Ska Is Dead

Ska Is Dead is a recurring ska music tour which has featured in 2004, and twice in 2005. It was first titled Ska is Dead and You're Next!

The purpose of the tour has been to revitalize and continue interest in ska and ska-influenced music. Most of the bands who play fit under the label ska/punk. [cite web | url = | title = 'Ska is Dead' tour keeping the genre alive | accessdate = 2006-07-04 | last = Linton | first = Brandon | date = 2005-02-10]

ka Is Dead and You're Next!

The 2004 tour lasted from February 17, 2004 until October 28, 2004. The tour extended across the United States, from east to west. The tour featured mainly Catch 22, Mustard Plug, Big D and the Kids Table, and The Planet Smashers. More information on specific shows is available on the official website. []

Participating bands

* Against All Authority
* Arrogant Sons of Bitches
* The Benefits
* Big D and the Kids Table
* The Big Migaffers
* Catch 22
* Cherry Bing
* Chris Murray
* The Code
* Dan Potthast
* The Flaming Tsunamis
* The Gamblers
* General Rudie
* Go Jimmy Go
* Hired Geeks
* I Voted for Kodos
* Jade Fire
* Kid Go Home
* Los Vicios de Papa
* Mustard Plug
* Out Of Line
* The Planet Smashers
* The Right Aways
* The Schematics
* Skatamatic
* Something To Do
* Stamp'd
* Stray Bullets
* Suburban Legends
* The Suicide Machines
* The Superspecs

ka Is Dead 2

The first 2005 tour began January 29, 2005 and ended March 17, 2005. It also toured the United States from east to west. It primarily featured the Voodoo Glow Skulls, Streetlight Manifesto, and MU330. More information on specific shows is available on the official website. []

Participating bands

* Bad Larry
* Big D and the Kids Table
* The Culprits
* Fatter Than Albert
* High School Football Heroes
* Hired Geeks
* Issue 10
* Kicking Sicily
* Kid Go Home
* The Know How
* The Makeout Bandits
* MU330
* The Murdocks
* No Name Charlies
* The Players
* Public Access
* Skanonymous
* The Skatastrophes
* St. Thomas Boys Academy
* Streetlight Manifesto
* Voodoo Glow Skulls

ka Is Dead 3

The second 2005 tour began September 7, 2005 and ended October 16, 2005. It toured the United States in a generally east to west pattern. This tour featured many bands; several recurring ones were The Planet Smashers, The Toasters, and Mustard Plug. More information on specific shows is available at the official website. []

Participating bands

* Bombtown
* Buck-O-Nine
* Call For Fire
* Captain Squeegee & The Soap Suds
* The Code
* The Dietrichs
* El Grande
* Fatter Than Albert
* Flatliners
* Flip The Switch
* Free Refills
* Gnar Dogs Revenge
* Go Jimmy Go
* Goldfish Don't Bounce
* The Goners
* Harold's Trousers
* Hub City Stompers
* Igents
* Jamaican Bacon
* Kicking Sicily
* The Know How
* The Lefties
* Lord Mike's Dirty Calypsonians
* Los Skarnales
* Los Vicios De Papa
* Madd Hatters
* Mustard Plug
* No Outlet
* One For The Books
* The Phonetics
* The Planet Smashers
* Red Light Runners
* Rex Banner
* Royal Roost
* Secret Cajun Band
* Six Pack Deep
* Skamasutra
* St. Thomas Boys Academy
* Stingers ATX
* Streetlight Manifesto
* Super Hero
* Superspecs
* Supervillains
* Synthetic Elements
* Tip The Van
* The Toasters
* Top of the Playground
* The Un-Fun Slide
* Westbound Train

ka Is Dead 4

As of July 2006, no plans for a Ska Is Dead 4 tour have been announced. However, according to the Ska Is Dead site, "Ska Is Dead 4 coming soon..." [cite web | url = | title = Ska Is Dead - Shows | accessdate = 2006-07-04]

ka Is Dead UK

On 5th September 2006, [ Punktastic] , a UK punk news website, announced that Household Name Records would be presenting the first ever Ska is Dead UK tour. It announced that the tour would run from 30th November to 16th December 2006, and would include Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug, Bomb the Music Industry!, and various support bands.

Participating bands

*Bomb the Music Industry!
*Damn Skippy
*Freefall Felix
* Capture The Flag
*The King Blues
*The Klopeks
*Mustard Plug
*Planet Smashers
*Random Hand
*The Scrub
*The Upgrades

ka Is Dead Compilation CD

In 2007 the Ska is Dead compilation CD was released through Asian Man Records, compiling 23 current ska bands. The purpose of this CD is to "celebrate and document, not only the current state of the genre, and a tour dedicated to it, but moreso, a community that has grown around it." (written by Dave Kirchgessner of Mustard Plug in the CD booklet).

Track listing

*1) Big D and the Kids Table - Noise Complaint
*2) Buck-O-Nine - I'm Not Dead
*3) The Toasters - Night Train to Moscow
*4) Deal's Gone Bad - Messin' Around
*5) The Pietasters - Don't Wanna Know
*6) Mustard Plug - Puddle of Blood
*7) The Flatliners - Open Hearts and Bloody Grins
*8) Bomb the Music Industry - I'm Terrorfied!!!
*9) MU330 - Please Don't Run
*10) Fishbone - Skank N' Go Nuts
*11) Go Jimmy Go - Don't Stop Everything (Dancehall Version)
*12) Chris Murray - Dangerous Hearts
*13) The Planet Smashers - Raise Your Glass
*14) Subb - I've Got it All Wrong
*15) Streetlight Manifesto - A Better Place, A Better Time (Live)
*16) Against All Authority - Silence is Golden but Duct Tape is Silver
*17) Westbound Train - Please Forgive Me
*18) King Django - Hard, Hard Thing
*19) Catch 22 - The Spark
*20) Voodoo Glow Skulls - DD Don't Like Ska
*21) The Porkers - Too Big For Your Boots
*22) The Johnstones - Action
*23) Tip the Van - Circles

A British version of the CD includes some tracks by British ska bands replacing some of the smaller bands on the American release.

An Australian version of the CD includes the track Alone in the Crowd, by Australian band The Resignators

Skanksgiving '08

On July 18, 2008, the Ska is Dead organizers announced Skanksgiving '08, a series of two shows taking place in Foxborough, MA and Sayreville, NJ, on November 15th and 16th, respectively. [ [ | The Ska Is Dead Tour presents Skankgsiving '08 ] ] The Foxborough show will take place at Showcase Live!, and the Sayreville show will take place at the Starland Ballroom.

Participating Bands

Foxborough, MA show

* The Pietasters
* The Toasters
* Mustard Plug
* Westbound Train
* Bomb the Music Industry

Sayreville, NJ show

* The Pietasters
* Big D and the Kids Table
* The Toasters
* Mustard Plug
* Bomb the Music Industry
* Flatfoot 56

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ Asian Man Records]
* [ Coalition Against Moshing at Ska Shows] - Because ska is for skanking.


*cite web|url=|title=Ska Is Dead ... And You're Next|date=2004-01-13|accessdate=2006-07-09
*cite web|url=|title=CATCH 22 + MUSTARD PLUG + BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE (Ska is Dead and You're Next! Tour)|last=Peters|first=Justin|date=2004-02-23|accessdate=2006-07-09
*cite web|url=|title=Keeping Ska alive on the Ska is dead tour|last=Dingerdissen|first=Matt|date=2004-03-02|accessdate=2006-07-09

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