MANKATO — The DubTonic Kru is on a meteoric rise.
The live reggae band from Kingston, Jamaica, followed its victory in the Global Battle of the Bands competition held in 2011 in Malaysia with extensive tours in the United States and internationally.
And they’ll play in Mankato on Thursday at the Red Sky Lounge.
“They are the real deal,” said Christy Steinbach, who helps book many of the musical acts for Red Sky Lounge through her company Full Moon Productions. “I’m excited this actually worked out.”
Steinbach said she’s been corresponding with the group for more than two years to find an agreeable date to play Mankato. She said DubTonic had identified Mankato as a possible tour spot and the camps spent the last six weeks working out the final details.
“We’ve been trying to get a show here for a couple years,” she said.
After Mankato, DubTonic will continue its North American tour -- called “Journey 2” -- with almost nightly stops in cities from Cleveland to Minneapolis to Memphis, Denver, Seattle and Sacramento.
From DubTonic’s website bio:
“Imagine heavy baselines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics.
“Now imagine roots reggae, imagine dub ... Put them all together and you get a new breed of Jamaican music called DubTonic Kru.
“Like their style of music, DubTonic is a mixture of two words “dub,” relating to the heavy drum and bass aspect of reggae music and “tonic,” referring to medicine. The eclectic blend of music and musicians are certainly medicine to one’s soul.”