20 years strong, Dub Mission is one of the longest-running parties in the world.
Dub Mission presents the best in cutting-edge dub, roots reggae and dancehall
every second Friday at Elbo Room and has been voted Bay
Area’s “Best Reggae Club” three times (by S.F. Bay Guardian readers) in 2013,
the very beginning, Dub Mission was focused on modern and classic dub, roots reggae
and killer dancehall 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 also devoted special nights to the
music of various reggae greats including Bob Marley, Lee Perry, King Tubby, and
Prince Far I.
and DJs 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 Sound System with Soom T & Solo
Banton, Prince Fatty’s Sound System, Tippa Irie & Saxon Sound System, Zion
Train, Overproof Sound System, DJ Vadim, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Twilight Circus Dub
Sound System (Holland), Florian Seyberth of Boozoo Bajou (Germany), Dubblestandart
(Austria), Pitch Black (New Zealand), Yossi Fine of Ex-Centric Sound System (Israel)
and Addis Pablo (Jamaica). Some of the American artists who have played Dub Mission
include Nickodemus of Turntables on the Hudson, Subatomic Sound System, dr Israel,
Jahdan Blakkamoore, Tino Corp with Jack Dangers &, Ben Stokes, Dubtribe Sound
System and many others.
Some of the highlights over the years:
1999: Dub Mission produces legendary dubmaster The Scientist along with the
all-star Devil Dub Band (Buckethead, Brain, DJ Disk) at the Justice League.
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 .
Mission celebrates its fifth anniversary with producer/ mixmaster Adrian Sherwood,
whose On-U Sound System has been a great influence on Dub Mission.
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.
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.
Mission turns 16 with its first Sound Sytstem show featuring Mista Chatman on
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
Dub Mission competes in the first Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash held in
San Francisco, the only reggae crew to do so.
[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.
[September] Dub Mission celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show featuring
veteran mc Screechy Dan with 0ubatomic Sound System, and all the residents.