Jamaica’s Scientist (aka Hopeton Brown) has long been one of the most daring and accomplished producers in all of dub reggae, learning his craft from the legendary King Tubby. The dubmaster enlisted by Chicago drummer and bandleader Ted Sirota for his new project Heavyweight Dub, a jazz-wise excursion into island mixology. Sirota is well-known for his membership in the Green Mill house band Sabertooth and for leading the style-hopping jazz ensemble Rebel Souls, which has regularly mixed doses of reggae and Afrobeat into its repertoire.
The group includes some of the city’s finest players: reedist Cameron Pfiffner, bassist Matt Ferguson, percussionist Chris Paquette, guitarists Andrew Trim and Mike Dangeroux, keyboardist Tom Vaitsas, trombonist Matthew Davis, electronicst Anthony Abbinanti, and vocalists Paul Mabin and Yanira Marin. Scientist will do a live dub mix and they’ll be joined by special guest singer General Jah Mikey and Chicago rapper Diverse. Shinehead and Jah Mikey will play a dancehall set to open the show.