The west coast of Wisconsin is not typically thought of as a hotbed of ska and reggae music. However, TUGG, hailing from La Crosse, WI has done an amazing job channeling tropical grooves and breezy melodies and has quickly become a top draw in the Midwest and beyond. Coming from a state known more for the Green Bay Packers, cold weather, and cheese, they boast an impressive resume of rubbing shoulders with Reggae and Ska heavyweights. From shows with Ziggy Marley, Bad Religion, Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, and The English Beat to Tours with The Wailers, The Dirty Heads, and PASSAFIRE... TUGG continues to prove why they’re a fast rising star of the alternative reggae/ska scene. All of the bands last 5 releases have debuted in the Top 50 of the iTunes Reggae Chart.
What People Are Saying About TUGG:
“As one of the Midwest’s finest staples to the reggae-rock community, TUGG is notorious for their tropical vibes, breezy melodies, and living-the-life message”
“Tropical feelings pervade when these warm reggae vibrations envelope the melodies and happily bounce along with the wise minded values expressed. Featuring guest musician Pato Banton their jams continue to expand. Hard to believe they are from Wisconsin.”
Maximum Ink Magazine Madison, WI
"TUGG has developed a large, loyal fan base over the years. They always put on an amazing show and when we did 'Don't You Go' for Play it or Hate it, got an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. These dudes are a must-see!"
Ballzer (Morning host and Music Director of Z93-La Crosse, WI)
“A tasty blend of reggae, rock, and ska from Wisconsin” Insomnia Online Radio www.insomniaradio.net
“These Midwest Reggae Rockers do a very nice job of channeling tropical grooves and breezy melodies in the same vein as Slightly Stoopid and Pepper have before them.”
The Music Spot Blog http://themusicspot-jbtman.blogspot.com
"TUGG is an infectious new sound with very personal songwriting. Their song "Mexico," off their EP Slow Chill, is what music is all about. If you love freedom, kicking back, and looking for the enjoyment of life, TUGG is one of the freshest new sounds in music.”
Tom Gilding General Manager WBSD 89.1 Burlington, WI www.wbsdfm.com
“The truly impressive thing about our friends TUGG is their ability to play so many different styles.”
Matt Gerding, Owner/Talent Buyer Majestic Theater Madison, WI