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Reggae Rise up returns to Vinoy Park in beautiful downtown St. Pete for 2 days this year with an incredible line-up!

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Headliners

Slightly Stoopid

With more than a decade of making music together, the members of Slightly Stoopid have perfected one of the rarest and most valuable skills a band can develop: the art of the stealth groove, that knack for quietly, almost innocently, sliding into a composition, and utterly lassoing anyone within earshot by mid-song. That's where the band has come to reside, musically: deep in the pocket, that ever-elusive, funky trench where a band can entrance an audience, hypnotize it and hold on to it until the set or CD is finished. Built on a bedrock of nasty, oceanic slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms, Slightly Stoopid illustrate a case study in underground success, steeped in years of hard touring, an improvisational business model, and a creative process that continues to unwind and push the envelope of a new jam-based genre the band helped to create. Slightly Stoopid has built a large n' loyal fan base, and has soared to one of the most successful independent artists of this decade. The buzz surrounding the group continues to increase with each successive release; their album catalog sales have topped the 700,000 mark and the group continues to fill the most prestigious concert venues around the world, and continues to create a legion of "stoopidheads" in the process!


Supporting Artists

Summer Survivors

Summer Survivors is an American Reggae Rock band based in Sarasota, FL, which formed in February of 2013 by Paul King and John Widmann. They started out with just a love of music and two guitars, and soon realized that music was their passion, and began writing songs and crafting their own sound. The first year and a half was critical for the Summer Survivors, and finding the right mix of people who shared the same visions, goals and ideals did not happen overnight for them. However, with hope on all horizons and some hard work and dedication, the band ultimately took shape with its current lineup and began enjoying a great deal of local success and acclaim. Summer Survivors combines a reggae feel with the deep bass of funk, the driving drums of rock n' roll, and the surreal sound of psychedelic guitar with just a hint of ska and punk thrown in. They've got an original sound full of good vibes sure to get any party or event bumping and bodies out on the dance floor.

Oceanstone

Oceanstone came together from many different backgrounds all united for a deep rooted love of the ocean and enjoyment of music. They not only believe in just creating good music and epic jams, they believe in creating a fun loving party environment for the masses to dance and rejoice. Already sharing the stage with National touring bands such as Toots & the Maytals, The Original Wailers, Yellowman, Rootz Underground, Less Than Jake, Rehab, Cas Haily, Josh Hendricks, Afroman, Echo Movement, Fiction 20 Down, Three Legged Fox, and Mike Pinto. Oceanstone brings the soul driven and positive vibes to every event they perform and are paving the way in the Florida music scene. Oceanstone is destined to make their imprint on the music industry. The song writing talents are a healthy dose of fresh poetic perspective. Come support Oceanstone's live shows!

Sidereal

Sidereal is a Beach Rock band based out of Jacksonville Beach, Florida that features rich harmonies along with musical versatility influenced by various artists and a collective of different musical backgrounds. While multiple genres shine through the group?s music, Sidereal is heavily rooted in a bouncy, dance-friendly Reggae style that is infused with a Rock edge. The band is comprised of four members featuring varied instrumentation - Colin Paterson (Guitar, Lead Vocals), Kevin Beaugrand (Bass, Vocals), Lukas Costas (Keys, Saxophone, Guitar, Vocals), and Niko Costas (Drums). Since forming in high school, they have released a single, My Hydro (2011), a single/music video, Before I Go (2012), full length album, On The Rocks (2013) and an EP, Third Time?s the Charm (2014). Sidereal?s single and music video of the song Before I Go (2012) accumulated over 55k views online, 12k+ audio streams, and 1,000 downloads to date, as well as being heard around the world in over 20 countries. 2013?s release, On The Rocks received similar attention with over 1,600 downloads and 20k online streams to date. In July of 2013, Sidereal embarked on the band?s first national tour. Notable shows from this tour included an appearance at the Reggae In The Hills festival in Angels Camp, CA, a show at House of Blues in Hollywood, CA, and a sold out show in support of The Dirty Heads at Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL to close it all out. In January of 2014, the band released an EP titled Third Time?s the Charm which garnered mass attention when hitting the #1 position on the iTunes Reggae Album?s chart, followed by appearing on the front page of the iTunes ?Top Albums Under $8? category along with such artists as Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. The group has been touring regionally since 2011 and nationally since 2013, performing in many iconic venues across the country. The band has headlined several successful clubs/theater tours in Florida with multiple sold-out shows as well as supporting many national touring acts such as The Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Passafire, Less Than Jake, and more. Sidereal is currently writing their second full length album which will release in late 2015. The release will be followed up with a national tour in support.

Jungle Man Sam

JungleManSam is a new breed of musician. Be it solo or backed by a full band, JungleManSam?s dynamic sound can be described as a blend of pop, dance, and world music that incorporates elements of Dancehall, Soca, Reggaeton, and Hip Hop. Growing up in the city of Toronto and playing music since early childhood, JungleManSam credits his influences to major recording artists such as Major Lazer, Machel Montano, Sean Paul, and of course the legendary Robert Nesta Marley. Profoundly inspired by his personal adventures throughout Latin America, JMS has crafted a collection of songs that capture both the energy and mystery of the exotic locations he visited during his travels. As a songwriter, JungleManSam strives to inspire a sense of wanderlust, taking his listeners ?there? by sharing the cultural flavors of the places he has been, and the stories of the people he meets. Through the power of technology, an open heart, and the grassroots movements that are reclaiming original and authentic music, JMS is a refreshing infusion of passion, soul, pop, and talent that captivates the heart of his audiences.

The Late Ones

Based out of Laie, Hawaii, brothers Tui Avei (Lead vocals), and Tau Avei (Vocals), along with cousin Josh Brunson (Vocals) are the voices. Built on a roots reggae foundation with influences from various genres like Hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, The Late Ones? unique blend of style, and harmony shapes a youthful, yet old school reggae vibe. Born in Gardena, California, The Late Ones harness something undeniably special. Rooted in Samoan culture, and complimented by the group?s African American heritage, the familial bond between the three members transcends throughout the group?s conscious lyrics and catchy melodies. The name ?The Late Ones? pays tribute to all of the late and great revolutionaries who have come and gone like Bob Marley, Tupac, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Biko, and John Lennon, just to name a few. It is the fusion of each revolutionary story, struggle, and message that inspires and resonates with The Late Ones' own story, struggle, and love for all genres of music. That is the ?L81Z? sound. In late 2014, The Late Ones recorded their debut EP at Sea Major Seven Studio in Honolulu, HI with Producer/Engineer Noah Cronin (Sammy J) and producers Lapana Ieriko and Klandon Fetaui. The Late Ones debut EP Revelate was released on May 5, 2015 via online digital outlets and peaked at number three on the iTunes reggae charts in the first week of the release. The Late Ones bring a youthful presence to the reggae community. With Revelate, the band hopes to push their music and message beyond their tight knit homeland of Hawaii. The EP holds six original compositions created by a group with great potential and high expectations.

Bumpin Uglies

Bumpin? Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/song-writer Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It?s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin? Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don?t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ?em or you don?t?it?s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It?s always more fun in the party. With two full-length LP?s, a live show LP and two EP?s under their belt, Bumpin? Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP ?Free Candy?, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including ?Load in-Load Out? (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP?s ?Freak Out Hell Bus? and ?Sublime with No One?, both released in 2015. Bumpin? Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin? Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012. Bumpin? Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin? Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying afreedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn?t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin? Uglies ?Eff you/can do? attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.

Tatanka

?Tatanka is a record that manages to pay homage to its roots, deliver a couple catchy singles, as well as define Tatanka?s sound as an out of the mold band that is pushing the reggae-rock genre to a new place.? -Tommy Dubs, The Pier Tatanka encapsulates the heavy roots rumble of the Caribbean, while maintaining the pop sensibilities of the dance-oriented electronic sounds from the Britannica-American reggae scenes. These sounds are what fueled the groups newest album,?Tatanka?. Written over the span of a year and a half, Tatanka recorded their self-titled album at Imperial Sound in San Diego. Reggae rocker Ted Bowne from PASSAFIRE and roots magician The Maad T-Ray of Tribal Seeds feature on a counter-culture wake up call entitled ?The Yard?. Jamaican sing-jay Triston Palmer is heard on a bouncy number labeled ?Give Green?. The tune pays homage to never giving up and believing in yourself. En Young of Tribal Seeds can also be heard throughout the album. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts and #4 on Billboard?s reggae charts. The positive lyrics and heavy sounds garnered radio air-play all around the globe. Tatanka?s ?Sounds In Technicolor? EP has racked up over 20,000 downloads and has attributed to the flourishing fan base. This recognition has led to tours across the US and Canada with acts such as Tribal Seeds, Stick Figure, Lee Scratch Perry, Fortunate Youth, Easy Star Allstars, Passafire, and more. In conjunction with a heavy tour schedule, Tatanka has also played a multitude of festivals including California Roots, Powell-a-Palooza, Desert Rocks, Arise, and a plethora of others. Formed in Denver Colorado by a few college friends, Tatanka has been recognized as ?Breakout Artist of the Year? (2014) by The Pier, High Times ?Unsigned Band of the Month? (September 2011), and nominated by Westword magazine for ?Colorado?s Reggae/Jam Band of the Year? (2015). With 2015 providing a large amount of clout, Tatanka will be releasing a remix album of their self-titled record as well as several new singles. Tatanka?s infectious live show is the bridge between the band and the fans. It unifies the crowd with a progressing, pulsing, and positive perspective. Tatanka is always looking to further instill a global vision of unity with their pounding, dynamic sounds and peaceful, harmonious message. ?We all go help them, People come together no selfish.? - Reward Them, TATANKA

Law

LAW is a rock band based out of Long Beach, CA, started in 2013. Jakob Nowell - lead vocals/rhythm guitar Logun Spellacy - bass Nick Aguilar - drums Aidan Palacios - lead guitar

Leilani Wolfgramm

Leilani Wolfgramm is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with Tongan roots from Orlando, Florida. Three years ago she started playing along side her brothers, Zech and Nasur in their reggae band, Hor!zen. After a year she set out on a solo career releasing an EP entitled, "I Burn." Leilani has toured with Fortunate Youth and the Supervillians and has shared the stage with acts such as Ballyhoo, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Sublime ft. Rome, New Kingston and The Movement.

Through The Roots

Blazing into Spring 2016, Through the Roots is fresh out of the studio and gearing up for a busy summer. In addition to the release of its new single "Miss Lovely," TTR will be joining California-based reggae/rock band Rebelution this summer for its nationwide "Falling Into Place" amphitheater tour. From what was once a dream inspired by close friends, to humble beginnings filled with living room jams, late nights writing songs in the garage, backyard house parties and countless complaints from neighbors, San Diego-based reggae/rock band Through the Roots was born. By coincidence in early 2008, Evan Hawkins and Taylor Boatwright met at a local guitar center. It was there that Evan shared his vision with Taylor, which eventually led to the beginning of TTR. Evan and Taylor came from different musical backgrounds but shared some similar musical tastes, and both were very moved by reggae. They believed TTR would provide them with the perfect vehicle to spread their message and adopted a Cali reggae/rock concept. In late 2008, Through the Roots added Brady O'Rear to round out the group's core. He brought his own musical tastes, complete with Hawaiian Islands reggae, and mixed them with those of Evan's and Taylor's to give TTR a broader range of ideas and influences to draw from. Through the Roots quickly moved from the streets and backyard shows to touring in 2010 and soon hooked up for West Coast and national tours with some of the reggae/rock genres top headliners. The San Diego band eventually added Corrick Watson (lead guitar/vocals) and Budda Foster (bassist/keys) from Los Angeles to the talented, five-man mix. With the band set, Through the Roots looks forward to continue spreading its positive messages, and showcasing its high energy shows to a growing legion of fans.

The Expanders

The five-piece band comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organs), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals) have been making reggae fans and critics take note with their refreshing sound that references the "golden era" of reggae. Morrison and Butcher grew up listening to the record collection of famed reggae archivist Roger Steffens, and credit much of their love and knowledge to the accessibility and education of those experiences. Becoming friends with Steffens' son, they developed an obsession with exploring the deepest reaches of the genre. The Expanders' new album Hustling Culture was released June 16, 2015, on indie tastemaker label Easy Star Records. Hustling Culture is the band's third studio album, but for the band members feels like their first proper album as a cohesive unit. Asher explains, "Our first album was a collection of music from good friends making a record together. Our second album was a great covers album, but Hustling Culture is the band coming into its own with our songwriting and musicianship." Morrison adds, "For this album we spent more time prepping and rehearsing, giving us more confidence in the recording studio. The result made the process more fun and enjoyable as we approached the song-writing in a more organized way and explored a wider range of topics than on the first album. Our combined efforts really shine through and all the musicians really stepped up and gave an inspired effort on the whole record." In addition to the core members, their extended family includes keyboardist Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites and Rivas Recordings. Rivas has been an integral part of The Expanders' recordings and helped maintain and produce the authentic sounds, which shine through on all the band's releases. Hustling Culture was recorded entirely on analogue tape at Killion Sound in North Hollywood, CA, from 2012-2014. The studio is a favorite recording place for the band because it's run by Sergio Rios (Orgone), a friend who understands their unique aesthetic and has the gear to capture it, giving the album a warm and colorful palette. The album title, Hustling Culture, comes from the album's opening line: "One dollar gone but the next soon come, we never stop from hustling culture." Morrison explains, "Everyone has a hustle, and ours is roots & culture music. It's a way of reminding ourselves that outside of just entertaining and financial gain, there is a bigger picture and larger purpose for writing about the topics and playing the style of roots reggae that we do." The Expanders' music is a reminder that reggae music wasn't born in a tropical beach paradise, but in the impoverished and underprivileged areas of Jamaica, resulting in a passionate expression for human rights, social justice and freedom from oppression. There is a subtle, yet powerful conscious thread woven throughout Hustling Culture. "Uptown Set," for example, is about the hidden effects of our country's party lifestyle, which brings suffering and misery to innocent poor people caught along the routes where party drugs come across the border. "Thanks For Life" is a dedication to women, the struggle they face every day, and the debt of life that we all owe to them. "Top Shelf" is a tribute to the ganja farmers and the reflection of the changing cultural views on marijuana. The band is part of a burgeoning Los Angeles reggae scene that sprang in large part from The Blue Beat Lounge (the longest running weekly ska night that happened at the Knitting Factory) and LA's longtime premier weekly reggae night Dub Club held at the Echoplex. A song that was inspired by a key member of that scene is "Reggae Pops," an infectious instrumental tune laid over a "steppers riddim" featuring John Butcher on lead guitar and Dan Hastie from Orgone on clavinet. The title was chosen as a tribute to the late-great Reggae Pops (born Nemencio Jose Andujar) who was a pillar of the Southern California reggae community for decades. Morrison states, "It's impossible to accurately describe what he meant to reggae music in Los Angeles, but those who remember him from shows will never forget him. He was a dancer, a fan, and a presence that was always felt. He was the man!" The Expanders are on tour now supporting the release. Morrison concludes, "Our goal is to bring that vintage reggae feel and sound that we love to places where people might not get to hear it on a regular basis."

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD LIVE UP! New York Reggae Band?s Live Album out November 24 LIVE UP! is a selection of high-quality, previously unreleased live recordings, hand picked by Rochester NY?s psychedelic reggae road warriors Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS). The independently released album?s 11 tracks were selected from five different concerts in 2008 and 2009. GPGDS has played 500 shows in the past three years, touring relentlessly and developing a widespread grassroots following. The group has performed at premier venues and festivals across the U.S. including Red Rocks and Rothbury. LIVE UP! exemplifies the tight musicianship and dynamic live show experience Giant Panda is known for. The album was produced and mixed by the band?s sound engineer and show archivist Joel Scanlon. It complements their debut studio release Slow Down (2006). LIVE UP! is the closing statement of Giant Panda?s former six-piece lineup, as they are now forging ahead as a quartet. "The reality of this band is that we're always evolving ? musically, spiritually, and within our own circle," says GPGDS bassist James Searl. "LIVE UP! documents the sound and chemistry that six people shared with each other and crowds around the nation. We?re excited about the future as a quartet, and eager to explore new territories." Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is currently on tour and has already begun working on material for a new studio album.

The Movement

The Movement's sixth studio album, GOLDEN, was released April 8, 2016, on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. The album has been added to regular rotation on SiriusXM's "The Joint" and is receiving commercial radio play in cities across the United States. Formed in 2004 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller, and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles, launched The Movement with their "alternative reggae" debut album, ON YOUR FEET. In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded SET SAIL at DiBeneditto's Philadelphonic Studios. The Movement expanded with the addition of Jason "Smiles" Schmidt on bass and Gary Jackson on drums. In 2012, Miller left the group, and the trio, now fronted by Swain, released their fourth album SIDE BY SIDE, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. In 2014 The Movement released BENEATH THE PALMS, a surprise acoustic album as a free gift to their fans. Shortly thereafter they began working on what would become their finest album to date, GOLDEN. Keyboardist Ross Bogan joined the group full time in Spring 2016.

Passafire

"It's all in our minds / Planted over time / Grew into a vine / That became intertwined" ? from "All In Our Minds" This lyric is the source of the title to Passafire's fifth studio album, Vines. Though it wasn't written with this intention, it was in retrospect that the band members ? singer/guitarist Ted Bowne, drummer Nick Kubley, bassist/vocalist Will Kubley and keyboardist Mike DeGuzman ? realized that it aptly described the current state of the band. Vines is a record that finds its makers at a creative peak, thanks in large part to the comfort of the current line-up, which has been solidified for a few years. They have grown up together, and over the years, as their individual stylistic preferences have changed, they've intertwined until the music becomes stronger like vines growing around each other. These four have become a super tight unit, which has led to a comfort level on stage and in the studio that Passafire has never achieved before. Formed in 2003 in Savannah, GA, by Bowne and Nick Kubley, Passafire has built its strong reputation within the U.S. reggae scene through constant touring, along with a series of self-assured, largely self-produced records. In 2006, Will Kubley joined, replacing the band's second bassist. Trained as a guitarist, Will switched to bass, bringing a fresh approach to the band's reggae/rock hybrid, with equal parts one drop, frenetic slap bass and plenty of electronic treatments to come up with unique sounds. Of course, it helps the rhythm section rank among the tightest in the scene to have two brothers who grew up sharing a room now sharing the duties of drum & bass. DeGuzman came on board right before the recording of the band's last release, 2011's Start From Scratch, after catching the eye of the group while playing with The Expendables during their Winter Blackout Tour in 2010. He sat in for one tour then quickly became a key member of the quartet. While he played on Start From Scratch, much of the music was already written before he came on board to record it, so he feels like this record is the first to have his full involvement in the writing, arranging and developing of the songs. Bowne and Nick Kubley attribute the band's incessant touring schedule as a product of coming from Savannah. "While there is a music scene in Savannah with a number of good bands, it just doesn't get the same support as other cities because of age restrictions at the shows," Nick says. Bowne says, "Once we could hit the road, we started doing that, because it was just easier to build a following and learn the live performance ropes in other towns." While the roots of the band lie in Savannah, the group has split to live in different corners of the country; DeGuzman lives in Chicago, where he is from, while Will Kubley has moved to California. They overcome the distance by spending more than half of every year on the road together. (Touring life, along with the band's drive to succeed, is captured neatly on the song "Go": "Workin' hard every night for the right to be the kind of thing that everybody likes to see.") It may seem strange to speak about a tight unit that lives this far apart, but that is just one of the many contradictions that seem to fire up this band rather than drag them down. For example, a band that tours this much would normally be expected to road test songs and then hit the studio once they have an album's worth of material. Passafire instead carves out time at home in songwriting sessions to work up completely new material for albums, which they later begin to work into the live setting. "We like to capture what we do live and show it in the songs," DeGuzman explains. "The songs were written to show what we are capable of in the studio, while leaving room for further exploration in the live setting." Passafire has secured their place in the exploding U.S. reggae scene, yet musically they are often far apart from many of the bands in the community, with a growing emphasis on alternative rock and prog rock elements. Their lyrical content is often outside the norm as well, avoiding standard party themes, preferring to craft songs about love, the fight for good over evil, the relationship with man's best friend, and, yes, even aliens in the propulsive "Souvenir." And while at least half the band grew up enamored with long instrumental jams from bands like Umphrey's McGee and Phish, it's interesting to note the short, tightly structured songs on Vines, which eschew noodling and soloing for powerful yet understated efficiency. The recording process for Vines was a bit different. Guitar and vocals were recorded at Bowne's home studio over a three week period, after drums, keys and bass had been laid down at the legendary Sonic Ranch studio in El Paso, TX, where the band's last two albums were recorded. "I was able to geek out at home," says Bowne, "and try things that I might normally feel self-conscious about around other people. It was a very different experience from being on the clock in a room full of people listening to everything you play or sing." Will Kubley benefitted especially from this process, as he sang lead on two songs ("Phony Imposter" and "Stowaway"). Bowne says, "I think his vocals sound more confident on these songs, which is a direct result of him being able to run his own session behind closed doors without any of the self-consciousness that exists when there are producers, engineers and other band members all secretly critiquing every single syllable of every lyric. Sure, we are performers and are used to performing in front of people, but making music is a private thing that, like art, is not finished until the artist himself approves of his own work." Once the recording was done, the band brought in Paul Leary (of the Butthole Surfers), who had produced their last record, as well as releases by scene mates Sublime, Pepper, and Slightly Stoopid, to do the final mixes. Former John Brown's Body soundman Jocko Randall mastered the record, which was rather appropriate since all in the band credit JBB as one of the main groups that got them to form a band and work as hard as they have. It's apropos after all these years, that Passafire is now on Easy Star Records, sharing the same label with their musical inspiration. In keeping with the DIY mode that dictates much of their work, Nick Kubley, who studied art in Savannah, drew the art for the album cover. As for how their fans and peers will react to Vines as Passafire travels further into orbit away from the basic tropes and confines of the reggae scene? DeGuzman says, "This is our family, our friends, and our fan base, but I like to think they are growing with us." Just a few more vines to intertwine and strengthen this complicated, beautiful foundation for Passafire.

Hirie

Hirie?the frontwoman of the exhilarating reggae band HIRIE?grew up a global citizen. Her father worked for the United Nations and she was born in the Philippines, spent years in Italy, before her family settled in Hawaii, which became her spiritual home. While in Hawaii, Hirie fell in love with reggae music, and took to the culture naturally. On the radio, and in conversation, she would hear the exclamation ?irie.? The popular reggae term is derived from a Jamaican patois, and it encompasses warmth and positivity?it?s a greeting, an affectionate term of approval, and a mindset. In these painfully complex times, we could all use some irie in our life. San Diego?s seven-piece band HIRIE is ready to offer a global spiritual uplift. Melding the balmy island touches of its singer?s beloved home?as symbolized by its moniker?s first letter, a ?H? for ?Hawaii,? with that feeling of irie, the award-winning group offers a soundtrack of hope. Now, with its masterful new album, Wandering Soul, brimming with invigorating female-fronted shamanistic reggae an oasis of positivity is just an album away. ?Hirie is a lifestyle choice, it?s about healing the body, the mind, and the spirit. Our fans and our band are always saying ?let?s get HIRIE,? it?s a way to detach from the painful complexities of the world, and bask in joyous energy,? says the band?s lead singer and sage who has taken the band?s namesake for her own. HIRIE is poppy and purposeful, harnessing the power of accessible songcraft, social consciousness, world

Fortunate Youth

Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay Reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 7-piece masterpiece bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and unique bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and heavy keys separates Fortunate Youth from every other mainstream Reggae band. With their high energy approach and positive stage presence they provide an unforgettable show to every music fan. Fortunate Youth's objective is to ensure a performance that leaves you feeling euphoric and curious of what might happen at the next show.

Grouch & Eligh

At the pinnacle of the independent hip-hop movement, Oakland?s The Grouch and Los Angeles? Eligh formed the duo G&E. ?The first day I met this guy, he wanted to get in the studio and create; I had some equipment. We ended up back in my basement sampling vinyl and recording songs. I don't do that with just anybody,? recalls The Grouch, who has worked with legions of artists as an MC and producer. Fast forward many years later, The Grouch & Eligh have cemented themselves as salient artists who have maintained legions of loyal fans across the globe while consistently releasing music that stays true to their roots, yet remains relevant in today?s ever-evolving landscape. The duo have recorded three official albums together; ?G&E Music Vol. 1 & 2?, ?No More Greener Grasses?, and ?Say G&E!?. Outside of their collaborative efforts, the two are established solo producers and MC?s who have toured the globe and shared the stage with world-class artists. After hundreds of songs carefully crafted together, The Grouch summates, ?Eligh and I love to record music together. For the most part, we see eye to eye in and out of the studio?. On February 18, 2014, The Grouch & Eligh released their latest collaboration, a triple disc project titled, ?The Tortoise and The Crow?, comprised of one collaboarative G&E disc called, ?333?; one solo disc from The Grouch called, ?Lighthouses?; and one solo disc from Eligh called, ?Nomads?. The triple disc was the first of its kind in the world of hip-hop, and was met with critical and acclaim as well as debuting on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at #1, and #12 on the Rap charts. Comparing the title to an allegory or fable, Grouch deduces, ?We make music with a message, music that people can get something out of.? While Eligh?s 2010 album introduced his Grey Crow persona, The Grouch admits his newfound affinity for the tortoise. ?I speak steady and my rap-style is slower than a lot of people?definitely Eligh?s flawless machine gun flow." Slow and steady wins the race? is a philosophy we align ourselves with.? Albeit not a "concept album" the group embraced the imagery in delivering their latest fully-formed triple LP. This collection of songs is particularly meaningful to the evolution of G&E. ?We started exploring places we hadn?t before,? reveals The Grouch. ?By the time we turned on beats, there was so much to say.? Whether the abstract poetics of the Exile produced ?AkFam? or Beatle-esque experimental musicality of ?Fireflies,? the duo feels reinvented, despite a proud history. ?For any fresh listeners that think we?re a brand new group, that?s fine,? says Eligh, who opened up about overcoming addiction on last year?s Therapy At 3 solo effort. The most polished work from the pair to date boasts guest appearances and production from Pretty Lights, Slightly Stoopid, Kreayshawn, Ant of Atmosphere, Blu and Exile, Zion I?s Amp Live, Pigeon John and Starky to name a few. Eligh describes G&E's music as ?multidimensional and relevant.? Grouch adds, ?It?s music for humans. Let the soundwaves take you where you're supposed to go.?

Zion I

Zion I is an American hip hop duo from Oakland, California. It consists of Baba Zumbi and Amp Live. Zion I released the debut album, Mind Over Matter, in 2000. It was nominated for "Independent Album of the Year" by The Source magazine. The second album, Deep Water Slang V2.0, was released in 2003. In 2005, Zion I released True & Livin'. It featured guest appearances from Gift of Gab, Talib Kweli, and Aesop Rock. Heroes in the City of Dope, the first collaborative album with The Grouch, was released in 2006. Zion I released the sixth album, The Take Over, in 2009. In 2010, Zion I released the seventh album, Atomic Clock. Heroes in the Healing of the Nation, the second collaborative album with The Grouch, was released in 2011. The duo's ninth album, Shadowboxing, was chosen by SF Weekly as one of their "10 Best Bay Area Hip-Hop Records of 2012"

Protoje

There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and observers agree that Protoje is playing an important role in what is becoming known as the "Reggae Revival." Leading the militant band - The Indiggnation - this powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty, re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism. After successfully releasing 2 Albums "The Seven Year Itch" and "The 8 Year Affair" which spawned Rasta Love ft Ky-Mani Marley and Kingston Be Wise; which was featured in Grand Theft Auto; Protoje releases his 3rd Studio Album titled ANCIENT FUTURE. Protoje's visibility has steadily increased with articles being written in major publications ahead of his album release, and a major achievement was being named on BBC 1xtra Hot for 2015 Artiste list so he will be promoted across the BBC platform. Artistes were selected because As Mista Jams of BBC stated; "they're producing the quality music needed to become big in the next 12 months. It's a real cross section of really exciting new talent all currently on their A game." Protoje has been gaining momentum throughout the world, performing at quality venues to large audiences and will continue to tour consistently with his band The Indiggnation to promote ANCIENT FUTURE especially in Europe where several tours have already been booked as they continue to spread the music to the world.

The Hip Abduction

The Hip Abduction is an afro-pop/ indie-rock band hailing from St. Petersburg, FL. The sextet places a heavy emphasis on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni) mixed with dub-reggae bass lines and funky afro-beat percussion making their tropically influenced high-energy performances stand out on festival lineups nationwide. In 2013, The Hip Abduction released a self-titled debut album which landed them at the top of the iTunes and Billboard reggae charts. THA is currently in the studio and looking forward to a follow-up full-album release in early 2016.

The Green

Music has been a blessing since the beginning for the humble members of The Green. It is only by looking into the past that one can fully grasp the immense accomplishments and unparalleled journey for a small group of musicians from the island of O?ahu. Countless miles of touring and three studio albums have led them to become recognized as ambassadors of Aloha, helping represent Hawaiian people and culture to the world through their craft.

Steel Pulse

Grammy award-winning reggae band Steel Pulse have been true to their roots for over 35 years. One of Bob Marley's favorites, the band has maintained a sense of fierce integrity as it strives to get the message of love and justice across to all people."Without love there is no justice, and without justice there is no peace," says founder David "Dread" Hinds, as he explains the band's mission. "At the core of our music is a deep sense of love for our African heritage, and a committment to fight for justice for all people on this planet, even for our planet itself. Man is destroying creation in the name of progress. And along the way, we kill, rob, loot, and exploit our brothers and sisters - dividing people by tribe, color, class, religion, you name it." "We stand against violence in all its forms. And poverty is a form of violence. It may sound like a cliche by now, but we believe in Love and Justice, living in harmony with one another and nature. Our mission is bring hope into the hearts of people - that things can get better if we unite to do the right thing. Despite the wickedness in the world, we believe in positivity. We want to see True Democracy, not hypocrisy." "We try to point out the mistakes we humans are making, either through ignorance or through evil intentions," adds co-founder Selwyn "Bumbo" Brown. "We can't sit back and watch what's happening without trying to make a difference. That's what we felt like back in the day, as schoolmates in Handsworth, and that feeling hasn't changed to this day. Babylon has been making the rules for long enough. Our job is to show that Jah Kingdom must be here on Earth - in our hearts and minds - so we can respect one another." Steel Pulse are working on a new album and DVD and, as always, are taking Jah message to the people.

Iration

Iration is an alternative/reggae group of musicians formed in Isla Vista, CA. A deep-rooted reggae influence is fused with elements of rock and pop to create smooth original sounds ? "We're all about luv", states the band. The group is made up of members Joseph Dickens (Drums), Joseph King (Engineer), Cayson Peterson (Keyboard/Synth), Micah Pueschel (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Adam Taylor (Bass), and Micah Brown (Guitar/Vocals). All of the members of Iration met while growing up in Hawaii but formed the band after reconnecting in Santa Barbara, CA - the exception being Micah Brown who officially joined the group in 2014. The group released their Hotting Up album in summer of 2015. The album's lead single "Reelin" debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae singles chart. Iration has been touring nationally since 2008, performing at national festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Hangout, and many others. These Hawaiian-bred musicians look forward to spreading their original sound and Aloha spirit all the while never forgetting to get a surf in when possible.

Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads is an American reggae band from Huntington Beach, California. Their debut album, Any Port in a Storm, was released on September 23, 2008, by Executive Music Group (Fontana/Universal). Their newest album, Dirty Heads, was released July 15, 2016. They have been associated with music groups such as Sublime with Rome, 311, and Pepper and have toured with groups such as Cobra Starship, AER, and Gym Class Heroes.


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