Billed as “Liberté á la Plage,” DJ/promoter Jonathan Brown’s house music dance party is a stand-out event on the Windjammer’s summer schedule. Brown, a globe-trotting electronic music enthusiast currently based in Nepal, grew up in Charleston, but he dove into various electronic and techno styles while living in San Francisco in the 1990s and 2000s.
On Friday, he’ll present a showcase featuring the San Francisco-based Dubtribe Sound System. Comprised of Sunshine Jones and Moonbeam Jones, Dubtribe formed in 1991 and earned a reputation as a live-action electronic act.
“Dubtribe’s music taught me to appreciate house music,” Brown says. ““Dubtribe Sound System are legendary San Francisco house-heads. They spread the idea that anything is possible, and that anyone can rise up and create art, political protest, and personal expression in the environment of a night club, a warehouse, a beach, or a living room — if you have a fire in your heart. When I went to hear Sunshine Jones DJ the Bastille Day party at Café Bastille, my heart was opened to house music. I hope their amazingly soulful rhythms will touch people the way they have touched me.”
Dubtribe regularly released a number of albums and toured the country through the ’90s and early 2000s. Dubtribe split in 2005 and reunited in 2009. The Windjammer show is their first-ever South Carolina concert. Also on the bill are Brown himself (a.k.a. DJ Jonbrown), Charlotte, N.C.’s Arthur Bros., and Columbia’s Tre Damit, with additional visuals from the Wayang Modern Puppet Show Theater and “hooping” from Home Spun Hoops.