Win Tickets ($40+): Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry @ Refuge PDX | All Ages, Reggae Legend

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at Refuge PDX on Sunday, April 21, 2013 as part of Soul’d Out Music Festival. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, April 19.

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Lee Scratch Perry @ Refuge PDXLee ‘Scratch’ Perry
April 21, 2013
7 p.m. | $20-$74, Kids under 10 FREE | All Ages
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Working under many names —as well as in many capacities: disc jockey, producer, record businessman, songwriter, singer —Lee Perry has been a guiding force in the development of reggae. In addition to his own trailblazing music, Lee Perry has produced hits for the Wailers, Junior Byles, Max Romeo, the Heptones, Gregory Isaacs, Junior Murvin, and the Clash. Known for his bizarre behavior and stream-of-consciousness interviews, Lee Perry often dons costumes and headdresses made of found objects such as feathers, toys, playing cards, and coins.

He began his career in his teens as Little Lee Perry, a DJ for Coxsone Dodd’s Downbeat Sound System. When he made his recording debut with “The Chicken Scratch” on Dodd’s Studio One label in the early ’60s, he became known as Scratch Perry. For most of the ’60s, he worked at Studio One as A&R director and producer of Jamaican hits for Justin Hines, Delroy Wilson, and Shenley Dufus, among others; he also recorded his own material like “Trials and Crosses” and “Doctor Dick.”

In 1968 Perry left Dodd and worked briefly —as producer and performer —with Joe Gibbs, Byron Lee, and Clancy Eccles. With the success of Perry’s first independent release, an instrumental called “The Upsetter,” he acquired another sobriquet —the Upsetter. He named his label Upsetter and his studio band the Upsetters. That same year, 1968, he had a hit with “People Funny Boy,” billing himself as Lee “King” Perry. An unusually slow song for its time, “People Funny Boy” was one of the first real reggae hits. Most of ¬Perry’s late-’60s hits, like “Clint Eastwood,” “Live Injection,” and “Return of Django” (#5 U.K., 1969), were instrumentals that set his spaghetti Western–style themes in reggae as dry, spacious, and ominous as the western desert.

In 1969 Perry began working with the Wailers. During the next three years, he oversaw their transformation from a ska vocal trio into a full-fledged five-piece reggae band —with bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett and his drummer brother Carlton from the Upsetters —that would become the most acclaimed Jamaican group in the world. “Duppy Conqueror,” “Small Axe,” “Kaya,” and “Sun Is Shining” were some of the Wailers’ songs Perry wrote. The Wailers began producing themselves for their own label in 1971 but were reunited with Perry for occasional sessions in the late ’70s.

Signed to Island in 1973, Perry and his Upsetters maintained a rocky relationship with the company on and off for several years. In 1974 he built his Black Ark Studio in the backyard of his Kingston home. Perry was one of the pioneers of the reggae instrumental studio art known as dubbing —reworking a taped track by removing some parts and exaggerating others. His use of technology such as drum machines and phase shifters gave his mixes a cutting-edge sound that had a profound influence on dub and, later, dancehall. His work in the ’70s with toasters like U-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, I-Roy, Big Youth, and Dennis Alcapone established him in the forefront of toasters’ dub; he would make hit after hit from the same rhythm track until the tape wore out. Perry recorded his own toasting under the pseudonym of Jah Lion. He also recorded as Pipecock Jackson and under his own name. His most popular releases in the ’70s, “Station Underground News” and “Roast Fish and Corn Bread,” were vocals.

Perry reportedly torched his studio in 1980 and began traveling. His musical output became more eccentric and experimental, though it remained highly respected by critics. He lived in Amsterdam in the mid-’80s, and then in London. In 1990 Perry moved to Switzerland, only occasionally returning to Jamaica, where he eventually abandoned plans to rebuild his historic Black Ark Studio. In 1997 Perry’s public profile rose with the release of Arkology, a three-disc anthology. That same year the Beastie Boys invited him to appear at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York (where he appeared in a football helmet covered with small mirrors), followed by an extensive U.S. tour with sometime collaborator Neal “the Mad Professor” Fraser. By now he was acknowledged as a key influence on ’90s trip-hop and electronic dance music. In 2000 he released the recently completed On the Wire —an album begun a decade earlier, before Perry disappeared to Switzerland with the tapes —to more critical acclaim.

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30 Responses to Win Tickets ($40+): Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry @ Refuge PDX | All Ages, Reggae Legend

  1. Steve April 17, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Please choose me to win tickets to this show! I would love to take my daughter to her first concert ever!

  2. DJK April 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Love to see this show! Please and Thank You PDX Pipeline!

  3. Kate April 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I would love to catch this show! Lee Scratch Perry is a legend.

  4. Celia April 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Because I LUB DUB!!! =) Pick me….. PICK ME!!!!

  5. Ranay April 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Please pick me! I have not seen him live yet and would love love love too! Thank you!

  6. nick April 18, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Lee Scratch is one of my favorite all time masters of the dub. Please pick me to win. Times are tight and this would be a serious gift..Thanks

  7. Charlie April 18, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    “Everything you want for yourself
    and you think of no one else
    Why are you so red-eyed
    Why can’t you satisfy
    You take people for fool
    And use them as a tool
    But I am the avenger
    You’ll never get away from me
    I am the upsetter “

  8. pete n repete April 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Whoa! this guy still alive! Saw him before and find his music so infectiously fun! Please send me and a friend to soak him up again! and If not me then the last comment with the song quote. that’s pretty good, friend!

  9. teddy p April 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    the upsetter with indubious!

  10. Taylor April 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I got an itch I need to SCRATCH

  11. Frank Byers April 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Roast fish, collie weed and cornbread.

  12. Jamel Badrieh April 18, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I love Lee Scratch Perry and just got over poison oak, so I am ready to scratch and reaggae rock to the beats. Plus, I’m broke and this is the only way I could go! Please pick me!!!

  13. Hermione April 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Lee Scratch is my partner’s fave. April 21 is his birthday. Ooooh, he’d be so thrilled. Thanks for considering!

  14. Eric April 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    OK, here’s the deal. I totally stole this quote, but it is appropriate, and should explain why I need to shake loose of my earthly responsibilities and totally groove out to some Scratch!!

    Without realizing it, we go from an age where we say: “My life will be that” to an age where we say: “That’s life.”

    I could really use some groovin right now.

  15. Chad April 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    I’d love to see the master of dub in concert for the first time on this Earthday weekend. Thanks!

  16. Eric April 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    It was brown and it has raisins and we flushed it for those reasons, This is the poop song this the poop song. We were walking to the mall and i had to go to the stall, This is the poop song this is the poop song. I took a big old fart then my pants went down real far, This is the poop song this is the poop song.

  17. Ben April 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Time to get reallll Irrieeee on my Birthdayyy!!! Would love to get down at the refuge to some of the world’s finest reggae dub musicc!!!! Also Lee Scratch is the master of dub and this is some serious bucket list shit for my partner and I to get down to on my BDAY!! This would put a huge smile on my face for the holidaze+ Earth Day weekend celebration!!

  18. Johnny April 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    I promise to set all kinds of stuff on fire and then move to European obscurity and you won’t have to give me free tickets to anything for an indefinite period of time until I return with greatness.

  19. Alicia April 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    I need, need, need these tickets. Pretty pleeeease? Think of it as a charitable contribution… That you may or may mot be able to write off on your taxes… Next year.

  20. Luke April 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm #


  21. Erica April 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    It’s a very long story, but I simply have to attend. Scratch Perry needs me there.

  22. Leann April 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    This man is a legend. Legends are meant to be heard live.

  23. lessi April 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    My unpaid vacation ended today. I am a happy girl, but spent today laundering, cleaning, dentisting cooking. Yuk, that shouldn’t have happened! Sunday bonus love fun action smile make an old woman happy day with free ticket concert love!

  24. Ben April 19, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Big big big big big fan of all things scratch. This guy is basically reggae in and of itself. I would argue he did more for the genre than bob ever did. Big fan.

  25. Rick April 19, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Fact: Mr. Perry is immune to Calamine lotion.

  26. Darla April 19, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    I love reggae.

  27. Danny April 19, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Not only is this man a legend but he is THE founding father of Dub. I would LOVE to see him live. Also, a fortune cookie told me that my luck was about to change….

  28. mary b April 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I can not afford to pay for the tix and pay with being tired at work the next day, so if I win tix I will be willing to suffer the day after and after and after, promise! ;)

  29. Drew April 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Every time Lee Scratch Perry is town I haven’t been able to go. I have this weekend off and am going to Midnite on Saturday to follow the next day up with a free Lee Scratch Perry show the next day would be IRIE!!! I have not had the pleasure of seeing this Reggae/Dub legend perform live and am wanting to witness a master doing his craft. Peace n Thnx

  30. Ian Rolfe-Redding April 20, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    A living legend I would love to go see!

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