Tribal Seeds, which plays The Date Shed Feb. 1 in Coachella, includes (from left): Ryan Gonzo, E.N Young, Carlos Verdugo, Steve Rene Jacobo, Victor Navarro, and Tony-Ray Jacobo.
Growing up as kids in San Diego, the sweet wafting tunes of reggae floated through the home of brothers Tony-Ray and Steven Rene Jacobo.
Bob Marley and Steel Pulse were their favorites early on, but as they reached high school they found a St. Croix group called Midnight that inspired the brothers to think about starting their own band.
“Tribes are the original form of family, but more than that, it represents a community, brotherhood, where everyone was looking out for each other, and that’s what we want our band to represent,” says Tony-Ray Jacobo of the Reggae band Tribal Seeds.
The group is currently working on their soon-to-be released album, “Representing”.
“We are going to play three new songs, but I’m not going to say the names. Our hardcore fans will have to figure out which ones are new,” says Tony-Ray about their upcoming Feb. 1 show at The Date Shed in Indio.
After forming their tribe, musically speaking, the brothers never would have guessed whom their paths would cross along this reggae road.
In 2003, when Tony-Ray and Steven began jamming together, never would they suspect within a 10-year period that they would play with and next to Steel Pulse, The Wailers, and Midnight at various shows and festivals.
During that same time period, Tribal Seeds has grown to six members. They have been nominated “Best Of Reggae Albums ” by iTunes for both LP releases, and their last LP, “The Harvest”, hit No. 5 on the Billboard Reggae charts in 2009.
“Amlak Tafari, the bass player for Steel Pulse, pulled me up on stage (at a New Mexico festival in 2013) and had me sing the final number with them. It was unbelievable,” says Tony-Ray.
This July features the Utah Reggae Festival with Daniel Marley.
Having moved from Ogden to Salt Lake City, this festival will feature Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Daniel Marley and Fortunate Youth with support from Codi Jordan Band, Natural Roots, Know Ur Roots.
The special guest with a set planned is 24-year-old Daniel Marley, the grandson of Bob Marley and son of Ziggy Marley, and making his first trip to Utah.
"I know about the Utah Jazz," he said in a phone interview. "John Stockton."
Daniel grew up on tour buses when he was a toddler, and started making beats before most of us could spell "beats."
He wrote his first full-fledged song at 13, and now is adding modern elements to music that his grandfather brought to the masses.
"It’s all in the genes," he said.
Music comes to him constantly, and even when he was on the phone with The Tribune, he admitted, "I am thinking of a song right now. I;m thinking of melodies right now. It’s not magic. It’s what [I’m] here to do."
Where does it come from?
"Without the Creator, we are nothing," he said.
In addition, radio station X96 is offering discounted tickets for the 2013 Utah Reggae Festival featuring at $10 tickets. The offer begins today (Friday, May 10 at 5 p.m.) until they are GONE, with 500 tickets available. You can purchase them at Aztec Highway, Twisted Roots or online.
When • Saturday, July 13, from noon to 10 p.m.
Where • Liberty Park, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City
Tickets • $20 to $30 at SmithsTix after $10 deal is over