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The Skatalites, Van Gordan Band
Flamingo Cantina
Austin, TX
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The Skatalites, Van Gordan Band
The Skatalites are the seminal Ska band from Jamaica which originated in 1964. As studio musicians who backed the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and just about every vocalist in Jamaica in the early 60's, the band was formed to perform live so these musicians could become recognized for their contributions to Jamaican popular music.

They performed everywhere they could on the island and recorded with every available producer on the island only to disband in 1965. In 1966, The Skatalites music climbed the charts in the UK with their rendition of the movie theme "The Guns of Navarone". Ska began to evolve into Rock-Steady and ultimately Reggae and The Skatalites had created the roots to the tree which has branched into Dub, Lover's Rock, Two-Tone, Ska-Punk, and Ska-Jazz.

In 2012 they continue to tour the world playing for the biggest and best festivals as well as small and intimate club settings. Although time has seen the passing of most of the original members, the band still consists of the finest musicians in their genre and, from the first note to the last, continues to stir their audiences into an elated dancing frenzy.

*Come hungry! Winston's Kitchen will be serving up his famous Jamaican food!*



Flamingo Cantina (View)
515 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

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Music > Reggae

Minimum Age: 21
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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