Reggae & Dub legend Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Subatomic Sound System returns to Toronto's Danforth Music Hall after last year’s incredible sold out show!
Embrace in conjunction with NuFunk Concerts and CIUT 89.5fm presents
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System
with DJ Chocolate
and special guests The Toronto Dub All-Stars featuring members of Satallites, House of David Gang & The Dream Band.
Sunday, May 14th 2017
The Danforth Music Hall – 147 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Doors 7:00 PM
Tickets available via Rotate this, Soundscapes & Ticketmaster.ca
Online Ticket link: http://bit.ly/2p6m90a
Facebook Page: http://bit.ly/2q7ui68
Lee & Subatomic Sound System in Toronto last year, Photo credit: Photosynthesis Studio
Producer, mixer and Grammy-winning reggae dub artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been overturning tradition and confounding conventional wisdom for more than five decades. In the process, the widely acknowledged father of dub reggae became arguably the first creatively driven “artist-producer” in modern recorded music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Perry on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee Perry began in the music business in the 1950’s and by the 1960’s became known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character. His first single “People Funny Boy” in 1968 was notable for its innovative use of sampling as well as a fast, chugging beat that would soon become identifiable as “reggae”. Concurrent with his own releases with the Upsetters, Perry produced numerous reggae artists at his Black Ark studio, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Heptones, and Max Romeo.
For over six years in the USA, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch’s go to band for bringing his Black Ark Studio sound live to the stage, a unique hybrid configuration that brings together a handful of live musicians like veteran Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald with computers and live dub mixing of classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch hears from outer space. Lee “Scratch” Perry, now into his sixth decade as a pop-music provocateur, has few peers when it comes to fresh ideas and their implementation. He remains one of the world’s most imaginative sonic architects.
Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System’s new release “Black Ark Vampires” http://bit.ly/BAVss
Toronto Dub All-Stars
ft. members of Sattalites, Dream Band, House of David Gang & special guests.
A group specifically formed for this show, the Toronto Dub All-Stars features a mix of Toronto’s top reggae and dub musicians. The core band includes Sunray Grennan, vocalist/drummer Top Canadian Reggae Drummer, son of Winston Grennan (Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Bob Marley) inventor of the One-Drop, Rah Lion, lead vocalist (Dream Band), Fergus Hambleton, guitar/vocalist (Sattalites) Sam Weller, keyboards (Sattalites, House of David Gang), Bruce McGillivray, Bass (Sattalites), Jay Cleary, Guitar (House of David Gang) and special guest Papa Levy (nephew of Barrington Levy).
DJ Chocolate, also known in legal circles as Lauren Speers, has been one of Toronto’s busiest reggae club, radio, concert and festival DJs for over 20 years, appearing alongside the likes of Beres Hammond, Gregory Isaacs, Damian and Stephen Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Luciano, and as a jungle and dub music aficionado, with recording artists like Congo Natty and the Mad Professor. She is a fiery red-dreadlocked trailblazer who started Toronto’s premier urban and electronic vinyl mastering studio The Scratch Free Press in the late 1990s and ran the record-pressing plant Acme Vinyl Corporation, all while working towards her Master’s degree and teaching English, computers and music business classes at a local college.
Chocolate has been instrumental behind the scenes since 1994 in a multi-media capacity as well as on the decks. She has worked on music-based documentaries for the CBC, she has been hosting her popular local radio program Rebel Music since the 1990s, assisting in the founding/implementation of several yearly music festivals and eventually obtained a juris doctorate in law and became a lawyer, assisting many musical entities to make their dreams realities in countless ways. Her djing residencies include the renowned 10-year strong monthly Gathering at Thymeless (which she founded) and the popular live dub music monthly Bredren at the Painted Lady. Whether it’s in court, behind the wheels of steel at least once or twice a week making people dance with the unique blend of joyous conscious reggae goodness for which she is known, this tireless music mama is a dedicated team-player fully committed to spreading a message of positivity and good vibes…