The Casual Slacks started out a couple of years ago with a guitar, a banjo, a harmonica and three friends who liked singing together. We were happy to jam above a garage on Saturdays with no intent of performing in public or making a dime. (Truth is we’d happily have paid to play).
Then, we began jamming at a friend’s establishment, just for fun, after hours. He liked what he heard and invited us to play. But first we needed a name.
In a calculated move to lower expectations, and take some pressure off ourselves, for what we thought was maybe our first and last gig, we dubbed our little, mid-life crisis band, The Casual Slacks. This tongue-in-cheek name gave a nod to our retro affection for the 1960’s and ’70‘s, our not-too-serious outlook on our age and our relaxed approach to live performance. The name stuck.
That one-time thing became a regular one, and this charming, rustic tavern became home for us. Somewhere along the way, something happened.Our tight-knit following of friends and family grew to include their friends and their friends’ friends. And then people no one knew at all.
Soon enough, three players turned into five and six and more. And a modest repertoire grew broader and better.
Today, we’re an nine-piece band with a variety of instruments and vocal stylings. We play folk rock, classic rock, blues, dance tunes, and lots of current hits, all with our unique imprint.
Yes, most of us have our day jobs and our fiddler’s still in college. But our joyous brand of music-making has taken us to more venues than we’d ever imagined. Bars, dinner dances, private parties, even Asbury Park’s Stone Pony - all because we love playing music, and somehow that love comes through.
Come see us. Bring family and friends. You’ll discover what our many friends and fans have -- that an evening with The Slacks just feels good.