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?
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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.
Click to Find “Rub-A-Dub ATL” Pre-sales Tickets
The 70s, 80s, and 90s were prolific decades for dancehall music and many strides were made in Jamaican music during that time.
The 1970s is still heralded as the golden age of Jamaican reggae music, but with the advent of digital technology, the 80s and 90s decades became known as the sweetest time for commercially successful crossover dancehall fusion, sound clashes and juggling dances alike. The transitional period out of the golden age and into the digital era is when the term rub-a-dub emerged as both a description of the musical style (heavy drum patterns accompanied by swinging basslines) and a verbal representation of the popular hip-to-hip movements between dance partners of the time.
To this day in cities around the world, there remains a high demand for the fashion of dancing with accompanying classic riddims and anthems that rocked the dancehalls of yesteryear.
As such, it brings me great pleasure to present Rub-A-Dub ATL – dedicated to you, the reggae lover.
Rub-A-Dub ATL January 2017 | Click Image to Listen or Download
Rub-A-Dub ATL ft. DJ Passport, Highlanda Sound, DJ Rootsqueen, and Jah Prince at Wildpitch on 1.8.17.
Reggae party, Rub-A-Dub ATL, is a nightlife event that includes many sub-genres of reggae music including ska, rocksteady, lovers rock, Roots, dub and dancehall with live DJ sets and live music performances monthly on Second Sundays in Atlanta at WildPitch Music Hall.
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