ROCKLAND — Jamaican ska band The Skatalites will appear on the Strand Theatre stage, 345 Main St., Friday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

2022 marks the 57th anniversary of The Skatalites. The original members played on hundreds of recording sessions before forming the band in 1964. 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 a 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 U.K. as British musicians fused rock music with ska and reggae, creating bands such as The Specials, The English Beat, Madness, The Selecter and Bad Manners. By the early ’80s new bands began to emerge in the United States and all over the globe playing different flavors of ska and reggae fused with whatever else they wanted to throw in, including hard core, jazz and even punk.

In 1983, The Skatalites reunited to play Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay, and in 1986 the first U.S. shows began. The band supported Bunny Wailer on The Liberation Tour in 1989 and followed it up in 1990 embarking on the group’s first-ever headline tour of the U.S. The Skatalites have not stopped touring the world ever since, with their infectious brand of authentic Jamaican ska.

Tickets are $30/advance, $35/day of show. Beer and wine are available at concessions. Masks are required except while eating or drinking while seated. To buy tickets, or for more information, visit or call (207) 594-0070.