The Skatalites should need no introduction, if you know anything about reggae music. Studio One in the ’60s and ’70s was a powerhouse of tunes, and the Skatalites were a supergroup of trailblazing rudeboys of the likes of Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Jackie Mittoo, and Roland Alphonso to name a few. Lester Sterling is the only founding member that’s still alive, but that doesn’t mean the ska won’t be strong at Davey’s on Thursday. Cedric “Im” Brooks was in the band as recent as 2010, so I’m confident that even the replacement members are competent. I last saw them over a decade ago at the reggae festival that used to happen outside the Liberty Memorial, but I watched a couple 2012 videos on YouTube and they seem pretty solid.
The openers are the Van Gordon Martin Band, who I also looked up on YouTube. I’m glad I did, because now I know I can show up late. If you played guitar in high school and you were the guy in a jazz fusion band that wouldn’t shut up about Steve Vai to people who didn’t give a shit, this band must be for you. Or if you’re having a mid-life crisis and you like to go to the Rhythm & Ribs festival in a brown leather jacket and your shirt tucked into your 501′s, you can take your sons to see this band and maybe they’ll think you’re a really cool guy.
Speaking of jam funk bands, reggae shows are notorious for attracting hippies. Even ska shows. It’s beyond me. But I’m bringing my hand pruners in case some jerkoff makes the bad decision to show up with a hula hoop.