Category: Artists

This Sunday, August 21st, catch the reggae dub legends Easy Star All-Stars at the Newport Blues Cafe in downtown Newport, RI. Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases, Dub Side of the Moon (2003) and Radiodread (2006), and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (2009), the Dub Side remix album Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), as well as Until That Day (2008), an original EP, the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family. Their latest release, First Light, released in April 2011, allows the group to grow creatively, unleashing its talent on a disc of totally original music.

Originally formed in 1997 for Easy Star Records’ earliest recordings, the Easy Star All-Stars existed mostly as a studio entity until releasing Dub Side of the Moon in 2003. The group, which operates as a collective with a rotating cast of musicians and singers, was put together by Easy Star co-founders Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. These three have directed and managed the band ever since. In 2009, the All-Stars played 125 shows in 25 countries on 6 different continents, truly establishing themselves as one of the top reggae touring acts in the world. The band was nominated for a UK Festival Award for its three-day, three-stage performance at Glastonbury 2009.

Destroy Babylon are a Boston, Massachusetts based band that heavily incorporate elements of dub, reggae and punk with their songs. They have shared the stage with various acts ranging from The Wailers and Lee “Scratch” Perry, to Bad Brains front man HR and UK Legends The English Beat.

$15 Door | The Newport Blues Cafe | 286 Thames Street | Newport, RI

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Jahdan Blakkamoore LIVE in Newport RI! w/ BOO CITY

On August 23rd catch internationally acclaimed reggae artist Jahdan Blakkamoore in Newport, RI at One Pelham East. Jahdan Blakkamoore will be performing LIVE in Newport at an intimate venue with a full live band w/horn section. Local favorites BOO CITY will be opening for this internationally acclaimed recording artist. Doors open @ 8PM show starts @9PM, $10 advance / $12 door.

Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist -- both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message.” Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in Reggae music. As lead singer of his group Noble Society, they received Best Reggae Album of the year on iTunes for ‘Take Charge’ in 2008 and he has not stopped to win over worldwide audiences since. His solo debut album ‘Buzzrock Warrior’, released worldwide in 2009 on the Gold Dust/!K7 label, was also voted Best Reggae album of the year on iTunes. His solo debut has long been anticipated by his large fan base spanning from Brooklyn to Oslo, built over many years of delivering command performances and recordings throughout the US and Europe. ‘The General’, the first single released from ‘Buzzrock Warrior’ was chosen for Song of the Week on National Geographic World Music soon after its release. After a successful European tour with Noble Society in support of their forthcoming album ‘PPM’, Jahdan released his mix tape ‘Global Warning’ a preview to his current solo album ‘Babylon Nightmare’ released December 7th 2010 on the Lustre Kings label. “All Comes Back to One” the first video and single from the album has been receiving positive reviews globally. Routes for a supporting tour with Noble Society are currently being planned for 2011. Jahdan is a featured artist on the track “Cash Flow” from Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer collaboration. He also wrote the song “Struggla” on Matisyahu’s new album. His verse on the hook of Smiff N Wesson’s classic, “Sound Bwoy Buriell” is still played regularly in clubs around the world and in radio throwback sets on Hot 97 by Funk Master Flex, Mr. C, and others. Jahdan has shared the stage with great artist such as Anthony B, Sizzla, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and many others.

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St. John in the US Virgin Islands is home to this unique sounding band. With over twenty-five years experience in the field of reggae music you’d probably ask yourself why you haven’t heard of them before now. St. john is a tourist magnet in the Northeast Caribbean and work was never a problem. When they would visit there, Inner Visions would be a major highlight in their stay. Although Soca and Calypso music is the dominant art form, no stay was complete without an Inner Visions performance.

It was said to them over and over again that if they traveled they would blow up and become a household name! Well, It was not until 2001 did the band heed the call and did it’s first official Stateside tour. It soon became evident to new fans that this band had something that had been missing in the field for years. Today they have a mystical mix of the young and the mature performing together to bring you a sound that touches people of all ages. The band is now joined by “Grasshopper’s” two sons who has driven the band to heights previously unheard of. Their sound is a cultural journey through the the musical influences of yester-year! The band has been influenced by the who and who’s in reggae. Burning Spear, Culture, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond (Today) and w/Zap Pow, Third World, Inner Circle, Freddie McGreggor, Ernie Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Chalice, and oh so many more, helped shape the sound the band has presently. Inner Visions is an Independent organization. It boasts two strong lead vocalist and a three part harmony that will soothe the savage beast in anyone. They do their own productions and spend quite a bit to ensure that they give their fans the best quality recordings possible.

If they show up to a gig late? Usually they had some sort of problem. This is a great record to have. “We hate being late” Says “Grasshopper,” Our fans are worth the effort!” Usually they are quite early as they like to meet, and greet fans while they scout the neighborhood. They have traveled extensively now and the cry has been the same. “Where were you guys all this time? You are the Virgin Islands Best kept secret!” Well, they are a secret no more!!! So, take the plunge, “ride the waves,” and be inspired. But most of all get ready to meet the most wonderful group of musicians to have surfaced in a very long time. “They are simply marvelous! They are filled with so much love, it’s contagious! They’ve got that “Inner Visions!”

Inner Visions official WEBSITE | Inner Visions on FACEBOOK

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The Mystic Jammers at One Pelham East | 08.10.10

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 10th), catch the Mystic Jammers live at One Pelham East, in downtown Newport.

Mystic Jammers perform at the Exodus to Escoheag Reggae Festivel

Since 1985 the Mystic Jammers have been touring as the premier U.S. reggae band in the northeast. If you like the idea of Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix playing together then this is for you. Inspirational lyrics, tight vocals, monsterous bass and stellar lead guitar, this is true reggae and rock combined. Perhaps you have seen the live show, John Booth soloing while hanging upside down, or Lon Plynton dancing down the bar while playing bass, jumping over the drinks.

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Jah Spirit at One Pelham East 7.27.10

Tonight, Jah Spirit will perform at One Pelham East as part of the Strangeland Tuesday summer reggae concert series.

Featuring RAS Micheal as their lead singer, the group has a new album out called CeaseFire, you can read more at

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Tuesday July 20th, Strangeland Tuesdays summer reggae series continues with Taj Weekes and Adowa at One Pelham East, downtown Newport, RI.

Taj Weekes -- Guitar, vocals
Taj Weekes is an enigma… on the one hand deeply serious and intensely passionate about his worldviews and on the other hand a gentle and humble man with a quick and easy smile. Driven to inspire conscious thought and provoke discussion through his poignant poetry and lyrics, Weekes says, “I write from the heart and I speak about issues that move me. I believe that’s what really matters.”

Radss -- Bass
Radss is a native of Pichelin, Dominica, and comes from a family of talented musicians. His musical vibes burned from the very beginning crediting his father, Lord Tokyo, a recorded Calypsonian musician.
Desiree’s aura to become a bassist really caught fire when his cousins, bassists Natty and Jervier, taught him lines, progressions and formulas, catapulting Radss on his way to becoming a sapid musician.

Adoni Xavier -- Guitar
Adoni was born in Trinidad, W.I. but moved to Ohio as a teenager. He received his first musical education from his left handed teacher who encouraged him to play right handed. Adoni soon played the guitar right handed, even though he is left handed.
After playing with a few bands, school and his job led him to Chicago. It was at this point that Rastafari helped define music for him. Adoni decided that whatever change he would make to better the world, would have to be with music.
Adoni later returned to Trinidad to be with his family for a time but returned to New York where he now works with many musicians with different musical styles, cultural artists, freedom fighters and performers. This work gives him “inspiration and has influenced his playing greatly.”

Shelton Garner -- Lead and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
Raised in Brooklyn, NY, guitarist Shelton Garner’s first influence was Jimi Hendrix. He began playing at the young age of 5. Shelton played a variety of instruments in his youth including drums and the saxophone. He turned his focus to the guitar in junior high school recognizing that he could speak through music and express his true feelings without words.

As a teenager at the Harlem School of the Arts, Shelton was exposed to a wide variety of music. He realized his connection to reggae music through Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. Shelton followed the live music of various black rock bands while playing the New York City club circuit, and is now discovering the works of the awesome John Coltrane.

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On July 10, 2010 one of reggae’s greatest legends passed away. Sugar Minott began his singing career as part of The African Brothers in 1969, along with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard. The group released several singles in the first half of the 1970s on labels such as Micron and their own Ital label, and were an early example of the Rastafari movement’s influence on the Jamaican music scene, taking a clear lead from The Abyssinians. After the African Brother’s split in 1974, Minott teamed up with the producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, as studio apprentice at Dodd’s Studio One, working as a singer, guitarist and percussionist, and soon began recording his own singles.

Minott developed a talent for writing new songs to fit over existing rhythms (which at the time was common when singers performed live, but rare in the studio), often proving more popular than the original songs, pioneering an approach that would be central to the emerging dancehall style. After a number of moderately successful hits for Studio One, such as “Vanity”, “Hang On Natty”, “Mr. DC”, and “Jah Jah Children”, his debut LP Live Loving made his name and increased his popularity, and is regarded as pioneering the dancehall style that would dominate the early 1980s.

Throughout the 1980s the hits kept coming. Able to encompass different styles from rough roots to sweet lovers, through to classic dancehall, he was an artist of some influence. In that period he was working for all the top producers in Jamaica including, Mikey Dread, George Phang, Sly & Robbie, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Channel One, Prince Jammy, and Donovan Germain, as well as recording for United States-based Lloyd “Bullwhackie” Barnes (the Wicked A Go feel It  album from 1984). His biggest hits included “Herbman Hustling”, “No Vacancy”, “Jamming In The Street”, “Rub A Dub Sound”, “Buy Off The Bar”, “Rydim”, and “Devil’s Pickney.”

“Herbman Hustling”


Minott died on July 10, 2010 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St. Andrew, after being admitted there earlier that day. The cause of death is yet to be announced. He had been affected by a heart condition since early 2009, and canceled several performances in May 2010 due to chest pains.

On Sunday July 10th, Peter Dante compiled a 2 and a half hour tribute radio set to Sugar Minott, which can be heard in it’s entirety below.

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September 10th, 2010, from the isle of Bermuda, Collie Buddz will be performing at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Incorporating influences from Hip-Hop to Soca, Collie’s music nevertheless has a rock-solid foundation in Reggae -- and its power to connect ghetto reality with the highest heights of human aspiration -- that is a rarity even in Jamaica. But, to say he’s connected to the Caribbean community would be an understatement. Collie Buddz, born Colin Harper, has become the Caribbean culture’s resident ambassador.

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Collie Buddz -- “Come Around”

Touring extensively, Collie’s passport stamps are a relative reflection of the worldwide love for Reggae and Caribbean culture. From Madison Square Garden to Dubai, Collie Buddz is the definition of an international recording artist. “It was crazy performing in the Middle East. Who would have guessed how big reggae music is there? They knew all my songs,” a jubilant Collie Buddz explains. He has toured throughout Germany, France, England, Japan, North and South America and the Caribbean. His unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soca and Dancehall underlined with his ever-present passion for the modern Roots Reggae sound has attracted tastemaker supporters all over the world. Reggae pioneer David Rodigan [London] and New York Reggae stalwarts at legendary radio station, Hot 97, Massive B and Short-Man [Heavy Hitters] are just some of his most ardent supporters. Now on the verge of Collie’s sophomore album release, the anticipation is palpable.

Collie Buddz -- “Blind to You”

Wanting to release music more frequently and with fewer restrictions, Collie’s affiliation with Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Inc ended in 2008. He has since founded his own independent record label, Harper Digital alongside his brother [Smokey] and DJ [DJ Genie] while working with his longtime management group, Mojiza Management. The Harper Digital team is already grooming the label into a full production house and artist development business. Humble as always, Collie simply says, “I’m just excited to be putting out another album. I love to make music and the satisfaction is in having other people from all over the world enjoy it. I live out of a suitcase and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” And Collie means just what he says.

With a nonstop touring schedule with his band The New Kingston Band and his longtime compatriot and hype man, Pee Wee, Collie just has one quick stop before hitting the road yet again. He’s got to stop by the embassy and pick up more page inserts for his passport.

Collie Buddz live at Lupos, September 10th, 2010.

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August 18th, 2010 reggae legend Tarrus Riley will be performing at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, RI.

Tarrus Riley's new album "Contagious" in stores now.

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Virtually born and steeped in music, Tarrus Riley has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and so “voiced my first song at the age of 13”. “I’ve always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me “Singy Singy” ‘cause I’m always singing,” he said with a introspective smile. In 2004, Tarrus released his debut album, Challenges -- “I was fortunate to have recorded my debut album with an independent label out of Miami”.

“I define myself so I make thought-provoking music about Black consciousness and experiences. I want to open people’s minds and let them think. My music isn’t prejudiced towards colour, class, creed or nationality,” he explained passionately. “I target women and children with my music because slavery tampered with the woman’s mind and that’s why I wrote She’s Royal. She’s the head of the household so she has the power to influence the young men and women of tomorrow,” he further explained.

Serving up “brain food” with a third album on the way, Tarrus is extremely excited. “The new album is titled, Contagious, produced by Dean Fraser on the Canon Production label,” he announced proudly. The formula, producing “thought-provoking music”, has not been changed, just tweaked a bit, to deliver the same Tarrus Riley with his signature melodies.

“I want everyone to catch this album – it better than flu,” he said with a chuckle. “What we do is Contagious; I believe it’s a good word to call upon oneself”.

Songs, such as “Start Anew” and “Good Girl Gone Bad” (featuring Konshens) from the album, are currently receiving tremendous airplay and ratings in the streets. The “ear-candy” Contagious will be released later this year, via Canon Production and distributed by VP Records.

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Hope Road – A Tribute To Bob Marley & The Wailers

Hope Road is a tribute band recreating the music, the passion, and the vibe of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Each member of this group has a deep respect for the music and the group we are paying tribute to. Bob Marley & The Wailers created music that inspired, empowered and sometimes overwhelmed audiences. Our mission is to bring that music to listeners with an intensity and a positive energy that they can’t help but enjoy and embrace.

Upcoming Shows:

July 24
The Windjammer
Misquamicut Beach, RI

August 7
Exodus To Escoheag
Stepping Stone Ranch, Escoheag RI

About Jason Jarvis (Vocals & Percussion) Jason has been writing and performing music continually since 1984. His family came to the United States from the Bahamas and settled in Westerly, RI, which is where lives and is currently raising his own family. Jason embodies the spirit of Reggae music, the rhythm, the passion and the positive energy it creates. Jason is a seasoned musician playing percussion, guitar, harmonica and flute in various bands including long time New England favorite Green Tea. Throughout the years Jason has honed the ability to connect with an audience and “share the vibe”. His tone and depth as a musician are evident as he entertains audiences on a journey through the expansive Bob Marley catalogue.

About Greta Frost (Vocals, Guitar & Percussion) Greta Frost has been writing and playing her original music since the age of 13. Prior to that she studied classical piano for 5 years and found the voice that has evolved into what you hear today. Born and raised in the cradle of love that is Rhode Island, she traveled the country playing music coast to coast before sewing seeds in the state of Vermont. The mystical mountains and the cities she visits give the many songs she writes and performs a unique sound, uplifting as they are relaxing. Creative thinking and positive progression are a crucial part of her music and passion for life. Whether she is playing an acoustic guitar or chatting on the microphone, her love for music and humanity shine through. Peace to all who are passing through.

About Mel Corcino (Drums) Mel was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in the great Town of Juncos. My lovely wife is Meliza Jimenez and my daughter is Natasha Nicole. He was student of the percussion department in the “Escuela Libre de Musica” (Caguas, Puerto Rico) under the supervision of well-known percussionist Jose “Pepe” Torres. Currently, he is continuing his drumming education with Drumming Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Mel has been playing drums since 1985. He had the opportunity to play in great bands growing up back in Puerto Rico. These bands were Orbe Azul (Latin Pop Rock; 1996-1998), Sweet Spirit (Christian R&B), Nueva Identidad (Christian Pop Rock), Orlando Pabellon Latin Jazz Quintet (Latin Jazz). He relocated with his family to CT, USA on March 2004. Currently, he resides in the Town of Salem. Mel teaches drums at The Music Bureau, Salem, CT. If you want to contact Mel for lessons or substitute work, please email or call (860) 287-7584.

About Brian Lauri (Vocals, Organ, Piano, Synth) Brian is the backbone of Hope Road and brings the “it” factor you have heard about. Recreating the music of Bob Marley requires headspace and feel and that is what Brian brings to the group. He is an accomplished pianist/organist and draws from nearly twenty years of live performance, music education and life lived to the fullest. Brian has recently had the opportunity to perform with legendary Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and has taken every ounce of inspiration and poured it back into his music. Brian is well connected in the northeast and has performed throughout New England in hundreds of venues to literally thousands of listeners. He currently resides in Memphis, NY and runs a recording studio where he handles engineering and production. Please contact us here for rates, availability and information regarding the studio.

About David Allen (Vocals, Bass) David is the veteran in this group of seasoned players. He currently resides in Richmond, RI with his wife Cathy and son Paul. He holds down the groove with masterful syncopation and arranges the sweet harmonies and melodies that make Bob’s music so special. Dave, like the rest of this group, has played in hundreds of venues across New England and has focused his energy on vocal harmony & groove. “Keep it simple, keep it moving & sing it sweet”.

About Jamie Conroy (Vocals, Guitar) Jamie has been performing, writing and recording music since 1985. He currently resides in Ashaway, RI with his family. Jamie keeps the roots, rock, reggae chucking and recreates the beautiful guitar lines and textures as Bob and the Wailers did so well. There is always something about those first few guitar notes of a song that just take you there and that’s what Hope Road is all about. “You’ve got to dig to get it” but when you get it its usually magic.

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