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Stephen Marley to play DC in April!

DOCTOR DREAD PRESENTS: STEPHEN MARLEY LIVE, LINCOLN THEATRE, WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 17, 2014 REVELATION PART II:  THE FRUIT OF LIFE TOUR FEATURING JO MERSA AND WAYNE MARSHALL REVELATION PART II:  THE FRUIT OF LIFE feat. THE NEW SINGLE “ROSE OR… Continue Reading

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Natty Dread Marches on Washington

David Hinds of Steel Pulse talks Trayvon Martin, Martin Luther King, and a new album and documentary with MIDNIGHT RAVER. When you consider the great reggae poets of the past forty years, names like Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Benjamin Zephaniah… Continue Reading

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MIDNITE: It A Go Dread Inna DC

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This is the story of MIDNITE’s defining days in Washington, D.C., their journey back to redemption at home in St. Croix, and the recording of the three seminal albums that set them on the path to reggae greatness. Ron Benjamin,… Continue Reading

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New Prince Far-I/Black Skin represes from Cry Tough/Pressure Sounds

I’ts always a pleasure to share with you new vinyl, mint represses of classic roots music.  I just received from Pressure Sounds in the UK the Prince Far-I “Frontline Speech”/”Version” 7 inch vinyl repress (Cry Tough) and Black Skin The Prophet’s… Continue Reading

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Israel Vibration/Roots Radics play Howard Theater, Washington, DC

It is so very fitting that perhaps the greatest roots reggae collective of the past 30 years will play the historic Howard Theater in Washington, DC on Sunday, March 10, 2013.  In its heyday, the Howard was known for catering to… Continue Reading

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Pick Of The Week: ‘Strength Of My Life’ by Israel Vibration (Dubs included!)

This week’s album selection is a special one for me.  Israel Vibration’s Strength Of My Life was one of those albums that comes along at just the right moment in your life.  Right when you need guidance, reassurance, and a… Continue Reading

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LION AND FOX: MAKING REGGAE HISTORY IN THE HEART OF BABYLON (PART 1 OF 3)

  Photo: Don Carlos w/ Jim Fox, Washington, DC, August 2012 HOW A SMALL WASHINGTON DC RECORDING STUDIO MADE REGGAE HISTORY by MIDNIGHT RAVER The fact that they even agreed to reunite to record an album seemed an impossibility. Three… Continue Reading

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‘Tosh brings king’s music to Georgetown,’ March 23, 1979

In an effort to commemorate and memorialize the great Peter Tosh during this month of September – September 11, 2012 being the 25th annivseray of his brutal slaying –  the Midnight Raver Blog will dedicate the majority of our posts to the… Continue Reading

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Don Carlos ‘Here I Come Again (Spread Out)’ 7″ Single Vinyl Rip (Live & Learn) 1982

Included here is Don Carlos’ “Here I Come Again,” a tune many of you may recognize as “Spread Out.”  This was the very first single that recording engineer Jim Fox of Lion and Fox Studios in Washington, DC mixed for… Continue Reading