Tanya Stephens with Judge Roughneck and Mountain Lion Dynasty

Tanya Stephens with Judge Roughneck and Mountain Lion Dynasty

Judge Roughneck, Mountain Lion Dynasty

Thu, June 8, 2017

9:00 pm

$17.00 - $27.00

This event is 21 and over

Tanya Stephens
Tanya Stephens
Tanya Stephens, (born 2 July 1973, Kingston, Jamaica, as Vivienne Tanya Stephenson (although some sources say Vivienne Tanya Stephens)) is an influential reggae artist who emerged in the late 1990s. Stephens is most known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" — the single was later featured on the Reggae Gold 1997 compilation album — and "It's a Pity", which achieved Tanya international recognition. She and life partner Andrew Henton have together co-founded Tarantula Records.
Judge Roughneck
Judge Roughneck
If you have spent any time at all on the Denver music scene, Judge Roughneck needs no introduction. Their blend of ska & reggae pays tribute to both the early '80's British 2-Tone movement and the original jazz-laced ska of Jamaica, infused with soul, has been electrifying audiences since 1995.

They have headlined every venue you know plus opened for almost every ska and reggae legend who has passed through town including UB40, Burning Spear, Rebelution, General Public, The Skatalites, The Specials, The English Beat, Fishbone, Damian Marley, Steel Pulse, and The Wailers. They have appeared at the prestigious Reggae on the Rocks Festival at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater 15 times.

"Pick You Up" is Judge Roughneck's first album in 14 years and their fourth full length. It was co-produced by band members Byron Shaw (lead singer, bongos, melodica) and David Dinsmore (trombone, backing vocals) and recorded and mixed in Dinsmore's studio. Shaw wrote the majority of the material with a few tracks by Dinsmore and Brain Handlos (bass).

"The record was supposed to be done in 3 months, but it took two years (and a lot of wine!)" laughs Shaw.

The first single on the album was worth the wait. It's the classic Mirror in the Bathroom" by the English Beat and it features vocals by Angelo Moore, lead singer and founding member of Fishbone.

"I chose to re-arrange 'Mirror in the Bathroom' after a dream I had where that song with a new arrangement was playing. I know this sounds corny, but it's what happened." Shaw says. After the initial take of the song was recorded, our bass player Brian Handlos, suggested we get Angelo to sing it and I thought that was a fantastic idea."

"We have performed with Fishbone a few times, so Angelo knows us and a mutual friend connected us. I sent the track, and he loved it saying: 'you guys really brought out the funk in that tune!' It has been an amazing journey working with Angelo. He is kind and generous with his time and talent, and has shared a few musical trade secrets." Shaw says.

The video was recorded in one of the bands favorite local Denver spots, The Goosetown Tavern.

"We met with our director Matt Nasi at The Goosetown to discuss location for the video shoot, and after some deliberation he said 'why don't we shoot it here? This place is cool!' And it turned out to be the perfect location for the shoot."

"It has been an amazing journey working with Angelo. He is kind and generous with his time and talent, and has shared a few musical trade secrets." Shaw says.

The video debuted on December 2, 2016 and can be seen at https://youtu.be/MJ4hY9k89hc
Mountain Lion Dynasty
Mountain Lion Dynasty
Mountain Lion Band was founded in 2009 with veteran musicians living in the Denver Co area for the purpose of having a solid and talented backing band for any artist flying in to the region. After backing an assortment of local artist they quickly became the touring band for “ARMY”, international reggae artist from the Virgin Islands. After their west coast tour w/ Army they returned to Colorado to work on several projects. Backing artist like Selassie, Earl Zero, Pressure buss Pipe, Khari Kill & Kymani Marley and other top reggae performers. More currently they have been focused on establishing the Mountain Lion brand, opening for reggae festivals, shows, studio recording and hours of fine tuning.
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202