Moe's Alley presents Don Carlos & The Dub Vision Band for one night only on Friday May 5th 2017. Special guests Nomalakadoja & DJ Spleece support the show. Buy your tickets in advance as this show sells out.
VIDEO- Don Carlos "Live At Reggae On The River"
Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist Ė Born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggaeís greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, original member of Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy to name but a few, Don Carlos started his singing career back in 1973, as one of the original members of the aforementioned roots vocal group Black Uhuru. Alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls and Derrick Ducky Simpson Uhuruís central figure, as part of the trio, Don played a prominent role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. The said album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trioís ground breaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to part company in pursuit of a solo career. Having needed at least three years to get the grips of being a soloist, plus developing a knack for song writing and grooming that distinctive, vocal styling it wasnít until May 1981 that Carlos really took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy, roots and culture flavored show case album titled Suffering for Negus Roots.
Since then working alongside Goldie, his side kick, co writer and back up vocalist having built and consolidated a staunch following through touring the live circuit, plus 12 solo albums, most notably Harvest Time, Day to Day Living, Them Never Know a Natty Dread have credentials all three issued in 1982, Spread Out 1982 also otherwise known as Laser Beam to which the majority of tracks in this set have been culled, Never Run Away 1984, Just a Passing Glance 1985 and more recently Seven Days a Week a solid joint production venture, between Goldie, Dr. Dread and himself, there has been no turning back.
Although he reached the peak of his solo career during the heydays of the eighties dance hall mania thus celebrating his impact with five top ten hits between 1982 Ė 1985, Late Night Blues Nice Time Tonight, Dice Cup, Hog & Goat, Iím Not Getting Crazy and Spread Out The latter of which is included here, he is still churning out solid, melodic roots reggae. Thereís an old saying in the music industry that claims: What goes around, comes back around. In Donsí case a request for reinstatement to his former role as lead vocalist for a rejuvenated Black Uhuru reunion eight years ago resulted in a sadly underrated Now album. Amazingly he has been able to maintain dual roles of solo and group member efforts without inflicting a conflict of interest. It is an extremely rare feat if an artistís repertorire is built without a few mistakes along the way and up until the reunion of original Uhuru in 1990, Carlosí reputation suffered slightly from over exposure. During this exhaustive and hectic period, one of Jamaicaís leading producersí of the 70ís and 80ís Bunny Striker Lee was able to coax some of the singerís finest moments, which are here by recompiled for this nifty set. By cleverly employing the rugged rhythm section of top sessions musicians like Sly & Robbie, the Roots Radics Band plus Santa and Ranchie, This selection shows just how close producer and artist in perfect harmony got to developing the true potential which Carlos has always shown. The opener, Jonnie Big Mouth is a wistful attempt at reaffirming small time braggerts and so called know allís of their false impression, over that profound Drifter riddim. While Booming Ball utilises Alton Ellis Iím Just a Guy bass line to good effect. And further merits are handsomely gained as the ever reliable Real Rock riddim encapsulates yet another rendering via Ababa John 1. Among other things this collection is a prime example of versions excursions, so finally but certainly not of the least the albumís singnature tune, Laser Beam utilises that old Three Tops Itís Raining riff to great effect. Biography by John Williams 8/1998
Nomalakadoja's feel good music is a blend of reggae, rock, and island styles. Their positive lyrics and upbeat rhythms are sure to bring smiles and dancing feet. Nomalakadoja is a three-piece band made up of lead singer and drummer Spencer Vantress, guitarist and vocalist Alex Walther, and bassist Zack Thorensen. Based out of Santa Cruz, CA, the band's mission is to bring people together in peace and love and grow as a community.