DJ Dossier

DJ Jon Dread: "[I'm] a White Redhead Trying to Come Up in a Predominately Black Genre"

Ronnie Styles hasn't sported long-ass dreadlocks for years, but he's still just as big into reggae culture and Rastafarianism as during his kinky-haired days, if not moreso. As such, the 32-year-old busies himself with spinning irie and dub sounds as DJ Jon Dread at The Sail Inn's Reggae Roots Unwind every Sunday night, or booking local and touring bands to appear at the weekly when he isn't working as the executive chef at CenPho eatery Luci's.

Longtime attendees of First Friday may also recognize Styles from his stint performing atop the now-defunct Tree Jay House, a distinctive two-story structure that was located in front of the old Fifth Street boutique HoodRide until city officials had it torn down in 2009. It's one of his more memorable gigs from his career as Jon Dread, which also has included opening for the likes of Sister Nancy, The Original Wailers, and Stranger.

DJ Jon Dread is scheduled to perform at Hidden House on Friday and The Sail Inn in Tempe on Sunday.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.