The launch party of Band on the Wall’s new monthly ska night brings you the very best in classic two tone, reggae, ska, soul, funk and rhythm and blues. Featuring a full-length concert by the night’s house band and Manchester’s very own answer to Madness – the one and only Baked A La Ska! Followed by DJs Coops (Revolver) and Martin The Mod (Ska Box) at the helms until 3am.
Baked A La Ska
“Utterly bonkers but irresistible” Manchester Evening News
“Absolutely brilliant” Musicians Magazine
The regular house band for Shake ‘n Bake are Baked A La Ska – the heavy heavy sound of Manchester ska: an 11-piece band of assembled oddballs and pranksters brought together by keyboardist and wizard, Mr John Ellis.
Baked A La Ska are fronted by an unholy trio of singers: Mr Frank “the Skank” (smooth Sinatra/punk vocals), Tommy Robot (cyborg sounds) and the deep tones of Country Ranks (MC). Their madness is combined with the soft lilt and harmonica magic of Robin Sunflower (vegan). Baked A La Ska also feature one of the tightest rhythm sections in Manchester with the “chops to make you drop“.
Previously selling out at Band on the Wall with their now legendary Christmas Show, their performances have taken audiences and clubs across the region by storm inspiring late night parties and frenzied dancefloor action. Followed by Manchester’s finest
The Skatalites, Tommy McCook, Prince Buster, Blue Beat, Desmond Dekkar, The Ethiopians, Laurel Aitken, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Larry & Alvin, Dandy Livingstone, The Upsetters, the Mohawks, Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers, The Specials, the Beat, Jimmy Cliff, Dave & Ansell Collins, Coxsone, Studio 1, Treasure Isle,Top Deck, Trojan ’69, Curtis Mayfield, Edwin Starr, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino,Robert Parker, Otis Redding, Jonnie Taylor, Arthur Conley, Alvin Cash, BB King, Elmore James, Slim Harpo, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Lavern Baker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Etta James, Rufus Thomas, Joe Tex, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, The Coasters & many more!
The launch party will begin at 9pm but our Picturehouse Cafe Bar will be open early for good times.