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Pull Up PDX + Trinity Sound present Iration Steppas meets OBF Sound System

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Portland reggae, dub, dubstep and bass music fans: get ready for a true steppers experience.
For the past 30 years, legendary dubwise legends OBF Sound System from Switzerland and Iration Steppers from the United Kingdom have toured across the world… and now they’re finally making their debuts in our fair city for a very special session. DJs Rico from OBF (Original Bass Foundation) and Mark Iration from Iration Steppas bring their libraries chock full of propulsive, uptempo, uplifting low-end tunes to transform the Star Theater into a bass-saturated dancehall. With Portland’s own Cansaman from Trinity Sound bringing the support, this event will be one for the history books.

OBF Sound System

Iration Steppas Sound System

When selectors Mark Iration (representing Iration Steppas) and Rico (representing OBF Sound System) come to town, you can be sure the dance is going to go off.

Starting in the 1940s, Jamaicans have carried on the tradition of “sound systems,” a term that referrs to mobile groups of DJs, engineers and MCs that set up turntables and speakers to play street parties and clubs across the island, playing the top sounds of the day. Sound systems have played essential roles the development of ska, rocksteady and reggae music, and reggae fanatics worldwide have created their own sound system scenes. 

Since the early ‘90s and ‘00s, OBF Sound System and Iration Steppas have been key figures in the European scene—Iration Steppes came up in the Caribbean community of Leeds UK, while OBF assembled in the revolutionary squat community of Geneva, Switzerland. By constantly touring across the globe and launching their own independent record labels, both crews have garnered reputations for playing out the deep, bass-heavy, bouncing “steppers” sound that grew out of dub reggae starting more than three decades ago.

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