Don Carlos and Dub Vision Band
Saturday night October 29, 2016 join Don Carlos and Dub Vision Band for a night of reggae and fun in beautiful Arcata California. Also performing Messenjah Selah with the Fyah Squad Band and just added DJ Unite (Tribe of Kings - San Diego). This is a 21 and up event.
Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist Born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggaes greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, original member of Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy to name but a few, Don Carlos started his singing career back in 1973, as one of the original members of the aforementioned roots vocal group Black Uhuru. Alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls and Derrick Ducky Simpson Uhurus central figure, as part of the trio, Don played a prominent role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. The said album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trios ground breaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to part company in pursuit of a solo career. Having needed at least three years to get the grips of being a soloist, plus developing a knack for song writing and grooming that distinctive, vocal styling it wasnt until May 1981 that Carlos really took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy, roots and culture flavored show case album titled Suffering for Negus Roots.
Since then working alongside Goldie, his side kick, co writer and back up vocalist having built and consolidated a staunch following through touring the live circuit, plus 12 solo albums, most notably Harvest Time, Day to Day Living, Them Never Know a Natty Dread have credentials all three issued in 1982, Spread Out 1982 also otherwise known as Laser Beam to which the majority of tracks in this set have been culled, Never Run Away 1984, Just a Passing Glance 1985 and more recently Seven Days a Week a solid joint production venture, between Goldie, Dr. Dread and himself, there has been no turning back.
Although he reached the peak of his solo career during the heydays of the eighties dance hall mania thus celebrating his impact with five top ten hits between 1982 1985, Late Night Blues Nice Time Tonight, Dice Cup, Hog & Goat, Im Not Getting Crazy and Spread Out The latter of which is included here, he is still churning out solid, melodic roots reggae. Theres an old saying in the music industry that claims: What goes around, comes back around. In Dons case a request for reinstatement to his former role as lead vocalist for a rejuvenated Black Uhuru reunion eight years ago resulted in a sadly underrated Now album. Amazingly he has been able to maintain dual roles of solo and group member efforts without inflicting a conflict of interest. It is an extremely rare feat if an artists repertorire is built without a few mistakes along the way and up until the reunion of original Uhuru in 1990, Carlos reputation suffered slightly from over exposure. During this exhaustive and hectic period, one of Jamaicas leading producers of the 70s and 80s Bunny Striker Lee was able to coax some of the singers finest moments, which are here by recompiled for this nifty set. By cleverly employing the rugged rhythm section of top sessions musicians like Sly & Robbie, the Roots Radics Band plus Santa and Ranchie, This selection shows just how close producer and artist in perfect harmony got to developing the true potential which Carlos has always shown. The opener, Jonnie Big Mouth is a wistful attempt at reaffirming small time braggerts and so called know alls of their false impression, over that profound Drifter riddim. While Booming Ball utilises Alton Ellis Im Just a Guy bass line to good effect. And further merits are handsomely gained as the ever reliable Real Rock riddim encapsulates yet another rendering via Ababa John 1. Among other things this collection is a prime example of versions excursions, so finally but certainly not of the least the albums singnature tune, Laser Beam utilises that old Three Tops Its Raining riff to great effect. Biography by John Williams 8/1998
Born Everton Clarke January 25, 1974 in St. Andrew, Jamaica. At age 15 he moved to the Virgin Islands, where he discovered his musical talent and began nurturing it. He, with a couple of his friends, decided to start an a capella group, which matured into a gospel reggae band where he played guitar and sang lead vocals. After high school, Selah relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. Education and self-development were his primary focus for the next few years, while he was preparing to take his purpose to the next level. Selah searched to find his rightful place in the musical arena - as the music of Steel Pulse, Luciano, Sizzla and Bob Marley, penetrated his soul with word-sound-power inspiration. In 1997, Selah started recording professionally as a solo artist.
A year later he released his first single "Know Who You Praise," months later another, "Reason For Living" on Stereo Records. It gained airplay on some of Atlanta's most listened to reggae programs and drew the artist a lot of attention. Messenjah's standard of writing and performance proved him to be a creditable artist, who is often compared to those listed above. His popularity initiated bookings at some of Atlanta's most popular reggae venues like the "Atrium", the "Royal Peacock", "Club Legacy", "Club ATL," in addition to talent shows, festivals, "Churches" and "Shelters". His popularity continued to increase opening for some of the biggest names in the reggae industry - artists like Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Capleton, Luciano, Beenie Man, Tony Rebel, Sister Carol and Lucky Dube to name a few. In 1999, Selah was awarded Best New Male Vocalist, by the Atlanta Caribbean Awards, and another for Best New Vocalist in 2001. His notoriety broadened as Selah traveled nationally and internationally to spread his message of love, wisdom and upliftment.
Selah went back to Jamaica where he had the opportunity to record with several "grass-roots" producers and artists, resulting in the release of two singles, "I Will Survive" [;;;featuring Luciano];;;, and "Joy" [;;;featuring Sizzla];;;, which appeared on his debut album entitled Whosoever Will [;;;Stereo Records];;; in 2003.
Selahs second album Breaking Babylon Curse [;;;Zion High/Lustre Kings, 2008];;;, is his best work yet capturing his main message, Know yourself and by knowing yourself you will know the Creator. His songs address many important issues, including relationships, divinity, the environment, health, and more, in an original way. His strong lyrics and vocal delivery will no doubt capture the attention of all who seek knowledge and truth.
Arcata Theater Lounge (View)
1036 G Street
Arcata, CA 95521
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