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The Israelites are an institution in the world of ska music. The band was founded more than 20 years ago in Los Angeles, California, and has spent years at the forefront of the U.S. and Southern California ska scene. The Israelites have toured all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and have performed countless concerts with the greatest names in ska and reggae music such as, The Skatalites, Lord Tanamo, Derrick Morgan, Justin Hinds, Hepcat, The English Beat, & Bad Manners, just to name a few.

In the Christian industry The Israelites have performed such events as, Cornerstone Festival (Bushnell, Illinois,) Tom Festival (Skamania, Washington,) Life Fest (Oshkosh, Wisconsin,) Somebody Loves You Crusade, Miles Mcphearson Crusade, & literally hundreds of churches and camps for Calvary Chapel and Victory Outreach. They have been support acts for bands such as, P.O.D, M.C. Hammer, The Kry, Christafari, Plankeye, and others.

Having relocated to Oregon in 2007, band founder Rich Carlstedt sought out new members to continue The Israelites. The newest lineup continues to be the best it can be, playing authentic Jamaican ska and reggae to fans of every age. Will this band ever stop? Not likely. We’re here to boom shakalaka your soul with authentic sounds that will blow your mind!


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