Lee "Scratch" Perry + Subatomic Sound System

Event has passed (Thu Oct 18, 2018 - Thu Oct 18, 2018)
The Chapel
doors at 8pm, show at 9pm


(((folkYEAH!))) Presents - "Blackboard Jungle Dub" 45th anniversary tour
Lee "Scratch" Perry + Subatomic Sound System
DJ Sep (Dub Mission)

THU · OCTOBER 18, 2018

Everyone knows musicians are eccentric folk, but with some musical geniuses the line between brilliant and unhinged is so thin their stories become legend. Lee "Scratch" Perry is just an artist. With 54 studio albums under his belt, the Grammy-winning Perry got his start in Jamaica's mythical Studio One factory, later forming his own Upsetter label in 1968. In between a slew of hits with his band The Upsetters, he produced many of Mt. Zion's permanent residents: Bob Marley, Max Romeo, the Congos and more. Of course, he is also known for burning down his recording studio, on purpose, in a fit of rage. His commanding stage presence is accented with wild beads, colorful rags, toys, jewelry and burning (yes, burning) candles that adorn his body. So, in a way, his shows are like his career: the hits keep coming while the rest of humanity can only helplessly look on, dance and enjoy.

More on Lee Scratch Perry

Eccentric producer and Grammy winning reggae & dub artist "Lee “Scratch” Perry" celebrates his 80th year on earth and 40th anniversary of his landmark album "Super Ape". 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.



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