"Many know that ska music originated in Jamaica in the early ‘60s and was re-envisioned in England in the late ‘70s as 2-Tone. But what may come as a surprise to some, is that Los Angeles’ first homegrown ska band, The Boxboys, was formed in 1979. Then by the late ‘80s, numerous California-based bands started making this hypnotic, upbeat dance music their very own, including the likes of The Untouchables, Fishbone, Let’s Go Bowling, and No Doubt. And by the ‘90s, ska in the America was in the middle of its “Third Wave.” Some of these bands had a mod, soul or funk twist, some incorporated reggae or Latin rhythms, while many others leaned more punk.
Based on the fan response from the three prior panel discussions and the on-going podcast interview series, this History of LA Ska: Panel Discussion #4 will feature seven prominent veteran singers and musicians who will gather to reminisce and share what they feel makes the Southern California ska scene and its subculture so unique. Radio DJ/emcee Junor Francis returns as moderator for this intimate discussion inside the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. Featured panelists include:
Greg Narvas (Hepcat)
Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers, NOFX)
Matt Parker (The Donkey Show)
Nina Cole (The Cover Ups, Ska Fitness, Reggae Stylists)
Oliver Charles (Ocean 11, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gogol Bordello)
Paul Hampton (The Skeletones)
Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish, The Littlest Man Band)"