Have ska will travel could be a working motto for a lot of bands these days, but not Bedouin Soundclash. Sure, the Canadian dub-ska trio has managed to land slots on tours with Warped, Ben Harper and, most recently, No Doubt. But, unlike so many latter-day ska groups, Bedouin Soundclash puts its music where its mouth is -- which is to say the band lays down thick ska grooves and textures that are as fresh as they are convincing. The band -- which for the most part consists of guitar, bass, and drums and often features special guests including seasoned reggae singer Vernon Buckley of the Maytones -- executes with the formidable and precision of veterans in just about every department. Grooves, tones, songs, etc. all come together to cast a kind of musical spell over the given venue where the band sets up shop for the night. And they make it look easy. And genuine. With Root Beer. All ages.
Tue., July 21, 8 p.m., 2009