Bridging the gap between Santa Cruz and Salinas, The Midtones redefine California Reggae with a heavy dose of positive roots. Since 2006, the quintet has been bringing their roots-inspired, skateboard-influenced reggae to loyal fans throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Founded by Mike Marquez, Mony Lujan, and Andrew Nack, The Midtones came together as a Livocation to friend Eric “Stello” Costello who passed away in a tragic skateboarding accident in 2005. Stello—an energetic and talented drummer credited with bringing the musicians together—shared a lifelong dream of playing reggae music with vocalist Marquez. Just a few weeks after the musicians’ first jam session, while skateboarding Stello suffered a fatal head injury.
Jeremy Campbell took over Stello’s would-be drum duties and the boys recruited Jason Skinner on the keys to continue the dream in honor of Stello. Whenever possible, a two-piece horn section (saxophonist Barry Capiaux and trumpeter Daniel Miltz) accompanies the band.