Thursday, October 16, 2008

'The Up Beat' Documentary Launch Party

THE UP BEAT will be released as a 2 Disc DVD & Soundtrack on November 1st at the
STRETCH ARMSTRONG & MY MAN FRIDAY REUNION SHOW. Featured in THE UP BEAT, Stretch Armstrong and My Man Friday played an influential role in the Utah ska craze throughout the 90's and will be returning to the stage for one night only.

with 2-1/2 White Guys and Arrogant
Saturday, November 1st
UVU Ballroom
800 West University Parkway
Orem, Utah
Doors 7:00PM
Admission $10
Click here ( to see the awesome show poster created by Mike South of Stretch Armstrong.

THE UP BEAT will also be available for purchase online November 1st at
801 UNDERGROUND, a monthly podcast that promotes independent art, film and music in Utah, has featured THE UP BEAT in it's first episode. Go here ( to hear the podcast, and be sure to subscribe through itunes to catch their future episodes.
Before THE UP BEAT premiered in Utah County, it received two great reviews:
"The Up Beat" is a fond valentine to the vanished, or at least critically endangered, sonic habitat across Utah where ska, the fusion of Caribbean sound with American jazz and R&B that originated in Eisenhower-era Jamaica, formerly flourished. The locals interviewed for the film suggest that, taking into account differences in market size, ska had a more vibrant, diverse presence in Utah than anywhere else in America."Go here ( to read the entire review by Cody Clark of the Daily Herald."The film really finds its voice when the focus turns to Utah's own ska scene, when bands like Swim Herschel Swim, Stretch Armstrong and My Man Friday played to overflow crowds, and national acts—including a pre-breakout No Doubt and legends like the Skatalites—made sure to stop in Utah County. Local musicians and radio personalities provide their reminiscences about acts from Logan to St. George, supported by archival concert footage."Go here ( to read the entire review by Scott Renshaw of the Salt Lake City Weekly.
The Up Beat

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