The Prizefighters keep the sound of 60′s Jamaica alive and loud in the Twin Cities. Traditional ska, rocksteady, early reggae and sweet soul music is the name of the game, and the Prizefighters play to win. Holding it down since 2006, The Prizefighters breathe life into an often overlooked genre of music, picking up where essential Jamaican groups like the Skatalites and the Upsetters left off.
Aaron Porter – Vocals / Guitar
Jordan Porter – Bass / Vocals
Eric Whalen – Drums
Courtney Klos – Saxophone / Vocals
Tony Beaderstadt- Trombone / Vocals
Jorge Gil – Keys
Picking up on a 2-Tone ska sound might have seemed like a strange choice in the summer of 1995 when Umbrella Bed first assembled itself into existence. After all, the 2-Tone ska sound was a very short-lived period 15-years earlier and, without a doubt, in ’95 the newly reborn ska genre “third wave” was creating a much harder-edged ska sound. Third-wave ska was very much guided by the rise of the alternative music scene and infused ska with a more punk/grunge bent. It moved the “ska sound” pretty far away from 2-Tone’s inherent pop roots.