Getting Down and Dirty
The Dirty Heads part of 92.1 Private Artist Showcase
Every summer deserves its own soundtrack and if you are still in search of one (even though it’s already July) The Dirty Heads are ready and willing to help you out. The rock/reggae/hip-hop band are set to deliver their laid back grooves this Friday, July 20 at the 92.1 Radio Theatre located on the fifth floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave. The show is part of the 92.1 Private Artist Showcase. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Q&A session with FM 92.1’s Kristen Brooks. The Dirty Heads will then perform an acoustic set of their music. This is a free, all ages show. All you have to do is sign up for free tickets at www.radiofm921.com.
Formed in 2003 out of Huntington Beach, Calif., The Dirty Heads (vocalist Jared “Dirty J” Watson, guitarist Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral) combine elements of hip-hop, reggae and alternative rock with a sun soaked California style. The band released their debut album, Any Port In A Storm in 2008, which featured “Lay Me Down,” a track that spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard alternative chart, more than any single that year by any other artist. Rolling Stone touted the Dirty Heads as one of the year’s best new bands and they recently performed at KROQ’s sold out 20th Annual Weenie Roast y Fiesta in Los Angeles, Calif., on Cinco de Mayo, which also featured Coldplay and Incubus.
Their 2012 release, Cabin By The Sea, is the culmination of years of hard work and countless touring adventures. Continuing the diversity from their debut record, Cabin ranges from sunny acoustic pop (the title track) to hip-hop with mariachi horns (“Disguise”) and reggae (“Day by Day,” “Your Love”). The record also features guest spots from Rome (from Sublime with Rome), Del the Funky Homosapien, Ky-Mani Marley and touring friend Hasidic hip-hop star Matisyahu.
The group plans to spend the rest of the year on a number of different tours in support of Cabin. You can experience the band’s sunny, good-time outlook on their new record as well as their performance for the 92.1 radio listeners. “Whatever has happened to us over the years, we’ve always kept a mindset about staying positive and squashing negativity,” said Watson in a recent press release. “And that’s the vibe we had making this album. I think that comes across to anyone who hears it.”
— tom graham
The 92.1 Private Artist Showcase featuring The Dirty Heads at the 92.1 Radio Theatre, 5th floor of the Times-Tribune Building, 149 Penn Ave., Scranton, Friday, July 20. Doors at 6:45 p.m., Q&A with Kristen Brooks at 7 p.m. and an acoustic set to follow. The show is all ages. Sign up for free tickets www.radiofm921.com. Upcoming Private Artist Showcases include performances by Everclear on July 23 and Civil Twilight on July 27.