King producer and dubmaster Lee “Scratch” Perry is scheduled to play the historic State Theatre in Falls Church, VA near Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2012. Perry is currently touring North America with New York City’s Subatomic Sound System. Subatomic Sound System will support Lee “Scratch” Perry in a future dub mix style, along with live bass player Paul Zasky of Europe’s Dubblestandart & veteran Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald of Dub Is a Weapon.
Scratch is a towering figure in reggae — a producer, mixer, and songwriter who has shaped the sound of dub and made reggae music a powerful part of the pop music world. Along with producing some of the most influential acts in reggae history (Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Congo to name but two), Perry’s approach to production and dub mixing was breathtakingly avant-garde and audacious — no one else sounds like him. Perry’s innovation has lead to countless albums, a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for Jamaican ET, and inclusion on Rolling Stone Magazines’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
Founded in 1999, Subatomic Sound System brought together musicians, producers, DJs and visual artists from a variety of backgrounds and traditions to form a record label and collective that built on a combination of new music technology and traditional instruments to produce music across a variety of genres. In fall 2008, Subatomic Sound System garnered international attention for a limited edition vinyl 12″ featuring their collaboration with Vienna’s Dubblestandart and dub reggae inventor Lee “Scratch” Perry, releasing the first songs from Perry in the dubstep genre. Beginning in 2008, Subatomic Sound System started hosting weekly radio shows on 91.5fm, Radio New York and webcast on Brooklyn Radio.
The State Theatre is a restaurant and concert venue in Falls Church, Virginia. Built in 1936, the State Theatre operated as a movie theater until 1988. One of the first theatres on the East Coast to be centrally air-conditioned, the State was the flagship of the family-owned Neighborhood Theatres chain which also operated the Glebe, the Buckingham and the Jefferson. A multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990s turned it into a venue for live music and private events. The full theatrical stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and the two lobbies.
Don’t miss Lee “Scratch” Perry on what may be his last North American tour.
For more information on Lee “Scratch” Perry, please visit www.lee-perry.com
For more information on Subatomic Sound System, please visit http://subatomicsound.com