FOR their very first Preston show, Blackpool Ska tribute Ska Face are performing with the Godfather of Two Tone, legendary trombone player Rico Rodriguez at 53 Degrees in Preston tomorrow.
Rodriguez was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and in 1961, he moved to the UK and started to play in reggae bands there. In 1976, he recorded the album, Man From Wareika under contract with Island Records.
In the late 1970s, with the arrival of the 2 Tone genre, he played with ska revival bands such as The Specials. One of his most notable performances was on The Specials’ song, A Message to You, Rudy.
Since 1996, amongst other engagements, he currently plays with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and various festivals throughout Europe with his own band. He was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace on 12 July 2007, for services to music.
Ska Face are a 10-piece Blackpool ska band. Formed in April last year, the band have enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of pub and club land, frequently packing local venues to capacity.
Scenes at the Wyre Light in Fleetwood on their fourth live show saw fans scaling the beer garden wall in order to gain entry after the doors were shut to the public due to capacity being reached before 8.30pm.
Ska Face take their musical cues from The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter, Madness and all the usual suspects. A full four-piece brass section sets them apart from other ska acts, as does their enigmatic singer Tony Montana.
They hold the attendance record at Uncle Toms Cabin in Bispham, with 750 people turning out to one of their shows there, another landmark in their first year. Their first anniversary in April 2011 was spent performing to a sell-out crowd at Layton Institute, with Roddy Radiation of The Specials guesting on lead guitar. Most recently the band headlined the Bridge Rats Bike Rally in Yorkshire, playing to over 1,600 bikers from many clubs around the UK.
They are currently recording their debut album and have recently secured a world-wide distribution deal with Valley Digital.
It will combine their own compositions with covers of tracks by reggae legend Pluto Shervington and folk rock star Frank Turner. Festival dates planned include Camp Bestival, Kendal Calling, Beatherder and the Rebellion punk festival.