Good vibrations: Pato Banton
Born in 1961, Pato Banton is a British reggae singer and DJ whose long career has been marked by deepening spirituality. The Grammy nominee’s upbeat originals combine elements of roots and ska and often feature teachings from The Urantia Book. Of unknown authorship, the book originated in Chicago during the first half of the 20th century and unites unorthodox elements of Christian theology with cosmology. Banton’s most recent release, The Words of Christ, is a seven-disc collaboration that combines gospel and New Age music with the artist’s readings from The Urantia Book. Though the singer has increasingly devoted himself to religious studies in recent years, he still maintains a relentless touring schedule, and his live performances are well known for their energy. Banton performs at Skylight (139 W. San Francisco St., 505-982-0775) on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 9 p.m. Tickets, $10, for the 21-and-over show are available at the door and from www.holdmyticket.com. — L.B.