The Blank Club is opening its doors to all rude boys and skanking enthusiasts when the Bay Area ska-punk favorites Monkey come to San Jose on Oct. 26.

Tying influences from the Skatalites, the Specials and Elvis Costello, to name a few, Monkey has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe since its inception in 1997. The band has been with Asian Man Records since 2004 and has won awards and nominations including a California Music Award in 1999 and a Wammie nomination from SF Weekly in 1997 and 1998.

Playing over 200 shoes a year, they are the self-proclaimed “hardest working band in ska” and have done backup work for bands such as Bad Manners, The English Beat, Fishbone, Hepcat and the Specials.

Gearing up for their first Japan tour, Monkey is currently promoting their new Japanese Compilation release “Monkeyska.”  Them Rude Boys, a local band formed in 2010, is also on the bill. They have had some local success with air play on Live 105’s Sound Check, as well as sharing the stage with The Strokes and Snoop Dogg during this year’s BFD and opening up for punk rock legends Agent Orange.

Admission is $5 at the door. Doors open at 9pm.