Having shared the stage with Grammy winning and nominated artists, Dred I Dread aims to make their make their mark on the music scene without a major label or sponsors. Performing original reggae, ska, rocksteady and dub music, Dred I Dread will perform at Luther College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in Marty's in the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.
Tickets are $10 and available online at www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, telephone (563) 387-1357, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. This event is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council – Spotlight Committee.
A Minneapolis-based band, Dred I Dread formed in 1998 and released their debut album, "Listen to the Revolution," the following year. The band quickly gained popularity, being named "Best Local Reggae Band" by City Pages Magazine and twice the "Best Reggae Band in Minnesota" by the members of the Minnesota Music Academy.
While the band focuses on reggae, especially its origins and new forms, Dred I Dread also takes influences from hip-hop, jazz and rock. The band released their second and third albums, "A Piece of Americana" and "Tribulation," in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Dred I Dread has shared the stage with Grammy-winning artist Jimmy Cliff, and Grammy-nominated bands The Wailers, Yellowman, Israel Vibration, Sister Carol and Third World.
Dred I Dread is working on their fourth album featuring Tony "Asher" Brisset, a founding member of the Grammy-winning band Black Uhuru, and Earl Chinna Smith.
For more information about Dred I Dread, visit http://dredidread.com/home. Their music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and their website, which includes songs that are unreleased and only available through their website.
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