Some have called Jamaica’s mightiest record producer, the one and only Lee â€œScratchâ€ Perry, a madman. He may be one reggae’s longest-lived patron saints, but he also managed to drive Bob Marley out of his stable of recording artists, clash with The Clash over the production values of â€œPolice and Thievesâ€ and, not least, burn his own recording studio down to rid it of â€œunclean spirits.â€ (They don’t call him â€œThe Upsetterâ€ for nothing.) This winter, a precious few US audiences will have the chance to witness Perry walk the border between madness and genius live on stage.
Ever the eccentric, Perry’s live show as every bit as surreal as the dozens of singles and albums released under his multitude of pseudonyms since the early 1960s. Expect sound system antics de rigueur, the most unintelligible stage banter this side of Shane MacGowan and, of course, and that dropâ€¦dropâ€¦drop dub beat.
Dude lives all the way over in Switzerland these days, so pocket tickets while they’re still $25 a pop. Check out Perry’s handful of U.S. dates below:
Sunday, December 13th: New York, NY @ HighLine Ballroom
Monday, December 14th: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Wednesday, December 16th: Park City, Utah @ Star Bar
Friday, December 18th: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Saturday, December 19th: Oakland, CA @ Town Hall
Sunday, December 20th: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst