The Skatalites

DSP Shows

The Skatalites

Viva Mayhem

Sat · April 7, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Haunt

Ithaca, NY

$25.00 at the door

Tickets at the Door

NOTE: Doors open at 8:00 pm and the show will start at 9:00 pm

The Skatalites
The Skatalites
The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was so hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up outside the venue, they decided to just charge admission and let everybody in! They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come together after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions. These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and “The Wailing Wailers” featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat slowed down into rocksteady, and then reggae. This wildfire spread unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches, including lovers rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-punk,, and others. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.

Since reforming after an almost 20 year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than 50 years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can. The road has been long and hard, and sadly, seen most of the original members pass on. Often asked “when will you stop?” and “how do you keep doing it after all these years?”, the answer is simple: never – It’s the love of the music and the way our fans respond that keep us going Forward!

Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny”Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.
Viva Mayhem
Viva Mayhem
High-octane and infectious, ¡Viva Mayhem! invites you to dance, sing, and wear your heart on your sleeve. An eight-piece post-wave ska band out of Ithaca, NY, ¡VM! has a stellar female lead, a rockin' rhythm section and a tight hornline. Together, their sound is raw, original, and true.

"Whoever said ska was dead has certainly not listened to this band. ¡Viva Ska! ¡Viva Mayhem!" -

¡Viva Mayhem! has come a long way since its 2013 debut as Mayhem Attack Squad. This post-wave ska band out of Ithaca, NY has seen a constant flux of band members, but the current line-up has been in place since September of 2017. ¡VM! sports a stellar female vocalist, a rockin' rhythm section and a tight hornline.

This band is a close-knit group with many songwriters. Their high-energy song catalog touches on every corner of the ska genre. If you like Reel Big Fish, Save Ferris, or Voodoo Glow Skulls, you are guaranteed to love ¡Viva Mayhem! High-octane and infectious, ¡Viva Mayhem! invites you to move, sing, and wear your heart on your sleeve.

Their "Fool On Fire" EP (released in March 2017) features five of their original songs, each with a different flavor to it. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland, the five tracks were recorded live in-studio. Wanting to avoid excessive studio editing, these tracks have touches of roughness, and are a true representation of what this band sounds like live.

September of 2017 saw ¡VM! in the studio again, but this time at SubCat Studios in Syracuse. Guided by Ron Keck at the boards, the band recorded another five songs. The EP release is set for February 10, 2018 and the band will be throwing a party that night at Casita del Polaris (more details will be posted on the facebook page.)

In November of 2017, ¡Viva Mayhem! recorded a new single "Just One More" at Studio Zoot with Alex Caminiti. This catchy track features the band with their current member line-up and will soon be released as a bonus track with the band’s upcoming EP.

¡Viva Mayhem! has mostly performed in and around the Ithaca area, but they will soon be playing all over New York State and beyond to spread their happy vibes.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850