Pioneer is proud to bring you The Skatalites Band : the legendary Jamaican super-group that played behind Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster, and “The Wailing Wailers” (featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer).
Doors at 10pm
9.15 ›‹ 10:30pm ›‹ 21+
$15 advance / $20 door
The Skatalites will be joined by the afrobeat sensationalists Sweet Poison Victim and Cultural Manifesto spin doctor DJ Kyle Long!
10:30pm ››› Louie Louie
11:15pm ››› Sweet Poison Victim
12:00am ››› The Skatalites
***DJ Kyle Long to spin before, in-between, and after the bands***
The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was 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 after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions. These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day, such as 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. This wildfire spread unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches, including lovers rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-punk,, and others. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.
Since reforming after an almost 20 year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than 50 years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can. The road has been long and hard, and sadly, seen most of the original members pass on. Often asked “when will you stop?” and “how do you keep doing it after all these years?”, the answer is simple: never – It’s the love of the music and the way our fans respond that keep us going Forward!
Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny”Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.
SWEET POISON VICTIM
Trying to describe Sweet Poison Victim can be a bit difficult. Sure, there are some familiar elements in their music, from the plucky pop of West African High-Life to the rhythmic groove of Reggae and Cumbia to the impassioned wail of classic Soul
and the hypnotic pulse of garage rock, but the final product is impossible to pigeonhole. Their influences are mutated, melted down and molded into something new and wonderful. Something that has to be seen and heard in order to be believed. But don’t waste your time trying to describe their sound. Just remember to dance.
Louie Louie is not a revivalist band. On stage they might toss out grooves reminiscent of Little Richard and Chuck Berry, and hit a swing as melodically addictive as Martha and the Vandellas. Their raw energy on stage has been described as cacophonous and untoward, a fresh breath of air in a seemingly old package. Louie Louie is the contemporary answer to the aging of sounds we love.