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History of L.A. Ska


Ska might be a household name these days but it wasn’t 25-plus years ago when groups of Southern California musicians and scenesters – inspired by the Jamaican grooves and British fashion of the ‘60s – dedicated themselves to a global genre and subculture to help kick start this revival.

On September 13, 2017, five of the scene’s most prominent figures gathered for a special intimate panel discussion featuring a Q&A in the GRAMMY Museum’s Clive Davis Theater. Veteran singer Greg Lee (Hepcat), singer Persephone “Queen P” Laird (Ocean 11), bandleader/producer Joey Altruda (Jump With Joey), musician/recording engineer Brian Dixon (Aggrolites/See Spot/Rhythm Doctors), and promoter/producer/label owner Luis Correa (Steady Beat) reminisced about the early years, discussing their influences, stories working with the legends, and much more. Radio host/emcee Junor Francis moderated the panel discussion.