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Upcoming Shows

Saturday / June 14 / 2014 / 8:00 pm

Mayne Stage / Chicago / IL

JUMP UP RECORDS continues its 20th Anniversary celebration in 2014 curating JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS, a partnership with MAYNE STAGE that brings vintage Jamaican ska and reggae vocalists to Chicago. We are very proud to announce our very first “deejay” show featuring the original Kingston hitmaker…

Past Shows

Sunday / April 20 / 2014 / 8:00 am

Double Door / Chicago / IL

Dark Matter Coffee, Brooklyn Brewery, and Half Acre Present…

Devil’s Lettuce Release Party The Drastics, Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce, Impala Sound Champions & Jason Brammer.


Saturday / April 12 / 2014 / 10:00 pm

Double Door / Chicago / IL

The vibes keep reachin’ Higher Ites at Simmer Down Sound!

The selection is always royal … Strictly vinyl classics from the righteous riddims of rocksteady to digital anthems of dancehall brought to you by resident selectas: The Graduate / Rad Brian / Marcus I


Saturday / February 15 / 2014 / 8:00 pm

Mayne Stage / Chicago / IL

The Drastics back the Queen of Lovers Rocks and Black Ark Veteran Susan Cadogan inna special Valentines Day Dance style!  Original Studio One harmonica man Charlie Organaire opens the set!  Nuff soundboy control selection throughout the night … Feel the love!

With a delicate voice…

Saturday / September 28 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

Mayne Stage / Chicago / IL

Derrick Harriott is one of Jamaica’s original movers and shakers – he has recorded and produced hits in nearly every Jamaican musical style, starting with rhythm & blues in the 50s (Jiving Junors), ska, rock steady, and reggae in the 60s, pioneering dub and lovers…

Saturday / August 17 / 2013 / 5:00 pm

Glenwood Ave Arts Festival / Chicago / IL

We’ll be donning the ONE GLOVE and putting on the MJ A Rocker show this Saturday playing our take on a reggae-fied Michael Jackson. If you never copped the first 6 song EP the link is below, and be sure to grab Part 2 ..…

Thursday / August 08 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

The Hideout / Chicago / IL

THE DRASTICS & MC ZULU Back in Chicago with the legendary shot caller, b-baller, mic controller MC ZULU! Full line up! Big tunes!

TED SIROTA’S HEAVYWEIGHT DUB Hot off their live date and recording session with the original dub chemist Scientist!


Saturday / July 13 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

Martyrs / Chicago / IL

What!? Huh!? You read right! The legendary dub pioneer Scientist will be in Chicago for a one night dub smack-down! Only $12!!

An extremely rare appearance by The Scientist in Chicago! Don’t miss the original Dub Chemist as he mixes Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub…

Wednesday / July 10 / 2013 / 7:00 pm

Reggie's Music Joint / Chicago / IL


Your Drastics’ own King Tony will be on hand with a rare box of 45s starting at 7pm for ‘Wax On Wax Off’, a vinyl-play-and-talk night every Wednesday at Reggie’s. Then stick around for a Dub-Pon-Cassette set starting at 9pm followed by The…

Friday / June 14 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

Reggie's Music Joint / Chicago / IL

The King Tony Cassette Dub Sound System will be back with it once more once again … The doctors scrubbed up and ready to musically operate on ya … musicaaaaly !

Riddim on cassette dubbed live and improvisationally for your listening’s pleasure.


Saturday / June 01 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

Ultra Lounge / Chicago / IL

The King Tony Cassette Dub Sound System will be in full effect with that live x-ray matrix … We got a fresh tape of riddim from our forthcoming album featuring vocal help from MC ZULU, Michigan & Smiley, Naggo Morris, The Pinstripes and many more…

Wednesday / May 01 / 2013 / 9:00 pm

The Whistler / Chicago / IL

No Cover / 9pm

Reggae takeover at The Whistler this Wednesday night. 2 sets from The Drastics .. Instrumental (dub) set and MC Zulu (vocal) set.

Nuff roots selection pon the turntables. Boom? Boom!

Saturday / March 30 / 2013 / 9:00 pm

Reggie's Rock Club / Chicago / IL

Big time freaky show!

The Drastics & MC ZULU Wild Jesus & The Devil’s Lettuce Environmental Encroachment

Sunday / March 10 / 2013 / 9:00 pm

The Whistler / Chicago / IL

Monk What is a project of guitarist Brian Citro, reinterpreting the music of Thelonious Monk through Jamaican, African and American bass music rhythms. The group focuses on many of Monk’s lesser-known tunes, including early pieces like Humph and Hornin’ In. Steppers’, one-drop and rock-steady beats…

Friday / February 08 / 2013 / 9:00 pm

Cobra Lounge / Chicago / IL

Legendary Bad Brains frontman HR performs, your Drastics & MC ZULU open.

Friday / January 11 / 2013 / 8:00 pm

Mayne Stage / Chicago / IL

Drastics & Fada Dougou rock a last-minute free show at Mayne Stage, Rogers Park. Urban Rhythm opens the show!

Friday / December 21 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

The Hideout / Chicago / IL

Take off yer tinfoil cap, stop your Y2K countdown, send the UFOs to voice mail and come celebrate the end of the Mayan Calendar with your Drastics, Lowdown Brass Band (Christmas Music Video/Vinyl Release) and Wild Jesus and the Devil’s Lettuce … MC ZULU &…

Wednesday / December 05 / 2012 / 9:00 pm

The Whistler / Chicago / IL

The Drastics with MC ZULU rock 2 sets. PalmDown Sound control vinyl selection. All night. All free. All aboard.

Sunday / November 18 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Reggie's Music Joint / Chicago / IL

Last minute third-night addition to Jump Up Records’ Jamaican Oldies Weekender …

Your Drastics & MC ZULU open for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio The Meditations. DJ Chuck Wren slinging his usual assortment of ultra-rare ska and reggae.

The Meditations – Ansel Cridland, Danny…

Wednesday / October 31 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Martyrs / Chicago / IL

So … if ya don't know, three years ago we took six of MJ's biggest tunes and arranged them inna roots fashion, mashing up Jackson's original vocals over freshly recorded riddims. Exacting the studio arrangements in every detail but transferring the instrumentation to Jamaican appropriate…

Friday / September 07 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Ace Bar / Chicago / IL

Drastics’ own King Tony at the controls where dub sounds abound from the man who wheres the crown. From antiquated tape based systems emerge a new hope for riddims trapped in a static state — given life through a various array of effects and general…

Saturday / August 04 / 2012 / 9:00 pm

Beat Kitchen / Chicago / IL

The Pinstripes & Akasha & PalmDown Sound

Rub-A-Dub Up Your Moms This The Pinstripes play sweet roots soul sounds inna Jamaican style. Akasha burns down the babylon shroud inna culture style. PalmDown Sound flicks discs from his musical wrists inna…

Wednesday / August 01 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Martyrs / Chicago / IL

Vertikal brings the funk, Drastics bring the dub and By All Means brings the insanely huge band killin it inna African style. Gonna be a sick show, not to be missed.

Check out By All Means killin it on this live set ..

Saturday / July 21 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Martyrs / Chicago / IL

King Tony Breaks Down Babylon Inna Dub Conquest Opening & Selecting Strictly Vinyl In Between Bands

With the Deepest Sounds inna 1/4" plastic tape construct from The Drastics, MC Zulu, Illuminati Congo, The Pinstripes, JahDan, Dr. Ring-Ding, Deal's Gone Bad &…

Friday / July 06 / 2012 / 8:00 pm

Tonic Room / Chicago / IL

The Drastics' Own King Tony Dubs Down The Tonic Room, Chicago Opening & In Between All Bands

With Boss Sounds inna Dub Matrix on Cassette from The Drastics, MC Zulu, The Pinstripes, JahDan, Green Room Rockers, Deal's Gone Bad &…

Monday / July 02 / 2012 / 9:00 pm

Lincoln Hall / Chicago / IL

Musicians from all over the Chicago's musical map are gathering to celebrate the life and music of Adam Yauch.

The evening will feature performances by Mr. Greenweedz, The Right Now, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, ShowYouSuck, Rita J, The Drastics,…

Wednesday / June 27 / 2012 / 9:00 pm

The Whistler / Chicago / IL

Reggae Takeover

The Drastics 2 Sets / All Instrumental -PLUS- PalmDown Sound DJs Nice Up The Dance Inbetween Sets