“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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Show Announcement: THIS SATURDAY at Nomad World Pub w/ Dropsteppers and RSB

We’re partying at the Nomad World Pub this Saturday with our fellow partners in crime The Dropsteppers and Rocksteady Breakfast.  Nothing like top-notch pints to go with some the areas best live ska, reggae, and frenzied two-tone madness!  If you’ve missed some of our recent shows, now’s your chance to see us at a recession-era price of $5.

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Show Announcement: Friday 9/21 with The Slackers and Green Room Rockers

Boy do we have a killer of a show coming up!  Friday, September 21st, we will be sharing the stage at the Triple Rock Social Club with NYC’s premiere vintage reggae band The Slackers, making their first MN club appearance in over a decade!  Also playing is Indiana’s soulful reggae group Green Room Rockers.  This show is likely to sell out, so please get your tickets in advance!!

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Show Announcement: Rick’s Reggae and Ska Summit II

We are pleased to announce that we will be playing at this year’s Rick’s Reggae and Ska Summit in Omaha, NE!  Apparently last year’s show had hundreds of people packing the deck for quality ska and reggae, so this year should be an amazing time.  Also on the bill are our good friends The Bishops as well as other bands and DJs.  It has been a long time since we’ve been in Omaha and hope to meet some fans and make some new friends!

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Show Announcement: The Bishops with The Prizefighters in Des Moines

As part of a weekend on the road, we are playing with our pals The Bishops down in Des Moines, IA at The Fremont.  There’s no cover so there’s no excuse for the Des Moines Massive to miss this show!

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We are about to enter the studio to record some vintage 7-inch vinyl!

2012 has been a tremendous year to us so far.  We’ve shared the stage with bands like The Toasters, The Pinstripes, and Deal’s Gone Bad.  We had the pleasure of opening for songwriter and former Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman at the Cedar Cultural Center earlier this month.  Last month, we played a surprisingly spectacular show to a packed house in New Ulm as well as opening for LA’s dirty reggae and soul band The Aggrolites at The Cabooze.  After playing all these incredible shows, it’s time to record some brand new tunes for you all to enjoy!

After writing a number of new songs, we will be entering the studio in early July for a vintage recording session at Shock and Audio (Lyndale and Lake in Uptown Minneapolis).  To achieve a truly vintage sound, we will be live tracking and mixing exclusively to tape (no computer involved!).  The goal of these recordings is to put out a 7-inch vinyl as part of the Moondust Records series.  Moondust is a label in Los Angeles that produces vinyl releases that honor the golden age of Jamaican reggae.  They’ve put out releases by classic groups like The Soulsteppers and Laurel Aitken.  We also hope to put out our own self-released 7-inch as a result of these recordings.

After these sessions, we will be taking a short pause for the cause.  Some of us will be traveling abroad to parts unknown for some much needed vacation.  Others will simply enjoy the hot, sticky summer weather that MN provides.  We will be back in action in August – September, refreshed and ready to go.  Hopefully with some brand new vinyl for all of you to get your grubby little paws on.

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