One of the most important American ska bands, the Toasters did much to popularize the genre on the underground scene in the mid- to late '80s, laying the groundwork for later third-wave bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and ska's subsequent explosion in popularity in the mid- to late '90s.
The first Latin Ska band in the Windy City. Played w/: Calle 13, Maldita Vecindad, Inspector, Sergento Garcia, Gondwana, Almalafa, Tokadiscos, Chivo Espiatorio, Panteon Rococo, Las 15 Letras, Los Skarnales, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, Catch 22.
Blasting forth from Chi-Town is WASTE BASKET, the ska punk super heroes coming to save you from bland and boring music. People everywhere have been talking about Waste Basket, and their crazy antics. With their ridiculously energetic live shows; they have opened the door for a new breed of Ska Punk Mayhem! Do yourself a favor and check out a live show!
DJ CHUCK WREN (jump Up Records)
Everything Off-Beat" is the world's premier ska radio show, launched in 1988 by DJ Chuck Wren. He currently hosts it on WLUW-FM 88.7 (Sundays 9 PM), plus he DJs around town with his extensive Jamaican 45 collection at Delialah’s, the JA’ GRILL, and at all big ska events in the City. His JUMP UP RECORDS label is the longest running ska label in the USA, started in 1993 and now boasts over 90 releases total including local faves Deal’s Gone Bad, The Drastics, Skapone, and Lord Mike’s Dirty Calypsonians.