Friday, October 6th
Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm
$20 in advance / $25 day of the show
Formed in 1994, Dub Congress remains a prime mover in the West Coast reggae and dub scene. Best known for their influential 2002 album Down in Santa Cruz – a wry tribute to their hometown, and arguably the city’s definitive musical statement of that era – they unofficially retired in 2009, then made a surprise comeback in 2019 to mark the 25th anniversary of the band’s formation.
Now, for their very first post-pandemic performance, Dub Congress returns to Moe’s Alley, where they will once again bless the stage with their heavyweight brand of reggae, dancehall, and dub.
Dub Congress in 2023 still features a classic lineup of original members: On lead vocals and guitar, Nathan Martisius, whose conscious, visionary songwriting and off-the-dome freestyles have always benchmarked the band’s approach. On lead guitar, Ehrin Poklen, whose unique plucking style is a treasured and essential feature of the Dub Congress sound. On keyboards, Danny Dub, a veteran bubbler with a long list of touring and recording credits, including stints with The Itals, Fiji, Inka Inka, and Native Elements. On drums, Aaron Sonnenshine (AKA Sunshine), whose booming kick drum and crashing cymbals mark a style that traces back to the heaviest roots reggae of the 1970s. And making his Dub Congress debut at Moe’s Alley, new bassist Matt Barnett joins the crew for the first time, bringing a blast of fresh energy to the band’s three-decade legacy.