Tonight I'm headed to the Marquis Theater to catch three great local bands. The Marquis Theater will be hosting local ska, afrobeat and reggae bands, so get ready to dance and skank the night away. Fans of world music and reggae music should come check out what these bands have to offer, as all of them boast a fun and style.

The headliner tonight is the local throwback ska band The Dendrites. The Dendrites pay homage to early vintage ska, so their sound will transport the listener back in time to 1960s Jamaica. Much like their influence The Skatalites, they create their vintage ska sound with the help of a big band playing various different instruments. They play ska with a slight contemporary twist, so their sound lies somewhere between the old and the new. Check out their BandCamp page to hear some of their songs.

Joining the lineup is Denver local afrobeat group Pink Hawks. They'll be bringing that '70s Africa sound to the Marquis Theater. Afrobeat is a blend of funk, jazz, and traditional Nigerian Yoruba music. The Pink Hawks seem to strive to bring that classic authentic sound to the modern world in their epic songs. Check out their BandCamp page to hear their music.

Opening the show is the Denver based reggae band Mono Verde. This isn't your typical reggae band, however, as members of this band originate from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, and El Salvador. Their music contains classic reggae instrumentation and style with a little Latin twist, and all their vocals are sung in Spanish. Check out their Myspace page to hear their songs.

The doors open at the Marquis Theater at 8:00PM tonight. Tickets are only $8 at the door, so come on down!

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