with special guest The Big Takeover
Friday, August 23, 2019
21+ $7 ADV // DOS
Dub Apocalypse is a dub reggae band from Boston, MA. The band came together in 2007, led by drummer Tommy Benedetti, one of the founding members of American Reggae Pioneers, John Brown’s Body and guitarist, Johnny Trama. Tommy brings a wealth of experience from the reggae/dub scene to the table, having recorded albums for the legendary Shanachie Label, John Zorn’s Tzadik Label (mixed by Bill Laswell), and is currently with John Brown’s Body on Easy Star Records. This history is combined with almost 2 decades of International touring, as well as backing some of the giants of Jamaican music, including The Meditations and Justin Hinds.
Although DA started out as more of a collective, in the past few years the lineup has solidified with the addition of bassist Aaron Bellamy and guitarist Van Martin. Bellamy is a longtime fixture in the Boston funk scene, and in combination with Benedetti , they form the deep, militant sound at the core of Dub Apocalypse. Originally hailing from Chicago, Van Martin rounds out the lineup on guitar. Martin has much touring experience as well, including appearances with Bernie Worrell and Big Daddy Kane. His sonic textures, adventurous playing and songwriting have helped Dub Apocalypse take their sound to a new level.
The DA sound is an evolving mix of original compositions and their own interpretations of classic Jamaican and UK songs and dub plates. Heavy hitting drum and bass grooves set the table. Tonight, Dub Apocalypse features a very special guest, Dana Colley on saxophones. Colley is best know for co-founding the dark-spirited band Morphine with front-man Mark Sandman
DA has appeared at many clubs and festivals throughout New England. They’ve won a Boston Music Award, were named “One of 10 Local Acts You Need To Hear Now” by The Improper Bostonian, and have one of the most popular and longest running weekly residencies in Boston. Dub Apocalypse released their first cd, “Road To Oblivion” in March 2015. In June 2018, DA released their second record called “Frozen Planet,” which spent 4 months in the Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart Top 30.
The Big Takeover
Traditionalists or progressives? Fronted by the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and songwriter Nee Nee Rushie, the seven-piece New York band The Big Takeover plays original music that is rooted in and reverent toward the genres and rhythms of Jamaican pop: reggae, rocksteady, ska. They are devotees of Desmond Dekker and the way the old school did it. At the same time, The Big Takeover crosses lines and blends traditions like global pop fusionists. Their deceptively complex arrangements and big hooks connect with the spirit of Motown and the uptown sophistication of the 21st century retro soul and R&B revival scene.
That rich sound, along with their rigorous performing schedule and studio work, has been paying off. In 2018, the Big Takeover completed a successful 12-state tour. They were enthusiastically received by 10,000 at Omaha’s Jazz on the Green festival. They delivered an outrageously infectious and nuanced acoustic performance on the popular reggae-centric Sugarshack Sessions. Meanwhile, their current standalone single “Rainboots” has scored big with the discerning tastes at National Public Radio.