Stiff Necked Fools

Stiff Necked Fools are a Reggae band based out of Shreveport, Louisiana. Dan Sanchez was an award-winning Blues artist from Los Angeles who was looking to do something new. His search led him to Reggae music, which soon became his passion and led him to form a project. Mr. Sanchez recruited the sounds of John Hoffman (the son of Stanton Hoffman of the Killer Bees) on drums, the fast fingers of Jason Ball on keys, and the explosive basslines of Greg Pitts. What started out as a fun side project quickly turned into something much more serious and a weekly gig. As the group began to pick up steam, the horn players arrived. Ryan Viser (Trumpet) and Stefan Poole (Saxophones) were brought in to help give the band that big, full sound. From here things started taking off. Unfortunately, just as the group was starting to blossom, Dan fell ill to cancer and passed away in March of 2010. Devastated, but determined, the Fools worked to pick up the pieces and keep on moving. Their persistence paid off. With more players added to the group and a new sound emerging, the weekly Reggae Thursdays jam at the Tiki started exploding. With the newfound energy came creativity and original songs started pouring out week after week. Today, they are easily the hottest Reggae/Jam band in this part of the country. With the group opening up for bands such as Rebirth Brass Band, Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, and many others, it is surely only a matter of time before they gain a national following of their own. Stiff Necked Fools are making their mark on the music scene in Louisiana and are building a rising following among music lovers who enjoy groups such as Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, The Expendables, etc. “Our genre of music has been dubbed Bayou Reggae” says Ryan Viser (Trumpet) “We definitely have that sound that Reggae is known for, but we’ve put a unique Louisiana-style twist on it that makes it really different”. This is what sets Stiff Necked Fools apart from other bands. The horn players are up front and in your face bringing heat all night. Then they’ll grab the mic and bust out a rap or sing. “You just never know what we’re gonna do. The amount of talent each member brings makes this band very versatile” says John Hoffman (Vocals/Drums). Stiff Necked Fools debut album, Too Much Rain, released May 26th, 2011 and has already become a huge success! This is definitely a group to keep your eyes and ears on. Stiff Necked Fools….coming soon to a club near you!!

Born In Babylon

Sexiest Reggae Group in KC. See it to believe it
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Born In Babylon is a group of up and coming Midwest reggae hard-hitters making a name for themselves in the 2013 year. Composed of members from all over the country (California, Kansas, Missouri, Texas Louisiana), this Kansas City based reggae band pushes the limitations of reggae music and made its debut on the Midwest Reggae scene in early 2012. Since then the group has released their first single, "Farmer," and shared a stage with many great reggae acts including Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah, Natural Vibrations, 77 Jefferson, Arm The Poor, The Jah Kings, The Jah Lion band, and many more. Coming strong with a "rough and tough" "roots" reggae sound, BIB created powerful music with messages to inspire political awareness and positive forms of social interaction. Born In Babylon uses their music in an effort to create a peaceful, healthy, and free world for audiences today and generations to follow. See KC's sexiest reggae band for yourself, and witness beats that will bump for thousands of years.

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Stiff Necked Fools with Born In Babylon

Thursday, July 11 · 8:00 PM at The Riot Room