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Spred the Dub 

When: Fri., Aug. 9, 7 p.m. 2013

South Florida ska

Spred the Dub has been spreading their white-boy-reggae jams across the Southeast since 2007, when they originally formed as a 12-piece ensemble. These days the band has downsized to a core unit of seven. Micky Vintage provides the vocals, Kevin “KJo” Johnson the bass, “Jean-Claude Van” Sam Szpendyk the trombone and keys, and Johnny “Fresh” Leonard the drums. Spred the Dub’s newest band members Eric Cohen-Greenberg and Hunter Hutchings don’t have cool nicknames like their bandmates just yet, but they’re in the works. “Hopefully, we’ll have nicknames for them by the time we make it to the Charleston show,” lead singer Micky Vintage, a.k.a. Mick Swigert, says with a laugh. The band’s good-time sounds infuse rudiments of funk and R&B with a groundwork of roots-reggae and ska. Their first full-length album of original material, Reggae Wave, was released last year, though the band still throws in a few classic covers for good measure. “We like to do the unusual Bob Marley stuff, though. Everyone else does ‘Stir It Up,’ but we like to throw in some of his obscure songs,” Swigert says. Spred the Dub has played beach bars and clubs, opening for bands like Passafire, Eek-A-Mouse, and The Aggrolites, but this time around, they get to be the headlining act. “It’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing since I picked up a guitar,” Swigert says. “It’s a really good feeling to be doing what we love.” —Kalyn Oyer FRIDAY


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