Ever since The Bluebeat Lounge and then the Knitting Factory closed on Hollywood Blvd. it’s been a little less exciting for the Ska mostly. While other clubs have sprung up to fill the void nothing has come close the the weekly joy of hanging out with some friends listening to some Ska bands with Chris Murray more or less leading the night.
The sound system is of course the only way to truly experience the music of Jamaica. Ever since the 50’s sound men of all kinds have built their massive and not so massive speaker boxes, search for or record their own tunes and set up in lawns to entertain the crowds with the latest musical nuggets. That’s the way it has always been and would take over the UK scene as well. Great men such as Tom “The Great” Sabastian, Prince Buster, King Tubby, Duke Reid the Trojan, Coxsone and others built their own sounds.
Rocksteady legends Keith and Tex (of Stop That Train fame) on the westcoast. They reformed last year and are making the rounds of festivals around the world including Hamburg, Germany last year. They recently stopped in Los Angeles and San Francisco making the Westcoast debut. Coming up this month they make stops in London at The London International Ska Festival then head to Belguim, Italy, Switzerland, Germany for two stops including the Freedom Sounds Festival in May.