Troublemekka and Jesse I present a night of bruk out Jamaican dancehall, bashment and jump up soca at the Laundry Bar. Running bi-monthly, Yard Bounce aims to feature the finest selectors, MCs and dancers in the business. Get ready for the vibes to tun up Caribbean-style!
This instalment will feature hosts Jesse I and Troublemekka alongside guests Zare Demus, DJ Pit, and Bellyas; plus live performances from King Ru, Slicker 1, and the Burn City Queenz. Maaaaad again!
Yard Bounce takes place on Saturday 23rd May at Laundry (50 Johnston St, Fitzroy). $10 door pressure. 10pm-3am.
Chant Down keeps the fire blazing for Australia’s longest-running reggae night, mixing the best new roots and the freshest dancehall together with vintage classics, custom dubplate specials, and live vocals in a soundsystem style. Residents Jesse I and Ras Crucial will be joined in June by special guest DJ Agent 86 – world reknowned as a cross-genre DJ, there are very few who can match his skills behind the decks, and when he plays reggae, he truly plays it like no other. Also gracing the Mercat stage will be Rasta Unity’s lead singer Sistah Candice, plus Sista Sara and Rick Howe.
More Fire # 172 takes place on Saturday 13th June at Deep 11 (Mercat Cross Hotel basement, 456 Queen St, Melbourne). Doors open at 10pm, with a cover of $12 or $10 for concession holders and PBS FM members.
Get ready to go back once again, as we return to the days when dancehall music still came out on vinyl! From the foundation dancehall singers and deejays of the early 80s, through the bogle riddims of the 90s, to the firebrand bashment of the early 2000s, Dancehall Throwback will take you on a musical journey through dancehall history. Selectors Jesse I, Sista Itations, Ras Crucial, Ranking Yoni, and Stryka D will be digging deep into the archives for 45s from all eras – no laptops, and no CDJs. Joining them on the mic will be some of Melbourne’s best dancehall vocalists – Damajah, Di Apprentice, Quashani Bahd and Faada Hype – performing live over classic riddims. Dancehall nice again!
Dancehall Throwback takes place on Saturday 27th June at Laundry Bar (50 Johnston St, Fitzroy). 10pm-3am, $10 cover on the door.
More Fire returns to the roots this July for Chant Down’s annual “Rastafari” reggae dance in honour of emperor Haile Selassie I’s earth month. Joining residents Ras Crucial and Jesse I will be special guest selectors Adrians Wall, DJ Pit, and Lion S; plus Ras Jahknow performing live. 100% roots reggae and conscious dancehall… strictly positive vibes!
More Fire: Rastafari! takes place on Saturday 11th July at The Mercat (456 Queen St, City). Doors open at 10pm, with a cover of $12 or $10 for concession holders, and PBS FM members.
A mix of reggae and conscious dancehall for free download. January 2013.