The Skatalites 60th Anniversary ‘Diamond Jubilee’ Tour

Ages 21 and up
Friday, May 24
Doors: 7pm // Show: 8pm
The Skatalites 60th Anniversary ‘Diamond Jubilee’ Tour
w/ Special guests

142 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
21+ Only

About the Artist
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 nations 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. Although the group officially existed in its original incarnation for less
than 18 months (1964-1965), its members brought their signature styles to hundreds upon
hundreds of the islands releases. Following a handful of reunions in the 70s and early 80s, the
Skatalites re-formed for good in 1986 and, over subsequent decades, have included a rotating
lineup of both original members and newcomers responsible for late-period highlights like
1994 Hi-Bop Ska and 2007 On the Right Track. A version of the band continued to tour and
record into the 2010s, even as most of its founding members passed on. Known for classic songs
like “Guns of Navarone” and “Phoenix City” and their influence can be heard in following
generations of musicians from the Clash and the Police to Sublime and No Doubt.

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