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MP3 The Players Band - Hate the Game

Ground-shaking, body-bobbing reggae rock and ska for the malnourished listener subsisting on mainstream rock.

15 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Ska, WORLD: Reggae

• “Your band freakin’ rocks!” â€" Joe Strummer.
• "A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, the Players can hit all the styles and are a must-see live!" - AP Magazine (Alternative Press).
• “The Players ooze class and the horns are just damn big. The living vibe of their fun music is what really helps you hear why you need to go see them. The ska and jazz mix well makin’ this almost big band swing at times with a razor edge of irrefutable cool. A must listen, clearly an accomplished organization with a tight sense of groove that makes such music so damn good!” - Music Monthly.
• “The Players do the ska thing, and they do it well, with horn-heavy choruses and chicken-scratch guitar on exuberant tunes - Ain’t no hatin’ these Players.” - Baltimore Magazine.
• “The Players just lock into grooves and rock them for all their worth, an unstoppable live experience!” - Washington City Paper.

Since 1999, this 9-piece band has established itself as a force in the Baltimore-DC region, successfully combining Jamaican Ska and Reggae to create a sound all their own. The music, characterized by the use of upbeat horns and percussion, is focused on innovationâ€"not imitation. Music Monthly strongly recommends music listeners to “go out and check them live, for such bands like this do not come into being very often and what they can do with music is phenomenal.” The Baltimore Sun, described The Players as “pioneers of an innovative style... focused on fanning the soul flame that ignited ska.”

The Players Band has performed with Grammy Award Winner Toots and the Maytals, The B-52’s, The Mighty-Mighty Bosstones, Joe Strummer, The English Beat, Third Eye Blind, Citizen Cope, The Toasters, The Pietasters, and many others. They have appeared at such venues as the 9:30 Club, MCI Center, Knitting Factory, Trocadero Theatre, Chance Theater, Bottle & Cork, Recher Theatre, 8x10, Artscape, Belvedere Square, Avenue at White Marsh, Baltimore Zoo, First Night Annapolis, National Capital BBQ Battle, Rock ''N'' River Cruise, and many more.

The Players â€" Instrumental (2001)
The Players â€" Hate the Game (2003)
The Players Band â€" Halftime (2005)

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