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The west coast of Wisconsin isn’t typically thought of as a hotbed of alternative reggae music,however, T.U.G.G. (pronounced tug) hailing from La Crosse, WI has done an admirable job channeling tropical grooves and breezy melodies and has quickly become one of the Midwest’s top draws. The bands sound is described as a fun and danceable mixture of reggae, rock, and ska. The group has always been
careful to pay homage to the roots of the music they play, most notably with their song “Revolution”. Released in 2009 it features production from legendary reggae/dub Producer Mad Professor and a guest vocal appearance from well-known reggae singer Pato Banton. T.U.G.G. has been fortunate enough to share the stage with groups like Slightly Stoopid, Iration, Karl Denson, Rusted Root, Pato Banton, Josh Heinrichs, The Ziggens, Joseph Israel, Bag of Toys, Tech Nine, Shakedown and many more. They’ve spent the better part of 2010 earning fans all around the Midwest in clubs, bars, colleges and outdoor festivals with their high-energy live show and loyal fan-base. The group has also been busy this year crafting their latest album in a basement studio of a small Wisconsin town with none other than one of their musical heroes, Brad Ziggen who’s band The
Ziggens came to notoriety in the mid-nineties as a member of Skunk Records as well as tour-mates and ever ready source of song material for Sublime. It just so happens that The Ziggens drummer and T.U.G.G. both call Western Wisconsin home and after a chance meeting they have teamed up to record “Come Sunrise… “ A collection of 13 songs that seamlessly float between reggae, ska, surf an acoustic music. Released on T.U.G.G.’s own independent record label Last Call Records, they are embarking on a summer
tour to promote the album.
Up Coming Concert

Band Members
Andy Hughes
Joe Gantzer
Ben Rohde
Jake Mclees
General Interests
Music, Instruments, Traveling, Reggae, Dub,
Favorite Bands
The Specials, Toots and The Maytals, Sublime, Pepper, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Operation Ivy, Rancid, Slightly Stoopid, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Barrington Levi, Jimmy Cliff, Long Beach Dub Allstars, The English Beat, Pato Banton, Mad Professor, The Ziggens, Bargain Music, Ziggy Marley
 
 
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