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For 32 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul.
Since 1991, the Slackers have released fifteen albums and countless singles, while their 1000s of live performances feed their fans with energetic sets of ecstatic music.
The Slackers have been called ‘the Sound of New York’ by the New York Times. They were described by Brooklyn Vegan as a “clean mix of Ska, Reggae, and Soul that gets dirtied up by Vic Ruggiero’s tough New York accent.’
In April 2022, The Slackers released a new album, “Dont Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” (Pirates Press) which quickly shot to the top of the US Billboard charts. The first time that a Slackers’ album has charted! Ironically after 30 years as a band, they qualified as a Billboard ‘new artist!’ The Washington Post noted that the Slackers “remain at the top of their game.”
The chart topping sales of “Dont Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” capped a 2 year comeback of the Slackers. When Covid stopped live shows in 2020, the Slackers pivoted to livestreams and made 5 full band concerts that were broadcast internationally to an audience of thousands. After the streams, they stayed in the studio and recorded the tunes that became ‘Dont Let the Sunlight Fool Ya.’
Returning to live gigging in the 2nd half of 2021 through to the end of 2022, they have managed to make up all the shows that were postponed from 2020. This included a triumphant European club date tour in October 2022 that included 9 sellout shows including London’s Underworld.
In 2023, the Slackers are booking 90 concerts in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. They have announced appearances at festivals such as Punk Rock Bowling, Zwaarte Kross, Rebellion, Punk Rock Holiday with many more to come.
SGT. SCAG (aka Sgt. Scagnetti) has been a fixture on the Northeast ska/punk scene since the late 1990’s. Migrating from a ska-pop outfit into a harder, more frantic sound, the band’s live shows are unpredictable and fun. They might arm the audience with 100’s of plastic toy swords, split them in half and have the crowd reenact a scene from Braveheart. Really. The Hartford Courant called them a “surefire crowd slayer.” Brooklyn Vegan said their “fast, fiery approach rips”
In our history we have opened for Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone, Soul Coughing, Cherry Poppin Daddies, Notorious BIG (for real!), Cypress Hill, Goldfinger and tons of others. More recently Sgt. Scag played the Radicsfest NYC at Gramercy Theater (with Pilfers, Mephiskapheles, Spring Heeled Jack, etc.). We also played the SuperNova International Ska Festival (Northern Virginia) Memorial Day weekend in 2018 including the Pietasters, Suicide Machines and dozens of other Nationally touring bands. We took part in the digital version of SuperNova 2020 in June as well. Most recently we were voted #1 ska band in New England in a Pocket Entertainment poll. Exciting stuff.
Songs about dysfunctional parenting, revenge fantasies and drug abuse developed into teen center anthems. Bearded Gentleman Music said “the ska punk community is better with them, than without.” Not a reunion show, but actively writing and recording new material about the drug of nostalgia, illegal firework salesmen and how they anticipate navigating the end times. They will play the old stuff too. Don’t worry.