Cory Eberhard plays drums with Fort Collins roots reggae band Dubskin, which plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

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Cory Eberhard plays drums with Fort Collins roots reggae band Dubskin, which plays at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

Rooted in reggae

Fort Collins' Dubskin stays true to its genre

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Fort Collins band Dubskin is not completely boxed into its roots reggae descriptor.

But it also doesn't reach far outside of the genre. The band picks up elements of dance hall and dub, with a little bit of hip-hop, instead of branching out into a mixed bag of music styles. The resulting sound is refreshingly consistent, sticking to Rastafarian roots in its message and its pace.

The band's members will bring copies of their debut record, "Love In Spite Of," with them for a gig Saturday at Mahogany Ridge, before kicking off a series of summer dates across the West.

Started by lead singer and songwriter Jamal Skinner, and drummer Cory Eberhard, Dubskin draws on some of Fort Collins' more seasoned players, bringing in musicians with backgrounds in hip-hop and electronica to round out what Eberhard described as a band making "high energy reggae music."

Eberhard spoke with 4 Points about forming the band, standing apart in the Colorado music scene and making a place for a new form of roots music.

4 Points: How did Dubskin come together?

Cory Eberhard: We kind of just handpicked musicians that we knew in Fort Collins and the surrounding area, that were good musicians who we thought would put together a lasting project and do more than just kind of jam together.

4 Points: What sets this band apart from other reggae acts playing around the state?

CE: It's kind of got a little more futuristic approach to it. There's a lot of old school reggae bands touring, but not a lot that have been created lately. And we all listen to hip-hop and other music as well, so it kind of has a unique sound, with a little more hip-hop culture and beat sound.

4 Points: Do you feel like the band fits into a niche that wasn't really filled before?

CE: We were just all fans of reggae, and there wasn't much of it in Colorado, and we just like playing together.

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