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I believe I heard the word "SKAwesome!" more than once at Jannus Live on Saturday, November 2nd. That one word summed up my experience as I had the opportunity to interview one of the bands that inspired my interest in ska in the first place. On Saturday afternoon I sat down with guitarist and front man, Aaron Barrett, and drummer, Ryland Steen, to discuss a range of topics from new ska, their influences, favorite cartoons, guilty pleasures and even Aaron's failing grade in 10th grade English that led to his picking up the guitar. The conversation was laid back and, shaking off the part of me that saw these guys intangible as rock stars, I felt strangely like I was chatting with some old friends. At the conclusion of the interview, the duo was so kind as to record a station id for the Ska channel on SKY.fm and recorded an opening for the school news at the middle school I work at by day (I teach TV Productions).
Beebs and Her Money Makers kicked off the festivities with a high energy set including some dance-worthy ska, soulful vocals, tight horns, confetti and a giant robot! It's rare that you find a band with so much pizzazz in costume, stage presence and sound but that's what we got with BAHMM! Aaron Barrett even joined the band on stage at one point. With my photo pass, I was able to sneak around in…Continue
That's right! Chris Murray is coming to Florida to play shows in Gainesville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers! Check out the flyer below for info about dates and venues and check out the events page for details as well as Florida Ska's FB page at http://www.facebook.com/florida.ska. I organized the final gig with my friends Lance and Candi who are hosting it in their front yard near downtown Fort Myers. It should make for a fun finale to the kick off of Florida Ska's Summer of SKA!
Somewhere on the other side of the Pacific Ocean lies a tropical archipelago consisting of more than 7000 islands and a wide variety of cultures and languages: the Philippines. Despite their music being dominated by sappy ballads, shameless renditions of popular songs, and pop groups with rock band instruments, there is a bustling underground scene where people jive to sweet and brassy horns and cool upstroke riffs over mid to fast drum beats. Befitting a tropical country like the Philippines, ska has reached varied success in the country, with bands such as Jeepney Joyride and Coffee Break Island enjoying underground to mainstream recognition. With history as bright as the setting sun, we’ll trace the history of the promising Philippine ska movement.
Unlike how ska gave birth to the reggae music in Jamaica in the sixties, it was the latter which came first in the country before the former, due to the rise of The Wailers and UB40 in the mainstream charts. Both ska and reggae found its home in Cebu City, with the island’s good vibes affecting the positively inspiring the bands to create danceable tracks. Ska gained mainstream recognition in the 90’s when bands like Tropical Depression, Put3ska, Urban Bandits, and G.I. hit the airwaves of Metro Manila and songs like “Ang Himig Natin” and “Manila Girl” became mainstays on many radio stations. Like the rest of the ska movement bands, these Filipino ska groups played songs that are perfect during a hot summer weather, or while playing online bingo at FoxyBingo on a lazy and sunny afternoon. Since then, ska thrived and became a growing movement in the country.
Presently, there are various ska…Continue