Music Spotlight: Ebb, Slack, and Flood

Music Spotlight: Ebb, Slack, and Flood

Funk, Soul and Reggae With A Heavy Blues Accent.

Ebb, Slack, and Flood is a local Anacortes band playing funk, soul and reggae with a heavy blues accent. Their unique sound is a collaborative fusion, each one of them bringing different skills and styles to the table. Ebb, Slack, and Flood's infectious blend of funk, reggae and R&B is easy to listen to and hard not to dance to.

Meet the Band

  • Tom Savage, lead guitarist and vocals, was born in the Pacific Northwest and grew up in Anacortes. He was raised on blues & jazz. He also plays gypsy jazz and delta blues as a solo performer.
  • Giovanni De La Rosa, bassist and vocals, was born in Puerto Rico. Gio has a background in Latin music, with tones of reggae, hip-hop, and funk.
  • Chris Nickerson, drummer and backup vocals, was born in the Pacific Northwest. His musical background ranges from blues to metal to funky jazz. Being self-taught, Chris has developed a "groovy" blend of rhythms.
  • Bob Paltrow, keyboards and organ, is a recent addition to the band. Raised in Long Island, NY and Tucson, AZ, he is a singer-songwriter, plays guitar, and enjoys working with various musicians, playing and learning new genres.

Each of the band members writes songs separately and then collaborates on the music. "We are trusting musicians." Chris Nickerson said jokingly, "I might have an idea of how I want the bass line to go, but I know Gio is going to come up with a better bass line than I could think of. I've just learned to say, 'do your thing' and focus on playing my part as best I can."  

The Evolution Of Ebb, Slack, and Flood

Much like their name, Ebb, Slack, and Flood have always been changing like the tides. Gio's father Oscar De La Rosa, an accomplished Latin percussionist, played music with Tom's father, John Savage. One day Gio was invited to jam with Tom and Chris. They started playing covers, but very soon inspiration struck, and they began creating their own jams.

Three years and a few bands later, Gio, Tom, and Chris realized they had something special and officially started Ebb, Slack, and Flood. The name fits their ever-evolving collaborative style and has special meaning to them because each of the band members grew up on islands.

You can catch Ebb, Slack, and Flood almost every other weekend playing in local venues in Whatcom and Skagit County. Check out their website,  for their latest shows.


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