The Uptones, Skandalism, DJ Daneekah
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
The Aggrolites are more than a band they are a movement unto themselves. They carry a banner - one created with their own hands. This banner reads, "Dirty Reggae," and represents their signature fusion of reggae, soul, grit and determination. For seven magnificent years, this dirty reggae bunch has rolled from city to city, across the pond and up main street USA. They rally the kids, the parents, the students, the cops, the bosses and the drifters. The people come, they relish in The Aggrolites, the dirty reggae and the joy that comes with it all. The liberating rhythms and catchy grooves demand a return trip.
Out of the Los Angeles school of hard knocks, The Aggrolites have earned a Ph.D in "feel good music." On the road they educate with the thunder and punch of the reggae drums and bass, the ripping, soulful melodies of the organ and guitars, and Jesse Wagner's voice - a gift from the heavens, a perfectly intact gift from Otis, Sam, Ray and Wilson.
After eight years of touring the globe, The Aggrolites are proud to reveal their first live album, Unleashed Live Vol. 1. With five previous studio releases under their belt, including recently released Rugged Road, the next logical move for the band was a compilation of their favorite songs recorded live from recent shows at The Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA and The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Unleashed Live Vol. 1 features songs from all four previous studio releases plus a version of The Beatles "Don't Let Me Down" and "Banana" by the legendary reggae artist, Roy Ellis. Release date will be announced sometime this fall and available digitally worldwide and in select retail outlets nationwide.
The Aggrolites have a specific way of making music. They don't over think it, they don't obsess over pop culture demands, they walk onto a stage or into a recording studio and let "it" happen - a culmination of inspiration - from the road, from playing alongside legends, and from the energy and motivation of their die hard fans.
The Aggrolites are Jesse Wagner (vocals, lead guitar), Roger Rivas (organ), Jeff Roffredo (bass) and Alex Mckenzie(Drums).
They have five other full-length albums to their credit -- Dirty Reggae (Axe, 2003), The Aggrolites (Hellcat, 2006) and Reggae Hit L.A. (Hellcat, 2007), IV (Hellcat, 2009) and Rugged Road (Young Cub, 2011) "A glorious, surprising treat. Ideal for your next soul shakedown party," raved Peter Relic from Rolling Stone. In 2007, the band also collaborated with Rancid front-man Tim Armstrong on his solo A Poet's Life (Hellcat 2007) CD/DVD release.
The Aggrolites are well represented in film, television and video games. Their songs have been featured in NBC's Friday Night Lights, MTV's The Hills, Nick Jr.'s Yo Gabba Gabba, USA's Dr. Steve-O, MavTV's Rad Girls, the award-winning surf film The Pursuit, and Australian video game Cricket. The Aggros-backed, Tim Armstrong and Skye Sweetnam duet, "Into Action," is featured in Dream Works Pictures' Hotel For Dogs and Summit Entertainments "50/50" featuring Joseph Gorden-Levitt and Seth Rogen. Their renditions of The Specials' "Ghost Town" and Musical Youth's "Pass The Dutchie" will be heard in the upcoming teen surf comedy Endless Bummer, and "Free Time" will be in Walden Media's musical-romantic comedy Band Slam.
The Aggrolites have shared the stage with Social Distortion, Rancid, Flogging Molly, 311, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me! and Gogol Bordello. They have graced the stages at such notable events as Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Coachella, Fuji Rock in Japan, West Coast Riot, Open Air St. Gallen, Pohoda Festival, Rebellion Festival, Chiemsee Reggae Festival, Couvre Feu Festival, among numerous others around the world.
"Sitting down at an uptones show is like keeping your eyes shut at a movie" -Rolling Stone
Formed in 1981 in Berkeley, while they were still in high school. The Uptones were the first band devoted to playing Ska on the West Coast. The Uptones played to skanking crowds all over the West. Several of their recordings were regional hits, and for a time they were the most popular band in the Bay Area.
Skandalism is a 4 piece ska/punk outfit based in the East San Francisco Bay Area. Rooted in misplaced high school angst and surviving on goofy, drunken hopefulness, their blend of ska and punk rock will have you on the cusp of punching walls, only to dissolve your newfound anger with funky, yet pensive reggae. Self-described as “Not That Good,” the band’s carefree attitude and marked lack of ceremoniousness lends itself to entertaining, often ridiculous live shows.
After releasing their debut full-length album No Shirt, No Shoes, No Friends in October of 2012, they have since shared the stage with nationally touring acts like Buck-O-Nine, Left Alone, and La Plebe, and recent Law Records-signee Oceanside Sound System.
Of Australian origin, Daneekah's dj career began in Melbourne, Australia in 2003. With a passion for collecting vinyl and an obsession with the heavy basslines of dancehall and reggae music she began tag-teaming at various reggae and dancehall nights. This immediately led to other gigs, and also to the beginning of her first weekly in a country where reggae and dancehall audiences were small but quickly growing, in true underground style. Daneekah went on to perform numerous times alongside well known Melbourne dj crews whilst also appearing on national radio shows RRR and PBS. In early 2004, she released her first mixtape, entitled "Dancehall Queens". This reggae and dancehall mix was 100% female artists, a refreshing change to a genre almost entirely dominated by men. During her time in Australia, Daneekah brought the feminine fire while touring in all the major cities of Australia.
In 2005, she made the long awaited move to San Francisco, CA. 2006 saw the release of another mixtape, "Dancehall 101", a mix of old and new dancehall mashed with hip hop riddims. Daneekah held a Thursday night residency at the Tunnel Top in San Francisco, where she spun alongside weekly guests. In San Francisco, she has played at almost every reggae/dancehall party in the bay, including venues such as The Independent, Club Six, Mezzanine, 111 Minna and the San Francisco Jazz Festival 2008.
After travelling to Jamaica in 2006, Daneekah started her collection of dubplates for her soundsystem. Although a big fan of the roots and culture, Daneekah consistently delivers the best of old to the new dancehall, specializing in bringing audiences the latest Jamaican dancehall and hip hop remixes. In 2007 Daneekah linked with local female reggae selector, DJ Green B. With a shared passion for the latest reggae and dancehall, the duo linked to form California's only all female sound, named the "Coo-Yah Ladeez." Daneekah & GreenB can be found every Wednesday at their ever expanding weekly event, "Cooyah" at Som Bar in San Francisco. The Cooyah Ladeez weekly party has been growing non-stop since its conception over 3 years ago, and as the only all female run dance in San Francisco and California, has become a force to be reckoned with.
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