The Skatalites

When: Tue., April 3 2012

Is that a Vespa between your legs, or are you just happy to see the Skatalites? If you're one of the rudeboy revivalists at today's celebrations of vintage scooters and first-wave ska, it's most likely both. A '60s Jamaican band that virtually defined ska, the Skatalites pioneered an upbeat pre-reggae sound that's arguably had more revivals than any musical genre since. They backed the legendary Prince Buster and had their own hit with "Guns of Navarone." And while seven of the nine founding members are dead, their music lives on through original saxophonist Lester "Ska" Sterling's current outfit. The Skatalites will do a 5 p.m. in-store meet-and-greet at Sportique Scooters (1834 E. Platte Ave.), complete with barbecue and dancing. Later in the evening, they'll be playing just up the street at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.,, $12/adv, $15/door), with Offbeat Revolution and the Denver Vintage Reggae Society opening the 8 p.m., all-ages show. And in between, at 7, there'll be an hour-long scooter ride connecting the two points, presumably by a circuitous route. — Bill Forman

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