The Skatalites are the premier ska band from Jamaica. Officially formed in 1964 after playing in studios together all over Kingston, these musicians came together to perform live shows all over the island. In addition to the live shows, these musicians were the backing band for numerous prominent vocalists, including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots and The Maytals, to name just a few. They are the roots to the tree whose branches include rock steady, reggae, rap, dub, punk, two-tone, 3rd wave, ska-jazz, ska-core, and ragga. Now in its 47th anniversary, the band continues to please crowds while traveling the globe year after year.
"The Skatalites: Jamaica's answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. and the MGs combined" -Rolling Stone Magazine
JAH Culture was harvested from the mind of Walter Anthony Teperino, way back in the early 90’s at NYC’s world famous “Wetlands Preserve” (R.I.P.!). It was here, while working as part of the staff, Walter/JAH CULTURE was exposed to many incredible years of amazingly talented bands, musicians & artists who graced the stage (including The Cannabis Cup Band), and also, not to forget mentioning the incredible artists, musicians & behind-the-scenes folks who made up the Wetlands staff (who ironically, many are now part of the heart & soul of your awesome ROCKS OFF crew today). That environment nurtured the many years of being involved as a touring & recording drummer for Punk/POP band “Lady Luck” (w/ Denise Teperino-Miret (his sister) on Vox & Roger Miret of Agnostic Front on Bass), & was also touring drummer for Punk/Reggae band: “King Django” (Hellcat/Epitaph Records) for the “Reason Tour”. Various US, Caribbean, European tours and other minor shows later, while on a vacation to JAMAICA, DJ JAH CULTURE was formed based on a need to continue doing music while not in a currently touring band, & while also being exposed to inspiring Jamaican Reggae & Dancehall culture. Upon returning to NYC/NJ, JAH Culture immediately started collecting records & purchasing turntables w/ the help & advice of longtime bredren & NYC DJ/Producer : “DJ GRAVY” (Rice & Peas NYC, & LargeUp.com). At the same time JAH Culture also started acquiring sound system equipment & knowledge w/ the help of a longtime bredren & audio engineer by the name of “BANANA SOUND” (Fair Lawn, NJ). Banana & JAH Culture originally met back in the Wetlands days (where Banana was the in house audio company), and after years of being out of contact after Wetlands closed (the week of 9/11), they ran into each other again and have not stopped working together since on countless productions & shows (including many ROCKS OFF productions). JAH Culture Sound System & DJ/Selector JAH Culture is a touring American sound system dedicated to widening international awareness of sound system culture. Its key goal is unifying people of all beliefs and backgrounds through the healing power of music. JAH Culture brings you upbeat musical entertainment and a positive mental vibe for ANY & ALL occasions.
This cruise is aboard THE JEWEL and will depart from Skyport Marina - East 23rd Street & FDR Drive (EAST side).
We will be boarding and departing at the times listed on your ticket and are not able to allow refunds if you miss the boat. So don't be late - it sure ain't pretty to be standin on the dock, watching the party sailing away!
There are cash bars on board so make sure to swing by the ATM on your way to the boat. There will be food available for purchase. All cruises are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions about the show or your purchase, please contact Sancho Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our FAQ page on www.rocksoff.com
Please note that all shows are 21 and over and ID will be required upon boarding the boat
*RAIN OR SHINE!*
*LAST CALL for the boats is 5 minutes before departure. After this time your tickets may be forfeited and you may not be able to board the boat, so please arrive early*