ROCKLAND —  Legendary ska band The Skatalites will bring their authentic ska and reggae sounds to the Strand Theatre stage on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

The Skatalites mark their 56th Anniversary in 2021. Before forming the band in 1964, the original members had played on hundreds of recording sessions — backing most of the vocalists in Jamaica at that time, including Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and many more, The Skatalites secured their place in history early on. After disbanding in 1965, the individual members continued playing in various groups as the music evolved from ska to rocksteady to reggae.

In the late ’70s, a resurgence of interest in the music began in the United Kingdom, which caused the creation of many bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad Manners. This became known as the “Two-Tone era” and these British musicians fused rock music with ska and reggae. In the early ’80s, the music started to spread to the United States and other parts of the world. Bands began to emerge all over the globe playing different flavors of ska and reggae fused with hard core, jazz and even punk. In 1983, The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay and subsequently in London at The Crystal Palace for the U.K. version of the Sunsplash event. A few years later they began emigrating to the U.S. and in 1986 the first U.S. shows began at The Village Gate in New York City. The band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour in 1989 and followed it up in 1990 embarking on their first-ever headline tour of the U.S. The Skatalites have not stopped touring the world since and continue to be available for festivals, casinos, and intimate venue settings. Their uniquely infectious brand of real, authentic Jamaican ska excites audiences of all ages across the globe year after year.

COVID health and safety protocols will be in place at the theater for this performance. Audience capacity is capped at 50%, and all patrons and staff are required to wear masks for the duration of the show, regardless of vaccination status. These guidelines may be revised as local conditions change; please check the Strand Theatre website for the most current information.

Tickets are $30/advance, $35/door, general admission. For tickets or more information, visit, email or call (207) 594-0070. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main St.