The Wicked Hangin Chads are one of the northeast's most acclaimed original reggae/ska bands. They combine contagious grooves with inspiring lyrics and carefully crafted vocal harmonies. With a steady schedule of performances they have built a growing fan base. After bringing their Avalanche of Love Tour to the west coast for the summer of 2017 they are in the studio birthing a new album and planning their 2018 summer tour to continue spreading a message of tolerance, inclusion, compassion, and love.
The Wicked Hangin Chads is a musical experiment gone awry. What started as a band made up for a home-made play has turned into a full-fledged sensory experience. Spanning a wide spectrum of musical styles from Reggae and Ska to Alternative and Psychedelic Rock the band fuses Vedic philosophy with electric groove music to tantalize the ears and energize the body.
The Chads draw on classic influences ranging from Carlos Santana to Jimmy Cliff to Bob Marley as well as contemporary artists like John Brown’s Body and Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad. The band is fronted by three family members who sing old-school harmonies in the spirit of the I Threes.
The band has gigged extensively since their debut at Johnny D’s in 2010 playing all over the North East in clubs, theaters, at festivals, private parties, and street fairs. In 2012 the Chads toured to Florida and back. In 2014 they were contracted to become the house band at Boston’s Barking Crab Restaurant playing four-hour shows, three nights a week from June till November. In 2015 through 2016 they became summer residents at Za Restaurant in Cambridge, MA, playing 5 hour sets every Wednesday. In 2017 the Chads toured across the country and down the west coast playing over 50 shows in 80 days. Currently the band is in the studio recording their debut album.
The band’s lineup to date consists of:
Rick Chadwick - Guitar/Vocals
Celia Markey - Keys/Vocals
Cole Chadwick - Drums/Vocals
Carlos Pino - Bass
Jafar Manselle - Percussion/Djimbe
Taylor Migner - Trumpet
Tyler Bonilla - Trombone
Trevor Buckingham - Producer/Recordist/Sound Engineer