up and holding it down between sets is our good friend and keeper of the culture, YOUNG ROYAL. Come join us for a night of old friends, new friends and high-octane grooves!"

THE SLACKERS - BROOKLYN NY'S SKA/REGGAE KINGS RETURN TO VICTORIA!
Capital Ballroom
Sat. December 15th 8:30pm
$19.50 - $25 Ticket Info
Here come the kings! We're talking about Brooklyn NY's ska/reggae kings THE SLACKERS that is... We celebrated their 25th Anniversary last time they came to Canada's west coast and now we're working on their journey to their dirty 30th! But no matter what point we are in life, it's always a joy to host our long time friends.

Through The Slackers' mixed repertoire of music ranging from ska and reggae to soul, R&B, folk, and bossa nova they've managed to capture fans that span the spectrum of music with audiences of all ages. The band also plays with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They're a band like no other and certainly not what one may think from a ska band from their era in the US. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2016 with their self titled album The Slackers, they have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music.

Now after 20 years of working with the Slackers, Victoria BC Ska & Reggae Society is part of this beautiful tradition of Slackers music.

In Victoria the Slackers will be joined by two of Victoria's most exciting bands. The soul-funk behemoth THE LEG-UP PROGRAM and down and dirty power-trio SEXWEATHER.

The Leg-Up Program is unlike anything else in the land – a 17-piece monster of groove laying down soul, funk and hip-hop, all blended up with bits of rock, gospel and anything else with heart, all delivered with top-shelf musicianship and a unique big-band aesthetic. It's a wonder to watch these giant group of incredible artists come together to create their big, soulful sound and we're so excited to welcome them back to our stage!

Victoria power-trio Sexweather will be kicking off this party in style. Unbound by any genre, Sexweather comes hard with an unpredictable mix of punk, hip-hop, blues and folk, delivered with serious energy and creative swagger. Let's just say if you're looking to party, Sexweather is a band you want in your corner.

ASTA DIASTA will be keeping things moving between sets with tasty grooves to keep you bouncing.