The Toasters

The Toasters

The Players Band, The Scotch Bonnets, The Soularites

Tue · June 26, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$12 advance

This event is all ages

Patrons under 21 years of age pay $2 surcharge at the door

The Toasters
The Toasters
THE TOASTERS: THE AMERICAN 2-TONE BAND

“In my opinion, The Toasters are to ska in America the 1980s and beyond what The Specials were to ska in the U.K. in the late '70s and early '80s, and what the Skatalites were to ska in Jamaica in the 1960s. The Toasters were innovators, creators, shapers of the music, evolving it in a fresh direction, blending it with the cultural influences in a very American manner, and I mean that in a completely complimentary way. Just as Byron Lee & the Dragonaires brought professionalism and polish to ska, allowing others to benefit from the fruits of their labor, so too did the Toasters' music allow numerous other bands to share in the spotlight of skill and success, many of whom have gone on to great heights. Upon the shoulders of giants.

Oh, yeah, and they kick ass! “

-Heather Augustyn,
Author of SKA , An Oral History

In their 37th year the Toasters are hitting the gas, not the brakes. With an international all-star line-up their whirlwind global tour continues unabated across the continents with performances scheduled in Costa Rica, Hong Kong (HK International Ska Festival) and Estonia (Live Nation Showcase at Tallinn Music Week). The band also returns to Japan, China, Russia, Hawaii, South America and Mexico on top of regular touring in the USA and Europe playing over 60 shows in 24 countries from Sweden to Bulgaria.

Formed on the Lower East Side of NYC in 1981 the band is the longest running US SKA formation. They bridge the gap between England's 2-Tone movement and the American Ska explosion of the 90's which they are rightfully credited with starting. During the 3rd Wave Ska revival The Toasters formed the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands.

The Toasters will return to the studio later this year to record songs for a new 7” vinyl 45 project.

By the numbers:

• Approaching 6000+ live shows
• CBGB'S core top 20 artist
• Mojo Magazine ranked #4 SKA band of all time
• Chosen by Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones as one of his top 5 ska bands
• Bandsintown #5 hardest working band 2014
Sponsorships include Reverend Guitars (International Ambassadors), Ernie Ball, Orange Amplification, Danny Cash Hot Sauce, Pickworld and Ska Brewing

www.thetoasters.band
www.facebook.com/thetoasters
The Players Band
The Players Band
Approaching their 500th show since their founding in 1999, The Players Band continues to deliver sweet Jamaican ska, rock, and reggae sounds to festival, club, and private parties across the Mid-Atlantic. The band has opened for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s The Isley Brothers and Joe Strummer, Grammy Award Winners Toots & the Maytals and Rebirth Brass Band, as well as The B-52s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The English Beat, Matisyahu, Citizen Cope, Fishbone, The Skatalites, and many others. The Players Band has headlined Baltimore’s Inner Harbor New Year’s Eve Spectacular, First Night Annapolis, and welcomed Olympian Michael Phelps headlining “Maryland's Olympic Tribute Celebration at Fort McHenry”. Venues played include 9:30 Club, Verizon Center, Pier 6, Knitting Factory, Trocadero Theatre, Chance Theater, Bottle & Cork, Rams Head Live!, 8x10, Ottobar, and many others. Music Monthly strongly recommends music listeners to, "go out and check [The Players Band] live, for such bands like this do not come into being very often and what they can do with music is phenomenal." The Baltimore Sun, described The Players Band as, "pioneers of an innovative style... focused on fanning the soul flame that ignited ska.” AP Magazine describe The Players Band as, "A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, the Players can hit all the styles and are a must-see live."
The Scotch Bonnets
The Scotch Bonnets
Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009, playing over 200 shows all around the Eastern States. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album Live Ya Life in 2012 and dropped Quest in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of Bad Brains. In April 2015, the band supported and backed Roddy Radiation, founding lead guitarist of The Specials, on a three-week US tour. That same month, the Bonnets released a video for their contribution to Hooligans United, a Smelvis Records’ tribute to Rancid, which has since been viewed over 14 thousand times.


Last year, the band released The District, their first 7” on Jump Up Records, with their second video for its A-side. They also had a song released in conjunction with last year’s Record Store Day (April 22) on Recutting The Crap, a Crooked Beat Records’ LP that reinterprets The Clash’s swan song, Cut The Crap. The Bonnets had the privilege of recording their track at DC’s punk pantheon Inner Ear Studio with owner Don Zientera. They also have a track on Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie, and their second full-length album will drop later this year. The journey is continually evolving for these reggae cats, mee-yowza!
The Soularites
The Soularites
Venue Information:
Ottobar
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
http://www.theottobar.com/