Legendary ska band, The Skatalites sign Walk With Me

When: Back to Calendar » April 2, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


The Last Bookstore welcomes legendary ska band, THE SKATALITES to celebrate their brand new album, Walk With Me!

Hosted by Queen P and Jason Lawless, the event is free to the public and will include a Q & A with the band (moderated by Los Angeles ska singer, Queen P) and a deejay set by D.J. Soulfool Selector.

Copies of The Skatalites’ new album, Walk With Me will be available for purchase and will be signed by the band.






Walk With Me presents the last recordings done by original drummer Lloyd Knibb who passed away shortly before this album saw release. The 11 tracks on this album are a tribute to all the members who have passed on over the years and is another in long line of outstanding collections from the grandfathers of Reggae and all Jamaican music.

The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was so hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up outside the venue, they decided to charge admission and let everybody in. They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come together after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions. These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day: Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and “The Wailing Wailers” featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat slowed down into rocksteady, and then reggae. This wildfire spread unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches, including lover’s rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-punk, ska, jazz and others. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.


Line-ups for entry begin at 6pm.

The Skatalites are due to play Dub Club the next evening, Wednesday April 3rd at The Echoplex, Los Angeles. Grab your tickets here!