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Published on April 10, 2017 8:49PM

Jaskamon, from left, Snail Caldwell, Pam Prosise, Barry Klusman, Rodney Turner and Louis Butts

Jaskamon, from left, Snail Caldwell, Pam Prosise, Barry Klusman, Rodney Turner and Louis Butts

Tickets are now on sale for an Earth Day concert from Oregon Coast reggae pop dance band JaSkaMon, taking place on Saturday, April 22, at the Side Door Café/Eden Hall in Gleneden Beach.

Entitled “Reggae The Earth,” special live show is billed as the chance to dance, enjoy good vibes and give Mother Earth a hug.

“She needs more love than ever right now,” band leader Barry Klusman said, adding: “JaSkaMon is creating a terrific show featuring Earth-friendly tunes and pop songs from its four CDs set to danceable Caribbean beats including ‘Solar Bob,’ ‘All The People,’ ‘The Future of Life’ and ‘Save Your Land.’ The band is also excited to debut its new song ‘Footprints in the Stone,’ which asks the question ‘Will humans be the next dinosaurs?’”

JaSkaMon, which translates from Jamaican patois as “spirit, music and humanity,” has a core of five musicians including Klusman on vocals and guitar, Rodney Turner on drums, horn and keyboard section Snail Caldwell and Pam Prosise, and bassist Louis Butts.

The group has produced four albums since its inception in March of 2013; “Sword & Plow,” “All The People,” “432” and its 2016 release “Spirit, Music, Humanity.” A fifth album is scheduled for release this summer. During the show, JaSkaMon will perform three or four tunes from recent recording sessions which break new ground for the band, including a ‘techno-ska’ version of “All Along the Watchtower.”

For this special Earth Day concert, the group will also welcome guest musicians to the stage expanding its rhythm section with congas and keyboards.

“JaSkaMon welcomes fans old and new to join the fun at this island-theme music party at the Side Door Cafe and Eden Hall,” Klusman said. “You’ll enjoy JaSkaMon’s unique blend of hook-laden tunes, tight harmony singing, strong percussion and infectious horn lines.”

Doors for the April 22 concert will open at 7 pm, with showtime at 7:45 pm. The 21-and-over event will feature a no-host bar and limited food menu including appetizers available for purchase.

Tickets, $10, are available at the Side Door Café, by calling 541-764-3825 or emailing info@sidedoorcafe.com.

The Side Door Café/Eden Hall is located at 6675 Gleneden Beach Loop.

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