When Jamaica's premier Ska band, The Skatalites, began performing in 1964 they were so hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up outside the venue, they decided to just charge admission and let everybody in!
They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come together playing in different bands and on various recording sessions with all the developing artists of the day; Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and "The Wailing Wailers" featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.
These groups were all recording on the new beat called Ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat slowed down into Rocksteady and then Reggae.
"...you could argue that they are one of the most influential groups in 20th century popular music.” - Carter Van Pelt - DJ/ Writer
“The Skatalites are pure energy; hot like fire, with a scorching, skanking rhythm and big-band bravado.” - Mark Harris - Editor: REGGAEREVIEWS.COM
Opener - Pressure Cooker is a Boston-based band playing roots reggae, rocksteady and ska music. These guys can shake it up.