Composed of nine talented local musicians, The Dendrites have become Denver’s most prominent instrumental 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 over ten 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, 2017’s full-length ‘Damn Right’, provides a fresh take on the classic ska sound, incorporating elements of Jazz, Latin,and Funk into a dynamic new sound. 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, The Skatalites and a slew of other legendary groups. In 2014, they were voted Denver’s Best Reggae band by readers of Westword Magazine. They were also one of five local acts to play Riot Fest Denver, a multi-city touring festival. 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.