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The Skatalites recently playing the Blue Note in Tokyo.
The Skatalites recently playing the Blue Note in Tokyo.

July 2
The Skatalites @ Stephen Talkhouse
61 Main St. 8 p.m. $40, $20. 631-267-3117
Ground zero for ska and Jamaican music in general, The Skatalites have been wielding its brand of bouncy rocksteady since 1963. And while reedman Lester Sterling is the band’s last remaining founding member still in the group, this mostly-instrumental outfit has continued on carrying on the legacy of this singular genre. And while times in the studio haven’t been as frequent, the Skatalites did manage to bang out Walk With Me, which was released in 2012.

Black Oak Arkansas
Black Oak Arkansas

 July 2
Bay Shore
Black Oak Arkansas @ the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 W. Main St. 8 p.m. $25, $20. 631-969-1101
Black Oak Arkansas has had quite the storied career dating back to 1963, when the band came together in high school under the name The Knowbody Else. Not only did frontman James “Jim Dandy” Mangrum’s style go on to influence the likes of David Lee Roth, but BOA covered LaVern Baker’s “Jim Dandy” (at the personal suggestion of Elvis Presley) and played 1974’s California Jam alongside Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Deep Purple and Rare Earth. Last year, the band returned to Atco/Atlantic and released Back Thar N’ Over Yonder, which reunited four of the band’s original members, contained 10 previously unreleased 1970s cuts produced by the late, great Tom Dowd and is the reason the band is currently on the road.


July 3
The Go-Go’s @ The Paramount
370 New York Ave. 8 p.m. $91.75, $86.75, $81.75, $65, $60. 631-673-7300
Even though there was a time when the band’s 2010 jaunt was supposed to be a farewell tour, the Go-Go’s have since abandoned that notion. The group has also gone from five to four as founding member/bassist Kathy Valentine departed last year amidst a lawsuit over alleged royalties/profits owed. As has been the case with many other bands, the idea of adding another member to split profits evenly has gone the way of the dodo and as such, Abby Travis has been tapped to replace Valentine but in the role of being an adjunct member. With Laura Stevenson.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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