Dub-Cember Holi-Daze Party
On December 5th, 2012, back before so many founding fathers and iconic ground breakers of rock and roll started dropping faster than afternoon temperatures in Sunset, the iconic jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died. The list of musicians capable of writing an instrumental tune in an odd meter with a melody so infectious that it crosses genres, borders and barriers of culture, race, language and time to bring joy to people across the planet is a short one. Like Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley, Brubeck was a rarity; a true musical ambassador, so it was fitting that in the wake of that loss, on a mild, early December night in the Mission, new musical bridges were being built and friendships were sprouting buds - while friends shared them - out in the sweetly scented evening air on Valencia Street. A few hours earlier, a naive, nomadic quartet of Milwaukee musicians, The Tritonics, had completed their opening set of rock steady-inspired originals and classic covers and were skanking in the ruby-hued darkness of The Elbo Room to the infectious ska riddims and shimmering, Skatalite - inspired horns of their new acquaintances, San Francisco's Franco Nero. By 11:00pm, both bands' sets were complete, and together the minstrels from the midwest and the musicians from the mission strolled straight up the street where, a few minutes later, some of the very same San Franciscans that the touring Tritonics were just sharing the stage with, would scale a smaller stage at Amnesia to pay tribute to Dave Brubeck in an endless parade of trios, quartets and quintets. Milwaukeeans were impressed. Friendships were forged. And new coalitions were soon to sprout new traditions. On Sunday, December 10th, six years after that first fateful night, the same pair of combos, plus another wondrous one, Joseph's Bones, come together in annual ritual that has come to be known as "Dub-Cember, to pass the chalice, celebrate friendships and pay tribute to Jamaica's trio of musical treasures; ska, rock steady and roots reggae. This year's Dub-Cember Holi-Daze celebration has an added element of energy, because we're bringing this Rastafarian celebration to a new venue, The Ivy room! Please join us on Sunday night, December 10th, 2017, for an unforgettable evening of endless dancing and entrancing ridddims at The Ivy Room!