The tagline says it all: “From the reggae roots of dub to future bass music.” From September 20-24, the Dub Champions Festival is going down in New York City. There’s a lot going on and Pigeons & Planes will be helping to spread the word. We’ll also be passing out P&P shirts at the shows, so come, enjoy the music, and get some gear. Check out the full schedule below, and for more info and a discount on tickets, head over to the official website.
Sept 20 / @ Happy Ending / Downtown Top Ranking, Dubwise
This is free event, the festival warm up, at a NYC institution: Deadly Dragon Sound’s weekly rub-a-dub party, right around the corner from the Deadly Dragon record shop: all vinyl selectors (aka DJs) with DJs (aka MCs) rocking the mic, preserving the Jamaican sound system culture from which dub originally evolved. Always expect surprise guests. Vibes come correct.
Sept 21 / @ BB Kings / “Scientist & Roots Radics Radics Rid NY of the Curse of the Evil Vampires”
The first ever live performance of their world famous dub album + special guests including reggae vocal legend Johnny Osbourne 31 years since recording, you can still hear how the hard driving riddims & production is the blueprint for today’s massively popular dubstep genre. One of Jamaica’s greatest producers & bands, this album was famously used in Grand Theft Auto III video game as the audio on the car radio.
Sept 22 / @ Dubspot Music School / Clive Chin Workshop & Augustus Pablo Dub Tribute
Daytime education session w/ famed Randy’s Studio dub producer & guests. Clive Chin produced Augustus Pablo’s first track “Java” & one of the first dub albums. Modern day dub demonstration on Ableton Live by Dubspot instructor DJ Kiva.
Sept 23 / @ Williamsburg Hall of Music / Lee “Scratch” Perry w/ Subatomic Sound System: From Dub To Dubstep
Whether you consider him genius or madman, 76 yr old Grammy winning, dub reggae inventor is one of the most dynamic characters in music history. Considered by many as the creator of both reggae and dub, he was a mentor to Bob Marley, co-writing and recording some of his greatest work. Check his original recordings of Bob Marley’s “Sun is Shining” or “Kaya” as an example. Even now he continues to push boundaries, recently touring the US backed by electronic based dubstep crew Subatomic Sound System. Lee Perry: From Dub to Dubstep mini documentary
Sept 24/ @ Cielo / “Kode9 & Appleblim: Dubstep originators, Hyperdub to Deep Space”
Two of UK’s dubstep pioneers and most aggressive innovators, now pushing the sound of dub and bass beyond genre definition, meet dubby house legend Francois K at his Deep Space party on one of NYC’s best sound systems. Kode9 founded th eHyperdub label, home of the chart topping dubstep album by Burial.