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Now 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, 2014, and 2016.

From 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.

Artists 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.

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Some of the highlights over the years:

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 0ubatomic Sound System, and all the residents.