Dub Mission documentary

by World of Sound’s Jef Stott



Winner: Best Reggae Club x 5! Thank you Bay Area!


From the very beginning, Dub Mission was intent on giving classic and modern dub its due, making it a rare sort of reggae party. Luckily this period of time has also coincided with a great resurgence of interest in dub music through onstage performances and re-issues. We have devoted special nights to the music of various reggae greats including Bob Marley, Lee Perry, King Tubby, The Scientist and Prince Far I. Throughout we’ve also showcased classic roots, killer dancehall, and deep hybrid cuts.

Artists from all over the world and the U.S. have performed at Dub Mission. A partial list includes: The Scientist, Adrian Sherwood (ON-U Sound System), Mad Professor (Ariwa Sound System), Mungo’s Hi Fi with Soom T & Solo Banton, Prince Fatty Sound System with Hollie Cook, Tippa Irie (Saxon Sound System), Zion Train, Overproof Sound System, DJ Vadim, Poland’s Radikal Guru and Dreadsquad, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System (Holland), Florian Seyberth (Boozoo Bajou/Germany), Dubblestandart (Austria), Pitch Black (New Zealand), Ex-Centric Sound System (Israel), Addis Pablo (Jamaica), Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson), Subatomic Sound System, dr Israel, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Tino Corp (Jack Dangers &, Ben Stokes), Dubtribe Sound System and many others.

Dub Mission Residents

DJ Sep

DJ Sep

Sep is the founder, promoter, and main resident at Dub Mission. For 22 years, Sep was also on Bay Area radio: first on the highly-influential college station, KUSF and later at Berkeley’s public radio station, KPFA. Sep is the co-compiler of Babylon Is Ours: The USA in Dub, a collection of all-exclusive American dub tracks (on Select Cuts) and co-producer (with Jason Short) of “Get Your Dub Wet” remixes (Daly City Records). Sep has won a Goldie Award (Bay Guardian) and been nominated for Best DJ (SF Weekly Music Awards). She has spun in London, Vancouver, Tijuana, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles and has opened for the likes of Sly & Robbie, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Mad Professor, The Wailers, Culture, Big Youth, Les Nubians, Rachid Taha, Kinky, and many others.  

Vinnie Esparza


Vinnie is a veteran of the San Francisco/Bay DJ scene and spins at various parties around the city. In 2000 Vinnie was voted “Best Local DJ” by the Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay.” The following year he won the City Search Editor’s Award for “Best Local DJ.” Vinnie was also nominated for “Best Local DJ” in the SF Weekly in both 2001 and 2003. He was the first DJ to play the Monterey Jazz Festival on its 50th Anniversary and was asked to return the following year. He was also the first-ever DJ booking for the Quebec City Jazz Festival. Vinnie has compiled the Loose & Juicy collection for Vanguard Records, Viva CuBop 2 for Ubiquity Records, and coordinated the reissue of Bobby Montez’s Jungle Fantastique for the same label. He spins a wide variety of music including roots reggae, jazz, hip hop, and soul to name only a few.

Maneesh the Twister


Maneesh has been a staple of the Bay Area music scene for over 15 years. He has been voted “Best Club DJ” in the SF Bay Guardian. As the founder of the Surya Dub collective and co-founder of the Dhamaal collective, Maneesh helped kick off the Bay Area BASS era. His productions appear on the Dhamaal Soundsystem CD, the XBOX 360 game “Project Gotham,” Sony BMG India’s Shamur compilation, and Kush Arora’s “Boiling Over.” Maneesh has shared the stage with Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Scientist, Thievery Corporation, Bassnectar, Mad Professor, Francois K, Kode 9, Adrian Sherwood, Mala, The Bug & Warrior Queen, Flying Lotus, Eskmo, Smith & Mighty/RSD, State of Bengal, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Z-Trip, DJ Vadim, Dan the Automator, and many others. Maneesh co-hosts “Surya Dub Takeover,” a monthly Monday-night radio show on KPFA.


January 1999: Dub Mission produces legendary dubmaster The Scientist along with the all-star Devil Dub Band (Buckethead, Brain, DJ Disk) at the Justice League.

April 1999: Dub Mission co-presents the first Bay Area appearance by the Blood & Fire Sound System featuring Trinity, Dillinger, Ranking Joe and a rare appearance by selector Steve Barrow also at the Justice League .

2001: Dub Mission celebrates its fifth anniversary with producer/ mixmaster Adrian Sherwood, whose On-U Sound System has been a great influence on Dub Mission.

2002: Dub Mission turns six with an unprecedented sound system featuring The Scientist at the controls.

2003: Dub Mission’s seventh anniversary features the first-and-only U.S. appearance ever! by Overproof Sound System featuring Ras Tweed on the mic.

2004: Dub Mission celebrates its eighth anniversary with the return of Adrian Sherwood featuring Ghetto Priest on the mic. Dub Mission is also nominated for “Best Party” by the Club World Awards.

2005: Dub Mission hosts an international dub summit with rare West Coast performances by Yossi Fine of Ex-Centric Sound System, and Cosmic Rocker and The Spy From Cairo of Organic Grooves.

2007: Dub Mission turns 11 years old with the debut of NYC’s Subatomic Sound System featuring MCs Jahdan Blakkamoore and Treasure Don on the mic.

2011: Dub Mission celebrates 15 years with the return of Adrian Sherwood and Brother Culture, who perform together for the first time in the U.S. in front of the Dub Mission audience.

2012: Dub Mission turns 16 with its first Sound Sytstem show featuring Mista Chatman on the mic.

2013: Dub Mission celebrates # 17 with a night featuring all the resident DJs and celebrating the release of the Biggering Riddim featuring vocals by dr Israel and Mista Chatman.

2014: [September] Dub Mission turns 18 with a night featuring all the resident DJs plus Dubtronic Science performing live.

[October] Dub Mission competes in the first Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash held in San Francisco, the only reggae crew to do so.

2015: [September] Dub Mission turns 19 with headliner Addis Pablo (son of the legendary Augustus Pablo) and Jah Bami, and all the residents.

[October] Dub Mission celebrates show # 1000 at Elbo Room.

[December] Dub Mission completes its last Sunday-night party and moves to second Fridays at Elbo Room in 2016.

2016: [September] Dub Mission celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show featuring veteran mc Screechy Dan with Subatomic Sound System, and all the residents.

2017: [September] Dub Mission ends its residency at the Elbo Room with its 21st anniversary, featuring special guests dr Israel, Will Magid, and all the residents.

2018: [November] Dub Mission presents its final show at Elbo Room SF before the club closes at the end of the year. Special guests include mc Chronic G, and Jef Stott on guitar, and all the residents.