Last Exit Live presents
Natural Vibes, The B-Side Players, The Steppas
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Natural Vibrations (sometimes affectionately called "Natty Vibes"), is the Pacific's premiere reggae band. And they just released their long-awaited and highly anticipated 6th full-length album, titled Got This Music. The project, their first full-length release in five years, is produced by Imua Garza and Brett Ortone, the same production team responsible for blockbuster hit titles by Rebel Souljahz and Kolohe Kai.
The B-Side Players
Somewhere in northern Oregon, on a winding stretch of mountainous Interstate, the seven members of B-Side Players nearly lost their lives. Following a spring drizzle that gently darkened the asphalt, the band's tour van suddenly lost traction, upending their trailer and narrowly missing a cliff at seventy miles-per-hour. "It was one of those things that's supposed to change your life and send you running to church," deadpans frontman Karlos Paez. "We missed one show." This isn't a surprising statement when you consider that Karlos is a child of the road, having virtually grown up on a tour bus with his father's band Los Moonlighters, who have been touring throughout Mexico since the 70's and, to this day, haven't stopped.
It's not a quest for fame, unyielding dedication, or even sheer balls that allow this brash band to so easily shrug off the specter of death. It's the deep-seeded knowledge that their furiously infectious blend of Latin, funk, rock, reggae, and soul brings new life to nearly everyone that hears it. Having witnessed the hypnotic and joyous effects of their grooves on audiences from Baja Mexico to New York City, the B-Side Players comfortably regard their mission as a sacred one.
An ethnically diverse group of artists with various passions for a broad range of musical styles, the B-Side Players have been turning heads since their beginning in southern California in 1993. In addition to winning several local San Diego music awards such as Best Latin Band and Best Latin Album, they have appeared with a laundry list of international acts, including Ben Harper, Papa Roach, Brian Setzer, Poncho Sanchez, and Ozomatli.
Despite a relentless touring schedule, the players have discovered that their music moves faster than they do. "We couldn't figure out why we were getting mail from places we haven't played yet," remarks Paez, "until we realized that people were buying our CDs at shows and sending them across country to friends and relatives."
Movement, the band's debut from Surfdog Records, is set for release September 18th to intense anticipation from fans and industry alike. In addition to fresh, dynamic performances from the B-Side Players themselves, the recording features a guest appearance from legendary funk drummer Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock fame. During studio sessions for the new album, the band was inspired to include a cover of War's seminal classic "Spill the Wine," further reaffirming the record's soulful roots. Movement also features new performances of several songs from Renacimeinto and Culture of Resistance, the band's previous self-releases, which together sold over 25,000 copies from the trunks of their cars.
Recording talent aside, the stage is where the B-Side Players exceed all expectations. Karlos Paez's inspiring vocals and shimmering trumpet lines are buoyed by bright melodies from saxophonist Regan Branch and guitarist Giovanni Mejia, which are in turn supported by bassist Gerry Guevara, percussionists Victor Tapia and Luis Cuenca, and drummer Ryan Moran. When confronted by an uncommonly shy audience, the entire band is capable of dropping their instruments in favor of percussive tools, including traditional Latin instruments such as timbales, shekere, and cajon, and urging the reluctant crowd to a spinning frenzy with a blistering barrage of syncopated polyrhythms.
"The greatest compliment we've ever received is the movement we see on the dance floor night after night," asserts Tapia. "People completely surrender their bodies to our music. They give us everything they have. That's special." Rock fans respond just as enthusiastically when the B-Side Players color their live performances with signature riffs borrowed from hard-edged bands like Jane's Addiction and Metallica.
The music of the B-Side Players touches people in their spirit and in their hearts. When this band leaves your town, you feel like waving goodbye, and you miss them until they return.
The Steppas presently consist of 3 core members. Rick Star (Lead Vox & Guitar) Na’ea Kaopua (Lead Vox & Percussions) who have played together for years in a local band, set out to pursue their own band, enter (Bass) Kekolu Pavao. Who came together in the Fall of 2012 on their pursuit to spread their music and a career in the music industry.
On March 12, 2013 The Steppas released their second EP entitled “The Love Shack” out of their own label, 2econd Street, which made a Hot Shot Debut at #6 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Reggae Album Chart, and was featured in iTunes New and Noteworthy artists to listen to. The Hawaii Based reggae band released there debut self-titled EP in August of 2012 on iTunes, Amazon, and across the State of Hawaii.
Following the Release of their sophomore EP in March, The Steppas will be releasing their first full-length album early 2014
Kush County Music is a collaboration of Arizona & Hawaii Musicians coming together to create Music that elevates the groove. Combining the sounds of Hawaiian melodies, Rootsy bass & drums with 3 part harmonies and a Female lead that sets KCM apart from others, making them Arizona's premire Island Reggae Band. KCM has opened for such bands as Katchafire, Steel Pulse, The Green, Fiji, Pato Banton, Natural Vibrations, Common Kings, Fortunate Youth & Anuhea, just to name a few. KCM is now working on there first self titled album soon to be released. You can catch KCM performing Live regularly in Arizona and California.
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