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The are three waves of ska music, musicologists agree. We proposed that there are three waves of Central Jersey ska. Presently, Central Jersey Third Wave bands include Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22. The Second Wave is represented by the Hub City Stompers. The First Wave? That's New Brunswick's Bigger Thomas, who turned on a generation of Central Jersey ska kids starting in the late 1980s. There will be a CD-release party for Bigger Thomas' brand new CD, "We Wear The Mask," from the New York City-based Megalith Records. The horns are cool, the riffs are ringing and the groove comes to New Brunswick direct from Jamaica with a stop off at Coventry. This is the real stuff. Bigger Thomas with Hub City Stompers, 10 tonight, Court Tavern, 124 Church St., New Brunswick. $7. (732) 545-7265 or

- Home News & Tribune


06/24/05
BY CHELSEA MICHELS
STAFF WRITER
They're jammin'. And maybe you like jammin', too.

Well, if you do, the Jersey Shore Island Beat Showcase rocks out every Wednesday with original local bands and DJs at Bar Anticipation, 703 16th Ave., Lake Como.

Starting around 9:30 p.m., various bands perform reggae, rock, dancehall, soca, world, Latin and hip-hop music.

On June 8, the performers were Bigger Thomas, Echo Movement, Kiwi the Child and DJ OE.

Created by brothers Stephen and David Fowler of Wall, the Island Beat Showcase started June 1 and will continue throughout the summer.

"We came to realize after last summer that there is no real harbor for reggae acts at the Jersey Shore," said David. "We decided to create JSIB in hopes of uniting all local reggae acts."

"It's all about entertainment and Shore culture," added brother Stephen. "People along the coast relate to it. We have great expectations for the summer, and we feel like it's going to catch on and be a big night."

Bigger Thomas singer Roger Apollon Jr. of West Orange enjoys the type of audience that attends reggae performances.

"The crowd that comes to these shows is diverse and people are often very into the music," he said. "They go out of their way to attend shows and be part of the scene."

For more information on this weekly event, visit www.jerseyshoreislandbeat.com on the Web.
- Asbury Park Press


Discography

One Step Behind - 16 song CD released in 1993 on Exclamation Point Records

Resisting Success - 8 song CD released in 2004 on Exclamation Point Records

Bigger Thomas - 15 song self-titled CD originally released in 1989; Reissued in 2005 on Exclamation Point Records

We Wear The Mask - 12 song CD released in Fall 2005 on Megalith Records

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Bio

17 years and still kicking!! Bigger Thomas continues to keep crowds moving and grooving to their patented version of reggae skalypsoul that includes a heavy dose of traditional and 2-Tone ska thrown in for good measure. Best known for their upbeat ska-pop song "Ska in My Pocket" they now play a diverse style encompassing ska, reggae, calypso, punk, african and latin rythyms. They have had the pleasure of performing alongside Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman, Burning Spear, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Special Beat, De La Soul, Bim Skala Bim, The Alarm and The Toasters. The band have just signed to Megalith Records the premiere ska label in the world which includes The Toasters, West Bound Train, Eastern Standard Time, Hub City Stompers, The Rudie Crew, The Bluebeats, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble and others. Their Megalith Records release which was recorded at Version City Studios and produced/mixed by King Django will be available on iTunes as well as megalithrecords.com. The band's most recent efforts "Resisting Success" and "Bigger Thomas" a CD/DVD reissue of their first out-of-print LP are also available online at biggerthomas.com, megalithrecords.com and itunes.com Look for Bigger Thomas to play shows throughout the US and Canada in 2005 and to tour as part of the SKA TRIPTYCH with Hub City Stompers, The Rudie Crew and other premiere East Coast ska and reggae acts.