Caribbean Blu Presents
Vintage Reggae Night Vol. 2 w/ Pappa Michigan n General Smiley
Alex Ducan, Blumeadows, ZJ Redman
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Pappa Michigan n General Smiley
Papa Michigan and General Smiley began their career in the late 70s at Studio One under the direction of the late Sir Coxsone Dodd.
Alex Duncan has been packing in capacity audiences for over ten years. Discovered on the West Indian Island of St. Kitts, Alex would come to the US to become the lead vocalist of Seattle’s Jumbalassy, with whom he won awards for Best World/Ethnic band and Best World/Ethnic Album which brought him international recognition. Hailing from St. Kitts, Alex has a broad base in all types of music, with Reggae being the most influential. His inspirations range from Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff to Buju Banton, as well as contemporary Artists such as Bobby Brown and Sade.
In over 200 live performances a year, his dazzling energy leaves a powerful and lasting impression of the music that loves. With his passion for the respect of humanity, Alex is a unique artist in our time. USA Today has recognized Alex and his band as one of Seattle’s most “active and unique ensembles…”Duncan was featured on the “Best and Brightest” compilation LP from the New Music Seminar in New York City. He makes special appearances from New Mexico to Vancouver BC, and has headlined at numerous nightclubs and festivals throughout the country, including Pearl Harbor’s Unlimited Hydroplane Races, the Goodwill Games and several benefits supporting AIDS and homelessness. Other notable events include Reggae Sunsplash, the Sierra Nevada Music Festival, and California’s Reggae on the River, Reggae on the Plaza (Phoenix, AZ), Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle, the St. Music Festival, and more…
Alex has shared and headlined the stage with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Capleton, Beres Hammond, Eek-a-Mouse, David Rudder, Byron Lee and the Dragoneers, Arrow, Inner Circle, Shanice, Sisqo and other world-class Artists.
The Beat Magazine quotes “Self confidence is one of the most important assets in the music business and this clearly dedicated artist shows he has that in abundance by setting high standards and continually surpassing them.”
The spirit of music is in the wind. If you listen with your heart melodies are revealed. They may be beautiful, dangerous, inspiring, exotic, truthful, or spiritual depending on the messenger. Blumeadows is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and worldly musician whose message is as unique as he is. He has a lyrical and musical style that ranges from his blues roots through a Third World consciousness to an Astro-Funk world that can groove forever.
He performed throughout the Northwest with Dave Lewis, Pete Depoe (Last Walking Bear) and Red Bone but felt stifled. He moved to Los Angeles, as so many musicdians do, and found comfort with artists that appreciated his talents and heritage. He wrote, recorded and played with Liquid Jesus on MCA Records and perforned with Grammy Award winner Bruce Hornsby. Blumeadows played with Branford Marsallis, Eddie Hazel, the great Funkadelic guitarist, as well as Spacey T, from Sound Barrier and later Fishbone. On one magical night the stars aligned and as a tribute to the Astro Rock Father Jimi Hendrix, Blumeadows fronted a magnificent band called Krunchy that included Spacey T, Eddie Hazel, Stanley E., and Bernie Worrell. A bootleg tape of that seminal gig still gets raves from collectors.
In the end, Blumeadows returned to Seattle where he felt his fertility would seed. To list the musicians Blumeadows has performed with begs the point. To talk about the past is moot. It's the dawn of a new day and Blumeadows is where his soul can roam. A proponent of world music, he listens to the spirits from all over the world that yearning to be heard. From those distant voices he draws inspiration, creates, writes and crafts songs that will lead him on a tour of the American Indian casinos and back to the stages of Europe where he feels so at home.
"Above all else, I keep it real. I am not interested in styles, trends or what other cats are playing. I am free and I have something to say." he confesses.
"Blu is true" Spacey T says of his brother. "He is of this Earth, honest, precise and a library of music. He has heard and lived so much that he can play anything."
"Yes, I can!" Blu confessed.
The world needs to hear Blumeadows music. It is the cry of The Looking Bird, Blu's Indian name.
Open your heart, your mind and your soul. Listen.