Akae Beka (formerly Midnite) with special guest Spiritual + Dubtonic Kru

Featuring Saint Croix reggae legend Vaughn Benjamin with his full band

Akae Beka (formerly Midnite) with special guest Spiritual + Dubtonic Kru

Spiritual, Dubtonic Kru

Friday, November 30, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$27 Advance/ $32 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

Akae Beka (formerly Midnite)
Akae Beka (formerly Midnite)
AKAE BEKA is the current manifestation of an evolving consciousness. Following a quarter of a century as the lead singer and co-founder for the legendary band MIDNITE, based out of St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vaughn Benjamin has kept the fire burning under this new name called AKAE BEKA. Consisting mostly of former MIDNITE band members, the bands sound builds on a strong spiritual foundation of trance-inducing performances. They have made their music heard across five continents and countless festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Reggae on the River, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Summerjam, Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Jam.
Spiritual
Spiritual
Spiritual's music transports us to another time, when reggae legends like Bob Marley first took the rebel sound of Jamaica to a worldwide audience. Authenticity can be heard in every note, but then it’s coming from the same source – not only musically and culturally, but even the same ghetto communities of West Kingston. Spiritual was raised in Allman Town, and sang in his local choir before embracing Rastafari. He was orphaned at an early age, and could have joined the throngs of young hopefuls at any number of studios and sound-systems scattered throughout the city. Instead, he shunned fame and helped to heal the broken society around him by counseling the poor and needy. Music was in his blood and he continued to write songs, but Rastafari was his true calling.

Spiritual’s debut album titled "Awakening" on VP Records has garnered great reviews. "Awakening" arrives just as reggae music is resurgent in its homeland again thanks to artists like Chronixx and Alborosie. The latter shared Spiritual’s breakthrough hit Marathon and introduced him to Clifton "Specialist: Dillon, who has also guided OMI, Shabba Ranks and other well-known artists to international success, including Alborosie himself. Under Specialist’s direction, Spiritual has been able to realize his musical vision at last, and deliver an album that can stand alongside the seventies’ classics that inspired him as a youth.

Right from the start, Spiritual’s music gave us hope and uplifted the spirits, which is how he got his name. Any doubts that he wasn’t among the most thrilling roots reggae discoveries of recent times were then swept aside by the release of Stand Up To Rasta. Now a highlight of the new album it’s a magnificent song of awakening, and sung by an artist reborn.

Close your eyes and hear echoes of the legends Joseph Hill and Burning Spear in the vocals of this exciting artist.
Dubtonic Kru
Dubtonic Kru
Imagine heavy baselines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics

Now imagine roots reggae, imagine dub, rock…

Put them all together and you get a new breed of Jamaican music called DubTonic Kru

Like their style of music, Dubtonic is a mixture of two words "DUB", relating to the heavy drum and bass aspect of reggae music and "TONIC", referring to medicine. The eclectic blend of music and musicians are certainly medicine to one’s soul and after listening you simply just want more of this TONIC

It's then no surprise, the level of positive energy that is shared through music between "Dubtonic Kru" and their listeners everywhere they perform.

Their versatility and capability in being able to serve the right dosage to their varying audiences was the edge they had over their counterparts when they were voted BEST NEW BAND IN THE WORLD" 2010 - 2011 at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malyasia, February 2011. After a fierce musical showdown of different genres that involved national finalists from numerous countries, the Executive Judges made the unanimous decision that awarded Dubtonic Kru top honours.

Founding members of Dubtonic Kru, “Jubba” and “Stone”, a dynamic Drum & Bass duo, who over the years contributed to the development of modern Roots Reggae, with their unique sound and approach that intertwines Jubba’s mesmerizing Reggae/Jazz Fusion drumming with Stone’s groovy, yet pulsating bass lines. The Duo has gained about a decade and a half of experience from touring and or recording with the legendary likes of Max Romeo, U-Roy, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds as well as modern day artistes such as Bushman, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah . A significant milestone in their careers was the composition of the “I Swear” rhythm, that took the Reggae arena by storm featuring artistes such as Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda, Sizzla among others.

With the addition of longtime friend and versatile guitarist Jallanzo, who added his strong vocal ability and the young, talented Luke Dixon on work stations, Dubtonic Kru became a more complete music machine Another turning point of the group’s dynamic came with the addition of very unique and powerful singer to round out the already electrifying dub compositions with sometimes spoken words and song writing by Jubba and Jallanzo. Kamau, “the Quiet Warrior”, brings a revolutionary voice to the Kru. Their songs and spoken words are consciously thought provoking, while their rhythm/dub section walks through the passage of time with a gritty sound that rolls stones and break fences. Some of their popular numbers like Sunshine Girl, Born Jamaican, World Crisis, Balance and Natty Dread are testimony to the group’s versatility.

2010 could be comfortably dubbed their year as they were also honoured by the United States House of Representatives and was presented with a Congressional Proclamation by Congress woman Yvette Clarke for their contributions through music to varying communities. The same year, they were awarded the Simba Award by CPR (Coalition to preserve Reggae Music). Certainly, their successes have given rise to a resurgence of bands on the local scene in Jamaica and they were once again honoured with the Jamaica Star’s "People's Choice Award" for "Band of the Year".

The Kru continues to give medicine to audiences through remarkable performances locally and across the
world and solidifying their place in the Global music scene.

They are certainly dedicated and poised to raising the bar and keeping it interestingly spontaneous!
Dub and Tonic, the Dubtonic Kru is dedicated to keeping Bands and Reggae Alive…

Stick around for the ride.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/