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DEALS GONE SLACK featuring members of DEALS GONE BAD and THE SLACKERS doing a mix of songs from both bands

Labels: useful in library card catalogues, but rarely accurate in music. Chicago’s Deals Gone Bad are the perfect example. Champions of Jamaican soul, American Rhythm and Blues and Midwest punk ethos, the band awakens to release its 2nd full length with the current line-up. 2007’s The Ramblers found the group a road-ready touring machine fronted by a rare animal in modern music: soul singer Todd Hembrook (think Toots Hibbert born in Detroit) who respects the past without being beholden to it. On the heels of this widely acclaimed album , the band toured nationally and internationally, building a devoted following and performing alongside acts such as Chuck Berry, The Slackers, and The Specials, all while honing and refining new material that makes up the sound of Heartbreaks and Shadows.

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.”

The Tellways are a ska, rocksteady, and soul group from Detroit, MI featuring Rachael Stokes on lead vocals and veteran musicians from the ska and reggae scene in Detroit. Coming together to create a sweet rocksteady sound with the vibe of Detroit soul, the Tellways are determined to get you dancing all night long. Combining the music of the past with the feel and sound of today, the Tellways will bring a smile to your face with the soul and ska coming from the stage.

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Rachael Stokes- Lead Vocals Eric Mazurak- Guitar, Vocals Eric Abbey- Drums Jim Hohner- Bass Ten- Keyboard/Trumpet Roderick Jones- Saxophone Michael Freigruber- Trombone

The Chicago Jamaican Jazz Ensemble is a 6 piece ensemble that plays music inspired by early Jamaican dance bands. Before reggae, there was the celebratory music of independence in Jamaica. Music made for dancing, music that was Jamaican Jazz! Drawing on musicians from Chicago's diverse jazz scene the music honors tradition and looks to the future of the style. Many of the featured musicians are staples in the Chicago music scene. The group has appeared on Millenium Park Stage with Sister Nancy, Hux Brown, Mikey Chung and Stranger Cole, and has shared stages across Chicagoland with Lester Sterling, Andy Bassford, Charlie Organaire and Sultain Ali. This is a one of a kind group in Chicago, this is the next generation, and we're going back to the roots!

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