3/3 in a nutshell…
The RSST lit up cakes for the late greats Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and the still living Lloyd Knibb to blow out. In other ska, Prince Buster commands some Respect, Mamie Perry sings a Lament, and Roy Richards chills with Green Collie. Not a dog. Hal Blaine’s Psychedelic Percussion selection for March, Kaleidoscope, kicked off a Sherwood’s Planet airing on Desi Arnaz’s birthday, and Desi’s recording of Carnival in Rio had to suffice ‘cuz we couldn’t scare up the Lucy theme, or anything else by the guy. The RSST 4(+1)@4 headed for the West Coast of Ska, with tracks from LA and Seattle. Well, mostly LA… The third GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month is the Maytals’ classic Monkey Man, easily the most famous cover of which is by The Specials. The other big cover attraction this week is Unsteady’s ‘roiding-up of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s Vampire, with a chilling Hammond lead that made me jump outa my socks, and some curl-shooting, ten-hanging surf guitar to boot. OK, full disclosure: I used to play that track before I found out the original was by TSPO, and I’m pleased as punch to have found it again. :^)
Willie Walker & Willie West @ the Music Box Theatre
Produced by Monty Lee Wilkes & Nancy Sartor
Last fall local musician Paul Metsa hosted a series of concerts and interviews at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. On this special night, renowned soul musicians Willie Walker and Willie West shared the stage for the first time—talking and singing in a rare live performance that sent chills through the audience.