Driven insane by the boredom of Chicago's suburbia and the music on the radio, a group of young lads have gathered together to unleash their madness in a flurry of off-beat guitar grooves, dance beats, and funky horn lines in what is now called the Skalalitabs! "The Skalalitabs" is a name formed from a pun with "ska" and the Qur'anic phrase for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, all of which are represented in the band's lineup. Bringing together ska, reggae, and dance-punk into a combination never before heard, the Skalalitabs will get even the most firmly rooted of wall flowers skanking and jumping!
Ben Jakubowski - Drums
Alex McCammon - Guitar
Eric Becker - Tenor Sax
Al Binek - Trumpet
Vince Kenney - Baritone
Matthew Niemi - Bass and Vocals
Charlie Stiernberg - Trumpet
Mike Ludwinski - Rhythm Guitar
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Kicking off the intimate Void Room show was The Skalalitabs, a group of University of Illinois stude...Kicking off the intimate Void Room show was The Skalalitabs, a group of University of Illinois students from Downers Grove. Although the sight of three of the six band members standing up on stage with trumpets and a saxophone in hand initially made me a little leery, my fears soon subsided when I discovered that the group was pretty much everything a ska band should be: a fun-loving bunch who see it as a sin to take themselves too seriously.
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After The High Life was done, The Skalalitabs played. The Skalalitabs were an eight member ska band....After The High Life was done, The Skalalitabs played. The Skalalitabs were an eight member ska band. This band brought variety to the night’s lineup. They had two guitarists, a drummer, two trumpets, a trombone, a saxophone and a bassist/vocalist. I personally thought they were pretty entertaining, skanking while playing their instruments. Their outfits reminded me of a jazz band from New Orleans. Going on, they had a pretty cool vocalist/bassist – he definitely got the crowd’s attention and kept it going. The Skalalitabs also had an amazing rendition of Reel Big Fish’s “Beer”.