The Slackers

White Eagle Hall Presents

The Slackers

Crazy & The Brains

Fri · June 1, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 18 and over

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.
Crazy & The Brains
Crazy & The Brains
Surfacing from the house parties in northern New Jersey, Crazy & The Brains poured onto the punk scene like a 40oz of Olde English in a bowl of Frosted Flakes.
Founding members Jesus Christoph and Jeffrey Rubin made their rounds through the Lower East Side Manhattan open mic scene performing as a guitar/xylophone duo before manifesting into a full band and recording their debut album “Let Me Go” in 2013

Fiercely independent the lyrics confront social and political constructs, explore the dark territories of mental illness, champion sexual freedom and express a devoted love for junk food. Sonically, Crazy & The Brains draw comparison to the early days of New York Dolls while replacing every guitar lead with a xylophone solo.

The group released “Good Lord” in 2014 and “Brain Freeze” in 2015 followed by a string of singles and covers including a bratty and politically charged reworking of The Velvet Underground classic “Sweet Jane”

Forever evolving the group has had multiple arrangement and line up changes with the current configuration passing off guitar duties to newcomer Ernest Young, freeing up Christoph to spill himself out into the crowd while Rubin and bass player Brett Maverick hold down the stage and add Beach Boys-esque background harmonies. Drummer Jon Lango brings his ska/rocksteady skills to the party, also being a member of Vic Ruggiero’s (The Slackers) solo band, Lango’s experience and high energy perfectly compliment the groups distinctively bizarre charm.

Crazy & The Brains new record “Out In The Weedz” recorded by Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls) is out May 5th 2018.
Venue Information:
White Eagle Hall
337 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302