Classic Highlanda Sound early warm with Kahlil Wonda selecting, mixing, and eventually talking followed by DJ Passport of THC International and DJ Hourglass from the WERC Crew. #rubadubatl

Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 – Live Audio

Listen to Rub-A-Dub ft. HIGHLANDA SOUND, DJ Passport, and DJ Hourglass – 5.14.17 at Wildpitch in ATL, GA.

RUB-A-DUB LIVE AUDIO FT. HIGHLANDA SOUND

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:

  1. Each patron who entered through the door stayed for a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

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What to Do on Mother’s Day in Atlanta – Reggae Music

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!
image: Rub-A-Dub ATL Mother's Day Tribute by Highlanda.net and The Honorary Citizen

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
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Live Audio: Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. Highlanda Sound | Sunday 4.9.17

Here is a curated segment of live audio played by Highlanda Sound with Kahlil Wonda selecting and mixing recorded on April 9, 2017, at Wildpitch Music Hall in Atlanta.

Live Audio from Highlanda Sound | Rub-A-Dub blog artwork

Audio links are below:

 

Where to find a Conscious Reggae Concert on Memorial Day Weekend | ATL

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.

Reggae Night at Live EDGE ATL | Live Music and Highlanda After Work

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.

Reggae Night at Live Edge ATL Restaurant/Lounge 

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: reservations@liveedgeatl.com  |  Weekly Live Entertainment  |  $5 Valet Parking

Rub-A-Dub monthly, a catalyst in Atlanta’s conscious reggae scene

Patrons braved the early March cold snap for a live reggae vibe in the city, #rubadubatl.

Listen to the audio stream or download the mp3 for on-demand listening.  The recording starts as I played a set of culture and lovers rock songs from the 2000’s and 90’s.

Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda live DJ set at Rub-A-Dub ATL, Sunday, March 12, 2017

Highlanda Sound featuring Kahlil Wonda

Sound International selected a foundation round dominated by 70’s anthems and climaxing with a memorable ride on the Baltimore Riddim.

Sound International featuring DJ Chung live DJ set at Rub-A-Dub ATL, Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sound International featuring DJ Chung live DJ set at Rub-A-Dub ATL, Sunday, March 12, 2017

Dawit Selassie delivered a personal reasoning with soulfully warming vocals over accompanying acoustic guitar.

Webba selected and featured mostly 1980’s era shots in a creative pattern.

Webba live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

Webba live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

DJ Passport kept vibes high in a similar fashion as Webba took over the microphone station.

DJ Passport live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

DJ Passport live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

I anchored the night freestyle juggling one-drop songs at a mid-tempo pitch.

Kahlil Wonda x Highlanda Sound live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

Kahlil Wonda x Highlanda Sound live DJ Set at Rub-A-Dub ATL

GARNETT SILK TRIBUTE, SUNDAY, APRIL 9 AT WILDPITCH, 6 PM (RUB-A-DUB ATL) 

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.
Promotional Image for event Rub-A-Dub ATL. Come and join us to commemorate one of reggae music's all-time greats Garnet Silk, the celebrated singer who died tragically 22 years ago. > Similarly to The Notorious B.I.G., whom many hail as the greatest rapper ever, Garnet had a short run within the timeline of music history yet his legacy continues to grow. For this celebration, joining the resident DJs of Rub-A-Dub ATL, the Reggae Party will be Aba Shaka of Cosmic World Beat and the Musical Ark of the Covenant, alongside Highlanda Sound co-founder, Archangel SuperPec. Theme: Tribute to Garnet Silk | RUB-A-DUB ATL - Second Sundays at WildPitch Music Hall Date: SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017...

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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.

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3 DJ Crews Visit ATL to Crush the Home Team in One Epic Showdown | Soundclash: Friday, March 3

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.
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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!!!!!!”
~ International Soundclash Promoter, Mikey Glamor (Mikey Glamour Sound Chat)

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.

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Photo: Rub-A-Dub ATL | 3.12.17 at Wildpitch

Rub A Dub is the Perfect Event for those who are Happier on Old-School Reggae

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!

Real Jamaican reggae comes to the ATL, and it's all irie with styles ranging from ska and rock-steady to roots, dub and dancehall. There'll be live bands and performers, and guest DJs will be laying down the grooves, along with DJ Passport and Highlanda Sound, who's co-producing with The Honorary Citizen. This special celebration is designed to share the vibrant reggae culture with a broader audience, so come on out to Atlanta's WildPitch Music Hall early to enjoy a Caribbean buffet from Webba's Jerk Hut, plus Red Stripe and other drink specials throughout the night.

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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Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute

Pictures from the Bob Marley Tribute | Rub-A-Dub ATL

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.

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.