ka might be a household name these days, but it wasn't 40+ years ago when Howard Paar – newly arrived in LA from London, and inspired by British 2 Tone, Jamaican ska and reggae, and American soul music – launched one of the very first American ska scenes at a hole in the wall venue in Silver Lake called the O.N. Klub. Paar’s vision of a ska and soul-only club helped to give birth to a uniquely American version of ska that spawned The Boxboys – one of the earliest American ska bands – and The Untouchables, who later went on to global fame with their ska/mod look and sound. The O.N. Klub and the bands that Paar booked unleashed a ska and mod frenzy across the city, that brought the look and feel of Brighton in Quadrophenia to the streets of LA.
Several of the LA ska scene's most prominent figures will gather for a special, intimate panel discussion at The GRAMMY Museum to reminisce about the O.N. Klub and the early days of the LA ska and mod scene: singer Jerry Miller (The Untouchables), singer Chuck Askerneese (The Untouchables), bassist Ivan Wong (The Boxboys), drummer Greg Sowders (The Boxboys), bassist Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), singer Greg Lee (Hepcat), music critic Bill Bentley (LA Weekly), O.N. Klub creator, author and award-winning music supervisor Howard Paar, and ska musician, podcaster and author Marc Wasserman will discuss the importance of the O.N. Klub and the early days of the LA ska and mod scene. Radio host/emcee Junor Francis will moderate. There will also be a special live performance by The Boxboys (1st performance since the O.N. Klub era!) and The Untouchables. DJ Chuck Wren (Jump Up Records) will spin the best in American ska and reggae.
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Nonmember Check - In / Doors: 6:30pm
Show Time: 7:00pm
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