Easy Star All-Stars
Summer will start a little early this year with the Easy Star All-Stars kicking off their West Coast Tour 2017 at the legendary Monterey Fairgrounds, as the band’s first ever appearance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival marks the first show on a 16-stop outing. The tour will run through late June as the band returns to reggae-friendly cities across the West Coast and Mountains. Supporting acts include The Late Ones and The Elovators.
The pioneering reggae band has made quite a name for itself with reggae covers of full albums by legendary acts Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, , as well as its own original material from its decade plus as a recording act. . All of the band’s albums have peaked within the Top 5 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, including Lonely Hearts Dub Band and Thrillah each clinching the #1 spot, and Dub Side of the Moon staying on the reggae chart for over 7 years. The band is gearing up to head into the studio later this year to follow up on Thrillah with a new tribute album, but the specific album they are paying tribute to has not yet been revealed.
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, John Lennon and also present day legendsincluding Jurassic 5, Steel Pulse, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul 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.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original Reggae Band The Elevators have been bringing their distinctive beach Reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the East Coast. The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record “The Cornerstone”, released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records. The release (titled forthe band’s previous name), debuted at #5 on the ITunes Reggae charts and #9 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, while the video for one of the album’s featured tracks titled “Sunshine” has received more than 80k (eighty thousand) views on Facebook, and continues to be an anthem for youthfulness and summer fun. The band will be making their first appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2017, and will be touring the West Coast and Mid-West starting in late May and lasting four weeks through the end of June.
The band is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, John Browns Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub
Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, Bad Fish, Anthony B, and many more. In addition to club and theater performances, the band has performed at festivals throughout the United States including Levitate Music Festival (MA), Mount Snow Reggae Festival (VT), Front Porch Fest (VA), and Frozen Harbor Music Festival (MD), Heineken Regatta (St. Martin), and World Village Music Festival (ID).