Reno-based band Keyser Soze returns to Nevada City Friday. Keyser Soze brings its original ska/rocksteady sound with strong jazz and soul influences to Cooper’s Ale Works. Last time the band came to town in October it kept the dance floor packed and moving all night. Starting at 9 p.m., DJ Grizz and Selector J return with an arsenal of vinyl, spinning top reggae tunes to warm the place up before the band takes the stage.
The seven-piece ensemble was originally formed by Jammal Tarkington and Rodney Teague. With the success of its first two releases, “Who is Keyser Soze?” and “Revenge,” the band has made a strong presence for itself, touring regularly throughout the West Coast. The group’s sound has placed it in the position to share the stage with some of the best drawing headliners, including Michael Franti, The Wailers, Ozomatli, The English Beat, Toots & the Maytals, Steel Pulse, The Skatalites and Burning Spear.
In 2011, Keyser Soze released its latest recording, “But Not For You.” The album features several striking vocal performances delivered by Tarkington and Teague. The single, “Next To Me,” has received significant air play on college radio stations and reggae radio shows across the nation. The band is currently recording a new album to be released by early 2013. In the meantime, Keyser Soze will continue to bring its style and infectious live performances to summer festivals, scooter rallies, ska-fests and professional venues across the globe, including Coopers.