This post was written by Hatchet reporter Elizabeth Hay
On the façade of the Millennium Stage, at the Kennedy Center, a declaration in gold letters is written across the top, it reads, “Performances for Everyone”. This certainly held true Saturday night when Lucky Dub took the stage.
Lucky Dub is a D.C-based band formed in 2008, includes not only a alumnus and lead singer Gordon Daniels, but also current students.
The band “[pulls] together elements of funk, jazz, Latin and world beats while keeping a rock-steady reggae vibe,” according to their website.
The band is polished with a Sublime sort of vibe. Most recently the band was nominated for two 2010 Wammy Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.
The group of fans was made up of children and adults of all ages, which made for an interesting experience. One could not help but look around at how this music brought so many people together. Lucky Dub was full of energy and their set mimicked that. Their songs fuse so many vibes together that it is hard not to want to dance. The Kennedy Center comes with many prestigious associations that often mean a viewer feels the need to keep decorum. While it was evident many wanted to dance, the head bop was the most the average audience member would do.
It is notable that the band was able play at The Kennedy Center, but it is not a venue that necessarily can accommodate the intimate and high-energy atmosphere the band creates with their music. The concert was held in the Grand Foyer, a large hallway that terminates at Millennium stage on its left side. The intentions of the casual atmosphere of this stage are apparent, but it would have been ideal to see these guys at one of their usual venues like The Black Cat.
Looking to hear more from Lucky Dub? Check out the full performance free here.