When: Wed., April 13, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Sure, you know the Specials. You loved Tragic Kingdom. You’ve ripped one on a Roor in a Medical Center apartment gazing into a tri-colored Bob Marley poster hanging above where a kitchen table would go (if the owners hadn’t foregone the kitchen table to afford infinite cases of Natural Light). You bought a Reel Big Fish record when, ironically, “Sell Out” was dominating the airwaves with its angular Anglo take on the upbeat rhythms and stuttery strokes of ska. However, you ain’t heard a goddamn thing until you’ve heard The Skatalites. Although there’s only two founding members left skanking, Doreen Shaffer, “The Queen of Jamaican Ska,” and sax man Lester Sterling, The Skatalites were always most impressive for the sum of their parts, not one particular player. In fact, ska is far too narrow a term for the group whose original members could handle themselves in a jazz jam session, soaring like eight little Birds (dig the Charlie Parker-Bob Marley reference), tearing up their respective instruments. Come see where the shit that you thought Sublime invented really originated. And don’t be afraid to get rude. With The Skajects and Spies Like Us.