In 2013, the band had a successful tour that included the main stage at Coachella Music Festival, a packed venue in New York City and an explosive finale in Mexico. This year TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA commemorates their 25th anniversary year with an album release, national tour and an overseas tour!
As part of their overseas tour, they have announced 5 shows, kicking it off with 3 cities in the U.S, that includes Los Angeles and New York City. The band will then descend to South America, where their popularity is heating up, with shows in Costa Rica and Mexico!
Oct.09. 2014 (Thurs) The Observatory in CA
Venue: The Observatory (3503 South Harbor Boulevard Santa Ana, CA 92704 )
Oct.11. 2014 (Sat) Supersonico Festival in CA
Venue: Shrine Expo Hall and Grounds, Los Angeles, CA
Oct.14. 2014 (Tues) Irving Plaza in NY
Venue: Irving Plaza (17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003)
Oct.16. 2014 (Thurs) CLUB VERTIGO in Costa Rica
Venue: CLUB VERTIGO (Edificio Centro Colón, Paseo Colón – Planta Principal, San José, Costa Rica)
Oct.17. 2014 (Fri) Pepsi Center in Mexico
Venue: Pepsi Center WTC (Dakota,03810,Mexico City, Mexico)
Back in the late 1980s, a group of musicians rose from the Tokyo street/club scene, and called themselves, “Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra.” It was not long after that their overwhelming live performances attracted significant attention from Tokyo audiences, and their first independent release, the vinyl only “TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA” with its now-famous yellow jacket, was released in 1989.
The following year, they made their major debut with the single, “MONSTER ROCK,” followed by the album, “Sukapara Tojo.” Ever since, the band’s popularity has grown exponentially with fans and fellow musicians alike, having earned credibility and the reputation for their one and only Tokyo-flavored ska music, which puts a playful and diverse spin on traditional ska tunes.
In 1991, a mere year after their major debut, they performed a sold-out show to over 10,000 people at the legendary Nippon Budokan. That was the perfect kick-off for what would become an illustrious musical journey where they’ve gone on to perform all around Japan and in over 26 countries. Their profile increased even further with the 2002 album, “Stompin’ On DOWN BEAT ALLEY,” which sold half a million copies in Japan and topped all the local charts. Ever since 2000, they not only began touring internationally but also became an icon at various world-famous festivals such as; Glastonbury, Eurockeennes, Bonnaroo, and were the first Japanese acts to perform on the main stages of Coachella and Vive Latino in recent years.
2014 sees the band celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special nationwide tour and their 19th studio album, “SKA ME FOREVER”, marking a significant milestone for this iconic, yet ever-evolving band that continues to challenge and surprise audiences with their music.