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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018

Skatalites

w/ 2TONE LIZARD KINGS, DJ EVIL LUCK

More than a band, the Skatalites are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn't merely define the sound of Jamaica, but were the sound of Jamaica across the '50s and '60s. Frequently credited as the originators of ska -- the musical mash-up of calypso, Caribbean mento, R&B, and rock & roll that predated both reggae and rocksteady -- the Skatalites' various members came up through the nation's hotel bar scene of the late '50s, banding together as both an original group and the often uncredited backing band for artists/producers such as Prince Buster and Duke Reid. This is an updated version of the band led by singer Doreen Shaffer and saxophonist Lester Sterling

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