Lee “Scratch” Perry show preview (Orlando Weekly)

There’s a certain subset of reggae aficionados who – for very good reason – would expect a performance by Lee “Scratch” Perry to be an inspirational experience. After all, Perry is one of the few actively adventurous legends of reggae still giving people reason enough to pay attention to him. There’s also a certain subset of reggae aficionados who – for very good reason – have low expectations about what the man has to offer in 2009. Despite decades of providing dubby weirdness and production perfection to some of the genre’s classics, Perry has garnered a reputation as a quirky, senior-citizen nutjob whose concerts are little more than rambling, bass-heavy lunacy. In keeping with his iconoclasm, Perry’s likely to defy the expectations of both groups. The man is still on the ball musically, and his energetic personality enlivens his concerts with an infectious positivity that transcends his tunes. While classics will likely be delivered, they’re sure to be performed in an unexpected manner.

First appeared Sep. 3, 2009 in Orlando Weekly.

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