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The Slackers’ Annual Holiday Show

Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - Dec 21, 2013 @ 2:00 am

| $22

The Slackers sound has been termed “Jamaican Rock n’ Roll” by the bandleader and founder, Vic Ruggiero. “We start with Jamaican ska, reggae, and rocksteady but we sing it and play it our way.” By “our way” he means that they mix it with American Soul and RnB and a good dose of 60’s Anglo-American garage rock. It sounds as if the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan were listening to Bob Marley and the Skatalites in the 1960’s as well as Howling Wolf.

The Slackers began back in 1991 in New York City. After several years of playing local shows in small venues, they made a break through with their 2nd album, Red Light (Epitaph) in 1997. This has been followed by 10 more full length studio albums, 3 live albums, 2 EPs, numerous compilations, and numerous singles.

At the same time, they have kept up a break neck touring schedule logging 100-120 shows a year for the last 14 years. Saxophonist, Dave Hillyard explains, “We’re a cult band. We have some popularity in a lot of places, so we are lucky enough to travel around and see all our friends once a year in this city and that city. Our goal is to grow the cult.”

Currently, the Slackers have just completed a new EP of new material, My Bed Is a Boat. It is being released on vinyl, cd, and as a download by Big Tunes (www.bigtun.es). The Slackers completed their fundraising goal in 2 weeks and it will have a street date of September 5th, 2013. The EP features songwriting from 5 of 6 band members as well as putting the lyrics of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, “My Bed Is A Boat” to a little Richard-esque rock n roll beat.

The band recorded these tunes in the Brooklyn studio of Victor ‘Ticklah’ Axelrod (Antibalas, Dap Kings). Dave comments, “It just felt natural. This band started rehearsing in little New York basements so to pile us into Ticklah’s place in a Brooklyn basement felt like us returning to our roots.” Vic (Ruggiero) was excited to get back to using Analog tape for the basic tracks, “It just sounds right.”

“Bermuda, Stand up! Or not…either way, I love this! (UZIMON)”
– Walshy Fire (Major Lazer)

The mysterious, eccentric, and megalomaniacal UZIMON exploded onto the NYC Reggae Scene in 2010. Collective panties were twisted and lines fiercely divided, but one thing was apparent. UZIMON’s own hilarious and outlandish version of dancehall, rub-a-dub, and rocksteady revival infused with the raw authenticity of his backing band, gave this antics-prone artist a stage show like no other. Straight out of his homeland of Bermuda and into the heart of Brooklyn, UZIMON has a reputation for whipping even the most sluggish of audiences up into a Dionysian frenzy, blending theatrics and humor with an impeccably authentic Jamaican sound. He has sold out shows at some of NYC’s most popular venues, international festivals, and continues to build a fan base in the college market, East Coast Reggae scene, and Europe. He is slated to perform for the first time in Europe this August at the world famous Boomtown Fair.

He has toured, billed with, and shared the stage with such international artists as Beres Hammond, Collie Buddz, Ziggy Marley, Maxi Priest, Raekwon, Cam’ron, The Slackers, Rubblebucket, Langhorne Slim, The Fab Faux, Vic Ruggiero and Milton Henry to name a few. His record”Pussy Weapon” (2011) was produced by Grammy-Award Nominated Producer Joe Ferry (The Skatalites”). His most recent record”Showdown” is produced by Brett Tubin of Channel Tubes Records and features production work and music by members of John Brown’s Body, and Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod (Dub Side of The Moon, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings) He is currently working on his next release.

It has also been rumored UZIMON can kill a man with his “lyrical bullets”. This has yet to be documented.

Rim a Collins glass with punk rock. Fill glass half full with ice. Season ice with cabaret, glam, swing, hardcore, whiteface, sharp objects and loose morals. Pour in gin. Top off with laudanum, leaving a half inch at the rim of the glass. Squeeze in broken heart and drop into glass. Garnish.


Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
Dec 21, 2013 @ 2:00 am


The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 United States
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