ESG Band

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire & Gold) is an American funk rock band formed in the South Bronx in 1978. Trouser Press called it “one of the most dynamic bands that New York could offer at the top of the ’80s.” ESG has been influential across a wide range of musical genres, including hip hop, and dance-punk.

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Valerie, Renee, Deborah, and Marie Scroggins formed ESG with Tito Libran in the late nineteen-seventies. The name stands for “emerald, sapphire, and gold”: Valerie’s birthstone is emerald; Renee’s, sapphire; and gold was their goal.