Lee “Scratch” Perry Touring East Coast In June

Lee "Scratch" Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry March 20, 1936) is one of the most influential people in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica. As a songwriter, a performer and producer, “The Mighty Upsetter” has been at the forefront of reggae music since the late 50’s ska movement.

Practically the inventor of the “scratch” turntable effect used by DJ’s, Perry’s studio innovations have influenced not only reggae but also rock, punk, pop and dance music. Yet, at 70 years old, Perry’s album Panic in Babylon, recently released on Narnack Records with a bonus disc of remixes by TV on the Radio and DJ Spooky, proves to be more relevant than ever.

In June, 2007 the Jamaican legend returns to the East Coast. The current itinerary runs from June 8 – 16 starting at The Middle East in Boston and heading through Burlington, Philadelphia, New York City and Connecticut. New York-based band Dub Is a Weapon, which has served as backing band for Perry when he tours the U.S. , will resume its duties for this tour.

Lee “Scratch” Perry Tour dates:

6/08/07: Boston, MA: The Middle East Downstairs / $20 ADV / $25 D0S/ 9pm / mideastclub.com

6/09/07: Burlington, VT: Burlington Discover Jazz Festival w/The Skatalites
8pm / $23 adv. /$28 DOS / discoverjazz.com

6/10/07: Philadelphia, PA: World Café Live / 7:30pm / $25 DOS /worldcafelive.com

6/12/07: Northhampton, MA: Pearl Street /8pm / $23 DOS / iheg.com

6/13/2007: Asbury Park, NJ: Stone Pony /7pm / $25 / stoneponyonline.com

6/14/07: New York, NY: B.B. Kings Blues Club 8pm / $25 ADV/$30 DOS / bbkingblues.com

6/15/07: Falls Church, VA:  State Theatre / 9pm /$20 /Thestatetheatre.com

6/16/07: Bridgeport CT: Mertens Theatre at University of Bridgeport /7pm / w/ Toots and The Maytals /$35 ADV / $45 – $50 DOS / premierconcerts.com

Lee “Scratch” Perry currently lives in Switzerland and continues recording, touring and performing around the world with great success. Perry’s numerous accomplishments include collaborations with the Beastie Boys on the track "Dr. Lee, PHD" for the Hello Nasty album. In 2003, Perry won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album with the album Jamaican ET.

Perry’s future Plans include 2007 releases with the Starbucks / Trojan brands and an appearance on an upcoming Andrew W.K. reality series. Later this month Perry is scheduled to announce West Coast tour dates that will extend in July / August / September through the California, Denver, Seattle and Vancouver areas.


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