Following requests from patrons, and to mark its 40th anniversary, Dub Vendor will be staging a fund raising reunion dance. This will be in support of Alpha Institute due to its contribution to the development of Jamaican music. Please see the flyer below for complete charity details. Tickets are £15.00 plus £1.50 booking fee. £5 from every ticket sold will go to Alpha Institute.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON THE DUB VENDOR SITE
Reggae Sumfest started in 1993 and is the largest concert festival in Jamaica, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. Sumfest kicks off on Sunday with the Sumfest Beach Party held at the Aquasol Theme Park located on the Walter Fletcher Beach Complex; the All White Party (dress code) held on Tuesday at Pier 1 On the Waterfront followed by Sound Explosion and two nights of electrifying live performances beginning with Dancehall Night on Friday and finishes with Reggae Night on Saturday at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.
SATURDAY JULY 22
RICHIE STEPHENS & THE SKA NATION
The Spanish Court Hotel was transformed into a dance session last Friday June 2 in support of the Alpha Institute. Special guests from Rae Town joined the Alpha Alumni Ensemble, Ken Boothe, Toots and DJ Welton Irie for an amazing night of music and dancing to benefit Alpha's vocational and educational programs for inner city youth. The Alpha 137 Anniversary Dance was sponsored by The Spanish Court Hotel, VP Records, Wisynco, Wata, Island Grill, NCB Foundation, Copperwood Pork, Rainforest Seafoods, Purity Bakers, Best Dressed Chicken, J Wray & Nephew, Jamaica Producers, Digita Global, Hot Off The Press, Alpha Boys School Radio, The City of Kingston, Idle Awhile (Negril), King Alarm, Coldwell Banker, The Gleaner Company, Rosh Marketing.
Welton Irie began his career performing as simply 'Welton' on the Sir John the President and Big John's Stereophonic Sound sound systems (the latter later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi), in 1976, initially heavily influenced by Ranking Trevor. After building up a sizeable following, he was able to introduce young talent such as General Echo to the sound system. Welton moved on to the Gemini and Virgo sound systems and began a partnership with Lone Ranger, the two beginning their recording careers together as a duo for Studio One, in a similar vein to Michigan & Smiley with tracks such as "Chase Them Crazy". On Studio One boss Coxsone Dodd's recommendation, he extended his stage name to Welton Irie. The pair's partnership was short-lived with both going on to solo careers.
On Friday June 2nd, patrons will hear the music of past Alpha students played by past students. The 10-piece Alpha Big Band will be joined by DJ Welton Irie who will be spinning classic hits and rare cuts from the 60s, 70s and 80s for your dancing pleasure. The event will be broadcast on Alpha Boys School Radio. The all-inclusive event features a tantalizing menu of traditional Jamaican food and drink. Expect a high energy evening of dancing and celebration of Jamaica and Alpha’s 137th year of providing services to at risk youth.
Tickets are available online using Eventbrite (click here) and the following locations... (Purchases of 4 tickets or more are eligible for deliver! Call 578-1181 and ask for Joshua.)
Liverpool's award-winning celebration of reggae music and Jamaican heritage returns in June for a jam-packed weekend of cultural appreciation, positivity and just great vibes.
The festival is the immediate past winner of the 'Best New Festival' at the UK Festival Awards 2016. Positive Vibration will once again take place in Liverpool from June 9-10, 2017.
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Guest musicians from Soweto Ska Band based in Spain, saxophonist Anant Pradhan from New York and NYC resident (via Jamaica) Larry McDonald on percussion join Alpha student band members in a before-school jam. Featured here is Alpha student trombonist Jordan Moncrief on trombone. Many thanks to the Embassy of Spain for making it possible.