Win Tickets ($30): The Skatalites @ Bossanova Ballroom | Jamaican, Ska, Boogie-woogie Blues, Jazz, w/ World’s Finest, The Sentiments + The Disliked

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Skatalites @ Bossanova Ballroom on September 12 . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, September 12 .

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From our sponsors:
The Skatalites @ Bossanova BallroomThe Skatalites
w/ World’s Finest, The Sentiments + The Disliked
September 12, 2014
7 p.m. | $15 | All Ages
More info:

Bossanova Ballroom
722 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-7630

The Skatalites are a Jamaican music group that played a major role in popularising ska, the first truly Jamaican music created by fusing boogie-woogie blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, and African rhythms. They recorded many of their best known songs, including Guns of Navarone, in the period between 1964 and 1965, as well as played on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists.

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67 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): The Skatalites @ Bossanova Ballroom | Jamaican, Ska, Boogie-woogie Blues, Jazz, w/ World’s Finest, The Sentiments + The Disliked

  1. Shylo August 20, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I would absolutely love to go to this! I’ve been dying to go to blues show since I moved here last year. It would make a great date night! Please pick me!

  2. Stork Schlemiel August 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    I love The Skatalites! And I love The Sentiments too! Please pick me so I can get a good, up-close look at all four of these bands! – S.

  3. David August 20, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    We would love to go to this – sounds like so much fun! I love this kind of music, and we would be the couple up front dancing. Please pick us!!!

  4. Boyd Littell August 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    I have been trying to see The Skatalites for 18 freakin years! First in ’96 where I walked up on their last note because they were unexpectedly playing 2nd at Reggae Fest at Red Rocks, then again 2 years ago when I got flat tire on my way to see them in OKC. I would really like to see them before their only remaining original member, Lester Sterling, passes on.

  5. Eric W August 21, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    I saw these dudes in Germany five years ago and man those old guys have energy. I need to see them again to make sure they get better with age.

  6. Matthew August 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Let’s skank it up!!

  7. Miyuki August 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    I would love to see them here in Portland!

  8. Yaz August 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Reggae Friday all the way!!!

  9. Dave G. August 22, 2014 at 1:00 am #

    Ole school reggae! For an old man like me!

  10. Sophie August 22, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    Sure to be a good time!

  11. Brendan White August 22, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Let me win this – I am worthy!!!

  12. sara August 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Rude girl wants those tickets!!! :) ska ska ska!!!

  13. Linda S August 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    The would be fun

  14. Leonard August 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    love skatellites

  15. Violette August 25, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    Love ska and would love to go to this show!

  16. Dalton August 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    I would love to go to this show. I grew up listening to these guys.

  17. lorea August 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    I have reggae stored up and needing to get danced out of my body. =)

  18. John August 27, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I love this band. Last time I saw them I accidentally knocked down little Dorrien Schaeffer when we bumped into each other in the middle of the dance floor after their encore. I’ve never felt so embarrassed.

  19. Lisa August 27, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Ready to leave the stress of moving from Hawaii to Portland in the past and begin to make some happy memories, let down my hair and relax!

  20. dommer August 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm #


  21. Cory August 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I wanna get SKAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaed

  22. Electra Langley August 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Wowsers….I want to win!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Alicia August 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    The Skatalites are SkAmazing!!!

  24. Tom P August 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    those guys are good

  25. Karla August 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    I love ska music and would love to take my husband to this show to celebrate his birthday. The Skatalites are so much fun and we’ve never seen them live. Thanks for this opportunity!

  26. Scott August 29, 2014 at 2:28 am #

    Sounds like fun.

  27. Shayler August 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm #


  28. Lani August 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    I want to skank all night long!!!

  29. Michael August 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm #

    The Skatalites truly are a wonder of the musical world. How have they stayed around for 50 years? It’s pure love. I love this band. They are my favorite of all time and I will dance the night away while humming along with all the tubes I know!

  30. LaceyN August 31, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Soooo much fun!

  31. corinna September 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I love those guys <3

  32. Ali September 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I would absolutely love to take my boyfriend to this! Our song is “you and me” by Soja and we love Reggae and Ska. (I haven’t Skanked in years ) Our two year anniversary is on Sept. 6 and this would be a great way to celebrate it.

  33. Sarah B September 3, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    I would be super super excited to go this! I’ve been a huge ska fan for over 10 years :)

  34. Bryan September 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    The Skatalites are a big musical influence on me. I can’t wait to finally see them live!

  35. Stephanie September 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Would love to see these guys live!

  36. Tasha M Brain September 4, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    This is going to be a great show…with or without free tickets! ;-)

  37. Rachel Stokes September 4, 2014 at 5:53 pm #


  38. Z September 5, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I haven’t skanked since the 90’s!

  39. Karin September 5, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Jamaican, Boogie-woogie Blues, Jazz!! What’s NOT to love. A musical goody all wrapped up and ready to rock.

    Do I want to go?? Yes, Yes and YES! Would I like free tickets? Hellloooooo, note the frantically waving hand in the distance? That would be me!

    Note, single mom of teenager needs to Dance. Sanity requires this perfect night!

  40. Siona September 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    I’ve gotta teach all the girls how to actually move their hips. Being that I’m probably the only person of Jamaican decent within 50 miles. I feel some need to “represent”. Plus getting out of the house will help me to not kill my roommate… all Jah people say Wha gwaannn

  41. Stephanie September 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Yes, me please.

  42. Noah Herlocker September 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Long time fan; have never seen the Skatllites. Would love to take my wife for a very rare, super important date!

  43. Ryananan September 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Bands that fuse genres just right are definitely too good to miss.

  44. david September 8, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    not often one gets to bear witness to living history. this is one of those moments.

  45. Tom September 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm #


  46. Joel September 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    We’ll might I say that the Skatalites are the founding fathers of what we call Ska, as well as Rocksteady and Roots Rock Reggae. That being said, I would love to win tickets for this event, not only because it is a day after my birthday, but also because it would be a joy to skank it with such a legendary band of musicians.

  47. Erin September 10, 2014 at 12:59 am #

    My girlfriend says she wants to skank all night long… Who am I to stop her.. I would rather join her!

  48. Rick September 10, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    HEY NOW! send me. I’ll represent the pipeline!

  49. Erin September 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Need to see your show and dance my ass off!!!! I want to win to dance dance dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ska!

  50. BettyJean September 11, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Can’t afford to play after triple threat car repair this summer for a bill of $1200. Help me enjoy a night out.

  51. Emily O'Hara September 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Get this: I was walking to work on Monday and saw a poster for The Skatalites in the Bossanova Ballroom’s window. Instantly recognizing the band’s name, I rushed to e-mail my old co-worker in Connecticut (I just moved to Portland a couple of months ago…I know, I know..) who would always rave about a ska band, so I wanted to make sure it was the same group. Turns out, it was! (Wait, it gets better); he saw them perform a few times over the years because his freshman year roommate’s dad played keys for them for 20 years! Apparently they were great every time and my friend has insisted that I should AB-SO-LUTE-LY go hear their music, especially for the big horn section. (Side-note: my dad plays electric and pedal steel guitar in a blues band, so I’ve grown up around music as being therapy and would basically LOVE to attend). *fingers crossed* Good luck everyone!

  52. Dana September 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Husband and wife on a budget;
    Ska shows make us wanna say “fudge it.”
    We’d love to go to the Skatalites show,
    And if we don’t win – we’ll begrudge it.

  53. Aaron September 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Put me into Ska orbit!

  54. Kyle Stasse September 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Would love to see the Skatalites!

  55. David September 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Ska Ska Ska!

  56. rue September 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm #

    I was introduced to this band by an ex, and would love to make my own memories about the Skatalites, great band.

  57. eliz September 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I’ve been a fan for 30 yrs!
    I want to bring my son whose gift is his trumpet. I want to show him great horn & real music Jump around on a Fri nite!! SKA!

  58. beth September 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Skavis my fave! Pick me [email protected]

  59. Buster September 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Their first big hit was in 1963…so these dudes are the first wave of SKA. I have seen them twice but my partner would love to see them before too many more of them die.

  60. Scott W September 12, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    Above all, all of the above. LOVE The Disliked & The Skatalites

  61. lyzz September 12, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    My X played ska. I’m still in love with the music!
    All I want to do is S-K-A!!!!
    I’m really hoping Ill win tix.

  62. Dalton September 12, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Sign me up!

  63. Eder Ruiz September 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    I’ve tried countless times to win stuff and have yet to succeed but this would be awesome to attend. I love the Skatalites!

  64. Ashley September 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    I’d love to win these tickets. It’d be such a fun night!

  65. Bethany September 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Because not only do I love this group, but I never win anything!

  66. gary September 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

    love these guys

  67. jaime lee September 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    hi! hoping there is still time! my husband and i just got married and would love to spend our honeymoon grooin wit da satalittttes woo!

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