Coming next: King Django has teamed up with long-time collaborator P-Dub of Predator Dub Assassins to present a night of roots reggae, rocksteady and ska. The two veteran performers will showcase their original compositions and a selection of classic cover tunes for a short tour in the Northeastern USA.
About the Artists:
King Django was the founder and leader of both Stubborn All-Stars and Skinnerbox and sideman for the Slackers, The Toasters, Rancid and Murphy’s Law, and has been running the influential Stubborn Records and Version City labels since 1992. As recently highlighted in the popular indie documentary “Brooklyn Rocksteady,” Django assembled the Version City recording studio in 1997, which rapidly became the hub of the NYC ska and reggae scene. Django has recently returned from a trip to Kingston, Jamaica where he was invited to perform at the Institute of Jamaica’s Music Museum, taking the stage with reggae luminaries Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael, Big Youth, and Junior Reid.
P-Dub and his band Predator Dub Assassins, have developed a unique brand of reggae music fusing classic elements with contemporary sounds. They have released 7 full length albums and have made appearances on and supplied music for popular TV programs on CBS, A&E, and the Food and Fuel TV networks. As both an artist, soongwriter and producer, P-Dub has worked with a diverse range of artists including: Akon, Twista, Trina, Pharoahe Monch, French Montana, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Ace Hood and others. He has also appeared on some of the same albums as pop luminaries Lady Gaga, P-Diddy, Nicki Minaj, and Lil’ Wayne.
Summer 2013: For Version City Tour #2, King Django lead a compact and versatile quartet, joined by Brian Hill of NC’s Regatta 69 on bass and vocals, guitarist/vocalist John DeCarlo of hard-touring Boston ska group Westbound Train along with drummer Anthony Vito Fraccalvieri of Long Island bands Broadcaster and Royal City Riot, who had just come off of a six-week US tour with The Toasters. The group presented 25 dance-filled shows in 24 nights of reggae, ska and rocksteady ranging from one long set and three shorter sets showcasing the songs of these three veteran performers.
Winter 2012/2013 By popular demand,New York’s long-standing Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska party (active in various forms since 1997) took it on the road for the first time. Covering 30 dates in 10 states, the first “Version City” tour was a compact six-piece revue in three acts featuring diverse and fresh blends of Jamaican roots music-- reggae, rocksteady, and ska-- peppered with American rhythm & blues and soul. The show opened with a set from Matt MacLeod, soulful vocalist and keyboardist of The Heavy Beat, with backing from the Snails. Matt then switched to bass for the Snails’ own set, fronted by the dynamic singer/guitarist Todd Fausnacht. For the finale, King Django would take the helm on piano and trombone and lead the troupe through a wide selection of material from his long and diverse career.