Don Carlos of Black Uhuru w/ Policulture, Na'an Stop and DJ Uplifter

Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae's greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy, to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career in 1973 as one of the original members of Black Uhuru, alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls, and Derrick Ducky Simpson. As part of the trio, Don sang lead on the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. This album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trio's groundbreaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to leave Black Uhuru in pursuit of a solo career. Within three years as a solo artist, developing his song writing and grooming his distinctive vocal style, in May 1981 Suffering was released. This strong release took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy roots and culture flavored showcase for the Negus Roots label. This album was a massive hit in Africa, selling unprecedented units. Unfortunately, the album was bootlegged, and Don never received proper royalties.
At this time, he worked alongside Goldie, his sidekick, co writer, and back up vocalist. Together they built a staunch following through touring the live circuit and releasing consistant albums including Harvest Time, Day to Day Living, Them Never Know A Natty Dread Have Credentials, all three issued in 1982, Spread Out 1982 also otherwise known as Laser Beam to which the majority of tracks in this set have been culled, Never Run Away 1984, Just a Passing Glance 1985 and more recently Seven Days a Week. Don's partner, Gold was tragically shot and crippled, putting him out of the music business.

During the eighties dance hall mania, Don had five top ten hits between 1982 – 1985- Late Night Blues, Nice Time Tonight, Dice Cup, Hog & Goat, I'm Not Getting Crazy and Spread Out. Don is still churning out solid, melodic roots reggae. Other titles in his rich catalogue include Roots and Culture, Raving Tonight, Pure Gold, Spread Out, Plantation, Never Run Away, Slow Down Vol. 3, Rasta Brothers, Prophecy, Firehouse Clash, Deeply Concerned, Ease Up, Lazer Beam, Ras Portraits, Grove w/me, Head to Head, Jah Light, Live in San Francisco (2002), and Special Edition. There's an old saying in the music industry that claims: What goes around, comes back around. In Dons' case, a request for reinstatement to his former role as lead vocalist for a rejuvenated Black Uhuru reunion resulted in another strong Black Uhuru album – Now. 1990 marked the reunion of the original vocal trio with Don, Garth and Duckie. After six years- 1989-1994- and four albums, singing lead for Black Uhuru in the studio, and on the road, Don again went back to his solo career. His other titles with Black Uhuru include Mystical Truths, Iron Storm and Strong. All of these four albums are classics with Don up front on lead vocals.

After the Black Uhuru stretch, Don joined forces with the California based Reggae Angels, who backed him for four years. He then kept some of the core Reggae Angels musicians for his own permanent backing band. He has been touring successfully with this band in Europe, South America, Hawaii, and the western US. Don's popularity has been consistently growing, so he is now one of the most sought after roots reggae artists in the business. Check him out online at www.doncarlosinternational.com or www.doncarlosjamaica.com

Policulture

Policulture is a seven-piece original mountain reggae band from Boulder, Colorado. Policulture emanates heavy drum and bass, roots rhythm, a melodic horn section, and conscious lyrics. They represent reggae music by blending culture, identity, and musical freedom. Established in 2010 out of the University of Colorado this group of musicians quickly developed their foundation and continues to grow and evolve as a band. Policulture creates music to bridge the gap between generations and unite all under one sound. Their message is created to enlighten you and music made to move you.

Na'an Stop is one of the biggest up and coming reggae bands in Colorado whose fusion of roots, rock, reggae and ska will surely get you moving. Formed back in 2010 by 5 students from around the country who met at the University of Colorado, Na'an Stop has quickly developed a unique sound that is hard to resist. The vibrant horn section, 3 piece harmonies, and alternating bass and guitar players are just some of the traits making this band one of a kind. With original music composed by three different lead singers, this bands seductive style is no imitation. From house parties to the big stage, these kids know how to put on a show.

Based out of Denver, CO & having roots based in New Orleans, dj Uplifter has taken a deep respect for music as an art form and translated it into his unique style of djing. With his extensive knowledge of rhythms and beats, he blends the traditional Jamaican sound system style with an American house-music mixing approach. This technique has provided his listeners with a style that is unmatched in the Reggae/Dancehall-Hip-Hop market. His Downtempo & Dub music knowledge is multifaceted, with attention to detail and layering of various obscure beats and sounds. His mixes induce out-of-body experiences and goal attaining energy. Dj Uplifter’s has been on the scene in the Denver/Boulder/Front Range area for 15 years, and has held down many weekly & monthly events. The Roots Dance and Selecta’s Choice have been mainstays for the Reggae massive in Denver, both of which are produced by the Dubwise Collective, a group of like-minded dj’s, mc’s, promoters , & artists fronted by Uplifter. He has also opened the stage for such greats as Burning Spear, Buju Banton, Isreal Vibration, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, Sly & Robbie, and many others. Dj Uplifter is a person that appreciates attention to detail and intense professionalism. He strives for perfection in all arenas and works to provide his audience with an experience second to none.

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Don Carlos of Black Uhuru w/ Policulture, Na'an Stop and DJ Uplifter

Friday, June 14 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

Tickets Available at the Door