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So long, Ska Weekend … at Steve Wildsmith

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So long, Ska Weekend …

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I haven’t seen this announced anywhere else, so if it has been, my apologies for the duplication.

In putting together various entertainment dates and festivals, I got to wondering about Ska Weekend, the annual festival that — for six years running — was a fantastic fund-raiser for Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as the preeminent ska festival in the nation. Organized by local musician Ben Altom (formerly of Perfect Orange) it featured ska bands from across the United States, most notably (at least to me) Voodoo Glow Skulls, a band I interviewed a couple of years ago. It’s taken place at various East Tennessee locations, including throughout the Old City and at World’s Fair Park.

Unfortunately, Ben announced back in February on the festival’s Myspace site that it won’t be back this year. Read the blog post here. It’s a bummer, to be sure. Best of luck to Ben in his future endeavors.

Written by wildsmith

April 28th, 2009 at 2:46 pm