Women In Reggae (Selectors Edition)

London Based DJ AYITO schools the Reggae Lover team on the Roots, Dub, and Steppas scene in the U.K. plus her journey as a rising female selector in a male-dominated industry.

“No matter what I go through, no matter how bad my day… as soon as I play [Reggae] music it just takes away all of the pain. It doesn’t only take the pain away, it just replaces it with pure joy and bliss. It’s a spiritual thing for me. I know it may sound a bit extreme, but I think this is the closest I can get to meeting God. It’s that feeling that [Reggae] injects in me.” ~ AYITO

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Among Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • Ayito’s roots with Unit 137 Sound System.
  • Reggae lover journey and early influences.
  • The lack of female artists (especially selectors) in the scene.
  • How she’s pushing for a change and inspiring other women.
  • The message that reggae music conveys
  • Lion Vibes Record Shop monthly Chart Show

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E.N Young – Roots Musician Records | Reggae Lover Podcast 153

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I had the privilege of interviewing one of the most talented musicians from the United States, E.N Young, for Reggae Lover podcast episode 153 – dedicated to you, the #REGGAELOVER.

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The California reggae scene has been thriving for some time now and vocalist/producer, E.N. Young, formerly of Tribal Seeds, has played a significant role in this success. This classically trained pianist who now plays several instruments including the Melodica fell in love with Jamaican music as a youth in San Diego. He talks candidly about his journey as I sought to learn more about the movement he is pushing in the name of reggae.  By the end of our conversation, I definitely saw E.N as an authentic reggae ambassador.

Topics covered In this episode:

  • 1:35 – 2019 Summer Daze Endless Nights Tour
  • 2:21 – 4th studio album, Forest Wilderness released in 2018
  • 3:57 – Working with Kelissa from Jamaica
  • 5:45 – Collabs on the latest album (Half Pint, Peetah Morgan, Inna Vision, Meta and the Cornerstones)
  • 6:56 – Love for playing the Melodica and linking with Addis Pablo
  • 9:33 – Production and instrumentation from Imperial Sound Studios in San Diego
  • 15:25 – Gaining inspiration as a teen (especially spiritual influence) from 70’s reggae
  • 20:10 – Resistance from family members and society in general for embracing reggae culture
  • 22:21 – The effects of reggae music on mankind.

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Summer tour is on its way! I’m excited to jump on the road and hope to see some familiar faces! 🔊🔥🎉❤️Shoot me a fiyaaa🔥🔥🔥😊if you feelin this👍🏽👊🏽…………….This Friday May 31 – Pomona, CA. – Fox Theater June 12 – Santa Cruz, CA. – The Catalyst June 13 – Chico, CA. – Tacklebox June 15 – Lakeport, CA – Konocti Casino June 16 – Paso Robles, CA – Wine Boss Lounge June 23 – Huntington Beach, CA – Sealegs at the Beach June 29 – Ithaca, NY – Ithaca Reggae Festival July 14 – Salisbury, MA – Surfside Salisbury July 17 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke July 19 – Mammoth, CA – Mammoth Reggae Fest July 20 – Snowbird, UT – Snowbird Summer Concert Series July 23 – Denver, CO – Cervantes July 24 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse July 26 – Chicago, IL – Wicker Park Festival July 28 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean August 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Brewery August 2 – South Bend, IN – Vegetable Buddies August 3 – McMinnville, TN – Reggae at Smooth Rapids August 6 – Duck, NC – Tap Shack August 7 – Vienna, VA – Jammin' Java August 8 – Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand August 9 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge August 15 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 August 16 – Wilmington, NC – Reel Cafe August 17 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern August 18 – Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s @jah.irie.lioness is helping the band and I put together a promo team for upcoming tour & we need some street teamers to help promote! If you see a city near you and would like to help send her a DM so promo packs can get started we need 3 people from each city. Much love to all the street teams unite🔊🔊🔊more reggae music

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Spirituality in Reggae

Reggae music is the highest form of spiritual music.

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Beginning with the 1970s Roots Reggae era, the lyrics, the drums, and the bass provided the perfect vessel for communicating and spreading messages.

With the help of Bob Marley and the Wailers, these reggae messages spread across the globe.

Exploration of this global phenomenon leads to certain truths.

We discuss some history, events, and examples and give personal accounts of our experiences with spirituality, reggae, and religion.

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The New Music of Jamaica

Walshy Fire stated that “Jamaican artists are on the verge of creating a new genre” in a recent interview. This claim warranted further exploration so we went in on the topic.

Before analyzing today’s music we reviewed the many genres that Jamaica has created. That amazing history includes Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, Reggae, Dub and Dancehall. Reggae sub-genres Nyahbingi, lover’s rock, and rub-a-dub are also popular styles.

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There was a peak in dancehall popularity in the early 2000s followed by a decline in quality reggae. At that time vinyl formats transitioned to CD. Then CDs went out and digital downloads came in. DJs started using laptops to play music and consumers turned to personal electronics. This transitional period led to what we call the reggae revival.

The current global dancehall and reggae revival movements are creating genre-bending trends. Artists like Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Damian Marley, and Koffee are synonymous with such trends.

Based on our analysis there either is a new emerging genre, or the concept of genres is simply dead. Distinctions between genres have become blurred and young audiences around the world are embracing that change.

References:

  • Lord Fly with Dan Williams – Medley of Jamaican Mento
  • Koffee – Toast
  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash
  • Lila Ike – Biggest Fan
  • Toots and the Maytals – Do the Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 20 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry,
  • Johnny Osborne – Water Pumping
  • Reggae Lover Episode 21 – Augustus Pablo,
  • The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
  • Reggae Lover Episode 120 – Dub.
  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children
  • Hood Celebrity – Walking Trophy
  • King Tubbys – King of the Arena
  • Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  • Justin Beiber – Sorry
  • Koffee – Rapture
  • Bob Marley – Talking Blues
  • Reggae Lover Episode 126 – Dancehall vs Reggae
  • Reggae Lover Episode 133 – The Influence of Reggae
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The Influence of Reggae

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Discussing the power and cultural impact of reggae music on Jamaica and the world historically and today.

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What life lessons have you learned from listening to reggae music?

In your opinion, what has been the biggest effect on the world as a result of reggae music?

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The Essential Leroy Smart

Leroy Smart, known as “The Don” has a mind-blowing voice that penetrates his audiences and an exuberant performance style.

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“The Don Smart” sang both roots and lovers reggae masterfully.

He was most active from the early 70s through the 90s with over 35 albums released.

He still performs and is one of Jamaica’s musical icons.

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40 Amazing Dub Songs from the Masters

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This is an essential mix and overview of Dub, a Jamaican genre or sub-genre that grew out of Reggae music in the 1960s and has extended way beyond the scope of Reggae to inspire other genres including dubstep, hip-hop, jungle, grime, rock, house, techno, drum and bass, trip-hop, garage, and more.

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Dub was pioneered by Osbourne “KING TUBBY” Ruddock (pictured above), Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Augustus Pablo among others. Hear this specially curated mix now on the Reggae Lover Podcast, episode 120.

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Who are the Best Vocal Harmony Groups in Reggae?

This mix features reggae’s vocal harmony groups from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

I took it back to the roots on this one. I focused on songs with an impressive vocal arrangement. This is a specific selection of songs with male singers harmonizing together.

I featured The Wailers, mostly from the “Catch A Fire” album. That album has that very dry, grassroots sound. This was before instrumentation such as horn sections and electric guitars were added. Before the female energy of the I-Threes was added.

The mix also featured some of The Heptones‘ Studio One era hits. I dropped in some original Israel Vibration before they split. Other groups featured are The Techniques, The Abyssinians, The Gladiators, The Sensations, The Mighty Diamonds, and The Silvertones. You also hear songs from Lloyd Parks and We the People, The Sharks, The Royals, The Cables, and The Flames.

Listen to those names and you know these brothers were from a different time. These vocal groups created some of the most beautiful music and the most powerful songs. You feel their passion because of the emphasis conveyed within the harmonies. There was something special about those days.

Best Vocal Harmony Groups | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 107

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Its the sweet soulful sound of great reggae music! If you enjoy this, check out episode 74. It’s entitled “The Greatest Reggae Bands of All Time (not including the Wailers).” That show features Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Israel Vibration, Black Uhuru, and Inner Circle. Similar material is on The Studio One tribute episodes: 55 and 56.

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It’s a new season of the podcast! I am back in full effect with new shows coming out every week until the end of the year. Thank you so much for listening. If it’s your first time, this is a livication to you, the reggae lover.

Whether you know the songs you hear on this show or not, my goal is that you feel uplifted after listening. I want you to feel joyous and happy. The music should help you to transmute any negative energy into positive. You should enter a different frame of mind via the therapeutic mixes and level up.

For booking information or to sponsor this podcast, email reggaeloverpodcast@gmail.com. Thank you to everybody listening from around the world. I love that you get to tune in and listen to me doing what I love most. We are sharing a vibe and keeping this music alive. Until next time, have a great week. One love!!

King Jammys Tribute (2nd Volume) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 79

By popular demand, we feature more classic dancehall hits from the legendary King Jammys catalog.

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79 – Reggae Lover Podcast – King Jammys Tribute (2nd Volume)

Imagine going to a dance and hearing a massive sound system playing.  The records you hear are brand new exclusives being debuted.  The ground shakes with the bass line.

Then the presentation climaxes.  The top recording artists in the land vocally accentuate your vibes with live freestyles over amazing instrumental music tracks.

This was the experience at a dancehall session in the 1980s with world-famous King Jammy‘s Sound System out of the Waterford section of Kingston, Jamaica.

The King Jammys Tribute (1st Volume) episode is definitely the most popular podcast episode of this series on iTunes and SoundCloud. A big thank you to everybody who’s been listening.

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King Jammys Tribute (1st Volume) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 78

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We salute our dancehall trailblazer, king of digital reggae, sound system owner/producer Lloyd James aka KING JAMMY. This is the first half of a megamix featuring some big tunes and riddims from the Jammys catalog.

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For more King Jammys vibes check out episode 4 (Sanchez, L.U.S.T and Friends – 80s Lovers Rock), episode 5 (Superstars Hit Parade 1987-1989 Tunes/Riddims), episode 10 (Dancehall Time Traveling Back to the 80s and 90s), episode 36 (Stalag meets Sleng Teng), episode 39 (A Late Eighties Reggae Dream 1979-1991).

Also see our tribute episodes featuring Cocoa Tea, Sanchez, Johnny Osbourne, Frankie Paul, and Josey Wales – artists who all recorded hits released on the Jammy’s label. Lots more to come… all dedicated to you, #reggaelover.

The Best of Cocoa Tea (1984-1994) | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 77

Cocoa Tea’s voice is smooth and easy-going, yet very powerful. He was one of the most popular artists in Jamaica during the 1980s and went on to international stardom in the 1990s.

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77 – Reggae Lover Podcast – The Very Best of Cocoa Tea (1984 – 1994)

This episode focuses mostly on selections from his early catalog – songs released on the Volcano, Jammy’s and VP record labels from 1984 to 1994. This is sweet sweet Cocoa Tea!

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Tribute to Fatis Burrell | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 76

Tribute to Fatis Burrell

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Blessed love and respect massive! This is Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound welcoming you to episode 76 of the Reggae Lover Podcast featuring songs produced by the late, great Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell, Jamaican reggae music producer and icon – the CEO of the Exterminator (Xterminator) record label. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Conscious Reggae Concert Audio | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 75

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75 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Conscious Reggae Concert

The Reggae Lover Podcast returns with a new episode. This one is some curated live audio from a session in ATL recorded 10-14-17. There are many more mixes coming so stay tuned. Thanks to all my subscribers, listeners, and supporters around the world!
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2017 Lovers | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 73

Lovers rock reggae songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

Love songs from Ikaya, Romain Virgo, Etana, Jah Cure, Kristine Alicia, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, Samory I, Estelle, Damian Marley, Ras Fraser Jr., Sizzla, Tarrus Riley, Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Turbulence, Raging Fyah, Hempress Sativa, and Chronixx.

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Best Real Rock Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast – Episode 68

The best real rock riddim mix you ever heard?

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Take a listen. The Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown kicks off the mix and closes it out with the same song in a different style. The Real Rock Riddim is the most versioned reggae Riddim and the most sampled reggae instrumental in history.

The original was played in 1967 by one of Coxsone Dodd’s session bands at Studio One, the Sound Dimension band. Ever since then it’s been a foundation instrumental for dancehall and reggae. The real rock is just a part of Reggae music that is never going to stop. You are going to hear that beat in movies, on your radio, on your mix tapes, and in your parties. I kept the mix short and spicy so it doesn’t get boring.

If you love reggae music and have been listening from back in the days, then this should be nostalgic for you. This is a dedication to you, REGGAE LOVER,

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Shank I Sheck Riddim Mix | Reggae Lover by Highlanda Sound – Ep. 67

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The Shank I Sheck originally was a 1964/1965 Ska instrumental by Baba Brooks with production by King Edward on the Rio Records label. Rio is a subsidiary of Direct Records Ltd. and later Doctor Bird which like the other top Jamaican labels of the 1960’s had most of their releases distributed by Trojan Records. There have been hundreds of songs released on various versions of this instrumental over the decades with many top rated hits peaking in the 1980s and 1990s. The riddim track was a favorite for deejays and singers to perform over and a huge dub plate riddim for sound system selectors to record dub plates on as well.

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Jamaican Lovers Rock Music Showcased | Highlanda Sound Live Audio

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  1.  Bob Marley ft. Lauryn Hill – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Remix)
  2.  Jah Cure – Call On Me
  3.  Black Uhuru ft. Shabba Ranks – Shine Eye Girl (Remix)
  4.  Garnett Silk – Complaint (Remix)
  5.  Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
  6.  Jah9 – Hardcore (Mad Professor Dub Mix)
  7.  Jah9 ft. Chronixx – Hardcore (Remix)
  8.  Ras Fraser Jr. – Vacation For Two
  9.  Morgan Heritage – She’s Still Loving Me
  10.  Queen Ifrica ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Trueversation
  11.  Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Affairs of the Heart
  12.  Ikaya – Love Note
  13.  Ikaya – For You
  14.  Christopher Martin – Give You My Love
  15.  Gyptian ft. Estelle – Majestic Love
  16.  Simpkin Project – Hustling
  17.  Raging Fyah – Ready For Love
  18.  Shawn Antoine – I Love You
  19.  Sizzla – Give Them A Ride (Morgan Heritage Mix)
  20.  Sizzla – Give Me A Try
  21.  Etana – Warrior Love
  22.  Junior Mervin – Cool Out Son
  23.  Welton Irie & Prince Weedy – Nice Up the Dance
  24.  Lady Ann – Informer
  25.  Wayne Wonder – Talk About (Dubplate)
  26.  Tristan Palmer – Entertainment
  27.  Gregory Isaacs – Lead Me
  28.  Cocoa Tea – Rikers Island
  29.  JC Lodge – Love Rewind
  30.  Maxi Priest – Bonafide Love
  31.  Sanchez – Rearrange My Life
  32.  Sanchez – Missing You
  33.  Garnett Silk – Oh Me Oh My
  34.  The Tamlins – Baltimore
  35.  Tessanne Chin – Firework
  36.  Rihanna – Right Now (Jr. Blender Remix)
  37.  Chronixx – Alpha and Omega
  38.  Usher – Climax (Walshy Fire Remix)
  39.  Etana – All I Need
  40.  Stephen & Damian Marley ft. Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
  41.  Cocoa Tea – Tune In
  42.  Shabba Ranks – Reality
  43.  Sizzla – Just One of those Days
  44.  Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
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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.

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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.

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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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