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Fri, Apr 21


Pounder's Hall

Reggae Night with Subatomic Sound System

Join Black Grenade Entertainment in welcoming Subatomic Sound System and Screechy Dan to Ellensburg for our Annual Reggae Night! Selecta Serenade will be bringing the Roots Reggae selections, with Hip Hop performances by Coaster and Savvy Rae.

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Reggae Night with Subatomic Sound System
Reggae Night with Subatomic Sound System

Time & Location

Apr 21, 2023, 8:30 PM

Pounder's Hall, 317 N Main St, Ellensburg, WA 98926, USA

About the Event

NYC’s Subatomic Sound System has been on a 2 decade mission forging a future foundation style built on the bass heavy, spacious soundscapes, and live improvisational remixing of classic 1970s Jamaican dub and conscious reggae music in the context of electronic music. Using the latest technology, they pioneered a unique performance style that blurs the lines between DJing and a live band. These efforts gained the attention of the late dub and reggae pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry (1936-2021) , the genius producer and song writer behind Bob Marley, who for the last decade employed Subatomic Sound as his go to band for re-inventing his Black Ark Studio sound live on stage.  Subatomic is spearheaded by producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Emch, who arranges and manipulates both prerecorded music instruments and effects with the live musicians to create a real time musical dialogue. The core live musicians include Jamaican percussion legend and Black Ark veteran Larry McDonald (Peter Tosh, Skatalites, Gil Scot Heron) and Troy Shaka Simms (Brooklyn Gypsies, Mobius Collective) on sax. Iconic dancehall singjay Screechy Dan holds down the mic, chatting and singing with a unique ability to cross generations of reggae vocal styles in a single song.  In the past decades, Subatomic has toured as live band, sound system, or selector across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India, and Mexico including appearances at France's Telerama Dub Festival, Coachella, CaliVibes, Dubai's SoleDXB, Hungary’s Ozora Featival, SoleDXB, and opening for Julian Marley.

In 2017, Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System released their acclaimed "Super Ape Returns to Conquer", a re-imagining of Perry's 1976 classic album that proved to be his highest charting Billboard release to date ( ). This album followed a string of Subatomic remixes involving Lee Perry and singles like "Black Ark Vampires" and "A Me (the Dub Organizer)”.

In 2020, Subatomic Sound System dropped the "Babylon Soon Fall" EP featuring blistering vocals from famed Brooklyn via Kingston singjay and dancehall master Screechy Dan both on the title track, a political scorcher, as well as a boomshot tribute to sound system culture titled "Champion Sound" which was selected by UK music guru Don Letts on his top tracks of 2020 BBC radio show.  That was followed up by several releases including the hit "Police in Helicopter" a relick of the famous Jamaican protest song, featuring rising Jamaican star Yaadcore & Jah9 on vocals.

In 2022, Hawaiian singer Jack Johnson reached out to Subatomic Sound System to produce several songs for an upcoming dub album, the first single "Traffic in the Sky" is a collaboration with the late Lee Scratch Perry. The collaboration finds Subatomic reaching massive new audiences for dub, performing with Jack at his headlining slot on the mainstage of Goldenvoice's 2023 CaliVibes festival and heading on tour together to promote the upcoming album.  Subatomic also has been enlisted by Grammy winning, former Black Uhuru singer, Mykal Rose and have a new album and tour dates coming up throughout 2023.

Other releases on the Subatomic Sound label with dancehall artists like Anthony B, Elephant Man, and Jahdan Blakkamoore have further defined the reach of the Subatomic Sound dub style as well as unlikely collaborations and remixes pairing a global network of underground electronic bass music producers with the likes of filmmaker David Lynch, Ari Up of The Slits, a collective of Colombian cumbia producers, and more.  Emch worked as a radio host on Radio NY FM for 3 years and continues to host a show on Emch also worked for many years teaching at Dubspot and in 2010 founded the Dub Champions Festival in the USA and Europe which organizes both performances and educational workshops on dub music.  The Subatomic live show has toured the world in various configurations as an innovative combination of electronics and live instruments which recently inspired a viral documentary by Great Big Story.  ( )( YouTube )

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