Composed of seven talented musicians, The Dendrites have become Denver’s most prominent ska act. The Dendrites create tightly performed, multi-layered music that harkens back to the golden days of 1960s Jamaican ska, while introducing more modern influences. The group initially formed twenty years ago, and have since built a solid following and dependable reputation. Their sound is classic yet progressive, powerful but without sacrificing fun.
The Dendrites’ most recent release, 2020’s “Lunchin’ with the Dendrites” provides a fresh take on the classic ska sound, incorporating elements of Jazz, Latin,and Funk into a dynamic new sound. ‘Damn Right’ 2017 served as a follow-up to the group’s self-released 2013 EP, ‘Fly Casual’. The group has also released two other full-length albums– a 2011 self-titled collection of live and studio recordings, and Mountain Standard Time, released in 2009 through Megalith Records.
They have opened up for acts such as Ozomatli, The Slackers, The Aggrolites, Fishbone, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, The Skatalites and a slew of other legendary groups. In 2018, they were voted Denver’s Best Ska band by readers of Westword Magazine. They were also one of five local acts to play Riot Fest Denver. The band continues to play their slick yet lively version of traditional ska. They remain one of the leaders of a growing new generation of American ska.