Upstate New York fans of Jamaican-inspired rock ‘n’ roll will soon find the music they love in Oneonta. Over the next few months, reggae, ska and rocksteady will ring out in the city of the Hills as touring acts from New York City, Montreal, Florida, and other areas come to town.
Artists scheduled to perform at venues throughout Oneonta this spring include The Toasters, King Django, Predator Dub Assassins, The Snails, The Beatdown, Ryan Eldred of Catch 22, Askultura, Llama Tsunami, The Action!, District Radio, Conehead Buddha and Baked Potatoes
In a media release, Kaler Carpenter, founder of The Redemption Movement and Oneonta Ska Society, said, “We’re very excited that Oneonta is becoming a regular tour stop for so many of these outstanding artists.”
Following a performance by Conehead Buddha at the Oneonta Theatre and various appearances by SUNY Oneonta’s Baked Potatoes, The Redemption Movement will host a major showcase on April 27. Headlined by third-wave ska legend King Django, the bill also includes performances by veterans Predator Dub Assassins and The Snails from Philadeliphia — as well as the aforementioned Potatoes. The show will be held at The Ol’ Storefront on River Street in Oneonta.
King Django was the founder and leader of Stubborn All-Stars and Skinnerbox and sideman for the Slackers, The Toasters, Rancid and Murphy’s Law, and has been running the influential Stubborn Records and Version City labels since 1992. As recently highlighted in the indie documentary “Brooklyn Rocksteady,” Django assembled the Version City recording studio in 1997, which rapidly became the hub of the NYC ska and reggae scene. Django has recently returned from a trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where he was invited to perform at the Institute of Jamaica’s Music Museum, taking the stage with reggae luminaries Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael, Big Youth and Junior Reid.