Barrington Levy

Barrington Levy's outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist began more than two and a half decades ago.

Called reggae's 'Mellow Canary' by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he's renowned as the first original singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many imitators en-route.

Barrington was born in West Kingston, but spent much time as a youth in Clarendon, where he developed his signature riff by experimenting with different vocalizations and bouncing the sounds off the surrounding hills.

As a youth, his biggest influence was Dennis Brown, but he also liked Michael Jackson, the original Jackson 5, and other American R&B artists. He began performing in dance halls at age 14 in a band that he formed with his cousin Everton Dacres, called Mighty Multitude.

In 1975, Barrington recorded his debut track "My Black Girl" with the Mighty Multitude. During these early performances, his singing was often informally recorded and sent to places in England and the U.S. The first foreign release, "A Ya We Deh", was followed by a major hit with "Collie Weed", produced by Junjo Laws for Jah Guidance, and others like "Twenty-One Girls Salute" and "Mind Your Mouth".

Producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes discovered him singing on a local sound-system, and wasted no time in taking him to Channel One for the first of many hit singles in 1979. With the Channel One All-Stars - later to form the nucleus of the Roots Radics - laying the rhythms, and Scientist mixing the finished results at King Tubbys, the new singer caused a sensation right from the start, ushering in the dancehall phase at the same time.

Those early singles "A Yah We Deh", "Shine Eye Gal" and "Moonlight Lover" were later collected on his debut album Bounty Hunter which appeared on the Jah Life label in the States.

The follow-up Englishman on Greensleeves established Barrington as the reggae star of the early '80's, spawning hit singles with "Sister Carol", "Look Youthman", "Eventide Fire A Disaster" and "Mary Long Tongue". Again Junjo was the producer, and the third album Robin Hood only served to maintain his already rocketing reputation.

In 1983, Levy made a big splash in Great Britain with "Under Mi Sensi", a tune that spent 12 weeks topping their charts. The tune quickly made its way to the States where it became an instant hit. "Under Mi Sensi" also became the basis for the 1985 dancehall mega-hit "Under Mi Sleng Teng" - primarily credited to Wayne "Jammy" Smith (although Barrington actually created the melody).

Levy's initial live appearances in England created a sensation, his astonishing self-confidence in his singing talent on stage at venues like the influential "100 Club" in London, enabling him to have audiences in the palm of his hand.

With a plethora of original material and an outstanding, immediately recognisable voice, Barrington simply could not fail, having hit after hit for not only Junjo but also Alvin Ranglin (Life Style), Delroy Wright (Live & Learn Presents Barrington Levy & Beres Hammond) and in 1984 George Phang's Powerhouse label, who released the Money Move album to critical - and dancehall - acclaim.

That same year Junjo produced Prison Oval Rock which took the reggae world by storm. Barrington had also shown himself to be a creditable producer in his own right, releasing one track "Deep In The Dark" on his own BL label, but this situation was to prove short-lived.

Help came in the shape of Paul Love, aka Jah Screw, who had been the selector for U-Roy's King Sturgav sound-system in Jamaica before teaming up first with dee-jay Ranking Joe as a producer, then on his own.

Their first release together was "Under Mi Sensi", a formidable and decidedly heavyweight cut which found Barrington wailing with a power and depth unequalled before or since. Immediately the song became a classic, staying in the reggae charts for weeks on end.

It was closely followed by "Murderer" for Jah Life, and then Barrington and Jah Screw's "Here I Come" in 1985 which was a national chart-hit through a major label deal with London Records - ultimately leading to his first UK TV appearances, where he sang the pro-ganja anthem "Under Mi Sensi" on Number 73 (a children's television show!).

After the excitement of a national hit, it was to be nearly two years before Barrington rediscovered his winning touch. When the break did come it was for Black Scorpio in Jamaica with a song called "She's Mine", after which he once again joined forces with Jah Screw for a delightful cover of Bob Andy's Studio One hit "Too Experienced".

It was a masterful move; not only did it serve to re-establish Barrington on the reggae market but prompted a rash of other versions which dominated the reggae scene in 1991. This success inspired Mango Records to sign him that year, releasing the Divine set to favourable reviews.

"Dancehall Rock", again with Jah Screw became a notable hit but increasingly Barrington was relying on quality covers and new versions of old hits rather than concentrating on the self-penned material that had made his name. It was a formula repeated on his 1992 set Turning Point, again for Jah Screw and released by Greensleeves.

The voice was as immaculate as ever, and the choice of songs impeccable: "Desperate Lover" and "Unchained" were again Bob Andy compositions; "Warm & Sunny Day" originated from his early days with Junjo Lawes but a standout track was "Something In My Heart", a duet with Reggie Stepper that made fierce inroads into the reggae charts on single release.

The next chapter of his distinguished career came as a surprise to his many fans, who'd remained convinced that a next national chart hit couldn't be far away given his talent as both singer and songwriter. After a stunning performance on the 1993 Sunsplash, he signed to MCA and promptly began work on an album with Sly & Robbie in Jamaica.

The first single, "Work" was a revelation; Barrington delivering an uplifting cultural message over an infectious dancehall bogle riddim which seemed a certainty to follow Chaka Demus & Pliers' "Tease Me" into record charts world-wide. It was not to be; after selling by the cart-load on pre-release the record company were unable to capitalise on the initial interest.

The resulting album Barrington, encompassed many eclectic styles, all beautifully sung but to no avail. Nothing's Changed and then Vice Versa both suffered a similar fate and for the time being, his chance had gone. Interestingly, Barrington revived his own Lipstic label and had produced artists like Pinchers and Jigsy King.

The next step came from the past, thanks to inspired remixes of "Two Sounds" and "Under Mi Sensi". First came hardcore ragga remixes from original producer Jah Screw, who invited dee-jay sensation Beenie Man to chant like fury over those revamped heavyweight riddims alongside Barrington's classic vocal tracks.

Ever mindful of the grassroots audience, Screw got the balance exactly right. Both these tunes were subsequently transformed into jungle anthems. By the summer of 1994 furious drum breaks had been welded to reggae bass lines and jungle music had taken the world by storm, with "Under Mi Sensi" creating a sensation in it's new guise.

Within a few months - despite his high profile on the underground - Barrington left MCA due to artistic differences. Loyal to his favoured artist as ever, Jah Screw began work on Duets - a whole album of remixes - overdubbing the hottest dee-jays from Jamaica onto further classic vocal tracks.

These included former single "Looking My Love" with Cutty Ranks, the aforementioned "Under Mi Sensi" and "Two Sounds" (with Beenie Man), as well as cuts of "Living Dangerously" (with Bounty Killer), "Struggler" (with Reggie Stepper), "Don't Run Away" (with Spragga Benz), and a remix of "Here I Come", now a massive combination featuring Mega Banton.

He came back larger than life with Bounty Killer on the song "Living Dangerously" - undisputedly the biggest reggae song of 1996, both in Jamaica and the United States, and for months held the #1 spot on the dancehall charts worldwide.

In 1998 the album Living Dangerously was released on Breakaway Records, and features tracks with Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bounty Killer, Lady G, Jigsy King, Terror Fabulous, and others. Barrington was lifted to the top of the charts, and continues to stay at the top of play lists on every radio station in Jamaica, and dancehalls throughout the world.

Throughout his professional appearances, Barrington has shared the stage with a veritable who's-who of the reggae and world music scene: Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Lady Saw, Lady G, U2, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Shine, CeCile, Tony Rebel, Garnet Silk, Capleton, Sugar Minott, Coco Tea, Spanner Banner, Little Kirk, Sanchez, Papa San, Mutabaruka... just to name a few.

Barrington continues to record and tour extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and remains Jamaica's #1 headliner. He's currently working on his latest (soon to be released) album, It's About Time, featuring Jamaican hip-hop sensation CeCile, on the hit single "Want You To Know".

Barrington Levy is still "Broader than Broadway"; and still a major force on the dancehall scene !!!

Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts is a Seattle based entertainer who performs music, theater, dance, and comedy.

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 BREW

Chris Plante: Keyboards/vocals
Dave Drouin: Guitars/vocals
Joe Plante: Bass/vocals
Kelly Kane: Drums/vocals

"I got one life to live/Bet I'll make the best of this/And if it's not there/I'll build a bridge/Just to find a new route." - "Chance Reaching"

The Brew are an aptly named quartet from Amesbury, a town in northeastern Massachusetts, cooking up a musical melting pot on their brand-new, self-released album, Back to the Woods, that combines their roots in classic rock, adding ingredients of prog, jazz, reggae, world beat, indie, funk and orchestral pop, sometimes in the course of a single song.

"I feel like we would be doing this no matter what, but to have so many people validate what we believe in so deeply, it makes it something really special," says Chris Plante, the keyboardist for the group, who joined high school classmates, guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Kelly Kane, with his brother, bassist Joe Plante, to form The Brew.

The Brew has that indefinable "it" that is the distillation of talent, execution and unconditional commitment to the dream of living up to their abilities. That commitment explains why folks drive hundreds of miles to shows and female fans are sporting Brew tattoos. The band's commitment to their music is total, and in a flavor-of-the-month world of commercialism, they are a walk-the-talk example of succeeding on your own terms.

Their eclectic stylistic palette can be heard clearly on Back to the Woods, from the tribal world beat and prog-rock of "Seen It All" and the reggae rhythm of "Looking Down" to the jazz-funk and Sting-like vocal on "Control," the lush Beach Boys a cappella harmonies of the title track and the Queen-like overkill of "Castle Walls" and the climactic "Chance Reaching."

Listen to Drouin's slide layering in "First of Things," his wah-wah guitars in "Looking Down" ("That's one of the few solos I've recorded without a preconceived starting point or theme," says Dave. "It was very in the moment, willy-nilly. Just going for it.") or the rhapsodic symphony, "Castle Walls."

The Brew's songs have something on their mind, too, with thoughtful, provocative lyrics. "Seen It All," "Control" and "Black Train" lament man's self-destruction and exploitation of earth's resources, at the same time admitting there are no easy solutions, asking, "If humans are so clever/Why can't we find another way?" ("Seen It All") and warning, "Use her as a means/Her gift to us will be the end" ("Control"). The island riddims of "Looking Down" offer a blast at authority, in this case inspired by a cop who busted the band's drummer Kelly after he was forced to take a leak outside between sets when the line to the restroom was too long for him to get back on-stage.

"Those are the kinds of things that are constantly on our minds," says Chris. "We're not radical environmentalists. I feel personally a little bit naïve. But I think we represent the majority of Americans who feel like we need to figure something out, without knowing exactly what the answer is."

"We can't write songs about something we're not passionate about," says Joe. "Music is a sacred thing to us; we all take this very seriously. We've seen the effects lyrics can have on people."

Aside from fretting about our imminent doom, The Brew have their rueful, romantic side, too. "Definitions" seeks a return to '60s moral values with its homage to Neil Young's "Harvest Moon."

"Most of the music we listen to goes pretty far back," says drummer Kane. "With this album, though, we were thinking of not just a return to the '60s and '70s, but to seriously ancient roots… We're talking pre-literate, back to a time when the world was more pure, pre-technology, before skyscrapers and even roads, when storytelling was the way people preserved knowledge."

Songs like "First of Things" and "Let It Slide" capture the regret at relationships that, for whatever reason, didn't last, while "Have to Choose" is about the real-life conflict of juggling romance with the responsibilities of being in a band.

"Things being all peachy and good-to-go isn't something that comes out of us," admits Joe. "We tend to focus on the things that are more difficult in life. There's almost always a dark tinge to what we do."

The band has been busy building a fan base by touring the northeast, playing events like the Gathering of the Vibes, in Connecticut and the Up North Festival in Maine and headlining Boston's famed Paradise Rock Club. They opened for Bruce Hornsby in 2006, and again in 2008, and were voted Best Opening Act by his fan site www.Bruuuce.com. This year, the band was nominated for the "Best New Groove" (Best New Artist) award at the Jammy's in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The recording of Back to the Woods with Bruce Hornsby sax player Bobby Read producing at Small World Audio studios in Afton, VA, was a real milestone for The Brew, the first time they had a real budget and were able to prepare before going in to make an album.

"We were able to record most of the songs on ProTools and work them out before we even set foot in the studio," says Kane.

"We spent two straight weeks recording, without having to piece things together, which made a huge difference," nods Drouin. "We could focus on the music and making a great album rather than worrying about money."

And while the band is grateful for their success with the jam band crowd, Chris says the big advance in Back to the Woods is in being able to write and record real songs, with beginnings, middles and ends, like the classic-rock idols his dad turned him on to, bands like Steely Dan and artists such as Paul Simon.

"We definitely jam and switch it up live," says Chris. "But for us, the musical integrity and message comes before instrumental explorations."

"We concentrated more on songs this time, sure, but put us in front of people and anything can happen," chimes in Joe. "Sometimes, we'll hit the stage without a set list."

"I think we've grown up a lot on this album," says Kane.

"The four of us have been writing partners since the first day we jammed together," says Dave, a movie buff who is pushing the band into soundtrack work, like on the heavy orchestrations of "Castle Walls." "In this band, we have the kind of relationships where we can bring ideas to one another and make suggestions without egos being involved. You have to work for the better part of a decade to get to a place where that's really genuine."

"We consider ourselves a democracy," echoes Chris. "Each one of our opinions counts as much as any of the others. We all contribute."

You can hear that maturity and confidence coming together on Back to the Woods set pieces like "Castle Walls" and the epic closing "Chance Reaching," which has presented itself as the album's first single, and is already receiving airplay on Sirius Satellite Radio.

"We were just trying for that kind of overkill," laughs Chris. "Building up to 10 notches past where you thought the song should be able to go."

With Back to the Woods, The Brew make a similar move, climbing to the next rung on the ladder to success.

"Our goal is to get our songs out there to as many people as we can," concludes Chris. "How it all ends up depends on how far the music will take us. We're insanely devoted to this. As cliché as it sounds, for us it really is all about the fans"
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Rob Cantrell

Comedian Rob Cantrell has appeared on several major networks, including CBS, NBC, HBO and Comedy Central. The Washington DC native was a Top 10 Finalist on the very first season of NBC's Last Comic Standing with only three years of performing under his belt. He now tours the world making people laugh at comedy clubs, improv theaters, in The Marijuana-logues, and most recently as a celebrity judge at the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Rob is a contributing writer for High Times Magazine and various TV Shows. His 2005 documentary film "Metaphysical Graffiti - A Road Movie" was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, he was signed to Stellah Records and released his debut comedy/music album Keep On The Grass.

Sapient

The Melodians

The Melodians are one of Jamaica's greatest Rocksteady groups, cutting a series of classic singles during the late '60s and early '70s.

The group was formed in the Greenwich Town area of Kingston in 1965 by Tony Brevett, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton and close friend, Renford Cogle assisted with writing and arranging material. In 1966, when driving rhythms of ska were abandoned in favor of the slower, more soulful Rocksteady, Jamaican performers discovered a freedom of expression they had previously been denied and The Melodians made their recording debut. The album was cut with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label with the releases "Lay It On", "Meet Me", "I Should Have Made It Up" and "Let's Join Hands (Together)". From 1967 to 1968 they had a number of hits on Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label, including "You Have Caught Me", "Expo 67", "I'll Get Along Without You", and "You Don't Need Me." After recording "Swing and Dine" for record producer Sonia Pottinger, they recorded their biggest hit, "Rivers of Babylon" for Leslie Kong. This song became an anthem of the Rastafarian movement, and was featured on the soundtrack for the movie, The Harder They Come.

After Kong's death in 1971, they recorded for Lee Perry and Byron Lee's Dynamic Studios. In 1973, Brent Dowe left the group for a solo career. The group reformed briefly a few years later, and again in the early 1980s.

The Melodians regrouped again in the 1990s as part of the roots revival and continue to perform and record. In 1992 they recorded "Song of Love", which was issued on the Tappa Zukie label. Throughout the later 1990s they continued touring internationally, including appearing at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California in 2002. In November 2005 The Melodians embarked on a West Coast tour.

The remaining original members Tony Brevett and Trevor McNaughton have continued touring in Europe and the US as well as recording in honor of Brent Dowe.

The Magic Beans

The Magic Beans is a troupe of musicians that got jarred up in Four Mile Canyon, Colorado and created a bond that allows for spontaneous improvisation and music greater than the sum of its parts.

The Beans style is all encompassing and completely natural, using no pre-recorded tracks but rather live instruments that range from the electric mandolin to the synthesizer to the banjo to create a genre spanning musical experience that is sure to leave no one out. Genres include but are not limited to jazz, folk, funk, bluegrass, rock, electronica, honky tonk, etc. The Magic Beans are unique merely for the fact that they can go on improvisational journeys that take you from high energy acoustic music to laid back electronica into a guitar shredding finale, that can last well over 10 and in some cases 20 minutes, while keeping you dancing and engaged throughout.

Seamlessly combining acoustic roots music and traditional instruments with modern technology and electric dance music, The Beans are as original and diverse as their place of their origin, the Colorado Rockies.
Having survived the Four Mile Fire, this tragedy only fueled the metaphorical flames of creation within the group as they carry the torch for many other bands out of Boulder Canyon from Leftover Salmon to Big Head Todd and the Monsters to The String Cheese Incident.

Countless original songs, live shows, instruments, Waterfront Music Festival's Local Band contest winner, and now a a full-length studio album in the works in under one year of being a group. What does the future hold? The Magic Beans love music and love sharing the fun with everyone in earshot. Just don't expect to be sitting down. Rejoice!

The ReMINDers

They say true love is a beautiful thing. True love that results in hip-hop is a beautiful thing with a great soundtrack. The Reminders have been making music for a while now, both individually and together. In 2005, Big Samir began performing with Aja Black around the midwest, sharing similar views on life, music and religion, they decided to come together and work on a concept entitled The ReMIND...ers.

The sound is best described as "soulful" awareness and positivity influence their lyrics, with a focus on harmonizing and bringing a message. After a two year break to raise their children, they are back with a powerful debut record "ReCollect" that will gain them a solid position in the music world.

Aja Black, born in Hollis Queens (New York), sings and raps on the record while Big Samir, born in Brussels (Belgium), occasionally flips back and forth from French to English with a dope bilingual flow. The Couple-Duo is very busy promoting positive vibes and great music for people of all ages in the world to enjoy.

Since the release of their debut, they have toured Morocco, Germany, the Czech Republic and across America. They have acquired much success by sharing stages with such artists as Fishbone, DeLaSoul, KRS 1, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Little Brother, Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, K'naan and have also hit the road with Blackalicious and OneBeLo

Yellow Wall Dub Squad

The Yellow Wall Dub Squad is an original authentic Roots Reggae Band. The name Yellow Wall Dub Squad was originally formulated by Amlak Tafari along with Fazal Prendergast. The original crew consisted of Amlak on Bass, Fazal on Guitar, Steve Hoffman on Keyboards and Manas Itene on Drums. When Amlak returned to his home base in England and Manas left and joined Michael Franti's Spearhead, Fazal continued the works and reformed the Squad with legendary Jamaican studio session artists. The musicians consist of Band Leader Fazal Prendergast-Guitar (Jamaica), Stevie Love-Bass (Jamaica), Alton "Sandrum" Vanhorn-Drums (Jamaica), Steve Hoffman-Keyboards (USA) and Gatsby Road Manager/Driver.

Chris Matthews, otherwise known as DJ Nykon, is not your typical cat. In fact, the eccentric, LRG-wearing, gold chain-waving, turntable-crushing DJ is anything but ordinary. Born in New Jersey and raised in California, DJ Nykon made his way nomadically through the West Coast music scene, and now calls Portland, OR home. After building industry relationships by leading street team campaigns for various artists and concerts (including Banksy, Warped Tour and Guerilla Union), DJ Nykon found himself DJ'ing for Living Legends, alongside Visionaries and Hieroglyphics. Soon after, he started DJing for Luckyiam (of Living Legends) and hit the road furiously in 2007. Hitting both the Paid Dues festival and Rock the Bells, he played alongside such notable acts as Rage Against the Machine and Wu-Tang Clan. DJ Nykon is on the steady grind touring the country with Portland Hip Hop artist Sapient, playing shows ranging from electro/dubstep party's to packed underground Hip Hop venues. DJ Nykon is coming to a city near you!

Yami Bolo

Yami Bolo, called "the freshest Roots and Culture artiste springing out of the pack in Jamaica today" has torn up crowds as far away as Canada, Japan, Europe and the United States and is not stopping.Yami Bolo's magical voice speaks directly to the heart, his singing style has been passionately compared to "a cry out in the wilderness" inspiring strength, joy and hope. Born Rolando Ephraim McLean on October 1, 1970, raised in Kingston 13, Bolo became exposed to music at an early age through the church, which his grandmother always insisted that he attend. His early attraction to music was further encouraged by his grand mother's gift of an accordion and a trombone.

Bolo's first professional training in the music industry occurred while he was a member of Sugar Minott's Youth Promotion Crew of the 1980's, which was instrumental in the careers of such great singers as Garnett Silk and Tenor Saw, among others. Yami Bolo's first major stage show was at the St. Andrew Technical High School, where at the tender age of 13, he performed his emotional hit single "When A Man's in Love" still a favorite in the dance clubs today, and from which KRS-1 sampled his hit "Take It Easy."

Since that time, Bolo's musical career has led him on a series of regal adventures. He has worked with top producers including Augustus Pablo, Coxson Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley, Clive Hunt, Sly and Robbie, among others.

In 1987, at the age of 17, he was invited on tour with Augustus Pablo's prestigious Rockers crew and in 1994 created an indelible impression on the Japan Splash tour leading to a unique collaboration between established Japanese superstar, Kazafumi Miyazawa (Miya).The "Miya-Yami Project" garnered the "Best Music Video '94" title in Japan making Bolo the proud recipient of Sony's Silver Grand Prix Award and their album "Love Is Dangerous" became one of the best selling reggae albums in Japan with sales topping in excess of 500,000 copies. The single "Brothers Unite" was voted Best Reggae Single 1994.

Bolo remains true to the spirit of reggae when, in speaking of his work, he states "the singer is but the instrument. It's the Almighty at work." Bolo's commitment to conscious lyrics is evident throughout his music, he is determined to spread the love and happiness of his spiritual strength through exploring his multiple roles as singer, songwriter and musician.

This is exemplified on Yami Bolo's over nineteen albums. Yami Bolo recently appeared in the movie "Life and Debt" and his single "Worldwide Corruption" is featured on the soundtrack released by Tuff Gong/Universal.

Yami Bolo's talent has been long recognized by fellow artists, recent collaborations with Ghetto Youths Damian and Stephen Marley include the No 1 Jamaica-hit single "Still Searchin;" "She Needs My Love;" and "Stand A Chance" for the Motown-released Grammy Award-winning "Halfway Tree" album. Collaborations with Capelton "Put Down the Weapons"; Jack Radics "The Puppet Master"; Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin "Do Good" exemplify Bolo's militant commitment to the youths whose "coming of age" under current economic and social conditions require the love of their fellowman and a redefined reverence for the highest moral standards, have lead to popular radio hits in Jamaica. "Freedom" co-written by Yami Bolo and Snow was produced by Dave Kelly for Atlantic Records.

A collaboration with Wyclef Jean and Mad Lion on Yami Bolo's original "Take It Easy" will soon be released. Yami also produced the Firewalker rhythm track on Kymani Marley's Grammy-nominated album "Many More Roads." "Jah Made Them All," "Jah Jah Give Me True Love" and "Be Still Babylon" are anthems which embody Bolo's love for the Creator and his devotion to Jah Rastafari. Bolo's adaptation of Madonna's "La Isle Bonita" transformed the song to subtly celebrate Jamaica's own beauty and romantic vision, another favorite of Jamaica's radio waves. Yami Bolo has written three soundtrack songs for CTW's Sesame Street and Cartoon Network's "Big Bag."

Frankie Paul

Hailed as one of Jamaica's biggest dancehall stars, Frankie Paul / F.P. also known as Paul Blake has been making hits for over fifteen years. Born blind and raised by the Salvation Army in Kingston, he began singing at an early age. His parents could not afford to buy him musical instruments and therefore Frankie Paul developed his musical skills and talent in the church and in school. When Frankie Paul was four years old, he went on the Hope Ship where they worked with him for four years enabling F.P. to see through his right eye. His musical genius continued throughout his childhood. At the age of nine Frankie Paul was suspended for singing in school "too much". F.P.'s punishment was that he would not be allowed to sing in school for the period of one year. Frankie Paul's version of Starship's song "Sara" became his biggest selling hit. His prolific and charismatic style carried F.P. across the globe spreading his fame all over the Caribbean, England, Europe & Japan. Frankie Paul has gained countless merit for both his recordings and his live performance. He has been crowned with a multitude of titles including: F.P. the "Dance Master", Frankie "Kushunpeng" Paul, "Tune-A-Day" Paul and since 1995 Frankie "Gahgile" Paul. Currently his musical endeavors have led him to Crucial Youth Productions in Oakland, California where F.P. has collaborated with Rankin' Scroo of Rankin' Scroo & Ginger and Money B of Digital Underground. The sound that the three are producing on track continues to accent Frankie Paul's amazing diversity and musical aptitudes. While still attending the Salvation Army School For The Blind, Frankie Paul met Stucko who introduced him to Earl China Smith, Teddy Renolds and Burtrum Brown. Since that time until this day, Frankie Paul is known throughout Jamaica and the world as one of the most fluent and melodious singers of all-time. At the age of thirteen F.P. sang on his first recording, "African Princess", recorded at Tuff Gong Studios. After meeting Henry "Jungo" Laws the following year, Frankie Paul took the Reggae market by storm with a string of hits recorded at Channel One. He performed with the "Mighty Tides"(out of Kingston) where he met A.J. Boots Brown who influenced his musical style and skills. He began to work the hotel-cabaret circuit performing with A.J. in Montego Bay, Portland, Ochi Rios & Kingston. Eventually he continued to perform live with the "High Times Players". Frankie Paul moved to New York when he was seventeen. His hits continued to bring him fame as F.P.s music stayed on dancehall charts in Jamaica and abroad. In 1984, four of his songs held the Reggae dancehall chart in N.Y. at once: 1. Worries In The Dance, 2. Pass The Kushunpeng, 3. Hooligan 4. Sara

DJ Uplifter

With roots based in New Orleans, dj Uplifter has taken a deep respect for music as an art form and translated it into his unique style of djing. With his extensive knowledge of rhythms and beats, he blends the traditional Jamaican sound system style with an American house-music mixing approach. This technique has provided his listeners with a style that is unmatched in the Reggae/Dancehall-Hip-Hop market.

Frisky Squid

Frisky Squid was started by four friends in the heart of Denver in mid 2009. It all started as a way to have fun, but it was soon apparent that the squidsmen musical journey had just begun. The Frisky Squid brings a blend of jam, jazz, bluegrass, blues and rock elements that make for a dancing good time. Tapping into to the flourishing jam scene in Denver, Frisky Squid has been nurtured by an ever growing group of fans. This band has proven to be great in live situations pulling off bigger and better shows on a consistent basis, and has built a reputation for their live performance. Influences include Phish, Umphrey's McGee, The Motet, The Grateful Dead, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, String Cheese Incident, John Scofield, and Medeski Martin and Wood to name a few.

Rhyme Progression

Rob "Rhyme Progression" Fischer is a conscious emcee and producer. In a genre surrounded by negative influences, he strives to stay true to himself and make music that people can relate too. Rhyme Pro is working on his debut album with Mac Lethal and Sapient(of Sandpeople and The Prime). Having opened for acts such as Sunspot Jonz of The Living Legends and The Chicharones(Sleep and Josh Martinez), on stage, he delivers an energetic show with DJ Blacksheep and from time to time will bring on live musicians as well. Inspired by the styles similar to Brother Ali and Atmosphere, Rob speaks words of truth from his life experience in the songs he emcees bringing Colorado its own taste of Independent Conscious Hip-Hop.

$10.00 - $60.00

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Barrington Levy, Reggie Watts, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Brew, Rob Cantrell, Sapient, The Melodians, The Magic Beans, The ReMINDers, Yellow Wall Dub Squad, Zobomazé, DJ Nykon, Yami Bolo, Frankie Paul, DJ Uplifter, Frisky Squid, Rhyme Progression with The Brew, Rob Cantrell, Sapient, The Melodians, The Magic Beans, The ReMINDers, Yellow Wall Dub Squa...

Friday, April 20 · 3:00 PM at City Hall