Hey ya’ll. Its been a good long time since I last blogged because of finals, moving out and laziness. So, before I begin this post, let me officially “dub” this post, (pun intended) the first post of the summer!! Last Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing friends Dubbest (I think for the third time) open up for none other than N.Y.’s very own Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA. Although I encountered some troubles finding the venue and parking to say the least, (ended up paying $30 just for parking!!!) it was well worth it. The show started out fairly small as you would expect on a Thursday, with mostly friends, family and big fans catching Dubbest rip it up as they always do. As the guys finished up their set, I noticed that the audience had grown considerably since they started, and everyone seemed pretty pumped for the next opener, Tubby Love, a band I had never heard before. After hearing them play for almost an hour, I had become a fan. The dreaded lead singer was captivating on both guitar and vocals, jamming out with the organ/keyboard player who also happens to be in GPGDS. Tubby also incorporated a couple cool things into their set, including a sick rastafarian dude rapping, a soulful young girl named Emily Elbert who was killing it, a young kid on electric mandolin and even a dope version of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved?”. Once they had finished up, I now noticed that it seemed the entire room had been filled with sweaty, charged-up fans that were brimming with excitement for the highly-anticipated Giant Panda. The energy in the room was palpable. As the GPGDS guys took the stage, the crowd roared with enthusiasm. They immediately brought the dub, playing fan favorites like “Seasons Change” and “Change You” as well as some brand new songs. The guys jammed out HARD to say the least, and so did the crowd, spreading the love right back to them. Giant Panda even brought Tubby Love, Emily and the mandolin dude onstage to play a few songs that they had recorded that day, which were all very funky. All in all, I left at 12:30 hoping to that I could still get my car out of the garage, but I imagine the Panda guys could’ve easily jammed until 1. Great show and definitely be sure to check out all of the artists, especially GPGDS who is touring around New England as we speak.
Below I’ve uploaded a couple of my favorite/most popular Dubbest and Giant Panda songs. Be sure to check out archive.org for live versions of all the bands as well!!
Download: Heat And Water Live – Dubbest
Download: Andy’s Theme Live – Dubbest
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