The groovin' sounds of reggae, rhythm, and 'dub' music will resonate all day and evening at the first annual Rochester Reggae & Rhythm Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, July 14 in the back gardens of The Governor's Inn.
The all-star band 'Dub Apocalypse' and four other highly regarded Boston-area reggae and rhythm bands will perform until late, artisan vendor booths, craft beer, bbq and a full menu to round out the experience. Every weekend normally brings four bands to The Governor's Inn ¿ acoustic acts perform on the front lawn Thursday and Friday evenings. Rock, jam, and alternative bands normally perform on Saturday nights behind The Garage. And on Sundays afternoons it's the best in blues, bluegrass and Americana. All bands and links are posted at www.governorsinn.com.
But on Saturday, July 14 its going to be a whole different act. Five of them, actually, including a high-flying experiential 'dub' band named Dub Apocalypse featuring members of John Brown's Body, G Love, Morphine, and The Nate Wilson Group.
Wikipedia defines dub as a genre of music that grew out of reggae in the 1960s, mainly being instrumental remixes of existing recordings by removing the vocals and emphasizing the drum and bass guitar. Extensive special effects are usually added including echo, reverb, and delays. Vocal and instrumental snippets from the original version or other works often drop in and out of the mix.
Led by musicians formerly with other famous bands -- drummer Tommy Benedetti (of John Browns Body) and guitarist Johnny Trama (of Nate Wilson Group), Dub Apocalypse is an all-star combination of Boston's best musicians. Playing an impressive array of original dub reggae instrumentals, with wild improvisation and Benedetti's dirty break beats, this band never disappoints. Trama has been a staple in the Boston area music scenes for years, and his emotional blues driven guitar licks send people soaring to the stratosphere.
The band is often joined by Benedetti's band mate in John Browns Body, Nate Edgar on bass. The two of them work seamlessly together laying it down the improvisational. The ultra talented, legendary ladies man Timo Shanko (formerly with 'G-Love') is another key member of the band on bass and sax. Aaron Bellamy (from 'Nephrok! All-stars') is another pro on the bass.
Also making special guest appearances from time to time is none other than the man on the baritone saxophone, Mr. Dana Colley of Boston's own legendary band Morphine. This man hits the notes that make your insides shake and brains scramble. More amazing talent is found in the spectacular guitar of Jeff Lockhart, one of the very best jazz/funk/soul guitarists in the area.
Add to the already star studded line up yet another monster, Eli Winderma on keys, who adds another major layer to the bands atmosphere of sound ¿ a Moog keyboard meltdown that is just jaw dropping. Dub music relies heavily on the keyboardist and electronic sound interventions such as birds singing, thunder and lightning, water flowing, and producers shouting instructions at the musicians. It can be further augmented by live DJs. The many-layered sounds with varying echoes and volumes are often said to create soundscapes, or sound sculptures, drawing attention to the shape and depth of the space between sounds as well as to the sounds themselves.
Even though the effects are electronically created, with all the bass and rhythm there is usually a distinctly organic feel to the music. The proof is in the pudding, and crowds experiencing this music soon find themselves dancing involuntarily! Dub Apocalypse has a different and unique sound, with varying cast, at every show and other well known musicians often make it a goal to gig with Dub Apocalypse. Even Nate Wilson (of his band the Nate Wilson Group) sometimes jumps in. This band is ever evolving, but one thing is always constant, and that is amazing music played by an all-star line up that is certainly turning heads with their unique sound.
The other four bands at the Governor's Inn reggae festival deserve nearly as much press but there is only room here to mention their names ¿ Van Gordon Martin, Rythem Inc., The Equalites, and Hot Like Fire. The first band takes stage at 1pm but the festival gates open at noon with open seating, vendor and menus available.
$10 Tickets for the Reggae Fest are available in Rochester at Tri-City Bicycles, Jimmy's Convenience Store, Fat Tony's Italian Restaurant, and The Governor's Inn, and in Dover at The Orchard Street Chop Shop Restaurant. Tickets are also available online at www.governorsinn.com A festival ticket is a 5-band cover charge, with all food and drink available for sale. There is limited seating for those arriving for food early ¿ others are recommended to bring lawn chairs or lawn blankets.
A full, casual menu is available at all music events at The Governor's Inn. The regular weekly events are free (donations to the bands appreciated) and shows are scheduled shine or rain (under the tent). The Summer Music Series is sponsored by Coast Transportation, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Spence and Mathews Insurance, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Amcomm Wireless, Associates in Family Dentistry, Federal Savings Bank, Metrocast, PSNH, The Rochester Opera House, Burke's Tree Service and Bank of NH.
For more information on all Governor's Inn events, band links and a schedule of the full three month lineup including the Reggae fest, visit www.governorsinn.com or call the Inn at 332-010