The Skatalites & Freddy Loco and The Gordo's Ska Band

May 3, 2019 - Jeugdhuis De Vonk, Geel, Belgium.


The Skatalites (Jamaica)
Freddy Loco & The Gordo’s Ska Band (Belgium)

It’s gonna be a memorable Ska night at the skankiest youth club in Belgium. Regularly check the facebook event page for additional info.

70 YEARS OF SKA TOGETHER: w/ The Skatalites, Freddy Loco and The Gordo’s Ska Band, Roots Dynamite & Soulboys vs Rudeboys

When: May 3, 2019 | Where: Jeugdhuis De Vonk, Diestseweg 135, Geel, Belgium | Doors: 21:00 | End: 03:00 | Tickets: Online presale 10 / At door 15

The Skatalites

2019 marks the 55th Anniversary of THE SKATALITES. The original members had played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. They backed most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis,Ken Boothe and many more. After disbanding in 1965 the individual members continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae. In the late ’70s a resurgence of interest in the music began in the U.K. which caused the creation of many bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad Manners. This became known as the “Two-Tone era” and these British musicians fused rock music with the ska and reggae. In The early 80’s the music started to spread to The U.S.A and other parts of the world and bands began to emerge everywhere playing different flavors of ska and reggae fused with whatever else they wanted to throw in, including hard core , jazz and even punk. In 1983 The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in London at The Crystal Palace for the U.K version of The Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to the U.S.A and in 1986 the first US shows began at The Village Gate in NYC. In 1989 the band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour and in 1990 they embarked on their first headline tour of The U.S.A. and have not stopped touring the world ever since. The band is available for festivals and also plays in intimate club settings. Their unique infectious brand of real Jamaican ska pleases audiences of all ages across the globe year after year. The latest line-up of The Skatalites consists of Doreen Shaffer, Ken Stewart, Aurelien Metsch aka Natty Frenchy, Val Douglas, Azemobo ‘Zem’ Audu, Andrae Murchison, and Trevor ‘Sparrow’ Thompson.

The Skatalites

Freddy Loco & The Gordo’s Ska Band

In 2004 Fred paved the way for his first band called Magwalé Freedom, and produced their debut CD, “Arretez Vos Machines”. In 2006 Fred created the very successful ska band, ‘Freddy Loco’, dedicated to the traditional Brass sounds of Ska & Rocksteady. In 2007 Fred travelled to NYC to collaborate with Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse) on the start of Freddy Loco’s first album, “TABA” (2007). The album also featured the masterful trumpet skills of Kevin Batchelor. Their second CD, “Satellites” (Megalith, 2009), mixed by the well-known ska producer, Victor Rice, featured elite ska musicians such as Rocksteady Freddie (NYSJE), Kevin Batchelor (The Skatalites), and Cedric I’m Brooks (The Skatalites). Freddy Loco also recorded a cover of “Return of the Los Palmas 7” from the tribute album of Madness on Big 8 records, 2011. With the help of Fred Reiter (Rocksteady Freddie, NYSJE) as artistic director, they released their fourth CD, “Round 4”, which also featured Kevin Batchelor (The Skatalites). Rocking Records (DE) and Megalith Records (USA) released the CD. Since 2004 FREDDY LOCO & THE GORDO’S BAND has performed over 350 shows throughout Belgium, France, Luxembourg, England, Spain, Germany and The United States.

Freddy Loco & The Gordo's Ska Band

Roots Dynamite & Soulboys vs Rudeboys

Before, between and after the live performances appropriate sounds will be played by: SOUL BOYS VS RUDEBOYS, PROVIDERS OF PURE QUALITY SKA REGGAE, and Dj Big Tone & Groovie Ghoulie from ROOTS DYNAMITE, who present a weekly radio show on Geel FM.