Jamaican Valentines Dance featuring Susan Cadogan and Charley Organaire


THIS SATURDAY! We are heading back to Chicago to perform at the Jamaican Valentine’s Dance, the latest in the Jamaican Oldies concert series at Mayne Stage.  We are truly blessed and delighted to be backing Jamaican harmonica legend and performer Charley Organaire and playing his hits old and new.  We will also be performing a set mixed with Jamaican love songs and some Prizefighter originals.

Headlining the night will be Lovers Rock sensation Susan Cadogan, backed by The Drastics.  In between acts will be DJ sets by Mark Morales (from LA), Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records), and the Feel The Rhythm Crew.

The show is on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL) at 8:00 pm.  Tickets and info are available at www.maynestage.com

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Show with The Dropsteppers at Nomad THIS SATURDAY!


Our pals The Dropsteppers are releasing a new 7″ vinyl single AND it’s our very own Jordan Porter’s birthday, so we’re celebrating at Nomad World Pub this Saturday December 28th.  We’ll be playing a set of our soulful brand of vintage ska and reggae tunes.  Special guests Drones will be there as well, playing some good ol’ pop-punk.  Doors 9pm, $5 at the door.

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Montreal Ska Festival 2013


Hey everybody! Get your passports ready!

On Saturday, October 19th we will be performing at the Montreal Ska Festival at Club Soda in Montreal, Quebec!  We will be joining forces with our favorite Jamaican ska duo Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison, serving as their backing band as well as playing a set of our original tunes.  Also performing that night will be The Slackers, Green Room Rockers, Inspecter 7, and The Lost Ideas.

We are very excited for several reasons.  This will be our first time playing in Canada AND first time playing outside the US! This show is also the last and biggest night of the Montreal Ska Festival and we are stoked to be playing with such great bands.  Last but not least, we LOVE playing with Roy & Yvonne, some of the sweetest, most professional musicians in the business.

Tickets are on sale now!  You can get them HERE

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“A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!” Triple Record Release Show THIS FRIDAY!

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The official release party for “A MUSICAL KNOCKOUT IN 3 ROUNDS!”, the brand-new 7-inch record series from THE PRIZEFIGHTERS!

featuring live performances from:

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
Doors at 9:00, 18+, drinks w/ ID including $3 Summit pints!
Sponsored by: KFAI Radio, Hymie’s Vintage Records, & Summit Brewing

“A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!” is a series of three 45 rpm records from The Prizefighters showcasing three distinct styles of 60s Jamaican music: Ska (Round 1), Rocksteady (Round 2) and Reggae (Round 3). All three records will be available at the release show!

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Check out our brand new music video “Sukeban”

We are pleased to unveil our brand new music video for our scorching reggae instrumental “Sukeban.”  The video was directed by the lovely Miss Upsetter and the song will be featured on our upcoming 7-inch vinyl series A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!  Watch the video on YouTube HERE

FUN FACT: “Sukeban” (スケバン/女番/スケ番) means “delinquent girl” or “female gang leader” in Japanese!

Pre-sale orders are still available on IndieGoGo


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“A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!” – Official Listening Party and Show


Prizefighter Sound System presents…
The official pre-release listening party for “A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!”, the new 7-inch vinyl series by The Prizefighters.


The Prizefighters
Black Diet
Topper Norris

also featuring DJs spinning ska and reggae, plus a first listen to the brand-new Prizefighters recordings in their full vinyl glory before they are released.

You can pre-order the vinyl series at IndieGoGo HERE

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A Musical Knockout in 3 Rounds promo image copy

This is it, Prizefighter fans! After lots of hard-work and planning, we are OFFICIALLY announcing our brand-new 7-inch vinyl series entitled A Musical Knockout In 3 Rounds!, available for PRE-ORDER starting TODAY!  The series includes three 45rpm platters, each featuring a different genre of music from young Jamaica!  ROUND 1 features the ska scorchers “Lost at Sea” and “One Thousand Words.”  ROUND 2 contains the rocksteady laments “No Use Crying” and “Night Breeze.”  ROUND 3 knocks you out with the early reggae sounds of “Cold Shoulder” and the haunting instrumental “Sukeban.”

Through the pre-order, you will be able to get all 3 BEFORE they are released, PLUS other items, like a brand new t-shirt designed by artist CHema Skandal!, new stickers, test pressings, and a truly one-of-a-kind high quality DVD of our performance with Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison from Chicago’s Jamaican Oldies Weekend.


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Show Announcement: Toots and the Maytals w/ The Prizefighters April 6th


We are pleased to announce that we will be the opening act this Saturday (April 6) for the Toots and the Maytals show at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis!  We’re honored to be on a bill with such a storied and accomplished Jamaican legend.  It’s the first show we’ve played locally in quite a while and it would be totally rad to see you all again!

If you are the type of person who loves contests, our pals over MNSKA have a contest to win pairs of tickets to this show!  You can check out more details HERE

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Jamaican Oldies Weekend March 1st and 2nd


We’re going back to Chicago for another Jamaican Oldies Weekend, brought to you by Jump Up Records!  March 1st-2nd at Mayne Stage in the Rogers Park neighborhood, there is another terrific lineup of legendary Jamaican artists paired with modern American ska, reggae, and rocksteady bands to celebrate 20 years of Jump Up.

Friday, March 1st will feature ska legend Eric “Monty” Morris backed by the Soul Radics of Nashville, TN, who will also be playing an original set of tunes earlier in the evening.  Opening the night will be Michigan dub/rocksteady band 1592.

Saturday, March 2nd, we will have the privilege of backing rocksteady and ska duet sensation Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison as well as playing a set of our original songs.  Opening the show will be Pittsburgh band The Pressure, bringing their vintage rocksteady sound to Chicago.

You can buy Day 1 tickets ($25) HERE, Day 2 tickets ($25) HERE, or get a TWO DAY PASS ($40) HERE

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Show Announcement: Jamaican Oldies Weekend in Chicago, featuring Stranger Cole

JUMP UP RECORDS celebrates the beginning of it’s 20th Anniversary by creating JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS, a partnership with MAYNE STAGE to bring vintage Jamaican vocalists to Chicago every 3 months! Our first event is a 2 day weekend! Saturday, November 17th features ska legend STRANGER COLE backed by THE PRIZEFIGHTERS, performing a fantastic set of classic 60s rock steady and ska.

Opening the show will be Nashville, TN band SOUL RADICS, celebrating the release of their debut album on Jump Up Records, followed by an original set by us.  DJs will be spinning Jamaican vinyl all night long to keep the dancing going.  Headlining the night will be Stranger Cole himself with us as his backing band!

We have been hard at work for weeks, learning his songs and getting everything ready for the epic night!  Road-trip down to Chicago for this unforgettable concert experience!

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