“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.
Liz Garo, who books artists for Spaceland Presents (The Echo, The Echoplex, and The Regent), agrees, “Latin ska has always had a following and I see that genre growing.”
Not only is the Latin ska scene bubbling in LA, it has also been growing internationally. When Save Ferris performed at Mexico City’s Skafest in August, Powell and Dickert played alongside not just old-school heavy hitters, but also a slew of powerhouse Latin ska bands like Los Estrambóticos.