Win Tickets ($24): Uprite Dub Orchestra Reunion Show with DJ Cansaman of Trinity Sounds @ Secret Society | Reggae, Ska, Dub, Hip Hop

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Uprite Dub Orchestra Reunion Show with DJ Cansaman of Trinity Sounds @ Secret Society on January 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Thursday, December 31.


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January 1, 2016
Doors 8:30 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $10 ADV, $12 Doors | 21+

The Secret Society
116 NE Russell, Portland, OR, 97212

Uprite Dub Orchestra Reunites

“We’re getting the band back together, we’re on a mission from Jah!” exclaimed Brandon Huston, one of Uprite Dub’s founders, when recently asked about the upcoming reunion event set for Friday, January 1st at The Secret Society on 116 NE Russell St. If you went to a Reggae or Ska show back in the mid-aughts, or we’re a fan of Portland’s powerhouse Reggae and Ska Rockers, than you are no stranger to the vibes laid down by some of the area’s best musicians. Inspired by 60s and 70s Jamaican music and culture, the same that brought us The Skatalites, Augustus Pablo, the seminal movie “Rockers” and dub music which laid the foundations for Hip-Hop and EDM, Uprite dub provides a soundscape that attempts to encompass it all.

Formed in 2001 and sharing such humble beginnings as sharing a Tuesday night weekly Hip-Hop event at the then ‘Mt. Tabor Theater’ in southeast, the same that introduced Portland to Olivia (Liv) Warfield. They eventually straddled the West Coast with tours, released an album recorded live in Portland in 2004 entitled ‘Dubrite’. And then in 2008, they scattered across the West Coast playing their last formal show on March 8th, 2008. Both now, after this hiatus, the forces have aligned for all former members to reunite for one big bashment for the enjoyment of Portlanders new and roots.

Triangulated between San Francisco, Spokane and Honolulu, the members of Uprite Dub Orchestra have been keeping themselves committed to their own music careers. Brandon Hutson (Trombone, Keys, Melodica, Big Toe on a Koass Pad) moved to Honolulu in 2008 and joined such acts as Go Jimmy Go, Natural Vibrations, Mike Love and his own band, Sound Revolutionaries. While Co-founder Ryan Bley (Bass, Vocals) joined Eugene’s reggae backing band The Escort Service and southern Oregon’s starchile, Alcyon Massive. Taylor Aglipay (Tenor Saxophone) has been a fixture in Portland’s own March Fourth on Baritone Saxophone and Guitar, he left for his hometown of Weaverville, CA to pursue his own music with his folk punk band, 4 Pounds of Lightning. And while Russell Scott (Trumpet, Tenor Sax and Keyboards) did his time in March Fourth, he has found his own direction as future-vintage groove-blasting maestro, Russ Liquid, recently touring with Gramatik and the Floozies and releasing albums on 1320 Records (STS9) and Lowtemp (Gramatik). Guest MC, Mexichron, along with Tanasa (Drums) formed Conscious Revolutionary Rap group, Collective Elements in 2009. The remaining members have been doing life, playing in local bands, waiting for the day we could all come together again.

The show will be opened by DJ Cansaman (Cansaman) who has also been absent from the local scene until recently, but was a regular fixture at local Uprite Dub shows. Promoting the show is KBOO’s own Ras Danny through his own production company, Just Some Reggae Folk and hosted the band live on air for some of their first performances.

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20 Responses to Win Tickets ($24): Uprite Dub Orchestra Reunion Show with DJ Cansaman of Trinity Sounds @ Secret Society | Reggae, Ska, Dub, Hip Hop

  1. Brittanie December 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    This sounds fun! I love secret society.

  2. Casey Dombos December 29, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    Because dancing with your music buds on New Year’s Day is Skanktastic!

  3. Deric Ellis December 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Sure miss this band a lot! Can’t wait for the 1st! UPRIGHT!!

  4. B December 29, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    Old school Rose city Jamaican music from back in the day?
    I played with a number of these cats years ago. Mostly really great people, and I owe it to them to attend.
    I’m sure it’s going to be the place to be that night in Portland.
    Never had a chance to see them before they split up so many years ago. I am very much looking forward to the show!

  5. Yonatan December 29, 2015 at 9:08 pm #

    Because these guys are foundational!

  6. Gannon December 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    I’ve never thought of a orchestral reggae band. I would love to see them because I’m super broke and I need to have fun after a crazy year working!

  7. Christina December 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I’m a rude girl from way back-been about 18 years since I’ve seen a good ska show.

  8. Alissa December 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

    Love to reunite with my girls at Secret Society on New Years!!!!

  9. Danielle December 29, 2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Sounds like a good time.

  10. Mary Piland December 29, 2015 at 11:44 pm #

    I have not been to Reggae event for about a few months. I would really love to go to this.

  11. Tara Marshall December 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    I would love to start the new year with the powerfully positive vibes that this group brings. Bless you all for the opportunity to gift it to someone. I would be lucky and grateful to go. Thanx!

  12. ash December 31, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Perfect first date to let her know I really like her…

  13. Frank Byers December 31, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Sounds great!

  14. Josue Mendoza December 31, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Nice I cant wait to go.

  15. Meg December 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    Would love to check this out!

  16. Shasha Andrews December 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    I am SO THERE!!! YUSSSS! Ska is da bomb!

  17. Heidi Meyer December 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Husband of 30 years and I have had a rough year, son deployed, lost job of 20 years, surgery, family pet died,etc.(yes there is more, you name it we dealt with it) but yet feel so blessed for every day.Ragaee and Hip hop brought us together back in the day. Forget your worries and have fun, live life to the fullest no matter what the circumstances. That’s how we want to start the new year. Together, no worries.

  18. Cathy G December 31, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Uprite Dub Orchestra is awesome, miss them in Portland, so excited to start the 2016 with thier reunion show! I love their tight horns and drums best!

  19. Rusty G December 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    If you look on YouTube, I recorded pretty much all the historical videos of the band, including the KBOO studio gig in 2005 (on my Portlandbands channel) and the farewell Goodfoot gig in 2008 (on my Uppitybeersnob channel), just because I liked them so much. I would like to continue the tradition for the reunion! :)

  20. Jane January 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Sounds different and awesome to me!… i’d love tickets:)… thanks!

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