Breaking out of Kingston, Jamaica, reggae band Black Uhuru had already made a splash at home for several years when it hit the United States in 1979 with the irresistibly catchy reggae anthem, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” delivering the answer line, “Natty Dreadlock!” Black Uhuru continues to deliver its revolutionary messages with lively vocal harmonizing and even livelier beats, on a busy tour that ranges from the West Coast to France. Led by founding vocalist Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, the award-winning group (it won the first Reggae Grammy Award) also includes Andrew Bees and Kaye Stahr. Black Uhuru also boasts a reggae who’s who in its legacy, with such former members as Don Carlos, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Puma Jones, plus Sly and Robbie as rhythm section. Over four decades singers except Simpson have gone on to solo careers, while Black Uhuru continues to purvey its collection of hits, including “Sponji Reggae,” “Great Train Robbery,” “What Is Life,” and “Party Next Door.”
Rising up from southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, Indubious mixes reggae, dance hall, and new roots reggae with visionary lyrical messages, up to three-part vocal harmonies and funky-heavy jams. Indubious won KTVL’s Last Band Standing competition and received the 2010 International MMA (Global Marijuana Music Award) for its song “Ganja Weed.” The tight trio is keyboardist-singer Evan “Evton B” Burton, his singer-bassist brother Spencer “Skip Wicked” Burton, and drummer Matthew T. Wells. Both born with cystic fibrosis, the Burton brothers were facing short lives, but instead have turned their unusual viewpoint into songs that look at life in deep and uplifting ways. Much of the band’s work helps raise money for causes they support, including schools. The second Indubious album, “Cosmic Seed,” featured guest appearances by Prezident Brown and Alcyon Massive. The new CD, “Wake the Lion,” was produced by Gaudi.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).