Mykal Rose ft. Sly & Robbie

Mykal Rose ft. Sly & Robbie

Fri Jun 7

Mykal Rose ft. Sly & Robbie

Doors: 8:30 pm
Start: 9:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

Rose has performed his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world, both with Black Uhuru, & now as a solo artist!

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Genre: reggae

Ticket Price: $28 advanced / $30 day of show / $49 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)

Mykal Rose

For thirty years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the "Ruff" Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.

Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae's first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn't begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica's hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap the Barber," both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and "Running Around" for Winston Campbell.

Black Uhuru's first full length was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was "I Love King Selassie." But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12" singles "Shine Eye Gal," "General Penitentiary," "Plastic Smile," and of course, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a vocal style all his own. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo , and others embraced it as the "Waterhouse" sound.

Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records-Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group's success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group's Island years material.

With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie ("Monkey Business," "Visit Them," "One a We Two a We"), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan.

As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today's scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.

DJ Carlos Culture

He was born In Colombia, South America and moved to Dayton, Ohio at the age of seven. He started djing in clubs in 1991 and has not stopped ever since. With almost 2 decades in the business he is a well experience selector. His favorite music to spin is cultural reggae, but says “I love dancehall music too”. He has been the resident DJ at the WorldBeat Center since 1996.

It all really took off when he went on a vacation to Jamaica in 1988. It was on this trip that he knew that playing reggae music would be become a major part of his life. He remembers “The music pumping out of the speakers was so infectious, I’ve been hooked ever since”. Later, in California, Carlos started Djing in Ocean Beach where he played between sets for bands like Common Sense, Shiloh band, and Zionic. He still plays in OB. He also was an on air jock on 91X with his mentor Makeda Dread alongside Dangerous Dareka. This crew was together for 7 years doing live radio on Sunday nights on Reggae Makossa.

Performing live is what he like best. He has selected for Tippa Irie and Eek-A-Mouse singing on sound system, played at House of Blues for a New Years Party with Slightly Stoopid, He and Makeda were the first reggae DJs ever to perform in Peru and a spring break week in Cabo San Lucas with 91X and Z90 are his most memorable shows. Besides playing national reggae festivals he cites those as his greatest experiences. All in all Carlos Culture “knows the ting” and will be spinning the best in reggae and dancehall music!