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Booking information
Chris Zinna
Reccuring Shows
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[email protected]
Band Members
Esco Chris - keys/vocals
Brian Matisek - guitar
Ben Stone - bass
Danny Walcoff - drums
Nick Danty - alto sax/vocals
Pat Mack - Vocals
Daniel "Sterny" Sternberg - baritone sax
Charlie Francis - trombone/vocals
Reggae, ska, rocksteady, zydeco
Playing music in Chico since...
January 2007

Boss 501 is a new (2007) local ska band. They were nominated for the 2009 CAMMIES in the World/Celtic/Reggae category.

After meeting on MySpace and while both began attending Chico State University in 2006, Esco Chris (keys/vocals) and Nick (alto sax/vocals) shared a rare common interest in true early reggae and ska music. During Nick's first semester, he and Chris quickly began looking for more members to start a band and play real reggae music. Ben (bass) was also attending Chico State as a freshman, and being a former bandmate and longtime friend of Nick's made him an easy choice. Danny (drums) was living on Nick's floor in the dorms and began talking to Nick about the band while carrying his drum-set up to his room. Jamming commenced, Charlie (trombone/vocals) was brought into the band from the music program, and Boss 501's core was formed. Taking time out of his busy schedule as a high school music teacher and professional musician in the LA area, Daniel "Sterny" Sternberg (baritone sax), has played shows with Boss 501 all over southern California and Chico, and continues to record with the band. Today's line-up includes their newest member, Brian Matisek, on guitar.

Boss 501 is dynamic group of young musicians with strong influences from early reggae to jazz, and everything in between. They are primarily comprised of Chico State students, featuring ex-members of ska/reggae bands The Pedaltones and One Big Step. They've brought diverse crowds to venues all over California including The El Rey Theatre (Chico), The Knitting Factory (Hollywood), The Senator Theatre (Chico), Café Coda (Chico), Ramona Main Stage Theatre (Ramona), and many more. They've been lucky enough to share the stage with amazing international acts such as The Wailers, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mystics Roots, Chris Murray Combo, The Impalers, Deals Gone Bad, and See Spot. Boss 501 will continue to grow and bring hard-hitting Jamaican rhythms to the world.

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2009-06-14 13:04:21   I caught them friday night at La Salle's. Really good. —RobinMowery