“Jamaica’s answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. and the MG’s combined”
- ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
THE SKATALITES BAND are ready to take Ska into the new century just as they did in the past. The current members of the band are focused on making the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence, the 48th year of the band and the anniversary of the creation of Ska music intersect in a way that only the founders, the originators and a true creative force for the music of Jamaica, the Reggae that has taken over the world, can.
To that end they have relaunched their website, are in the final stages of preparing a new collection of original tunes to share with their fans around the world and are quickly putting the final touches on a tour that will take them all over the world in 2012.
The first leg of that plan starts Friday March 30 in Houton, TX. The tour, called The Echoes of Kingston tour, will head north to New Mexico and Colorado, then head west to Arizona, Mexico, California, Seattle, Washington into Canada and back again to finish at the Viva Ska Vegas event in Las Vegas featuring a collection of modern bands playing their distinctive brand of Ska, which the Skatalites, who are headlining, were a big influence on.
Along the way they will play with some of the best young bands the west has to offer such as Keysor Soze, Los Skarnales, The Sentiments, The Georgetown Orbits and more. Joining the band on most of the AZ-CA portion will be Los Angeles' leading proponents of ska & reggae, The Delirians. The band has been forging a sound rooted in the past, yet distinctly their own having backed and performed with legends such as Derrick Morgan, The Melodians, Derrick Harriot, Stranger Cole and more.
The tour will also include support on certain dates from some true legends such as one of the original Studio One songstresses Norma Fraser and son of legendary hitmaker Toots Hibbert of the Maytals Junor Toots. It’s an all-star tour not to be missed for sure!
Tickets are available online for all dates. Be sure to visit the tour website at www.echoesofkingston.com and the bands official site at www.skatalites.com for more.
ABOUT THE SKATALITES:
Officially formed in 1964, the musicians that would come together as the Skatalites under the banner of Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One house band backing nearly every singer of the day including Stranger Cole, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff. The music they created almost single handedly founded the Jamaican recording industry. This of course would begat the music Reggae that is found on nearly every continent on the planet today.
The band was fronted by Tommy McCook on Tenor Sax, backed by the drum & bass tandem of Llyod Knibb and Lloyd Brevett respectfully and supported by the likes of Alpha Boys School alumni Don Drummond, Lester Sterling, Roland Alphonso, Juhnny “Dizzy” Moore, Jerome "Jah Jerry" Haynes and Jackie Mittoo. The band lasted less than 2 years as a collective but the musicians would go on to work with every major producer including Duke Reid, Vincent Chin, Justin Yap and more as the music moved into the Rocksteady sound and then Reggae.
Then in the late 70’s, English two-tone revival groups like The Specials, Madness, The Beat, and The Selecter turned their love of Trojan Records, Stax Soul and the new Punk scene into their own style of music. Taking more inspiration from the Rude Boy image of Peter Tosh and harking even further back to the early Jamaican Ska beat they kept the music alive creating a renewed demand for the sound of the Skatalites.
Soon after their ‘83 reunion at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival American bands influenced by them and others that had picked up the sound including Fishbone (Los Angeles) and The Toasters (New York) started popping up across the nation. Bands such as The Slackers, Hepcat, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt and others all credit The Skatalites as a primary influence.
From the start, The Skatalites changed Jamaican music forever and continue to influence new bands as they tour around the world.
FULL TOUR DATES:
Fri 3/30 Houston, TX Mango's Cafe Montrose
Sat 3/31 Austin, TX Flamingo Theater
Mon 4/2 Santa Fe, NM Sol at Santa Fe Brewery
Tue 4/3 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Wed 4/4 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theater
Thu 4/5 Denver, CO Cervantes
Fri 4/6 Durango, CO Abbey Theater
Sat 4/7 Phoenix, AZ Compound Grill * with The Delirians
Tue 4/10 Yuma, AZ Strummer’s Village Tavern * with The Delirians
Wed 4/11 San Diego, CA World Beat Cultural Center * with The Delirians
Thu 4/12 Ensenada, Mexico * with The Delirians
Fri 4/13 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos * with The Delirians
Sat 4/14 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley * with The Delirians
Sun 4/15 Sparks, NV The Alley * with The Delirians
Mon 4/16 Santa Rosa Last Day Saloon * with The Delirians
Tue 4/17 Arcata, CA Humbrews * with The Delirians
Wed 4/18 Portland, OR Goodfoot Lounge
Thu 4/19 Vancouver, BC CANADA The Venue
Fri 4/20 Victoria, BC CANADA Club 9ONE9
Sat 4/21 Cumberland, BC CANADA Waverly Pub
Mon 4/23 Bellingham, WA Wild Buffalo
Tue 4/24 Seattle, WA Nectar Lounge
Wed 4/25 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
Thu 4/26 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Fri 4/27 Oakland, CA The Uptown
Sat 4/28 Las Vegas, NV Viva Ska Festival
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Management: Ken Stewart (email@example.com)
Media Contact: Jason Lawless (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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