Listen to Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 at Wildpitch in ATL, GA.
Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass
I pressed record after I had played the 1st song, “Heptones – Get In the Groove,” but essentially this recording begins just as the state-of-the-art WildPitch Music Hall sound system turned on. What you will hear is my opening set in its entirety, but in addition to the cool, original song selection, you should pay attention to the “vibe” – the energy that travels from point zero all the way to a mid-tempo dancing situation almost 2 hours later. It is not a frenzy because of the timing of the set and the theme of the night – RubADub. This is a textbook early warm set where a few things happen:
- Each patron who entered through the door stayed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
- Each party-goer felt sure that the I was purely focused on making a connection with them from the DJ booth, and personally encouraging them to have a good time while inviting them to free-up and dance.
- Each performer that followed me encountered an audience that was, not burnt out, but already primed and poised to interact, exchange energy, and dance. This meant the party’s energy flowed exceptionally well from start to finish regardless of multiple DJ rotations, and some technical difficulties (Serato software – DJ controller – laptop communication issues I suspect).
In today’s Atlanta reggae scene, the early part of dancehall events & concerts is being overlooked.
In my estimation, this costs the promoters more money because patrons have gradually been conditioned to intentionally arrive later and later. This results in “Primetime” being pushed back to the early morning hours. If your session is ram pack early in the evening with an ever-increasing vibration of energy, your door and bar sales can be maximized. Currently, everyone is obsessed with “Star time” and many events lack the energy of entertainment and good value for money until it’s far too late.
I say it’s time to refocus on the early warm.
Staging quality DJs, Sound Systems, and opening performers who can entertain early arriving guests while prepping them to explode in a high-energy fashion at the appropriate time for the climax, later on, will help us all.
Shift the focus away from looking cute for pics and create a space where dance partners take the night and full-joy the moments they have together. This is the way dancehall used to be back in the days when dance was nice.
I would love to hear your feedback about this topic. What has been your experience with showing up early to events? Were you happy with what you encountered? What is the difference you feel with going out late? Which do you prefer and why?
More ways to listen to Rub-A-Dub ATL live reggae music audio:
Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother’s Day Tribute, Sun, May 14, 2017 at 6 pm
Come and join us to celebrate Mother’s Day. For this special edition of Rub-A-Dub Sundays, we’re bringing 3 female guest DJs juggling tunes for reggae sound system lovers! WildPitch Music Hall will be the place to pay tribute to the women in all of our lives and celebrate all mothers in ONE LOVE and harmony!
Rub-A-Dub ATL presents: THE 2nd ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE | SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2017
Sound System / DJ Sets: (6pm-12am)
- Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda
- Empress Movements
- DJ Passport
- DJ Hourglass
- DJ Rasyrious
WildPitch Music Hall
255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303
If you have been looking for a spectacular night of live reggae music infused with the cultural flair of conscious lyrics and unforgettable rhythms, then look no further.
RBG Alliance presents a CRC for you – a Conscious Reggae Concert.
The event will feature Ijahknowah backed by the BRAP band and special guest artist Endel i.
Highlanda Sound will open the night from the DJ booth with musical selections related to the event’s theme.
Find details on this new Conscious Reggae Concert Series page, event page here and ticket site here.
It’s finally here!! Live Reggae on the South West side of Atlanta, 10 minutes from Downtown and right in your back yard! Come enjoy “The Worlds Favorite Music” at the West Atlanta Beltline Jewel, Live EdgeATL Restaurant & Bar.
Atlanta Reggae DJ Kahlil Wonda from Highlanda Sound will be mixing roots and lovers rock reggae tracks with a touch of Soca for dancing. Performing live with his band will be Tijani Concious , a premier local Reggae artist making waves all over the world.
LiveEdge ATL invites a diverse audience to enjoy the vibrant music and arts scene that Atlanta has become known for. 792 Cascade Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 | 404. 758. 0015 | Events: email@example.com | Weekly Live Entertainment | $5 Valet Parking
For this celebration, joining Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda and DJ Passport, the resident DJs of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, will be Aba Shaka alongside Archangel SuperPec.
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Rest In Peace to one of our favorite artists, Garnett Silk. Many may remember Garnett’s silky smooth voice and powerful lyrical content that captivated us in the early nineties and left us wanting more after he flew away home to Zion. Garnett Silk was a Jamaican reggae musician and Rastafarian, known for his diverse, emotive, powerful and smooth voice.
Similarly to The Notorious B.I.G., whom many hail as the greatest rapper ever, Garnett had a short run within the timeline of music history yet his legacy continues to grow. We remember Garnet’s legacy and celebrate his widely acclaimed musical contributions. Garnet Damion Smith (Silk) Sr was born April 2, 1966.
Get more information, sign-up for the VIP list, and get tickets here.
Mikey Glamour invites you to a 4-sound dubplate soundclash entitled “DEAD SOME BWOY FI DEAD” taking place on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Don Janelle’s (4457 Covington Hwy, Decatur, GA 30035).
The home team sound, King Eternity featuring King DJ Nolan will be defending their Atlanta turf against:
- Silver Fox from the United Kingdom
- TurboForce from Jamaica
- OGS Genesis from Bermuda
The event runtime is 7 hours, from 10 PM – 5 AM, and the soundclash competition starts at 1 AM.
Early juggling duties will be handled by the very capable selector Propa English of Innocent Sound, and the soundclash host will be hardball selector Negus British.
The promoter has ruled that this is a dubplate only clash. No 45s will be allowed once the soundclash starts.
“…every ting booked, sounds are ready, 3 sounds must dead……There can only be one winner……lock the date in yuh diary…..strictly undiluted WAR!!!!!!”
Soundclash newbie? Read on…
A soundclash is a musical competition where crew members from opposing sound systems pit their skills against each other. Read more from Wikipedia.
Soundclash is Jamaica’s musical sport that has gone global. Clashing is a celebration of reggae sound system culture and well, really a celebration of dubplates – exclusive recordings customized with the DJ/Sounds name mentioned in it.
“It’s really a glorified boxing match, where the public decides who wins. What makes it unique, and what makes you qualified to enter, is that you should have a number of customized recordings made especially for you by artists who are renowned, and those artists must call your name in the recording.”
~ David ‘RamJam’ Rodigan, the UK’s very own soundclash Godfather, a titan of clashing who’s been crushing opponents worldwide for close to 40 years.
A soundclash is one of the most unique live music events you’ll ever see!
Huge playlist of soundclash video.
For this special March edition of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party, we’re featuring a singer/musician for fans of live music plus 4 DJs showcasing their best tunes for reggae sound system lovers!
Rub-A-Dub ATL | 3.12.17 at Wildpitch
Doors will open at 6 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017, with a live reggae music mixer from 6 to 8 pm featuring an acoustic performance by Dawit Selassie, lead singer of the Atlanta-based reggae band Eastern Standard.
Four sound system selectors will set the dance floor on fire with DJ Sets from 8 pm to 12 am. Residents DJ Passport
and Highlanda Sound
featuring Kahlil Wonda
will be joined by guests Selector Webba
, formerly of Jamaica’s “year-t0-year sound,” Metro Media, and DJ Chung
from Boston’s Sound International Entertainment. DJ Chung recently relocated to Georgia and this will be his debut performance at Rub-A-Dub ATL
Also by popular demand, we’re bringing back free jerk chicken and will have Rub-A-Dub apparel on sale.
Webba’s Jerk Hut will be offering FREE Caribbean food until 9 PM and available for purchase after while supplies last. SHOP for Rub-A-Dub branded T-shirts and Hoodies for men and women along with other featured styles from The Honorary Citizen’s apparel catalog.
This all takes place at WildPitch Music Hall
(255 Trinity Ave. Atlanta 30303) featuring high-definition sound by D.A.S. Audio
. A limited number of pre-sales tickets are available for $5 online
(+fee) and general admission is $10 at the door.
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Pictures From the 3rd Annual Bob Marley Tribute and Aquarius Birthday Celebration at Wildpitch Music Hall.
An international crowd of over 200 people from around the greater Atlanta area gathered Sunday for a special edition of the Rub-A-Dub ATL monthly event.
Below is a selection of photos from what was a memorable night for Atlanta reggae lovers.
photo of Bad Boy Kurt from Black Magic Sound and Dappa Lee from Innocent Sound at Rub-A-Dub ATL Bob Marley Tribute 2017
Highlanda Sound co-founders AGARD and SuperPEC
Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound, Highlanda.net, and the Reggae Lover Podcast.
Bad Boy Kurt from Black Magic Sound and Dappa Lee from Innocent Sound
photo of Highlanda’s Kahlil Wonda with Mrs. Wonda at RubADubATL Bob Marley Tribute
Highlanda’s Kahlil Wonda with Mrs. Wonda
DJ Empress Rah
Innocent Sound’s Dappa Lee at #RubADubATL | Bob Marley Birthday Party
Tedrostarr of Uprising Sounds
Wildpitch Music Hall – 255 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA
Junior Culture from Natural Vibes Sound
AGARD from Brooklyn, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Kahlil Wonda
Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute
Bad Boy Kurt from Black Magic Sound
Highlanda Sound’s Kahlil Wonda holding the microphone with DJ Passport (Right) and AGARD (left)
Bando Calrissian wearing The Honorary Citizen
The Honorary Citizen clothing company’s debut of the Rub-A-Dub T-shirts and Hoodies
singer/musician Errol Moore
Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute and Moments You May have Missed on February 12, 2017 by Rico Vibes of Dareggaescene.com and Bronson Blair of 2BKaribbean.com.