Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!!

It's been a good year for the Slacks! 8th anniversary of our residency at The Cantab. (The Boston Herald says we are the best Thursday residency in town!) Lots of weddings in seven states. Two inspiring benefit gigs. Mardi Gras at the C Note. And one of our own-- drummer Ted Sullivan, married his beautiful wife, Jean Rogean.

Thanks to our fans and partners for all your great support. We wish all of you a great New Year's Eve and a prosperous 2014. Don't forget to dance!

And join us tonight at the Cantab!

Soulful regards from all of us,

Tracy Fontes
Jeremy Valadez
Mike Reavey
Michael Duke
Slick Rick
Ben Ricker
Ted Sullivan
Curtis Jerome Haynes

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Everyday Will be Like a Holiday

Every year we like to post the great  William Bell singing "Everyday Will be Like a Holiday," which was released as a single on Stax records in November, 1967. However, this year, Warner Music Group has blocked access to the video on YouTube!

Not to worry! Dig this great 1969 rendition by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. Byron Lee, who died in 2008, was a major player in the Jamaican music industry, as a performing artist (since 1950), a promoter, and as the owner of Dynamic Sounds Recording Company, perhaps the best and most popular studio in the Carribean back in the day (Toots and the Maytalls, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones). The 14-member Dragonaires are often cited as one of Jamaica's earliest ska bands, although many would say their success was largely due to Lee's business and political connections, and not so much to their pioneering music. They've released over 60 albums, and The Dragonaire's, without Lee, continue to perform today. (Website here.)

The Dragonaire's version of  "...Holiday" is actually a pretty straight and faithful rendition of the Stax version. Sweet sounds. Check it out!

Trivia: Byron Lee and the Dragonaires played as the hotel house band in James Bond's Dr. No.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from The Chicken Slacks!!

Thanks to all our fans for the great support this year!

Sam and Dave say it best: here's a great live version of "I Thank You," with an awesome eight-piece horn section and a fat Hammond B-3 organ.

Have a great holiday season!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Year's Eve at The Cantab Lounge!

New Year's Eve at The Cantab is always a great party!

Music starts at 9:30. Free champagne toast at midnight. See you there.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween, the Red Sox...

Great day in Boston! Congrats to the Red Sox! Been quite a year.

AND...come on down to the Cantab tonight to celebrate Halloween!! Costumes encouraged.

To get you in the mood, dig this early footage of Screamin' Jay Hawkins performing "I Put a Spell on You."

Monday, September 16, 2013

This Thursday!

The Eighth Annual celebration of our residency at The Cantab Lounge is this Thursday, September 19! Please join us for a romping good time, featuring Brother Wayne spinning classic vinyl, special musical guests, giveaways, prizes, and your favorite classic funk and soul band, The Chicken Slacks.

Thanks to our fans for such great support over the years, and thanks to Steve and Fitzi at The Cantab for keeping us around!

See you at The Cantab Lounge, this Thursday night, 9:30 - 1:30 AM! 738 Massachusetts Ave., (Central Square), Cambridge, MA. (617) 354 2685

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

8th Anniversary Circus!!!

Proud to announce our 8th Anniversary Circus at The Cantab Lounge, an annual celebration of a beautiful residency and of all who have supported us for so many fun years! Special guests, giveaways, always a good time.

Come see us Thursday, September 19,  9:30 - 1:30 AM.  Details to follow!