Some people might think punk rock is more noise than music, but if it wasn't for the punk scene in the 1970s, Americans may never have had the chance to hear reggae music.
"The only venue reggae bands could get booked into years ago were punk rock concerts," said Jamin Hazelaar, lead singer for the band Thicker Than Thieves. "That's the first time I heard the sound, and I've been hooked on it ever since."
Thicker Than Thieves is a San Diego-based band that will make a stop in the Tri-Cities on April 13 at the Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick. This is the group's first visit to the area. The last time the band came to Washington, they were part of the 2004 Warped Tour's stop at the Gorge Amphitheatre near George.
Though Hazelaar loves playing to a huge crowd on a big stage, he also loves the intimacy of a smaller venue like the Roxy.
"Don't get me wrong, I love the big stage," he said in a telephone interview with the Herald. "But small venues are equally cool. Besides, I'd rather play to a full house of 100 people than a half-full house with 100,000."
He describes the band's sound as a mix of surf punk salted with sweet reggae rock. Hazelaar is known for his intoxicating vocals and songwriting, though he credits the band's soulfulness to the inspiring talents of all five of the band members, which also includes Mauricio Mora on guitar, Mr. Kees on drums, bassist Mick Kline and David Perez on keyboards. The band's other guitarist, Brian Sykes, won't be on the tour, as he is recovering from back surgery, the band's management said.
Hazelaar, a 40-something musician, grew up with punk rock, but when he got a taste for reggae, he never looked back.
"What I love about this music is that it's all about how you feel about yourself and the rest of the world," Hazelaar said.
It's feel-good music that he describes as having an edge of punk with a feel-good vibe.
Showtime at the Roxy is 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 in advance or $10 at the door. The Roxy Wine Bar is at the corner of Auburn Street and Kennewick Avenue.
For everyone that wants to hear some incredible tunes, head to Jaco this weekend for a great taste of reggae Saturday night, starting at 10 pm. There is no cover charge and Monkey Bar will have DJ Who-lio playing before and after the show. WATUSI is the original, “REGGAE / WORLDBEAT” band in Texas and one of the top reggae / worldbeat groups in the USA, with 10 players from around the world and based in Dallas,Texas. WATUSI is the premier artist on World Beatnik Records, for 28 years a Texas reggae legend, a “worldbeat” pioneer and are respected and played worldwide. Winners of numerous Reggae and World Music Awards including 2011 Dallas Music Award for Reggae and.. nominated for the Roots Music Association “Reggae Artist of the Year” . Watusi is a charter member of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (R.A.W.)
REGGAE beats will usher in a new chapter at the relaunched Afro Caribbean Centre, when it holds its first party this weekend after being shut for a year. The building is taking on a new lease of life after a revamp and will once again offer a focal point for a community which does not have a base in the town. Since a quiet opening two months ago, teething problems have been ironed out and the management is ready to welcome members old and new. Swindon 105.5 DJ MC Ranks will mark the centre’s return to full health by entertaining the crowd. Colin Cole, the acting secretary of Swindon’s West Indian Community Association, said: “We have carried out a facelift as the place needed freshening up.
During its short but eventful five year history Dan Wiltshire's One Love Festival has survived repeated venue changes, unsympathetic authorities and rival promoters. This year the event faced battles with their site's owners, stringent noise regulations and a couple of artist no-shows, yet maintained its mix of good music and low key relaxed vibes - blessed by one of the most gorgeously sunny weekends of the year. After two years based in Hainault, Essex, Wiltshire decided to return his event to Kent – to the site of Vince Power's Hop Farm Festival in Paddock Wood. The traditional growery of hops, a crucial ingredient in beer and a member of the cannabis family, seemed the perfect place to continue the uniquely chilled out reggae and dub vibe of the gathering in bucolic seclusion.
What: Boss Sounds Festival 2012
When: October 12 and 13, 2012, 11pm-3am
Where: World Headquarters Newcastle .
Anthony B, Brother Culture, Pangea Sound System
Direct from Jamaica Anthony B is one of the world's biggest reggae stars, regularly headlining major European Festivals. Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center's fall Underground Sound series is underway, but the venue is not ready to pack it in for winter just yet. The Vilar Center will extend its lineup with a bonus eighth performance on Nov. 11 when Toots and the Maytals Unplugged Acoustic Tour comes to the venue, along with Anders Osborne. Toots and the Maytals, once known simply as the Maytals, are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Lead singer and native Jamaican Toots Hibbert and his band helped chart the course of Jamaican music through its various evolutions of ska, reggae and rock.
Reggae legends The Wailers will make their Northwest Arkansas debut in Fayetteville in November, it was announced last week. The band, known best for its work with Bunny Wailer and late Reggae-music icons Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Walton Arts Center.Original member Aston Barrett remains an anchor in the band on bass guitar, and is joined by Elan Atias and Koolant Brown on lead vocals; Keith Sterling on keys; Anthony Watson on drums; Audley Chisholm on rhythm guitar; Chico Chin on trumpet; Everald Gayle on trombone; and Brady Walters and Cegee Victory on background vocals.Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and range from $16-$28. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Walton Arts Center box office at 479-443-5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.
On Saturday, September 1, 2012 the first full day of Reggae music came to life at the One Love, One Heart Reggae Festival taking place out at the Rio Ramaza Marina Park. The music was popping but, unfortunately, the crowds were not. Live performances began at 11:00 a.m. and continued through the day and into the night. Food vendors were plentiful but business a tad slow despite the great list of Reggae performers that deserved huge rounds of applause. The performers included a full list of talented artists including Midnite, King Hopeton, Finn, Pound Game, UpRising, IFA, United District, Reggae Bubblers, Queen Makeda, Bambu Prophets, and Jah Thunder Wisdom. The somewhat unimpressive crowd was not due to lack of talent or quality booking.
Vocalist Koolant Brown knew what he was getting into when he joined the pioneer reggae band The Wailers in 2010. The band, lead by original member Aston "Family Man" Barrett, is best known for its work with Bunny Wailer, and the two late Jamaican-music icons Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide and have 20 charting hits, according Billboard magazine."I wasn't nervous about joining the band because I was born listening to their music and I believe that many are called but few are chosen and they chose me," Brown said during a phone interview from the band's stop in Lexington, Ky. "Even before I joined, I had been performing with many of these people, and the thing about the Wailers is they love playing these songs and I also love singing for the people."
Matisyahu will be heading to college towns around the U.S. later this year to support his most recent album, Spark Seeker. The trek for the newly clean-shaven reggae/hip-hop artist will begin October 10 at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins, Colo., and the singer will remain on the road through a November 21 show at Backstage Live San Antonio. In between those dates, Matisyahu will visit Sacramento, Calif.; Baton Rouge; Athens, Ga.; Rochester, N.Y.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; St. Louis and Dallas. In a statement the singer explained his decision to tour in college towns this fall. I’ve played a lot of these markets in past summers,” he said. “To be able to return when school is in session and kids are on campus is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.”