Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra
Smoke and Mirrors Sound System
Smoke and Mirrors Sound System came about as a response to the Covid Lockdown. John Roy (Unsteady/ English Beat) was stuck in his closed music rental shop with no prospect of a show.
He took scraps of ideas he’d sequenced and with the idle hours, he began forming songs. John reached out to dozens of musicians he’d met touring over the decades and came up with multiple albums’ worth of material, including his favorite covers from his youth.
Songs are reimagined as reggae/ska/rocksteady/dub to give them a toe-tapping, head-bobbing groove. Immediately after live music was allowed to reemerge, John gathered together his favorite players in San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles touring the imaginary to life!
Check out a set, packed with classics and originals to fill the dance floor.