New England Ska Summit: A 90-minute look into the history, unity, and future of Ska music in New England and the world.
World Premiere Screening of this groundbreaking documentary shot mostly on July 27, 2019, at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA featuring never before seen live performances, recently unearthed exclusive footage, and interviews from Bim Skala Bim, The Skatalites, The Copacetics, Riki Rocksteady, Hempsteadys, El Grande, Big D, and The Kids Table, Skavoovie, The Allstonians, Steady Earnest, Tjovi Ginen and many more. Rare cameo performances from Bad Manners, Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken, Lester Sterling, Ken Stewart, Jackie Starr, Void Union, Brunt of It, and Heather Augustyn. Directed by The Vitale Brothers and Edited by Jack Sherman the same team that brought you the highly acclaimed documentary, "Chet's Last Call: A Story of Rock & Redemption."
"I've got so many great memories of touring New England & this superb film brought back a lot of them" NICK WELSH / KING HAMMOND 2021
"Dan Vitale has produced this buoyant full-length tribute to the tight-knit ska music scene in New England....., The interview snippets with group members are as upbeat as the many danceable, horn-driven performance clips. The overriding sense is of a passionate appreciation of a scene always defined by unity, diversity, and good vibes. Definitely, a doc that will long be treasured by practitioners and fans alike." Rick Ouellette at Rockdocs
"Bim Skala Bim are one of the most important American ska bands and they deserve immense credit for helping to create and popularize a uniquely American version of ska. The New England Ska Summit film is their love letter to the New England region that gave birth to and supported them and to all the bands featured in the film that they have influenced and have influenced them along the way" Marc Wasserman - Author of "Ska Boom: An American Ska & Reggae Oral History,' musician, podcaster and blogger
"I enjoy learning and appreciating many aspects of the history of SKA! Watch this film!" - Tazy / #SkaParade
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