Jonny Greenwood-pimped reggae touchstone Lee “Scratch” Perry, a.k.a. Rainford Hugh Perry, a.k.a. the Mighty Upsetter, has announced a summer tour of the U.S. kicking off June 8 in Boston. From there, the eight-date East Coast jaunt will lead the Switzerland-dwelling reggae legend through cities like Burlington (where he’ll share the stage with the Skatalites), Philadelphia, and New York before wrapping with a performance June 16 in Bridgeport, CT alongside another veteran reggae outfit, Toots & the Maytals. But West Coast-based reggae and dub devotees have no grounds to fret, Perry will soon announce details of his second tour leg, expected to stretch through July, August, and September, hitting cities throughout California, as well as Denver, Seattle, and Vancouver.
Lee “Scratch” Perry tour dates:
6/8, Boston, MA (The Middle East Downstairs)
6/9, Burlington, VT (Burlington Discover Jazz Festival)
6/10, Philadelphia, PA (World Cafe Live)
6/12, North Hampton, MA (Pearl Street)
6/13, Asbury Park, NJ (Stone Pony)
6/14, New York, NY (B.B. King’s Blues Club)
6/15, Falls Church, VA (State Theatre)
6/16, Bridgeport, CT (Mertens Theatre at University of Bridgeport)
On the Web:
Lee Scratch Perry at Upsetter.net
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