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Celebrate 60 Years with The Skatalites at The Kent Stage
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Celebrate 60 Years with The Skatalites at The Kent Stage

The Skatalites celebrate 60 years live at The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio on Thursday, April 18th. Tickets available at kentstage.org

2024 marks the 60th Anniversary of The Skatalites whose influence in the world of ska is unparalleled. The original members played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. Backing most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and many more The Skatalites  secured their place in history early on. After disbanding in 1965 the individual members continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae.  

In the late 70’s a resurgence of interest in the music began in the U.K. which caused the  creation of many bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad  Manners. This became known as the “Two-Tone era” and these British musicians fused rock  music with the ska and reggae. In The early 80’s the music started to spread to the U.S.A and  other parts of the world. Bands began to emerge all over the globe playing different flavors of  ska and reggae fused with whatever else they wanted to throw in, including hard core, jazz and  even punk.  

In 1983 The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in London at The Crystal Palace for the U.K. version of the Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to the U.S.A. and in 1986 the first US shows began at The Village Gate in NYC.  

The band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour in 1989 and followed it up in 1990 embarking on their first-ever headline tour of The U.S.A. The Skatalites have not stopped  touring the world ever since and continue to be available for festivals, casinos, and intimate  venue settings. Their uniquely infectious brand of real, authentic Jamaican ska excites audiences of all ages across the globe year after year.  


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