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John Digweed and his prodigy spin through town; "Dub Mission" celebrates its eighth chilled out year

Wednesday, Sep 1 2004
U.K. DJ/producer John Digweed has achieved a sort of sensei status in the dance-music world. His efforts behind the turntables, most famously throughout the '90s and early '00s alongside superstar jock Sasha, and his label Bedrock Records have set the standard in the progressive-house pantheon (think regular house music on darker drugs). Right now Digweed is working with Desyn Masiello, a young grasshopper DJ putting the final touches on a new mix compilation set for October release on Bedrock (Original Series O1), and the pair is celebrating -- or is that lamenting? -- winding down the year's best season with the "End of Summer North American Tour," which hits town this Friday, Sept. 3, at Mezzanine; call 625-8880 or go to
-- Tamara Palmer

Oakland residents Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden are among the most talked about teams in current electronic music thanks to their European dance-floor hit "As the Rush Comes," performed with singer Jes Breiden under the Motorcycle alias, and a slew of remixes completed for artists ranging from Britney to Evanescence. And it's only been three years since the DJs met each other at Miami's annual Winter Music Conference. Their forthcoming double-disc mix collection, Bloom, boasts exclusive remixes (like their trancey reimagining of Dido's "Don't Leave Home") as well as many new original productions to create a sort of personalized G&D DJ set on CD. Catch them behind the turntables at Mezzanine for an exciting preview. Gabriel and Dresden will be joined by Christopher Lawrence and Dutch sensation Junkie XL on Sunday, Sept. 5; call 625-8880 or go to
-- Tamara Palmer

For the past eight years, cutting-edge dub and reggae in San Francisco have called the Elbo Room's "Dub Mission" their home, thanks in large part to promoter and gifted DJ Sep. Every Sunday night she rounds up a stellar crew to pump out unconventional and hokey-free reggae grooves that don't evoke, for better or for worse, the stereotypical dreadlocked Rasta mon with a fat blunt dangling from his lips. This Sunday help her celebrate "Dub Mission's 8th Anniversary" with resident DJs J Boogie, Maneesh the Twister, Vinnie Esparza, and Ludichris. Adrian Sherwood and Ghetto Priest, part of the On-U Sound System, make a rare appearance all the way from the U.K. and will be throwing down live dub onstage. This night is not to be missed. The beats start at 9 p.m. on Sept. 5; call 552-7788 or visit
-- Brock Keeling

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