"I am writing this tour recap as I ride the Blue Line after dropping off the rental van at LAX.

This mini-tour was probably the biggest stress test for my band. Two long overnight drives, getting hit by a change-of-season chest cold collectively, and small crowds during our sets. Definitely stressful scenarios.

However, we rose to the occasion. We learned how to manage the overnight driving and how to break at gas stations or truck stops for sleep if need be. We fought through the illness- even if we felt like death and it hurt to move, we found our zone and stuck in it. And small crowds? We knew we would entertain those 8 people as much as we would entertain a crowd a hundred times as much.

Sights were seen, friends were visited, and we got out of El Monte. We saw and experienced all kinds of stuff… from a vagrant shooting crack behind the Phoenix venue when we showed up 3 hours early to beautiful desert plains to sleeping in the van in the middle of nowhere, all the way to random bar conversations and partying hangover-style in our hotel room (without me- I only had 2 beers in total on this trip). We saw ourselves balancing our composure and professionalism with our desire to party and play around- we worked when we needed to and played when it paid off.

I felt like we all grew tighter as a band as a group of friggin’ close friends. We really got to see what we’re capable of, and we want to see where this music can take us. We’re pretty damn sure we can be unstoppable once our transportation situation is permanently settled.

I freakin’ love being in this band, and I’m grateful to have these opportunities. I can’t wait to see what is in store.”

My ska band, The Two Tone Boners, is trying to get a van, and you can help out by donating and sharing and spreading the word! Please donate if you can- even if it’s a dollar or two, it’ll help. We’re a bunch of working-class guys from the same small town just out of LA who make music and want to share that music with the rest of the US. So please, donate and share this post!

Did I die and go to heaven? Today was amazing. Things worked out, and our set time allowed us to not cancel, and we played a rocking set. I missed out on the Maxies because we played the Constellation Room the same time as them, but we were able to somehow retain a full-capacity crowd when Skadonna played. On top of that, hospitality was incredible- the band got free booze, burgers, and hot dogs, and I got to see so many of my friends in the OC ska scene and in the out-of-town bands that I haven’t seen in a while! I also got to spend time and explain a bit of what I needed to say to this girl I really like during late night Denny’s, and sure enough, Frank and Eddie from Voodoo Glow Skulls came in to eat. They said they would check us out at the Viva Ska Vegas pre-party…

So, my band is opening for Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, Buck-O-Nine, and the Maxies tonight.

Tags: ska

I made a thing.

Listen/purchase: Man and (Rockband) Mic by Nate Boner

Backyard party with LiveSka All-Stars this past Friday, featuring Frank from Isolated Victims. Photo credit to Vicious Valley (also repping @hungry_ass_youth) #ska #reggae #punk #keytar #shows #actionshot #gigs #party

Backyard party with LiveSka All-Stars this past Friday, featuring Frank from Isolated Victims. Photo credit to Vicious Valley (also repping @hungry_ass_youth) #ska #reggae #punk #keytar #shows #actionshot #gigs #party

Check out the EP my band (The Two Tone Boners) released this past week!

Troubles Come and Go by The Two Tone Boners

To think, this VGS album is almost as old as I am. I’m super thankful that the original pressing got into my hands! #voodooglowskulls #vgs #ska #punk

To think, this VGS album is almost as old as I am. I’m super thankful that the original pressing got into my hands! #voodooglowskulls #vgs #ska #punk

Spring Break Plans!

Saturday: Work, hanging with PMA bros at University of Redlands and spending the night.

Sunday: Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ for Mike Park and Dan Potthast, spending the night.

Monday-Wednesday Morning: Las Vegas, NV to hang out!

Let me know if any of y’all wanna hang!

New profile pic courtesy of the bassist’s sister!  @thetwotoneboners #keytar #vox #ska #punk #reggae #oldtownepub #oldtownepasadena #actionshot

New profile pic courtesy of the bassist’s sister! @thetwotoneboners #keytar #vox #ska #punk #reggae #oldtownepub #oldtownepasadena #actionshot