Good vi­bra­tions: Pato Ban­ton

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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.hold­myt­ — L.B.

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