FMF2013: The SNDCLSH is DJ LUPE FIASCO & DJ Sky Gellatly, BoomBox, The Supervillains, Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band, Rootz Underground, Charlie Worsham

The SNDCLSH is DJ LUPE FIASCO & DJ Sky Gellatly (at Wall Street Plaza)

After debuting the “Letting Go Remix” last week off their upcoming Don’t Drop The Flag EP, Life+Times caught up with collaborators Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly to discuss the their new project, its purpose and giving back.
SKY: Above all, Lupe and I are friends. We both have always had a respect for creative culture and for doing what we can to motivate and support the next generation of creative minds. Being a role model in just words, is different than being a role model in words and action. As friends, about a year and a half ago, we discovered that we both had a passion for electronic music. Well, a serious addiction, actually. And then, like real friends, we just said, “Hey, let’s start DJing together.” And we just stuck to our promise as friends, in and out of Lupe touring, and me with several other jobs. It’s just been genuine and fun from the start.
LUPE FIASCO: After conceptualizing “The Soundclash,” literally two sides of sound or musical tastes coming together (read: Sky and I), we were dedicated to leveraging our project as a way to positively influence culture. We knew that we had to make our own music to add to the canon, and we wanted to stand for philanthropy in a big way. Go big or go home.

BoomBox is Producer/Engineer/DJ/Drummer Russ Randolph and Producer/DJ/Vocalist/Guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux. This pair of dynamic artists uses their rich musical history and their vision of music and popular culture to deliver a style of music distinctly different from anything heard or seen in music today. This signature sound and show brings live music to a new, elevated level. BoomBox evolved through the common visualization of two forward-thinking artists from diverse musical backgrounds. Raised by supportive and musically inclined parents, both Godchaux and Randolph had an obsession with music at very young ages. Godchaux, who grew up with deeply embedded rock and roll roots, began playing drums at the age of two, and played guitar and wrote his own songs as a teen. During the 90s, Godchaux was a well-received touring DJ based out of the San Francisco area. Randolph began as a young drummer, but it’s what was happening behind the scenes that attracted him most. As much producers as they are musicians, it is Randolph’s knack for engineering, Godchaux's understanding of soundscapes and the duo's rich ability to improvise live that keeps BoomBox resonating at higher levels.

The Supervillains

After 15 years of touring, THE SUPERVILLAINS have risen through the ranks to become one of the most visible and respected acts in the ska/reggae genre. Founded by high school buddies Dominic Maresco (drums/vocals) and Scott Suldo (guitars/vocals) in the ska-crazy late nineties, the Supervillains have gone on to release 6 full-length albums, one concept-record EP, and have had their songs appear on various compiliations through the years.

After selling over 100,000+ records independently, the Supervillains successfully opened their own label RAH RAH RAH RECORDS in 2011, enlisting quality acts as well as themselves to be marketed to the bands' fanbase and beyond. Long considered one of the most solid support acts to the biggest names in the genre (Pepper, Reel Big Fish, Slightly Stoopid), the Supervillains have taken the reins the last few years embarking on multiple headlining tours across North America and the Caribbean.

Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone – Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combine with musical acuity sharp as razor wire – best know, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for and an ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road 250 dates a year, playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band create their own community and welcome the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. Their new album Between The Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle.

Rootz Underground

Rootz Underground represents Jamaica's most recent contribution to the International Reggae & World Music scene. While undeniably rooted in reggae the six-member outfit uses their collective passion to create a sound that pushes boundaries and defies being boxed into a single genre. Electric yet organic, gritty and soulful; the band manages to harness the essence that the reggae aficionado was captivated by in the 1970's while connecting the youth to the pure messages of Rastafari with explosive live performances that are a positive and emotional musical journey.
With over a decade sharing the stage together, along with the release of both studio albums "MOVEMENT" (2008) and "GRAVITY" (2010) they have managed to build a strong International fan base that spans across and beyond the 22 countries they have visited in not just reggae but also rock and jamband circles. At home in Jamaica Rootz Underground has made their mark with performances ranging from foundation festivals such as Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and Welcome to Jamrock to mixed format shows such as The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. They have also managed to maintain their popularity in the underground music scene with regular appearances as they mould their touring shows against Kingston's discerning audiences.
With the continued rise of reggae music across the world being played and embraced by all cultures Rootz Underground ensures an undiluted dose of what is happening at the root, transporting audiences to Jamaica from a half-a-world away. They have toured heavily in both North America and Europe for many years gracing events such as Summerjam, Reggae Sunska, Roskilde, Garorock, Ostroda Reggae Festival, Reggae on The River, The Raggamuffins Festival, Earthdance, Harmony Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival to name a few. Rootz Underground has also been blessed to have toured and performed with a variety of amazing masters of music in all genres however within reggae most notably are Gregory Isaacs, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Israel Vibration, The Wailing Souls, Alpha Blondy, Toots & The Maytals and the list goes on. With a firm grasp on the foundation as well as influenced by the resurgence of the band format out of Jamaica, Rootz continues to grow consistently building on every show.
Moving forward you can expect only positive energy from Rootz Underground. Lyrically conscious and aware of the blessing of the musical life, the band strives to create songs that uplift energized by grooves that engage and melodies that connect. The upcoming year will see the release of their third and most anticipated studio album as well as all the global touring that should be involved with spreading the message. You can always keep track by following online via Twitter, Facebook & Youtube as they are always in the lead when it comes to bringing their fans along for the ride and sharing the experience.

Charlie Worsham

I was born and raised in Mississippi, where I fell in love with all the great music that was also born and raised in Mississippi. I am the only son of a banker and a teacher, although they are both musicians at heart. I went to school in Boston, Massachusetts, my favorite city of all. I met and befriended some of the coolest folks on Earth in Boston, and somehow most of us wound up in Nashville, Tennessee (another city I've fallen in love with but don't always understand). I play music every day, write songs, and record in the studio when I can. Stay tuned for some exciting news in the coming months.

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Thursday, April 18 · 7:00 PM at Florida Music Festival

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