The veteran Japanese ska and jazz band Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra will hit the road this winter with their Rui Go Tai Zen domestic club tour starting Nov. 30.
The name of the tour is a made-up “four-character idiom” comprised of Japanese kanji characters meaning “tear,” “back,” “body,” and “front.” It was taken from the lyrics of the song that member Atsushi Yanaka (sax) wrote in collaboration with Hi-Standard member Ken Yokoyama, called “Michi Naki Michi, Hankotsuno.” The neologism means to “hold your tears back and put your body forward.”
The nine-member band will also play a New Year’s Eve countdown concert in Sendai, Japan entitled Ska Para All Stars Daikanshasai. Fans can expect to ring in the New Year at a celebration that will ramp up the excitement from the band’s recent TOKYO SKA Has No Border concert-hall tour that ended in July.
And fans in Latin America and the U.S. will be jumping up and down to the ska beat in September when the band tours the region from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6 in their 2017 No Border tour. They will be returning to Mexico and Brazil where they have played annually in recent years, playing solo shows and headlining the NON STOP SKA FESTIVAL on Sept. 23 in Mexico City. They will also perform for the first time in Chile, Argentina, and Columbia, and have two shows scheduled in California Sept. 24-25.
Check out the teaser for the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s Latin American tour:
TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA
LATIN AMERICA TOUR 2017 "NO BORDER"
21.Sep Escena, Monterrey,Mexico
23.Sep “Non Stop Ska Festival” Mexico City, Mexico
24.Sep The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
25.Sep The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
28.Sep Cine Joia, Sao Pablo, Brazil
30.Sep “Skanking Bogota”Bogota, Colombia
04.Oct Chocolate, Santiago, Chile
06.Oct Palermo Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina