Bands/Musicians California Ska Bands List

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List of California ska bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as ska solo artists from California are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great California music that you've never heard before. The ska bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in California. If you think the best California ska band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

Everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Gwen Stefani is included on this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular ska bands from California?" and "Which ska bands started in California?" then this list will answer your questions.
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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list California Ska Bands List
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Rx Bandits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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The Hippos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list California Ska Bands List
Synthpop, Ska punk, Ska

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list California Ska Bands List
Chicano rock, Ska, Rock music

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Oingo Boingo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list California Ska Bands List
Synthpop, New Wave, Gothic rock

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Let's Go Bowling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list California Ska Bands List
Let's Go Bowling Ska punk, Ska

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list California Ska Bands List
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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Warren Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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The O.C. Supertones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list California Ska Bands List
Christian punk, Ska punk, Ska

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Angelo Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Spoken word, Ska

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Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list California Ska Bands List
Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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Camper Van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop music, Ska, World music

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Long Beach Dub Allstars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Rock music, Reggae rock

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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Enemy You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop punk, Ska, Skate punk

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Tony Ashwin Kanal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list California Ska Bands List
New Wave, Pop music, Ska punk

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Critical Mass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Rock music, Rocksteady

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Ara Babajian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Reggae, Punk rock

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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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OPM is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list California Ska Bands List
Hip hop music, Pop music, Ska punk

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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Rocksteady

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John Spence is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list California Ska Bands List
2 Tone, Ska punk, Ska

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Michael Valladares is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list California Ska Bands List
New Wave, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Christian Richard Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list California Ska Bands List
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Dave Hillyard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Isaiah Ikey Owens is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list California Ska Bands List
Hip hop music, Ska, Experimental rock

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Jared Gomes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list California Ska Bands List
Hip hop music, Crossover thrash, Nu metal

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The Aggrolites is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska, Reggae, Soul music

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Link 80 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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The K.G.B. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list California Ska Bands List
The K.G.B. Ska, Rock music, Funk

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Jeffries Fan Club is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Starpool is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Vincent Walker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list California Ska Bands List
Disco, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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James Briggs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list California Ska Bands List
James Briggs Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Sr.Peppers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list California Ska Bands List
Sr.Peppers Ska

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Ellwood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list California Ska Bands List
Ellwood

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Los Hooligans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list California Ska Bands List
TonyLuna added Los Hooligans Ska -

Los Hooligans combines traditional Jamaican ska, modern and traditional jazz, Latin American music and rhythm and blues. (There is another Los Hooligans - a 1960s Latin-pop group with a doo-wop sound not in any way related to this act.)

Hailing from Fresno, California, Los Hooligans was formed in 1992 by friends from California State University, Fresno, former members of other local ska bands, CSUF band alumni and/or band directors in the Fresno area. They are led by founding members Tony Luna (trumpet/vocals), AJ Fox (guitar/vocals) and Frank Zamora (baritone sax). Other members include: Dan Pena (trumpet), Matt Carroll (trombone), Todd Doucet (tenor sax), Adam Lee (drums), Raymond Gonzalez (percussion), and Richard Giddens (bass).

Los Hooligans has two full-length CDs, (1997, Moon Ska Records) and (2005, Shantytown Recordings/Jump Up Records). They appear on compilations by the record labels Steady Beat Recordings, Kingpin Records, Atzlan Records and Moon Ska Records.

Los Hooligans has shared the stage with acts such as: The Aggrolites, Bad Manners, Bim Skala Bim, Dance Hall Crashers, The Skatalites, Hepcat, Soulfly, The Specials, The Toasters, The (English) Beat and Let's Go Bowling.

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Out of Order is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list California Ska Bands List
mamafreaka added Out of Order

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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list California Ska Bands List
BooRadley added Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk