The Skatalites

50th Anniversary Tour

The Skatalites

Devon James (DJ)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

$12, tickets at the door, CASH only!

The Skatalites
The Skatalites
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 3rd 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 the music that originally caused this. The original lineup lasted only 14 months but recorded thousands of tunes, some of which are still being discovered in the archives today. Although the group broke up in 1965, the members remained active in the evolution of Jamaican popular music as it increased in popularity. After hearing about the resurgence of interest in their music they reunited in 1983 to perform at Jamaica's famed Sunsplash festival. Subsequently in 1986 they migrated to the USA and began performing and touring all over the world as they continue to do now after 52 years in the music business. Despite changes in personnel over the years, the band has continued to stay viable in the market, recording and performing at some of the world's largest festivals and has been nominated twice for The Grammys. Their most recent recording "Platinum Ska" features some tracks with Lloyd Knibb , the original drummer who passed away in 2011 and was widely regarded as the creator of the ska beat as well as the "onedrop" rhythm that is the foundation of most reggae music. Also on some tracks is original alto sax man Lester Sterling who is still active but no longer touring regularly with the band. Original vocalist Doreen Shaffer contributes a vocal track on this cd and continues leading the band on it's path as it continues it's great legacy bringing joy to fans,old and new, all over the world.

Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Tony DaCosta, Rupert Dillon , Don Drummond, Joseph " Lord Tanamo" Gordon, Jerome "Jah Jerry" Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat Roy "Jackie" Mittoo, John " Dizzy Johnny" Moore, Jackie Opel, Doreen Shaffer, Lester Sterling.
Devon James (DJ)
Devon James (DJ)
Devon James is a Boston bred, Brooklyn based musician, engineer, producer, and DJ. As a guitarist, he has played numerous guest appearances with the Skatalites including a 6 week tour of Europe which included a performance at the Sziget Festival (Budapest), all before the age of 18. Now only 25 years old, his knowledge and skill set far surpasses his age and has led to working with such legendary producers as Felix Da Housecat, Nile Rodgers and Lee "Scratch" Perry. A man of many hats, Devon also works as an Instructor at Dubspot where he teaches both production and DJing. In 2012, Devon and a group of friend co-founded RVDIOVCTIVE, a Brooklyn based, multi-media artist collective that holds monthly parties and promote new and exciting underground artists. His vast knowledge of music and appreciation for the basic elements of rhythm and melody, Devon mixes up diverse musical styles from house and disco to reggae, funk and hip hop.

https://soundcloud.com/devon-james
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/

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