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Dub Trio benefits from past and present associations

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Brooklyn’s Dub Trio has been together for a dozen years and just released its fourth studio album. But for many the group might be more familiar for the work it’s done with others — primarily Matisyahu but also Mike Patton and a wealth of R&B and hip-hop artists such as 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew, Young Buck, Mos Def and Common.

“I think the fact we’ve been playing together for 12 years means we have our own language that we speak and understand, musically,” says bassist-keyboardist Stu Brooks. “We’re already a band. I think we can bring that to other people’s projects, and that’s an asset.

“As far as playing other people’s music, I think we do grow from that. It’s always a challenge ... and playing as many different styles as possible and in many different settings, it keeps it fresh for when we come back to Dub Trio. We’re amped up to do this.”

Dub Trio’s résumé also includes working with Lady Gaga during the early days of her career. Brooks, 33, says the association is somewhat overstated, but he and his bandmates are happy for any attention that comes from it.

“We met her before she was Lady Gaga, when she was still Stephanie, and we definitely saw the talent,” Brooks notes. “I remember one day I showed up for a recording session and she was there and they were saying, ‘We’re gonna call her Lady Gaga.’ OK, whatever ...

“She’s actually a very nice person. We ran into her in Japan and she totally thanked Dub Trio from the stage — and didn’t even mention her own band, so that was pretty cool of her to do.”

Dub Trio, the Eeks, Boherald and Mustash perform Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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