Stephen Marley, Spragga Benz in a “Rub A Dub” style

Stephen Marley

Artists to perform at Spring Break Roots Dub Fest

Reggae stars Stephen Marley, Spragga Benz, Dezarie and more go Rub a Dub style this Sunday, March 27 for the Spring Break Roots Dub Fest, starting 6 p.m.at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale.

Celebrating the classic and internally influential genre, the event offers odes to dub music from the hottest contemporary stars. Doors open at 6 p.m. with performances from Dezarie, Then Ron Benjamin of the Midnite Band, hailing from the US Virgin Islands, will hit the stage at 8pm for a deep roots dub performance, along with a performance from South Florida’s own Mixed Culture band. The evening will be complimented with selections from popular Reggae Revival DJ Yaadcore from Jamaica, alongside the Mighty Jah Stream with Israel and Ragga, Agony Muzik with Chrys Lee, Supreme Sound with DJ Nkosi from St Lucia and Lalibela Muzik with Empress Yvette and Humble Lion.

The night honors the unique genre that emerged from reggae in the 1960s, pioneered by iconic Jamaican producers such as King Tubby, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Errol Thompson. These producers, especially King Tubby’s and Lee “Scratch” Perry, looked on the mixing console as an instrument, and manipulated tracks to come up with innovative rhythms and unique soundscapes. Dub has influenced many genres of music, including rock, pop, hip hop, disco, and later on house, techno, ambient, electronic dance music, and trip hop. Dub has also become a basis for the genres of jungle/drum and bass and dubstep. However, traditional dub has survived, and some of the originators, such as Lee “Scratch” Perry and Mad Professor, continue to produce new material, and traditional dub sessions are now the norm once again.

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