Wed., April 17, Lee ’Scratch' Perry
Ace of Spades, 7 p.m., $25
It's hard to spell out the influence Lee “Scratch” Perry has had on the reggae scene, because his work seems to have transcended that genre. The 77-year-old musician and producer worked with old-school reggae legends such as Bob Marley & the Wailers before helping to invent dub music (a reggae subgenre featuring instrumental remixes and electronic effects such as reverb and echo), and then later produced and appeared on tracks from such disparate artists as the Clash, the Beastie Boys and Andrew W.K. His music has influenced punk rock, hip-hop and more. He's supporting British ska band the Selecter at this show. 1417 R Street, www.lee-perry.com.