Blue Beat DC and Jump Up Records have teamed up to present the inaugural Capital Ska & Reggae Review, kicking off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 24 at the Songbyrd Music Café. Washington DC’s traditional ska-jazz legends Eastern Standard Time will be celebrating the release of their brand new studio album “Time For Change” alongside The Fuss, Scotch Bonnets, and The Loving Paupers.
The Capital Ska & Reggae Review will showcase Washington DC’s finest vintage Jamaican sounds; all four bands take the classic style in their own distinct musical directions. Three bands are female-fronted, adding a unique perspective and contrast to the “mainstream” ska sound of the 90’s. The night will also feature an all star cast of DJ’s including Chicago’s Chuck Wren, head of top US imprint Jump Up Records. The Scotch Bonnets, lead by Lady Hatchet, formed in 2009 and were quickly embraced by the DIY punk scene, teaming up with H.R. of Bad Brains and Roddy Radiation of The Specials to record and tour. Their debut single included a cover of the Evens (Dischord), and they have been featured on tributes to The Clash and The Ramones. The Loving Paupers are a rootsy “lovers rock” reggae band featuring current & former members of The Pietasters, lead by the stunning siren Kelly Di Filippo These Beatlesque broken hearted songs are often are compared to Cat Power, Hollie Cook and Kate Bush. The Fuss deliver a British mod twist to Jamaican ska, with beautiful 3-part harmonies and a large horn and rhythm section. Lead by Andi Leo, who not only programs the monthly Blue Beat DC night but is also a well known DC scooterist. Eastern Standard Time are the elder statesmen of the DC traditional scene, formed in 1995 as a project to bring musicians from DC’s jazz and Caribbean communities together to play music based on the original Jamaican Ska. Over the years the membership crystalized into a seven-piece group primarily blending American soul and jazz with danceable Jamaican rhythms from the 50s to the 70s. Eastern Standard Time has logged years on the road, with dozens of tours throughout Europe and North America to their credit.