The Bandulus (BAN-DOO-LOOS) are the brainchild of Jeremy Peña, a musician from Austin, TX. With the 2006 break-up of his old band Los Skarnales and leaving the Trenchtown Texans, Jeremy decided to venture out on his own and create the traditional ska, reggae, and soul sensation that is The Bandulus.
Their first full length album, Ska.Reggae.Soul, was released in 2010 featuring a smattering of well respected musicians such as Vic Ruggiero of Slackers' fame and Willy Camero, Patrick Kelly, and Jonny Meyers of The Stingers ATX. After the release, Jeremy solidified his live band with musicians from the Austin and San Antonio scenes.
In November of 2012, The Bandulus released their second full length album entitled The Times We Had. The record was worth the wait and well received, featured on countless top 10 lists for ska and reggae records. Its unique with its heavy soul influence and heartfelt lyrics but still keeps you dancing in true Bandulus fashion. While staying genuine to the 60's style traditional ska, The Times We Had crosses and mixes genres, keeping on your toes.
The Bandulus have shared the stage with yesterdays and todays top ska and reggae acts including the originators of ska The Skatalites, Inner Circle, The Wailers, The Slackers, Easy Star All Stars, The Aggrolites, Collie Budz, New Kingston, The Suffers and Grammy award winners Los Lonely Boys.
Even though its been a little over 5 years since the last release, The Bandulus have tracked what is to be their third full length at Daptone Recording Studios in Brooklyn with Uzimon producer Brett Tubin. In 2015 Jeremy decided to move from Austin to Portland. Since the move, the band has started recording songs for yet another future release so be on the lookout! Jamaican patois for bandit, The Bandulus will steal your heart and always leave you smiling
Since 2012, Buddy Jay's Jamaican Jazz Band has elaborated on the tradition of Jamaican Jazz and R n'B music. They move the music forward by engaging a deep respect for the sound, and by writing original Jamaican jazz ,ska, dub reggae, calypso and rocksteady influenced tunes and performing them with tenacity. Their sound is firmly rooted in the golden era of Jamaican music; the1960's and 1970's.
Buddy Jay and the band's unique take on the genre of Jamaican jazz have allowed them to feel comfortable sharing the stage with bands performing a meried of styles. As part of the Soul'd Out Music Festival they shared the stage with the likes of Vieux Farke Toure, Charles Bradley, Mos Def, and many more and have also shared the stage with genre icons like Winston Jarrett, The Skints, Giant Panda Gorilla Dub Squad, and The Gladiators to name a few.
The current lineup features members of Cherimoya, The Cascadians The Isrealites, Grupo Condente, and Brownish Black.
Buddy and the band's very first self titled album, was released upon the world in 2015 to great acclaim. There is an EP as well as a second full length release in the works for the band as we speak.
These heavy hitters always bring the party and never play a room without a dance floor. Stay tuned because Buddy Jay is here to stay!