Vic Ruggiero | Los Thujones
Victor "Vic" Ruggiero, (also known as Rugaroo, Bad Vic or Lord Sluggo) is a musician, songwriter and producer from New York City who has played in reggae, blues, ska and rocksteady bands since the early 1990s, including The Slackers, Stubborn All-Stars, SKAndalous All Stars, Crazy Baldhead and The Silencers (not to be confused with the Scottish rock band The Silencers). He has also performed with punk rock band Rancid, both live and in the studio. He has released four solo acoustic albums and continues to tour and record worldwide. Ruggiero is known primarily as a singer and organist, although he also plays piano, bass, banjo, cigar box guitar, guitar, harmonica and percussion.
Ruggiero is known for his distinct Bronx accent that has a deep, raw quality to it. His lyrics usually follow several themes, including the apocalypse, dark humor, political distrust, paranoia, murder, irony, romance and loneliness. His songs have ranged from narrative ballads to whimsical tunes inspired by Beat generation poets, authors and songwriters, including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and John Lennon.
Los Thujones are a group of long time locals in the Hudson Valley music scene who play a blend of ska and bluegrass that is fresh, danceable, and motivated primarily by the revolutionary impulse to create a better world. Despite all odds, Los Thujones are always doing their best to bring the good time and keep you jumping all night. Featuring Charlie Schikowitz on mandolin and fiddle, his brother Theodore Schikowitz on upright bass (both of "Yard Sale," "M'bolo," "Lonely Hearts Club Swing Band"), Andrew Vogt on the trombone (of "The Big Takeover"), Turkish sensation Batuhan Attila on the drum kit, and Ranger Rick on the tenor ukulele and lead vocals, Los Thujones are New Paltz and Kingston natives. They are very excited to be opening up for Vic Ruggiero in their first appearance at the Tin Roof.
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