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Dub pioneer, living legend and genuine eccentric, Lee "Scratch" Perry is currently on a US tour that will stop at NYC's Gramercy Theater on Thursday (5/17) with openers Subatomic Sound System. Tickets for that show are still available. All Lee Perry dates are listed below.
If you're unfamiliar with his extensive canon of work, you might want to check out Perry documentary, The Upsetter, which was released on DVD earlier this year. Perry's seminal album Blackboard Jungle Dub just came out as a cool 10" box, one of the hottest Record Store Day releases this year. And for the real fan, you can now get the Lee "Scratch" Perry vinyl figure which is pictured above.
Perry makes a short but memorable appearance in the recently-released documentary Marley which is still in theaters (like NYC's Sunshine Cinema). Marley is also streaming now via various sources and comes to DVD August 9.
In other reggae news, August marks the 50th anniversary of Jamaica's independence from British colonial rule and there will be a celebration at Summerstage in Central Park on August 19 with a free show featuring Inner Circle, Israel Vibration, The Mighty Diamonds and DJ Carter Van Pelt.
In other news from the island, we were sad to read that Skatalites bassist and founding member Lloyd Brevett died last week at age 80. RIP Lloyd.
You can watch videos of the Skatallites and Lee "Scratch" Perry in action, plus the trailer for The Upsetter and a list of all Perry tour dates below...
The Upsetter Trailer
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Studio Black Ark
Lee Perry - Disco Devil
The Skatalites - Seven Seal
Lee Scratch Perry - 2012 Tour Dates
May 16 Falls Church, VA -- State Theatre Virginia
May 17 New York, NY -- Gramercy Theatre
May 18 Buffalo, NY -- Town Ballroom
May 21 Chicago, IL -- Lincoln Hall
May 23 Minneapolis, MN -- Cedar Cultural Center
May 25 Denver, CO -- Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
May 26 Aspen, CO -- Belly Up Aspen
Jun 2 Belfast, UK -- T13 Queens Road Titanic Quarter
Aug 10 Oslo, Norway -- Middelalderparken