Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Big 4th of July Weekend is Approaching

This weekend will provide everyone with a difficult choice as to what dance to attend.
Of course, we here at The S.F. Vintage Reggae Society say "Go to 'em all!" so here's the details so you can plan your Independence Day Weekend accordingly:
Friday brings us to our weekly Happy Hour Session at Skylark in The Mission, S.F.
From 7:30 till 10:30 Mark Gorney AKA Dukey & Bryan Martin spin Revival Sounds from Ska to Early Reggae to UK Lovers. This is the sound of Revival Reggae - Pure & Simple.
On Saturday, the 4th we have two Revive Sessions for you to attend! First off we have WAKE THE TOWN at the Mad Dog on Haight & Fillmore in S.F. Shawn Atkinson, Mr. Ryha, Bryan Martin, and special guest Brandon spin original Jamaican and British Reggae 45's from the 60's and early 70s'.
Across town in the Tenderloin, Adam & Revival Sound System will be holding it down at his bi-weekly session held on the 1st, and 3rd Saturday of each month called FIRE CORNER featuring a sublime selection of Rocksteady & Reggae 45's. Count on some special guests passing through with some wicked 45's as well. FIRE CORNER is at KoKo Cocktails on Geary between Polk & Van Ness.
So there you go, a weekend with nuff Foundation Selection from Ska to Reggae and everywhere in between!

Monday, June 29, 2009


60's Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady, Early Reggae, & A Spat of 2 Tone, This Wed July 1st w/ DeeJays Paul Paul, Adam Revival Sound System & Dr.Scott, -free- 9pm @ The Casanova, SF, 16th & Mission..

More Pics From Pressure Drop! At The Missouri Lounge

Here are some more photos courtesy of Dr. Scott from last Thursday's Pressure Drop! At The Missouri Lounge. We had a great night loaded with Original Jamaican Oldies on vinyl! See you next month!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Reggae Revives Happy Hour - Tribute to DEB

Music Like Dirt!

Reggae Oldies Happy Hour 7:30 til 10:30
At Skylayk
16th & Valencia
Tonight is a special tribute to the Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Brown!
This Wednesday marks the 10th Anniversary of his tragic passing.
With Selectors: Dukey from Tip Top Sounds & Bryan Martin from Rhygin Sounds & Records.

Photos From The Missouri Lounge - Pressure Drop!

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and supported us! It was a wonderful turnout for what looks to be a monthly 'do'.
Honor & Respect to Dukey, Mr. Ryha, & Dr. Scott for an amazing selection! Its always a pleasure to play alongside these guys!
Hope to see everyone tonight at Skylark for a special tribute to The Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Emmanuel Brown, as this coming Wednesday marks the 10th anniversary of his passing.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Tune in to Revival Sound System's weekly radio program tonight (and every thursday night) @ 10pm for a full hour of 60’s and early ’70s Rocksteady and Early Reggae! 90.3fm KUSF or online @ KUSF.org Also available on Itunes radio under the "Public" section.

Click the play button to listen to last Thursday night's show:

Tonight, June 25th! Reggae Revives Come To Berkeley

Tune into the sounds from the Golden Era of Jamaican Music!
Hear the sound of REAL music, played by MUSICIANS, not programmers!
No ridiculous gun talk lyrics, no degrading slackness!
Just REAL Reggae music with LOVE, MEANING, & CLASS!
With Selectors:
Mark Gorney AKA Dukey
Mr. Ryha
Dr. Scott
Bryan Martin

A musical trip down memory lane that you will not forget!
The Missouri Lounge
2600 San Pablo Avenue
10PM till 2AM
FREE! Nightly Drink Specials!.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reggae in England - 1976 (Part 1)

Roy Shirley, Nicky Thomas, Lloydie Coxsone, Larry Lawrence
Narrated by JA music journalist Carl Gayle

Father Peckings: Your Legacy is Safe!

Most collectors know by now that the Peckings label, along with the brilliant Manila Jeepney label, is one of the handful of labels that is releasing quality reggae the way it was meant to be. Take a look at the new Peckings 45 release from Courtney John called "Lucky Man":

George 'Peckings' Price was a longtime friend of Coxsone Dodd and served as Dodd's main UK distributor after moving to England in the 1960's. In 1974 he opened his famous record store at 81 Askew Rd. in London's Shepherd Bush neighborhood. Sadly George Price passed away in 1994, but his legacy has been kept alive by his son Chris who runs the Peckings label and has scored hits with Bitty Mclean, and Lady Lex while utilizing original rocksteady and reggae riddims cut by Duke Reid.

S.F. Vintage Reggae Society Around Town!

Photos of our various nights held in San Francisco over the past year. Taken from Wake The Town, Feel The Rhythm, Music Like Dirt, Fire Corner, and more.

Lloyd Barnes - Godfather of American Reggae

The story of Reggae in America is a story that can not be told unless you start with one man - Lloyd Barnes, AKA Bullwackie. Lloyd Barnes began his career by voicing the song "While I Was Walking" for Prince Buster in the early 60's. Lloyd was a friend and contemporary of artists like Ken Boothe and Stranger Cole. In 1967, Lloyd immigrated from Jamaica to New York City.
In NYC, Barnes started one of the first sound systems in the US (they actually transported their speakers and records boxes to their gigs on the NYC subways!). His sound played the current Rocksteady, and Early Reggae hits coming from Jamaica at the time.
By 1973 Barnes found the Sound System business to be hazardous to his health due to the level of violence that surrounded many of his dances so Lloyd decided to build a studio in his basement. Little did Barnes know that his Wackies Label and productions would signify the heights of the American Reggae industry and transform NYC into a world capital of Reggae on par with cities such as London, and Kingston.

Follow the link below for an in-depth interview with Lloyd done back in 1996 by Ray Hurford and Colin Moore for Small Axe:
Lloyd Barnes Interview

Can't Wait to See This!

Finally the godfathers of Sound System in the UK: Duke Vin and Count Suckle get the historical documentation they deserve! This looks to be a fascinating documentary on early Sound System culture in England.
I had the pleasure of meeting Duke Vin through Bob Brooks, at the Duke's sheebin in Notting Hill, and he spent the entire evening playing me tapes of early Ska and Jamaican R&B. I didn't leave until about 6:00AM the next morning completely rat arsed and red eyed from all the smoke as they keep all the windows shut tightly to conceal the noise of the sound system in what is essentially an illegal drinking den!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Revival Reggae Happy Hour Every Friday!

San Francisco's Original Reggae Oldies Happy Hour!
The most thoughtful and intelligent Revive selections in San Francisco!
Original Reggae vinyl showcasing the sounds of Ska, Rocksteady, Early Reggae, 70's Roots, and UK Lovers Rock!!
Mark Gorney AKA Dukey from Tip Top Sound
Bryan Martin from Rhygin Sounds & Records
Weekly Special Guests passing thru with the best in Foundation Music!.
16th and Valencia
San Francisco, CA
2 blocks from 16th St. BART

Vintage Reggae Sounds in Berkeley This Week!

This Thursday the sounds of Young Jamaica come to Berkeley! PRESSURE DROP! At The Missouri Lounge from 10 PM till closing. This is a free night of classic Reggae vinyl covering the Ska, Rocksteady, and Early Reggae eras of Jamaican Music.

A magical trip down memory lane with a lovingly hand picked selection of REAL MUSIC with MEANING, SOUL, & LOVE!
With your musical tour guides:
Dukey from Tip Top Sound
Mr. Ryha
Dr. Scott
Bryan Martin from Rhygin Sounds & Records

Music from legendary Jamaican producers such as Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid, Sonia Pottinger, Lee Perry, Harry Mudie, Phil Pratt, Simeon Smith, Joe Mansano, Lloyd Daley, Justin Yap, Sir JJ, Derrick Harriott, Bunny Lee, Leslie Kong, Prince Buster, King Edwards and many, many more!

The Missouri Lounge
2600 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA

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