Fri. Jul 22, 2022 at 7:00pm PDT
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Price: $15.00
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Price: $15.00
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The Starlet Room presents

with Pacific Roots

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00pm

$12 Advance - $15 Day of Show


Coming from the East coast with a fresh,
upbeat yet, vintage sound, DUBBEST has
swiftly emerged onto the North American

Reggae radar in recent years. The Boston-
bred outfit of four high school friends have

created a unique sound for themselves that
intertwines their earlier passions for punk and
ska while submersing them in their more
recent infatuation with experimental dub and
jam style genres.
Originally formed in 2009, DUBBEST has
taken time to explore an entirely new musical

approach that was influenced by jam bands
such as The Grateful Dead and Phish but
also reawakened by the likes of pioneering
dub producers, Osbourne “King Tubby”
Ruddock, Lee “Scratch” Perry and more
specifically, Augustus Pablo’s 1974 dub
classic, Ital Dub.
DUBBEST’s 2012 debut release, Avoid The
Pier, showcases their devotion to the simple
riddims and overdubs that clearly drew heavy
inspiration from the glory days of 1970s
reggae selectors. Followed by the 2013
release of their single,Heat and Water, one
could easily tell the band was continuing to
evolve their craft into a more complete sound
that put more emphasis in the band’s
soothing 3-part harmonies and talented core
of melodic musicians.
The strengths of each member really began
to shed light with the 2015 release of
DUBBEST’s second full-length album, Light
Flashes. Produced by Craig “Dubfader”
Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, the band

credits the veteran producer with taking their
musicianship to a higher level of authenticity
by tapping into each band member’s unique
talents and providing them with the large
stock of vintage instruments prominently
heard throughout the album. Mastering work
provided by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe
cemented the old school sound on the album
as a result of his expertise from working with
U.K.’s pop, rock, and reggae luminaries since
the 1960s.
While most songs are driven with catchy
organ and synthesizer leads alongside heavy
bass lines and a crisp drumming groove to
hold the glue together, there are still plenty of
tasteful dubs and guitar licks intertwined
within it all. Following the summer release of
Light Flashes, DUBBEST played two
hometown shows before taking their newly
refined sound to new territories marking their
debut in California and surrounding areas.
Less than a year later, the band made the
decision to move to San Diego where the

North American Reggae scene was
continuing to thrive. It was here where the
band added a new bass player, bringing in an

outside perspective to the northeast-
cultivated sound.

Since moving to the West coast in February
of 2016, DUBBEST has quickly become
noticed as one of the hardest working bands
on the rise. Touring relentlessly and sharing
their infectious energy all across the nation
whether as openers, supporting acts, or
headliners, the band continues to make fans
with each new encounter. The live show is not
one to be overlooked as the band embraces
the chance to be themselves by frequently
throwing in expanded freestyle dub sections
to their original songs while also performing
obscure roots reggae tracks in a style all their
own. Their unique, melodic sound has been
widely accepted to the point that within a year
of relocating, the band released 2016’s Live
at The Belly Up, which was recorded live

during their set at one of So Cal’s premier
The band’s professionalism on the road and
passion for playing live in front of any
audience has gained them the respect from
many established reggae bands of the same

era. Now having shared the stage with well-
known talent from earlier times such as The

Wailers, Barrington Levy, and The Itals to
more recent acts like Stick Figure, The
Green, J Boog, John Brown’s Body, The
Expanders, Iya Terra, Arise Roots and more,
DUBBEST proceeds to seek out any
opportunity to display the experience of life,
love, happiness, and truth via sound and
DUBBEST released their eagerly awaited
third studio album, Gold Fever, on November
1, 2019.
Written By: David G. / CollectedCulture

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