Sire Dhone Johnson, the Event Programming Director at LA venue Los Globos, says he’s been seeing a growing resurgence in the popularity of ska over the last five years. Johnson, who’s from Jamaica and is 60 now, says he’s very familiar with the traditional ska movement and watched it evolve into classic two-tone ska from older acts like The Selecter and The Specials.
“I moved [from Chicago to LA] six years ago and I was extremely surprised by this new ska revival,” Johnson says. “I’m seeing where it’s now the fourth generation of ska kids. It’s really amazing.”
Johnson puts on an occasional event at at Los Globos called Skamania, which features up-and-coming bands in the LA ska scene. He’s been seeing a younger crowd, from ages 19 to 30, at Los Globos’ ska shows, and has noticed that the Latin ska scene, specifically, has been taking off locally. Johnson names some notable groups in the scene, like The Delirians, a more reggae and dub-heavy ska band, and The Steady 45s, whose sound is more along the lives of rocksteady and traditional ska.