San Jose’s MONKEY has been playing ska and reggae and with their food in the bay area and around the world for over 10,000 years. They are playing their super baddass 10,000th year anniversary gig this Friday night, January 31 at the Blank Club. OK I lied. It’s 18 years. But that’s still a long time. And they are a wonderful band so go see ’em and wish them a skappy birthday! Two paws up! W00f
NYC’s longest-skanking band, The Toasters, is doing a big ass tour and they will be stopping at this ska doggie’s own hometown of Berkeley, CA. Yes and opening the show will be Skank Bank, latest greatest heirs to the Gilman-y ska-punky Berkeley High School-y skank-o-sphere. And yes, the show is at 924 Gilman. South bay ska stalwarts MONKEY and Gilman skafficianados Jokes For Feelings, plus The Skunkadelics are also on this skawesome bill. I will be there, passing out ska-ggy biskits to all my Bitches.
The Duppies from Gainesville, FL have played Ska/Rocksteady for the better part of a decade and they don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The term Duppy is Jamaican patois for ghost or poltergeist, no doubt expressing their deep connection to Jamaican music and culture. They have been frequently compared to Toots and the Maytals, but this group is uniquely Floridian. They have recently played with the likes of King Django, The Slackers, Sammy Kay, and Chris Murray. The Duppies have evolved over the years and are on the verge of releasing a new record available only in vinal or digital copy.
There are plenty of songs available including their cover of Reggae Night Food. A live debut of their song Shake and Move was filmed recently. Their most recognizable original song to date is Two Things. All of the Duppies CD’s and Merchandise are available for purchase on their online store.
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Tenor Saxophonist from Gainesville, Florida who currently plays with The Duppies and The Partials. He loves Ska and tries to find the most down to earth music.