Don Carlos, The Mermen

Don Carlos

The Mermen

Bigga Happiness Sound, Soundproof Intl'

Sat, December 8, 2012

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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Don Carlos
Don Carlos
Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae's greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy, to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career in 1973 as one of the original members of Black Uhuru, alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls, and Derrick Ducky Simpson. As part of the trio, Don sang lead on the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. This album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trio's groundbreaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to leave Black Uhuru in pursuit of a solo career. Within three years as a solo artist, developing his song writing and grooming his distinctive vocal style, in May 1981 Suffering was released. This strong release took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy roots and culture flavored showcase for the Negus Roots label. This album was a massive hit in Africa, selling unprecedented units. Unfortunately, the album was bootlegged, and Don never received proper royalties.
At this time, he worked alongside Goldie, his sidekick, co writer, and back up vocalist. Together they built a staunch following through touring the live circuit and releasing consistant albums including Harvest Time, Day to Day Living, Them Never Know A Natty Dread Have Credentials, all three issued in 1982, Spread Out 1982 also otherwise known as Laser Beam to which the majority of tracks in this set have been culled, Never Run Away 1984, Just a Passing Glance 1985 and more recently Seven Days a Week. Don's partner, Gold was tragically shot and crippled, putting him out of the music business.

During the eighties dance hall mania, Don had five top ten hits between 1982 – 1985- Late Night Blues, Nice Time Tonight, Dice Cup, Hog & Goat, I'm Not Getting Crazy and Spread Out. Don is still churning out solid, melodic roots reggae. Other titles in his rich catalogue include Roots and Culture, Raving Tonight, Pure Gold, Spread Out, Plantation, Never Run Away, Slow Down Vol. 3, Rasta Brothers, Prophecy, Firehouse Clash, Deeply Concerned, Ease Up, Lazer Beam, Ras Portraits, Grove w/me, Head to Head, Jah Light, Live in San Francisco (2002), and Special Edition. There's an old saying in the music industry that claims: What goes around, comes back around. In Dons' case, a request for reinstatement to his former role as lead vocalist for a rejuvenated Black Uhuru reunion resulted in another strong Black Uhuru album – Now. 1990 marked the reunion of the original vocal trio with Don, Garth and Duckie. After six years- 1989-1994- and four albums, singing lead for Black Uhuru in the studio, and on the road, Don again went back to his solo career. His other titles with Black Uhuru include Mystical Truths, Iron Storm and Strong. All of these four albums are classics with Don up front on lead vocals.

After the Black Uhuru stretch, Don joined forces with the California based Reggae Angels, who backed him for four years. He then kept some of the core Reggae Angels musicians for his own permanent backing band. He has been touring successfully with this band in Europe, South America, Hawaii, and the western US. Don's popularity has been consistently growing, so he is now one of the most sought after roots reggae artists in the business. Check him out online at www.doncarlosinternational.com or www.doncarlosjamaica.com
The Mermen
The Mermen
Celebrating twenty years, THE MERMEN, the implacably iconoclastic instrumental rock trio from San Francisco, California, announce the release of their first studio album of all new material in a decade. Entitled 'IN GOD WE TRUST,' the album, recorded, produced and released independently by the band marks the return of this vibrant, ground-breaking and powerful classic guitar, bass and drums trio.

Along with original members Jim Thomas (guitars), Martyn Jones (drums) and Allen Whitman (bass) are musical guests including Prairie Prince (The Tubes / Jefferson Starship), Diana Mangano (Jefferson Starship), Jennifer Burnes, and Stanosaur. Together they create a musical pilgrimage starting from ambient oceanic dreamscape to relentless grindcore and back again into a West Coast audio odyssey flowing through the Byrds, Neil Young and early Jerry Garcia before finally washing up on a decidedly wild and seldom visited beach.
Bigga Happiness Sound
Bigga Happiness Sound
Bigga Happiness Soundsystem was founded in 2001 in Santa Cruz, CA, by Adam Twelve. Bigga Happiness began playing alongside local sounds like Jah Mind's Eye, Livity, Sargasso, Trinity, Lionheart, and Selecta 7 and quickly found success in promoting dancehall events in the Santa Cruz area. In 2004, DJs Kelau and Lionize joined the Bigga Happiness Crew and the sound took to the next level. Adam Twelve and Lionize Began DJing on KZSC Santa Cruz, on the already long-running Joy in The Morning Program, in 2004. Around the same time Bigga Happiness began playing club nights and promoting events in the San Francisco bay area. Lionize began Blessed Coast Soundsystem in 2006, while Adam Twelve and Kelau continued to grow Bigga Happiness Sound.
Now, in 2010, the Bigga Happiness is approaching 10 years in business and is keeping things growing in Santa Cruz, the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and worldwide...
Soundproof Intl'
Soundproof Intl'
Soundproof International is one of the longest running reggae-dancehall sounds to come out of Marin County. Dj Rebbz has held the Soundproof flag for over 10 years and is still going strong!
Venue Information:
19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA, 94930
http://www.19broadway.com/