The Slackers - Crescent Ballroom - 3/27/14
Katey Trowbridge The Slackers onstage at Crescent Ballroom on Thursday night.
After two long years, The Slackers returned to Phoenix with a vengeance last night to a crowd of super-starved local fans at the Crescent Ballroom eager to hear their ska sounds.
With an extensive catalog after more than 20 years of releasing records, the audience seemed pleased to hear everything from the heavily Brooklyn-influenced ska of their early years and the era of 1996's Better Late Than Never to newer material off of their latest EP, My Bed is a Boat.
The 2 Tone Lizard Kings went on before the headliner, and like every time I've seen them as of late, I was very impressed. Then again, with Cameron Tuttle on drums, it's hard not to be, not that I'm trying to sell the rest of this very talented and entertaining band short by any means. After all, I've caught their highly skilled horn section being invited onstage by the likes of ska pioneers The Skatalites. Similar to that night, said section went off on the kind of jazzy solos at the Crescent that get your blood pumping.
And also like at previous perfomances, they pulled local ska DJ Fullstop onstage to skank it up and sing along on one of their tunes. The selector and his counterpart, DJ Beat Betty, also spun wonderfully classic wonderful classic and vintage ska tunes as The Slackers set up.