with Screechy Dan, The Far East & Massada Rock Sound System
Tue May 9th, 2017
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $25
Day of Show: $30
*Please note that this event has been moved from LPR to SOB’s (204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014)*
Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System
I’m an artist, a musician, a magician, a writer, a singer; I’m everything. My name is Lee from the African jungle, originally from West Africa. I’m a man from somewhere else, but my origin is from Africa, straight to Jamaica through reincarnation; reborn in Jamaica…” Lee “Scratch” Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry, on March 20, 1936, in Kendal, Jamaica) is a Grammy award-winning reggae and dub artist, who has been highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub music in Jamaica and overseas. He employs numerous pseudonyms, such as “Pipecock Jaxxon” and “The Upsetter”. Arguably the first creatively driven, “artist-producer” in modern recorded music, Lee “Scratch” Perry occupies the highest level of music making – standing comfortably next to pioneers like George Martin, Phil Spector, and Brian Wilson…
Encapsulating Perry’s entire long astonishing career is difficult at best. Chronicling his recordings as a solo artist and as the leader of various groups, along with his overflowing catalogue of productions, all released on a myriad of labels, could fill a book.
In recent years, Perry has continued to work as a songwriter and a producer, but more importantly, he has continued to record himself, making fresh, new music while maintaining his mastery of the recording studio.
Photo Credit: Nate Gowdy
“Out Of One Comes Many,” a slogan that best signifies the metamorphosis of style, creativity, depth and manifestation of a true talent, none other than, Screechy Dan. A veteran artist that has mastered the craft of versatility in entertainment. Screechy Dan, born Robert Stephens has been performing since childhood in Kingston, Jamaica. Upon his migration to Brooklyn, NY, he began performing in local clubs and at concerts, making a big impression in the underground scene. The opportunity for him to show his versatility made his style admirable. Screechys talent impressed several record producers which encouraged him to professionally pursue a career in the music business, eventually leading him to a solo recording debut in 1986.
In 1992, Screechy joined forces with the Ruff Entry Crew which included the hottest set of artists coming out of Brooklyn, such as Redd Foxx, Bajja Jedd, Mr. Easy, Naturally, Nyke Fungus, Rayvon and the Grammy Award winner, Shaggy. With their collective talent under Signet Record Label, the Ruff Entry Crew put New York City dancehall artists on the map. During this era, Screechy release two hit singles, “Goonie Goo-Goo” and “Lonesome Blues.” “Lonesome Blues” placed his mark on dancehall reggae as the first artist to yodel over a reggae track. After a few other popular releases, he then collaborated with Redd Foxx performing “Pose Off ” a song that instantly topped the reggae charts and board them on tours performing around the world, sharing the same stage with artists like Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder, TLC, Gang Starr, and many others. “Pose Off” went on to become a big hit in the reggae music industry. Due to that success, he was signed to a major record deal with Polygram Records.
In 1993, he yet again transformed his technique by introducing a rapping style with a reggae-type flow on the hip-hop single, Boomin In Ya Jeep, produced by the legendary Todd Terry and Kenny Dope. The video “Boomin In Ya Jeep”, gave Screechy recognition and consistent air plays on BET, Video Music Box and other video shows around the world. By request Screechy then guest hosted alongside Redd Foxx on BETs Caribbean music video program.
In 1994, Screechy wrote and performed a song, produced by Bobby Konders for the soundtrack of the hit movie, “Sugar Hill”, starring Wesley Snipes. By the debut of his album, “The Mission” in 1996, he once again worked with Bobby Konders and several major producers, such as Steely, Clevie, and Sting International amongst others. Screechys career was again elevated to another level with two nominations for Male DJ of the Year and Outstanding Artist of the Year for the 1997 Tamika Reggae Awards. He was recognized for his artistic talent and contribution to the music industry in several articles including: Vibe Magazine, NY Daily Challenge, Caribbean Life and International Publications.
In 2002, he was featured on “Gangsta Life Goes On”, a hip-hop/reggae track produced by BCAT FAM and distributed by Orpheus Music/EMI Distribution. Following that project, while working on his album with Artical One Productions, he pre-released, “Swell” a single that was followed by the video. His video is currently being aired on local channels and various music video programs throughout the U.S and the Caribbean. Screechy is currently featured on the ..1 soca compilation, “Couldnt Believe” track titled, “One Love” produced by Artical One Productions. The compilation includes popular soca artists such as: Bunji Garlin, Benjai & Gailann, Super P, and Ziggy Ranking, to name a few.
As different genres of music continue to dominate the world, todays popular hip-hop artists like Foxy Brown and Benzino mentioned Screechys name by using similes from his ..1 selling hit, Pose Off in their lyrics. A skilled artist such as he is can only continue to shine brightly because of his creativity and versatility. Filled with energy and love for all types of music, his versatility and energetic performance will keep him in the hearts of fans as NYCs ..1 Dancehall Entertainer. He will always leave audiences yearning for more, and will continue to win the love of many Out Of One Comes Many- “Screechy Dan.”
The Far East
Brooklyn’s THE FAR EAST appeared in 2013 with their single “Youthman” immediately gaining recognition and airplay from BBC Radio’s David Rodigan.
The Far East pull inspiration from foundation rhythm and a youth spent in Punk Rock; bringing new, heavy magic to an old sound. Disillusioned with modern life and digital noise, The Far East immerse themselves completely in the often forgotten beauty of Rocksteady, Roots, and classic Dancehall.
In the fall of 2016, The Far East set out on a month long, national tour supporting veteran 2Tone legends The Specials and played to sold out crowds across the US (including Riot Fest Chicago).
In honor of their 2016 tour the group released a second single entitled Can We Make It Up featuring veteran reggae guitarist Andy Bassford and produced by the talented New York production house Channel Tubes.
In past performances they have supported other iconic groups such as The Wailers, the Slackers, The Dap Kings, The Frightnrs, and The Skints. The group plans to tour again in the summer of 2017 supporting The Specials and promising a highly anticipated new release.