Frederic Apcar Productions Presents
Reggae In The Desert
Common Kings, Alborosie, Tanya Stephens, Passafire, Eljai, Inna Vision
500 S Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV, 89155
This event is all ages
Reggae In The Desert
Las Vegas' largest Reggae festival showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music and the Caribbean lifestyle.
Common Kings produce phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae, R&B and classic soul influences. Lead singer JR King (Hawaii/Samoa), guitarist Taumata Grey (Samoa), bassist Ivan Kirimaua (Fiji/Kiribati), drummer Jerome Taito (Tonga) and keyboardist Erik Pryztulski (Korea/Poland) grew up in dynamic households filled with vibrant passion for music. The Kings individual musical journeys were inspired by artists like Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jim Croce, Michael Jackson, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Gypsy Kings, Earth Wind & Fire and many traditional artists from the islands. The band's resulting original sound is a collection of these varied musical and cultural inspirations orchestrated into an array of head-rocking beats, feel-good rhythms, and emotional fervor. Their fun-loving attitude and "good vibes" high energy projects loud and clear during Common Kings' live performance experience. With lead-singer Sasualei "JR King" Maliga in the forefront, Common Kings possesses one of the most naturally gifted and powerfully impressive singers in the game today. Graced with a distinctive, raw, organic talent, JR's vocal ability appears boundless as he amazes listeners with his welcoming tone, wide range of rich notes, infectious melodies, and soulful passion. In the studio daily recording their first Common Kings EP, writing like mad with incredible producers and shooting hot new videos, their "formative years" as princes have come to a close and the Common Kings are stepping into their royal rule. You want to follow these leaders.
Italian singer and producer. Relocated to Jamaica in 2000.
Tanya Stephens, (born 2 July 1973, Kingston, Jamaica, as Vivienne Tanya Stephenson (although some sources say Vivienne Tanya Stephens)) is an influential reggae artist who emerged in the late 1990s. Stephens is most known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" — the single was later featured on the Reggae Gold 1997 compilation album — and "It's a Pity", which achieved Tanya international recognition. She and life partner Andrew Henton have together co-founded Tarantula Records.
On Passafire's fifth studio release, Vines, the Savannah, GA based rock outfit continues to progress towards what they feel is their true identity as a band in the reggae rock genre. After starting fresh with several new pieces to the puzzle on their 2011 release, Start From Scratch, they have now teamed up with Easy Star Records (Easy Star All Stars, John Brown's Body, The Green, Cas Haley) for what the band considers their best album yet. "Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star's sound and style," says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. "They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them."
Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years, they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Rebelution, Pepper, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn't mind the grueling schedule and adds, "Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact."
A decade after Inna Vision was born on Maui, the roots reggae band continues to motivate and elevate consciousness by spreading aloha and positive vibes all over the world. They have evolved from the slow-trance chord progressions that are the fundamentals of roots reggae by blending the upbeat influences of contemporary Reggae, Dancehall and Hip Hop. That evolution and inspiration took “the vision” to Reggae on the River, California Roots Festival, Reggae on the Hills, Pure Aloha Festival and Hawaii’s Mayjah Rayjah. Founded in 2005 by lead singer and
bassist Koa Lopes, Inna Vision has played in more than 100 cities across America with their friends Tribal
Seeds, Fortunate Youth, New Kingston, and The
Steppas. They were blessed to share stages with Damian Marley, SOJA, Rebelution, Collie Buddz and wrapped up a wild 2015 with three back-to-back tours with international reggae icon J Boog. An ever-changing line up of singers and musicians created their catalogue of 4 full-length albums, 4 EP’s and numerous singles that have impacted iTunes and climbed the Billboard international charts. Inna Vision’s tracks cracked the iTunes Top 10, some of their Youtube videos have been viewed more than 250,000 times and they are one of Pandora’s most streamed Hawaii reggae bands. “Reggae Music makes us feel like we can’t die. To be blessed with the gift, lift up spiritualist, through thespeakers abyss, that is where we will be.”