Backstage Pass: The Duppies put their own spin on classic reggae roots


Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 12:59 p.m.

There is a musical school of thought that thinks Bob Marley’s reggae is the only reggae, and it’s pretty hard to argue that, but that’s what I’m here for.

Yes, Bob Marley was an amazing, charismatic musical genius, but he’s not the end-all-be-all, and to write off all the brilliant work done by reggae and rock steady acts that came after him would be like saying rock ’n’ roll stopped with The Beatles (which is an argument for another time altogether).

All of that being said, The Duppies is one of those after-Marley reggae bands that holds true to their roots but puts their own spin on it. “Ghost of San Juan Hill” is an eerie, up-tempo dancehall groove that can invoke chills, which isn’t surprising considering that the word duppy is a noun taken directly out of Jamaican folklore, meaning “unruly spirit risen from a consecrated grave, a ghost or a poltergeist.”

But don’t think that every song is going to creep you out, they have happier songs, slower songs, mellow songs, pretty much any kind of song you can think of, they’ve got it. So why not check them out and show them some love?

Go to Loosey’s tonight to check them out, along with Version City Tour and King Django, John DeCarlo and locals The Partials, starting at 9 p.m.

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South Florida indie sensations Jacuzzi Boys perform with local rockers The Ex-Boogeymen, hardcore quartet Ill Bones and local zep-heads Young Hookers on Friday at High Dive, starting at 9 p.m.

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If you like last shows in addition to benefits, this is the show for you. The Gainesville band Radon just can’t get enough of playing around town, even after they’ve broken up. They’ll be playing one last time Saturday along with local punks Post Teens as well as the new(ish) Anemones, starting at 9 p.m. at The Backyard.

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Cheap Girls, a trio from Lansing, Mich., performs at The Atlantic along with Baltimore quartet Diamond Youth and the Connecticut-based punk-rock quartet Make Do and Mend on Sunday, starting at 7 p.m.

Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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