Whats the Happs?

So, it’s been a while since I’ve run things down on what’s happening in the PNW Ska/Reggae Scene. Here’s some news and tidbits:

-The Sentiments had a highly successful mini-tour with The Slackers and wowed audiences in Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria and of course their hometown, Portland. Don’t forget, they dropped their album, “Hi-Fi”, on December 1st and you can get yourself a copy HERE.

-Speaking of tours, It Gets Worse completed their jaunt down the west coast, hitting up venues in Medford, Orange County, Los Angeles, Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff and Oakland. Sounds like they did the PNW proud with some great crowds and now they have returned home to get this album out that they keep teasing me with, hopefully ;). They have a pre New Years Eve show next Friday (30th) at Barboza with Gully and Tacoma Reggae Dudes, Echoshot. Then, they will be supporting the Devil’s Three Way Tour that features Voodoo Glow Skulls, Buck-O-Nine and The Porkers at El Corazon on January 10th and IGW has tickets, so if you need them still, hit those dudes up. Also, a side note on that Corazon gig: the show is being opened by a young Ska group known as Simple Minded Symphony, I recommend you check em out.

-Oh and dare I say more your news? The Bandulus, those glorious rockers of Bridge City, are hitting the road with the LA homies, The Steady 45s, for a trip through California, Arizona and all the way to the Dulu birthplace, Austin, TX. This journey ends up in Portland at the Fixin’ To on March 4th and also has a date in Eugene at Old Nick’s Pub on March 3rd, for my PNW contingent, but keep an eye for my postings and repostings of the full itinerary. Also, i hear Dulu Record #3 and #4 are in different stages of completion, so someday hopefully not too far from now, we get ourselves some new tunes to drink and dance to my friends 🙂

-But the tour news ain’t over yet. Our Eastern WA/Spokaner buddies, Ragtag Romantics, are going on some insane quest of 120 gigs that starts in March and ends in July, I believe. They are going along with Deschamp, an awesome solo artist with a new album for y’all to check out. We are working on a Seattle date, stay tuned for that.

-The Georgetown Orbits have some big 2017 plans and they start with the first Ska Mission supported show of the year: The GTOs alongside Easy Big Fella and Skablins will be hitting the High Dive in Fremont on the 13th of January. Then, I’m hearing rumblings of recordings from the Orbs and maybe some out of area shows. One can only hope 🙂

-As for my glorious self, (This is the part where most of y’all can click out of the window), I survived another online semester of second bachelor degree quest and am trying to figure out the next steps along with RC and Justin. I want the Mission to keep growing and for Ska/Reggae music to seem ubiquitous in the region, especially with all the talent from here and all the talent that wants to come here.

We are currently working on the lineup for the next Ska Fest installment and should have some groups to announce soon. Honestly, this may be the biggest one yet, depending on how the machinations in place turn out. I would love for this to become an even bigger event on a cultural and artistic standpoint, so we will be looking into some potential extra events and yea, I’m  using a lot of vague speak in this post, but I promise all will be revealed when ALL is confirmed.

Finally, I will have my albums of 2016 list up before the New Year, so check back for that if you like and some show updates on the show lists as well. Cheers and love to you and yours!



Month of Slack: #2. “David and Goliath” (The Georgetown Orbits)

The Slackers w/ The Sentiments & The Georgetown Orbits @ The Crocodile, December 1st

Tickets Available Here

And of course, my local homies, The Georgetown Orbits, kick off the dancing tonight! The lineup has had some changes recently, but the sound remains legit, (saw them bring in Portland just last month!) and they know how to get the Emerald Citians moving!

Month of Slack: #3. “This House” (The Sentiments)

The Slackers w/ The Sentiments & The Georgetown Orbits @ The Crocodile, December 1st

Tickets Available Here

Now, let’s break the rules and go off script, because we have The Sentiments, a most awesome band from Portland coming along for the ride tonight, going up north with Slack to Vancouver and Victoria, then returning to their hometown and capping off a most excellent PNW tour! They will also have copies of their new album tonight, some awesome threads and other great stuff, so come out!!

Month of Slack: #6. “Have The Time”

The Slackers w/ The Sentiments & The Georgetown Orbits @ The Crocodile, December 1st

Tickets Available Here

Okay, so you’ve read mostly my meanderings, and to give you a break, I decided to get somebody else’s perspective on the awesomeness that is The Slackers. So, I’m going to turn it over to Justin Salinas, an avid Bike Polo player, the curator and producer of the rad, craft beer influenced local podcast series, “Pint-Sized Stories”, and of course, a passionate Ska music fan and member of The Ska Mission. Check it out:

I chose to highlight “Have The Time” by The Slackers because of the impact that it had on me when I was in high school. To give some context, during sophomore year I was introduced to ska-punk by fellow marching band mates and I quickly fell in love. It had horns and it was fast and angsty! I spent countless hours listening to bands like Catch 22, Mustard Plug, and Mighty Mighty Bosstones while trying to play along to the trombone lines.

Eventually, I stumbled onto this song and it completely shifted my perspective on what ska meant at the time. How it could sound and feel. I learned that not all ska requires a fast moving skanking mosh pit. The songs could have heart and soul with deliberate unique drumming and horn lines that took their time to speak to you. This song and The Slackers in general opened the door to world of traditional ska, rocksteady, and reggae that I might not have otherwise known was there. Music that would go on to shape who I am and the people and bands I have come to cherish.

With that I’ll invite you to come down to The Crocodile this Thursday night to do the ska! There are two amazing Pacific Northwest bands, The Georgetown Orbits and The Sentiments, opening for The Slackers so it’s sure to be a good time. Cheers!”

-Justin Salinas

Month of Slack: #7. “Ska Boheme”

The Slackers w/ The Sentiments & The Georgetown Orbits @ The Crocodile, December 1st

Tickets Available Here

Anticipation is growing, so lets ramp up with a dancing tune courtesy of The Boss Harmony Sessions. Y’all better be ready to move and grove, because while there will be some slower jams and moments to catch some breath, songs like these will set the pace for the night and help keep the beer bellies in check for the night!

And remember, guest post at 7:30 tonight from my homie, Justin Salinas, with his song selection and his thoughts!