Skatalites’ North American Fall 2018 Tour in Full Swing
Coming off of a sellout show in Chicago, the legendary ska and reggae band heads to California but not before they hit up New Orleans, multiple cities in Texas, Phoenix, and more. To submit a story or to just say hello, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arguably the most historic and perhaps first band in both ska and reggae is hitting the road in the United States for an extensive tour. After a big opening weekend with a sold out show in Chicago at the Beat Kitchen, followed by appearances in St Louis and Kansas City, the Skatalites are heading toward the city of jazz with a date in New Orleans and then they are off to Texas and the West Coast. The Skatalites are Jamaica’s premier ska band since 1964 who backed artists like Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and most of the singers of the day. Their infectious brand of bluesy, jazzy ska spread like wildfire around the island and spawned the entire genres of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, two-tone, and third wave ska. The tiny island of Jamaica has probably had more effect on music globally than any other country or place in the world, and The Skatalites were the pioneers of Jamaican music. The band tours the globe to nearly every continent year-round to this day. Members come and go and father time has touched the band. Original singer Doreen Shaffer still tours with the band and many of the band’s members have been in the band for decades. The other players of this fine group are Azemobo “Zem” Audu on tenor saxophone, Andrae Murchison on trombone, Travis Antoine on trumpet, Brian Atkinson providing the low end on bass guitar, Natty Frenchy on guitar, Ken Stewart on keyboards (and intermittent dance routines), and Trevor “Sparrow” Thompson holding it all together behind the drum kit. Considered royalty by the leading reggae touring artists today, they are frequently visited by guest musicians. On this Fall’s Europe tour, everyone from Julien Marley to Andrew Tosh.
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As a special treat for those catching a Skatalites show in California, all CA tour dates feature the Steady 45s touring with the Skatalites as their opening act. This self-described bunch of “hooligans” are a seven-piece band hailing from Los Angeles who formed in December 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82rMGOd_qa0 If you’re in the Southwest or California, take a look at the list of tour dates below and see if the Skatalites are coming to a city near you! Don’t miss ’em!
UPCOMING SKATALITES U.S. FALL TOURDATES:
Sat. 11/17 – Night 2 Flamingo Cantina in Austin, TX: FB event / buy tix right on the FB event!
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