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Fri. April 20th 2012 7pm - 10pm doors at 6:30pm Distrikt (No Minors) 7pm - 10pm doors at 6:30pm
$19.50 early bird - $22 adv.
Tickets on sale now at Lyle's Place, The Reef, Ditch Records, Strathcona Hotel, &

Celebrating their 48th year, The Skatalites - original studio band for Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Ken Boothe and Jimmy Cliff continue to carry the torch of Jamaica's musical heritage around the world. Past and present members in the band thank The Alpha Boys School in Jamaica that helped them develop as well as the aforementioned artists they backed in the early 60s. Celebrate the Skatalites' rich history and our Alpha Boys School Donation Project this 4/20 at Club 9ONE9 in Victoria!

The Skatalites have lead the world on a journey like no other and have traveled more roads than most artists ever will. 2012 marks their 48th(!) year and, while some of the band’s founding members have passed onto the great stage in the sky, they continue to bring the spirit, style, and music of Jamaica to people around the world. This year promises a revitalization of the band with a new tour, a new single, a new album and a determination to pave a new path into parts unknown – all roads lead to The Skatalites.

As the tour kicks off, The Skatalites will release a 2-song single from their upcoming album “All Roads.” The single will be available digitally and as a limited edition 7” vinyl (exclusively available on the tour.) The collection features the newest lineup of the band, and several tracks featuring legendary foundation drummer Lloyd Knibb, who passed away before the sessions were completed. Along with founding members Lester Sterling and Doreen Shaffer, The Skatalites continue as torchbearers of Jamaica’s signature sounds – ska, rocksteady, and reggae – and promise to take audiences of all ages on a musical journey around the world.

Member after party to follow. Please read below for more information...

VBCSS Member Party to following this show featuring Tuff Jelly & Jah ReQuest. Admission: $10 donation for current VBCSS members or purchase of a new membership. Information on or

Proudly Sponsored by The Reef Restaurant (Yates Street in Victoria)

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