LEVITT PAVILION DENVER FREE CONCERT SERIES
Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra with The Dendrites and Denver Vintage Reggae Society
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Your $30 donation gets you:
Access to our seated VIP Patio
2 complimentary drinks
Early entry at 5:30pm
Premium stage viewing
All Ages | General Admission Lawn
Doors at 6:00 PM | Show at 7:00 PM
This event is Rain or Shine
Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra
In 2012, this unprecedented project both in size and pedigree got international attention well before it’s first performance. The ska world knew something magical was brewing on the west coast of the United States: an amalgamation of forces this music had never seen before, forming the world’s premier ska supergroup. This all-star orchestra is comprised of internationally acclaimed jazz and ska artists setting a new bar to the music. With musicians like Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Danny Janklow, Adam Schroeder, Michael Stever, Sean Billings, Bob Sheppard, Willie Murillo and others from LA’s elite big bands: The Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra this group is unquestionably legitimized as a force to be reckoned with. The rhythm section, made up of world-renowned ska musicians like Joey Altruda, Korey “Kingston” Horn (Aggrolites), Scott Abels (Jimmy Cliff, Hepcat), Brian Dixon (Aggrolites), Fredo Ortiz (Yeska, Beastie Boys), gives WST Ska Orchestra it’s flawless “old school” traditional
Jamaican roots sound. This project offers listeners of jazz, world music, Latin, as well as Jamaican music everything they are looking for- organic, fun, danceable, & exciting music!
Their most recent album released in 2015 has enjoyed high acclaim internationally. It brings out a rougher and tougher side to this group. It digs deeper into the more obscure and heavier cuts from the golden era of ska- the early 1960’s and features ska icons such as Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Chris Murray, Colin Giles, The Expanders, Greg Lee and Alex Désert (Hepcat).
This is a very exciting time for this unique and groundbreaking group touring extensively throughout North America and Europe. They have performed on national television in the USA, are getting international radio airplay, headlining numerous festivals, playing Opera houses, and performing huge outdoor concerts. By infusing elements of jazz, particularly big band jazz, into the contemporary musical mix, this group of Jamaican jazz gunslingers is rebranding the music of yesteryear and propelling it into the future.
Composed of nine talented musicians, The Dendrites have become Denver’s most prominent instrumental ska act. The Dendrites create tightly performed, multi-layered music that harkens back to the golden days of 1960s Jamaican ska, while introducing more modern influences. The group initially formed over ten years ago, and have since built a solid following and dependable reputation. Their sound is classic yet progressive, powerful but without sacrificing fun.
The Dendrites’ most recent release, 2017’s full-length ‘Damn Right’, provides a fresh take on the classic ska sound, incorporating elements of Jazz, Latin,and Funk into a dynamic new sound. ‘Damn Right’ served as a follow-up to the group’s self-released 2013 EP, ‘Fly Casual’. The group has also released two other full-length albums– a 2011 self-titled collection of live and studio recordings, and Mountain Standard Time, released in 2009 through Megalith Records. They have opened up for acts such as Ozomatli, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Fishbone, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, The Skatalites and a slew of other legendary groups. In 2014, they were voted Denver’s Best Reggae band by readers of Westword Magazine. They were also one of five local acts to play Riot Fest Denver, a multi-city touring festival. The band continues to play their slick yet lively version of traditional ska. They remain one of the leaders of a growing new generation of American ska.