It just wouldn’t be summer in Boston without an annual cruise around the harbor with New York City ska band The Slackers. Rock On Concerts recently announced the boat show and tickets are on sale now. As anyone who’s ever been on a cruise will tell you, this event always sell out so it’s your best interest to get your tickets now. The cruise takes place Friday, July 1, 2016. The boat boards at 7:15, leaves at 8pm sharp, and returns at 11pm. This party is 21+ and will cost you $25 in advance or $30 at the doors. Get more details, purchase your tickets, and join the Facebook Event. Opening the evening this year is Boston’s own Void Union.
The Slackers most recently released a self-titled full-length album earlier this year, one of their most dynamic and adventurous releases to date. You can hear it on Spotify, iTunes, and on Soundcloud below. The vinyl LP is available for a very reasonable $15 from RareBreed/Paper + Plastick.
The band recently performed an acoustic version of “Spin I’m In”–a stand-out track from their recent album–for the Sugarshack Sessions series. In addition to great audio quality, the video really captures the spirit of the song. Watch below.
And while we’re playing catch up, you should know that Slackers drummer Ara Babajian recently gave a very candid interview with PunkNews. Among talks of his early influences, playing with other bands, and his complete lack of interest in bowling, Ara described the role of drumming for The Slackers:
The Slackers take on ska is unusual. Vic and Dave used to sing drum parts to me when I first joined the band. Then I’d try to approximate the sounds they were making. They told me the Slackers “ska” should sound like a steam train running down the tracks.
Now if you can’t make it on the boat, fear not, The Slackers play at The Met in Pawtucket, RI on Friday, June 10, 2016. Our friends The Copacetics will be opening. Learn more, purchase tickets, join the Facebook Event