Mad genius Lee "Scratch" Perry brings dub to its roots at the Social

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Arguably no one has had a bigger hand in shaping the cavernous, disorienting and constantly shifting sonic template of dub reggae than producer Lee “Scratch” Perry. Over a career that started at Jamaica’s Studio One in the late 1950s and then branched out into the eccentric confines of Perry’s own Black Ark Studio and beyond, the man has worked with and produced everyone from Bob Marley to the Congos to the Beastie Boys. But it was in a series of albums with the Upsetters and solo albums that Perry truly cemented his revolutionary cred. Using the rudimentary recording tools at his disposal in Black Ark as instruments unto themselves, Perry turned reggae inside-out and plunged it deep into the looking glass. Song structures were stretched and stripped and twisted and drowned in oceans of delay and echo – defining the delirious sound now known as dub. Since then, he’s steadfastly followed his own eccentric (or is it “crazy like a fox”?) path, doubters and accountants be damned. When Perry hits town with New York’s Subatomic Sound System, the results promise to be no less than seismic. Tickets are a goddamn steal around the $20 mark.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 | The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thesocial.org | $20-$25


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