San Jose’s MONKEY – 18 Years And Skanking!

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 theĀ . 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

Toasters on tour!

toasters-skankbankNYC’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.


Tazy Philips’ Ska Parade has been promoting and championing ska music and ska bands for two (count ’em!) two whole decades. This ska doggie will be there, celebrating with Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Uptones, Knock-Out, Gogo 13, Monkey, The Impalers, The Skank Agents and more. This event takes place on the Kevin Says Stage @ the Vans Warped Tour in California. Tickets and venue info here. Big poster file here so u can print for yr wall. Buster sez don’t miss!

Pick of the week: Monkey – Agents of Change?

Just found this excellent article about Monkey by Steve Palopoli on

San Jose’s Monkey have a message for a new era

BARACK OBAMA: the ska president? That’s what it seems like to Curtis Meacham, guitarist, vocalist and head songwriter for San Jose’s longtime ska band Monkey. In the final days of the Bush administration, he explains, the music’s popularity was at an all-time low.

“We’ve been through some pretty rough times, where people just expressed their desire to either not be in the band or to not continually beat Continue reading “Pick of the week: Monkey – Agents of Change?”