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Downstairs and Dubtonic Kru Rock Redbones

Dubtonic Kru at Rock Paper Scissors III

A combination of the usual suspects and a few new ones gathered for the third edition of Rock Paper Scissors. Yet, while rock dominated the night, the underground sound shared space with some roots, rocking reggae as Dubtonic Kru brought Rock Paper Scissors III to a stirring close on Friday, June 27, 2013. 

The rock concert which took over the Redbones stage, was a part of the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) 2014 events.

Dubtonic Kru changed the mood and tempo of the night as it moved towards its close in the early hours of the morning. While lyrically and vocally, Dubtonic Kru isn't much to write home about, the imagination and intense improvisation quality their instrumentation, the throbbing baselines and the psychedelic guitar riffs provide an intensely moving  experience making them aptly named: their dub is a tonic for the soul.

Downstairs It was generally an evening of sound musical expressions, but the latter part of the show, significantly raised the bar for the night as Dubtonic had arrived to the stage not long after the thrilling hard rock performance of the Downstairs band.

Downstairs, one of the islands longest surviving group of rockers, delivered a thrilling set including several wonderfully arranged covers including 'Sweet Dreams', 'You Spin Me Right Round', 'Applause' and their iconic rendition of ‘Should I’.  They also performed ‘Blood’ and ‘The Spirit’. However, when they attempted to close, an encore was demanded and even the protest that a string on a guitar had been broken was an acceptable excuse. So after a guitar change the band further thrilled the audience with a cover of Gregory Isaacs’ ‘Love is Overdue’. 

The evening had opened with a poetic tribute to the late Jason ‘Ganja’ Crooks. The set began with the forgettably bland poetry of Moji who was followed by Abbebe Payne. While more verbally sound, Payne allowed the performance element to get away from him as he over played the accompanying theatrics, making his delivery seem too gimmick laden.Random Chaos

Skaibrid, though bereft of their lead singer, was the first set of rockers up for the night. They delivered a decent set culminating with a rendition of Lenny Kravitz’ ‘Fly Away’ bringing their set a satisfying close and earning them an encore.

Event producers, Random Chaos, led by Dominique Brown (the only constant of the Chaos) delivered an entertaining set, with the exception of their rendition of Lissie’s ‘Shameless’ where Brown’s key choices (or absence thereof) was a little bewildering. Their deliver of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Somebody to Love’, Nico Vega’s ‘Fury oh Fury’ and their own ‘That Gun’ however, brought them a well deserved encore for which they again dipped into the Jefferson Airplane repertoire and pulled out ‘White Rabbit’.

From the Deep who bridge the gap between reggae and rock was also on the night’s line up. The band opened with a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Work’ then moved through to their own repertoire including ‘Africans’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Original’. 

Black Colt, who had the misfortune of coming after Downstairs and before Dubtonic Kru was also on the line up. Rock Paper Scissors III also included art  from Stephan Clarke,  Phillip Clayton and others.