Local Reggae Bassist Cellis Dies

Cleveland music fans just learned of the sudden death on March 22 of Ed Skinner a.k.a. Cellis, a mainstay of the area’s reggae scene since the ’80s. After a brief stint in First Light in the mid-’80s, he formed his own band Satta, which spent the next decade recording and touring extensively, doing regular tours of such far-flung areas as Florida and Alaska.

Cellis’ bass playing and vocals provided both the band’s rhythmic underpinning and its distinctive voice. Former First Light frontman Carlos Jones, who now keeps Cleveland’s reggae flame burning with his P.L.U.S. Band, sends word that a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (1349 W. 78th St.), with a reception from 4-9 p.m. the same day at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Hts.).

The P.L.U.S. Band will be taking donations for Cellis’ family (and most likely offering words of tribute) at their gig this Saturday at McCarthy’s (16918 Detroit Ave., Lakewood). —Anastasia Pantsios