Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston,MA.The lineup includes Tommy Benedetti(drums),Timo Shanko(Sax/Bass),Johnny Trama(gtr),Van Martin(gtr) and Aaron Bellamy(bass).They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions,with a balanced twin guitar attack,explosive Coltrane inspired sax,and a healthy dose of improvisation.The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s,mixed with their own compostitions.Featuring current and former members of John Brown's Body,Ghosts of Jupiter,Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce,DA brings decades of combined experience from clubs,theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.Drummer Tommy Benedetti(JBB) formed the band in 2007 and was quickly joined by longtime musical brothers,Johnny Trama on guitar,and Timo Shanko,a duel threat,who is an equal force on bass and tenor sax.The band started out featuring a rotating cast of Boston heavyweights,including Jim Hobbs(Fully Celebrated),Dana Colley(Morphine) and Jeffrey Lockhart(Wally's Funk Band) to name a few.This approach created a buzz in the Boston music scene and made each show a fresh experience.In the past couple of years,DA has solidified into a more consistent lineup with the addition of Van Martin and Aaron Bellamy.This has inspired the band to concentrate more on writing and recording original material,while still maintaining a busy performance schedule,further crafting their deadly,unique sound.DA maintains a busy schedule in New England with appearances at many festivals,clubs and pubs.They have 2 successful long running residencies,won a Boston Music Award in 2011 for Best International Act,and were recently named "One of the 10 Local Acts You Have to Hear Now" by the Improper Bostonian..The Dub Apocalypse live show is a soul shakin' throwdown..and they invite you along for the journey.
RAGING BRASS REGGAE BAND
Raging Brass Reggae was formed in 2014 by trumpeter Marc Chillemi. This 7-piece brass band pays tribute to 1960s Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Roots Reggae instrumentals. Created in South Portland, Maine, RBR includes trumpet, trombone, alto & tenor saxophones, guitar, tuba and drums. Featuring an all-star collection of musicians from Portland based bands Primo Cubano, Rustic Overtones, The Fogcutters Big Band, Sly Chi, and the Portland Rumba Project. Raging Brass Reggae has been a long time vision of Marc's that has finally come to fruition. After hearing the music of the legendary Skatelites for the first time, Marc knew he wanted to learn and play this music. Marc assembled a hand-pick horn section from Portland's most inventive and soulful players. Using tuba instead of electric bass, which is common in New Orleans music and brass bands from around the world, the beginning of the RBR sound was in place. Marc calls this rhythmic foundation "T&D". In addition to the performance side of RBR, there is an educational element. In 2014, Marc was awarded a project grant by the Maine Arts Commission to start a pilot program to teach young music students about jazz improvisation and how to groove as a group through this Jamaican music and it's history that lead to its invention. The program serves as an expansion to the existing methods used in public schools throughout the United States. Our goal is to inspire groups of horn players to explore and discover their own sound and style. Out of many one sound.