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Pour House Music Hall Dedicates Second Saturday Night Monthly To SKA Shows

Starting Saturday April 12, 2014 The Pour House Music Hall at 224 S. Blount St. in Raleigh, NC will dedicate the second Saturday night of each month to Ska music shows. The monthly event, known as SKAturday, will feature a local ska band, a ska band from elsewhere in North Carolina and a touring ska band from outside of North Carolina. The SKAturday premiere show will be FREE. No cover will be charged.

Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to Rocksteady and Reggae. First Wave Ska combined elements of Caribbean Mento and Calypso with American Jazz and R&B. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the upbeat. In the early 1960s Ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods. Two-Tone Ska evolved in the late 1970s, around the city of Coventry in England, into a fusion of Jamaican rhythms and melodies with punk rock's more aggressive guitar chords and lyrics. Third Wave Ska continued that trend towards punk rock in the 1990s, encompassing a more American sound and sensibility. No matter what sub-genre is played, Ska music makes an audience dance!

North Carolina has a rich heritage of Ska music. It's been the home state for bands such as The Jumpstarts, Viskacity, The High & Mighties, Regatta 69, Dread34 and T-Rox & The Skankosaurs. Over the past five years many veteran performers of North Carolina's Ska community have returned to the Tarheel State and those who never left have also contributed to the resurgence of interest in and excitement about Ska music.

Adam Lindstaedt, owner and talent buyer at The Pour House, aims to make it the destination of choice for Ska performances in North Carolina. The inaugural SKAturday event on Saturday April 12 will feature locals John Willse's Upstartin' All-Stars, Madd Hatters from Wilmington, NC, and B-Side Basterds from Buffalo, NY.

Episode two of SKAturday, on May 10, will see performances by locals Archbishops of Blount Street, Greensboro residents Corporate Fandango, and Murphy's Kids from Richmond, VA.


Successive SKAturday events will be announced on the NC Ska Facebook and Twitter feeds and on The Pour House's website.

The Pour House Music Hall is Raleigh's oldest live music venue and has hosted thousands of concerts with some of the finest musicians from around the world. From the Avett Brothers to Os Mutantes, from Corrosion of Conformity to Leon Russell, The Pour House Music Hall has been bringing good times to fans and bands for over 15 years. The Pour House Music Hall is located in the Moore Square Arts District at 224 S. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27601.

NC Ska is a Facebook community and Twitter feed used by Ska music fans in North Carolina, Ska performers in North Carolina and national and international Ska bands who tour through North Carolina.