Debut Release from Ted Sirotas Heavyweight Dub

December 1, 2014

John Brown’s Body w/special guests Heavyweight Dub! – 12/13/14


We’re excited to once again be opening up for John Brown’s Body – this time at Schuba’s Tavern on 12/13/14. Come check us out as well as the “future roots” music of JBB. Chicago’s own Kinky P on the decks. Show is 18+

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April 11, 2014

Heavyweight Dub Starts Monthly Residency at The Whistler in May!

10171745_10202565945802513_2109154155_nWe are pleased to announce that TS Heavyweight Dub will be starting a monthly residency at one of Chicago’s hippest little venues, The Whistler (2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.), starting in May. Our goal is to make some great music and create a monthly event where fans of Dub Reggae can coalesce in Chicago. We will have special guests joining us so stay tuned. We kick off on Wed, May 21, then Wed June 18. Starting in July we will be at The Whistler every 3rd Thursday of the month. Mark your calendars!

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February 20, 2014

Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub to join Easy Star All Stars & John Brown’s Body 4/3 @ Concord Music Hall

1743676_10152270497896202_2030800751_nWe are pleased to announce that we will opening up for two of the finest bands in the biz, Easy Star All Stars and John Brown’s Body,  on 4/3 at Concord Music Hall in Chicago. This should be a great night of Reggae, Dub & beyond! Get your tix now!

We will also be opening up for Easy Star All Stars (sans John Brown’s Body) at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI on 4/1.




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February 5, 2014

Moffitt, Ott, Lopes, Sirota To Pay Tribute to Booker Ervin on 3/19/14


I’m pleased to announce that I will be reuniting with some old friends (Nina Ott & Chris Lopes) and playing with a new one (Barclay Moffitt) at Fulton Street Collective as part of their Jazz Record Art Collective Series hosted by Chris Anderson and Joe Lanasa. We will be performing our rendition of Booker Ervin’s records “The Freedom Book” and “The Space Book”. These records featured Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. Although these are technically two separate albums, they were combined on a double LP as a reissue, and we will be performing both records. Don’t miss this one time performance! Visit the Facebook event page here for more info.

Barclay Moffitt – Tenor Sax
Nina Ott – Piano
Chris Lopes – Bass
Ted Sirota – Drums

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February 5, 2014

TS Heavyweight Dub @ The Whistler this Sunday 2/9/14

Join us this Sunday 2/9/14 at The Whistler as Heavyweight Dub makes their debut at this fine establishment! Roy McGrath, Chris Merrill, and Brian Citro will be making their debut with the band.

Roy McGrath – Tenor Sax
Matthew Davis – Trombone
Tom Vaitsas – Keys
Brian Citro – Guitar
Chris Merrill – Bass
Chris Paquette – Percussion
Anthony Abbinanti – Dub mix, Baritone Sax
Cosmos Ray – vocals
Yanira Marin – vocals

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January 19, 2014

TS Heavyweight Dub @ Mr. Brown’s Lounge – 1/22/14 – 9:00-Midnight

Join us this Wednesday at Mr. Brown’s Lounge as we perform as part of their World Music Wednesdays Series. Come vibe with us and enjoy some real authentic Jamaican cuisine! The great Cosmos Ray of Akasha and Mobile Disco Unit will be joining us once again on vocals and as usual, King Tony aka Anthony Abbinanti will be dub mixing us live! 1186692_10203189938093800_150151599_n

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January 8, 2014

TS Heavyweight Dub – “Tribute to Jamaican Jazz Legends” at the Green Mill! 1/17/14

green_mill_poster_smallJoin us on Friday, January 17, 2014 for an extremely rare event! Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub will be paying tribute to the legendary Jamaican jazz musicians that created Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae music. Musicians such as Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Bobby Ellis, Cedric “IM” Brooks, and many others, are not household names like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff, but if not for them we would not have the incredibly rich heritage of Jamaican music that we have today. Most people don’t realize that this music was created by Jamaicans who themselves were great jazz musicians inspired by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington etc! It’s rare that these musicians get credit and recognition for their art but we are going to pay our respect to them on this night. It’s also not often that you will see a show like this at the historic Green Mill Lounge either, so come out and celebrate this great music with us! Get there early if you want a seat because we expect the joint to be packed! Visit the Facebook event page here.

Matt Ferguson-bass
Chris Paquette-percussion
Tom Vaitsas-piano, organ,melodica
Andrew Trim-guitar
Cameron Pfiffner-tenor sax, flute
Matthew Davis-trombone
Anthony Abbinanti-live dub mixing, baritone sax, piano
Cosmos Ray-vocals
Yanira Marin-vocals

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August 25, 2013

Heavyweight Dub Record Release Show / 2013 Chicago World Music Festival



Join us on Sept. 20, 2013 to celebrate the release of the debut album from Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub with the Legendary Dub Chemist – The Scientist! “The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub” will be released to the public on this date. Dancehall legend Shinehead, and the great General Jah Mikey will be flying in with The Scientist to join us for this show. As if that’s not enough, one of Chicago’s finest Hip-Hop MC’s, Diverse, will also be sitting in with us. The show is part of the 2013 Chicago World Music Festival and is FREE to the public!  Get there early because it will “sell out”. Check out the Facebook Event page here.

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August 15, 2013

Heavyweight Dub Free Concert in Evanston on 8/20/13!

Join us this Tuesday for a FREE outdoor concert in Dawes Park in Evanston from 7:30-9:00pm. This is your chance to bring the kids, pets, grandparents, and anyone else you can’t normally bring to a club or bar late at night! We hope to see you out there. Click here for all the details, including rain out info:

And don’t forget, our CD release party with The Scientist and Special Guests is Friday, Sept. 20 at Martyrs’! The show is FREE as it is part of the Chicago World Music Festival, so if you plan on going, get there early as it will sell out. More info here.

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July 29, 2013

TS Heavyweight Dub with The Drastics and The Opposition Party – 8/8/13 @ The Hideout


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