Ska Tour To Fight Racism

Benefit concerts aim to raise awareness about the problem and what can be done about it.

New ska sensations Less Than Jake will team up with old-school stalwarts

the Toasters for an upcoming benefit tour that aims to shed light on the

problem of racism in America.

"The manifesto of the Ska Against Racism Tour is to raise

awareness about racism today," said spokeswoman Ilka Pardinas of Fly Public


Joining Less Than Jake and the Toasters will be a bevy of other popular ska acts, including Mustard Plug, the Blue Meanies, MU330, Five Iron Frenzy, Kemuri and Mike "Bruce Lee" Park.

Ska ART aligns the current ska movement with the message of unity that pervaded the original "Two-Tone" ska scene, which arose in Britain in the late 1970s, Pardinas said. "The first thing that needs to be done is to open a discussion," she said.

Although the itinerary for Ska ART is still being shored up, the outing is slated to launch April 1 on the West Coast. No dates or venues have been scheduled as yet. Beneficiary organizations are also being finalized.

Among those organizations being considered are the Museum of Tolerance, Artists

for a Hate-Free America and the National Association for the Advancement of

Colored People (NAACP). [Mon., Jan. 19, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]