80 Proof & IrieFuse

80 Proof

80 Proof is a six piece band from Orange County, CA. Drawing from an eclectic blend of musical influences including reggae, rock, pop, blues, and soul, 80 proof has created a sound that never fails to be regarded as unique and captivating. The driving force behind the band is a desire to bring people together through music which reminds the audience the importance of feeling alive, connected, and real. 80 Proof blends conscientious lyrics with catchy musical arrangements, talented musicianship, and a stage performance which is always downright…fun.

With the release of “A Life of Fire” EP, 80 Proof has emerged onto the Orange County music scene to a wave of enthusiasm. Though the band has a history that stretches back to 2004, the group has only recently reunited to pursue a sincere musical career. After finishing college and other personal endeavors the guys (including Evan Manriquez, Joel Catello, Daniel Cooper, Aubrey Rivera, Sean Fleming, and Alexander Williamson) came together in the summer of 2010 to begin writing new material.

Since their revival, 80 Proof has quickly impressed crowds, promoters, and club owners with their performance and draw. Within their first year 80 Proof has been invited to share the stage with many notable acts such as Tribal Seeds, Pato Banton, Through the Roots, Seedless, Fortunate Youth, and more. The bands first single “Got ur #” not only beat out thousands of competing submissions to place runner up for Cabo Wabo’s 2011 Shot to Rock Competition, but also got several plays on So Cal radio station KROQ. The first year success for the band culminated with an OC Music award nomination for best world music band, sharing the nomination with Reel big fish, Dirty heads, and Seedless.


In June of 2011, Counter Culture hit the music scene hard, flooding Northern California with numerous live shows on college campuses and at bars, restaurants, private parties and even a local TV appearance. Their youthful energy brings an engaging and entertaining show proven to be popular with audiences of all ages, and the band has already shared the stage with such artists as Anthony B, Junior Toots, Paapa Wastik, King Hopeton, Ras D, Trevor Lyon, Ras Indio.

Their grooves can be compared to artists such as Sublime, Rebelution and Iration, blending influences from roots, island & dancehall reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and hip-hop.

With the highly anticipated release of their debut album and dates backing Ras Indio in the spring of 2012, the Counter Culture grass fire has been set ablaze, and shows are booking up fast! Listen closely, because Counter Culture and is sure change the landscape of reggae music in Northern California forever!



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