The Slackers

Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present:

The Slackers

The Screw-Ups, Rebuilder

Fri, December 23, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Ballroom at The Outer Space

Hamden, CT

$16.00 - $20.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

The Slackers
The Slackers
The Slackers are self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll from New York City.

The Slackers began in 1991 in NYC. After years of local gigs and rehearsing in a dingy basement in Manhattan’s lower east side, the band released its debut album, Better Late Than Never, in 1996. The band’s success resulted in the release of a second album, Red Light, on the Epitaph label in 1997. Since then the Slackers have released 11 more studio albums (The Question, Wasted Days, Slackers & Friends, Close My Eyes, Slackers in Dub, Peculiar, Boss Harmony Sessions, Self Medication, Lost and Found, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and The Slackers [self-titled, 2016] ) 3 live albums (Live at Ernestos, Upsettin Ernestos, Slack in Japan), several EPs (International War Crimminal, My Bed is a Boat), and numerous singles and compilation tracks.

Since 1997 the Slackers have played over 100 shows every year in a total of 46 american states, 7 Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, 5 Latin American countries, and 2 Asian countries.

The band’s musical style is distinct from their contempories; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic 50’s and 60s American styles. There are influences from 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it. He says, “The band might play a classic Jamaican style but the vocals are distinctly American east coast, revealing the obvious connection of Jamaican music to the Doo-Wop of Harlem and the Bronx.”

With the demise of record companies over the last 5 years, the Slackers have successfully used crowdfunding ( to release new music including the latest release, The Slackers [self-titled] in February 2016.
The Screw-Ups
With reverence and respect for classic ska, rocksteady and reggae sounds, The Screw-Ups inject their own style and soul, proving that they are ready to be passed the torch. In a time of scattered music scenes and a plague of dying venues, the foursome came into their own playing tirelessly in Rhode Island basements, Boston harbor cruises, New Haven dives and assorted other venues from Vermont down to New York City. They have shared the stage with established acts The Slackers, The English Beat, Westbound Train, Mephiskapheles, Bim Skala Bim, and King Django.
Rebuilder is a Boston based band with a modern punk sound and old school roots. Formed in January 2013, Rebuilder has already cultivated a following in their hometown and across the country — opening for Dropkick Murphys, The Dead Milkmen, New Found Glory, Saves the Day, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Down by Law and performing on Warped Tour and Pouzza Fest. Members Sal Ellington (guitar and lead vocals), Craig Stanton (lead guitar and vocals), Daniel Carswell (Bass), Rick Smith (Electric Piano and Organ), and Brandon Phillips (drums) are all friends with the common goal of creating their own fresh and invigorating take on punk rock music. Rebuilder just released their self–titled EP on their label Refuse, Rethink, Rebuild Records and is ready to take over the world.
Venue Information:
The Ballroom at The Outer Space
295 Treadwell Street
Building G
Hamden, CT, 06514