EVENTS : The Roots of Sound System Part III Dancehall Edition feat. Mini Mart Hi Power w Shinehead ~ Saturday 7 June 2014!
Feat: Deadly Dragon Sound, Dub Stuy Records, Mini Mart Hi Power, Shinehead, Bobo General, Curry Don, Tonto Irie, James Bond, Screechy Dan, Willow Wilson, Jango Thriller
When: Saturday June 7 2014 9pm - 4am
Where: The Paper Box (17 Meadow St, Brooklyn)
Subway: Grant St (L)
Admission: %15 advance, $20 at the door
/// Dub-Stuy Records and Deadly Dragon Sound are excited to present the return of MINI MART HI POWER for the third edition of The Roots of Sound System. This quarterly party brings together top-selectors and sound systems from around the world to showcase a specific style of Jamaican music on the most appropriate format: Dub-Stuy’s hand-crafted 15,000W Tower of Sound. This ‘Dancehall’ edition will focus on the golden age of reggae in New York City when Mini Mart was producing sold out dances at the Starlight Ballroom, Reggae Lounge and Biltmore. Having not performed since the mid-90’s Mini Mart will feature SUPA DANE, BOBO GENEAL, CURRY DON, TONTO IRIE, SCREECHY DAN, JAMES BOND, WILLOW WILSON, JANGO THRILLER with special guest, SHINEHEAD.
In the 1980s and early 1990s MINI MART HI POWER featuring SUPA DANE at the controls with Bobo General, Curry Don, Sleepy Wonder and Errol T ran New York City. Known as the entertainer's Sound System, Mini Mart tapped into the golden age of NYC reggae with their core group of performers as well as the featured artists that would perform alongside them such as Tonto Irie, Shinehead, Screechy Dan, James Bond, Jango Thriller and more. A Mini Mart dance was a guaranteed sell-off as it combined the new digital sounds of the 80s/early 90s with the excitement of the selector/DJ combination that defined the classic Rub-A-Dub dances of the late 70s / early 80s.
As the 90s progressed and sound system / sound clash culture became more defined by Pre-recorded Dub Plates rather than live mics men, Mini Mart Hi Fi performed less and less until memories of the great Mini Mart dances in such venues as Starlight Ballroom, Reggae Lounge and Biltmore supplanted the reality of their live show. ///