By Francisco L. White
This coming Friday night, Arts at the Armory patrons can expect an unforgettable experience. The Duppy Conquerors, an accomplished Bob Marley tribute band and local favorite, will share the stage with Dub Apocalypse for a night that is likely to leave any music lover wanting more. If you are unfamiliar with the tunes of the legendary Bob Marley or have never heard either of these bands play, this show will be the perfect opportunity to be immersed in reggae music and great local musicianship.
The Duppy Conquerors have performed with The Wailers (the late Marley’s band), Ziggy Marley (son of Bob, and musical legend in his own right), the late Gil Scott Heron, and many others. Now Somerville can call them their own; they can be found Mondays, at Sally O’Brien’s, located at 335 Somerville Avenue in Union Square. When asked what made them decide to dig their roots in Somerville, band member Jeff Robinson said, “To be honest, people love us most everywhere we play because they love Bob Marley’s music, but Somerville and Sally O’Brien’s in particular is home for us. Somerville is a great music town! Musicians move to Somerville because they feel welcomed.” Robinson also spoke about Friday’s show at the Armory, saying, “We’re very excited to share the bill with our good friends Dub Apocalypse. They are incredible!”
Dub Apocalypse, winners of the 2010 Boston Music Award for International Artist of the Year, can also call Somerville home. They perform every Sunday at Bill McCabe’s Irish Pub in Union Square. This band is of the dub reggae genre, playing reworked and improvised instrumentals of traditional reggae music. They don’t have a website, but they definitely have a local fan base, and good music speaks for itself.
Tickets for this April 20 show are available in advance at brownpapertickets.com, for only $8. They can also be purchased at the door, on the night of the performance, for $10. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the good music and vibrations start at 8:00 p.m.