5th Annual Ska Weekend

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Ska music combines Calypso, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues to create a genre of music all to itself.

If you were in the Old City this afternoon you probably came across it

That's where it's fans gathered to mark a half decade of Ska Weekend's in East Tennessee.

"It's the 5th year we've been doing the show," said Ben Altom, one of the show's promoters and member of a Ska group. "This thing started back here in 2003, in a little coffee house out in Powell, with a couple of bands. Here five years later, this thing has turned into the largest Ska and Reggae band festival in the United States."

More than 2,500 people were expected at the event.

Some members of the crowd came from as far as New Jersey, Michigan, and even England.

The annual Ska Weekend is a charity event whose proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

You can learn more about the festival and Ska music by clicking on the link below.


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