Boston's Bim Skala Bim have announced a series of shows around New England in late July. These shows will be their first since they played the London International Ska Festival back in April and their first in the U.S. since four shows they played at the same venues last summer. Its been announced that these shows will feature all of the original members of the band plus a number of special guests.
Bim Skala Bim and The Toasters (from New York) both formed in the summer of 1983, apparently within about a month of each other and have the distinction (along with The Untouchables from Los Angeles and Heavy Manners from Chicago) of helping to create and build a thriving American ska scene in the 1980's. The band were influenced by the 2-Tone, as well as bands such as The Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. They released several albums over the course of their career and they started their own record label to release music by other ska bands.
Here are a few videos of the band performing a few classics from a show in Boston in 1989 including ''Fathead, and 'Things You Do':
The August show dates include:
July 27: Newport Blues Cafe (Newport, Rhode Island)
July 29 Johnny D's (Sommerville, Massachusetts)
July 30: The Beachcomber (Wellfleet, Massachusetts)
July 31: The Beachcomber (Wellfleet, Massachusetts)