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Sunday, March 16 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Rootz Underground

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Rootz Underground Movement! Revolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots... They are Rootz Underground. That is their sound. Many influences have borne their 'rootz', including their homeland Jamaica - birthplace of Rastafari and other radical movements, JAH - creator of all things, family, the earth in all its glory, the revolutionary 70's, Dub and Roots Reggae music. The revolution that is Rootz Underground began in 2000 when the band members, whose lives had crossed paths sometime or another from childhood, linked their individual musical talents in search of forming one solid unit. The Rootz Underground revolution emerged on the scene in a blaze of high-energy performances and conscious lyrics Individually, each had embarked on a road of truth, seeking musical and spiritual harmony, and when their paths inevitably forged to form Rootz, they got together to offer up a striking and refreshing mix of conscious lyrics, and a harmonic alternative reggae sound that marries their intellectual, spiritual and creative energies. This marriage has birthed music that is inspiring, energizing and real, progressive, unique, and with edge their reggae has a modern hip hop feel infused with slivers of jazz, rock and revolutionary dub. Collectively their union affirms an aim of bringing a JAH-inspired message to the masses. It pulses with message, from social to love revolution, from the poignant Rain to the guttural and revolutionary How much Longer, and the witty In the Jungle. Though Rootz Underground has only just begun digging their 'rootz' in the industry, the band's old soul has already effortlessly enlisted a core of followers - some who already saw the world through like eyes and are glad to hear such sounds of social commentary and life/love lessons on stage; others, simply just converts. Whatever it may be, Rootz Underground is one of few of Jamaica's younger bands whose shows are almost always filled to capacity, whose fans will even cross the island to take in the positive vibrations. The band envisage the future free from the shackles of Babylon - liberated from the 9-5, taking the Rootz Underground message far and wide as their sole life's-work. As they say, prayer and hard work reaps rewards - Their journey has only just begun. This summer they dug their 'rootz' in Europe for the first. Many more firsts smile at Rootz Underground from the horizon as their talent shine through and is increasingly recognized in the music business locally and internationally. Rootz’ 1st single: 'Victims of The System' has already been heating up airwaves and the video has peaked at # 2 on Hype TV's video charts, # 2 on RE TV's video countdown and stayed at # 1 on MTV Tempo's Cross Caribbean countdown for 5 weeks! And the revolution continues... Band Members: Stephen Newland Lead singer Charles Lazarus Lead guitar Jeffrey Moss-Solomon Rhythm guitar Colin Young Bass guitar Paul Smith Keyboard Leon Campbell Drummer
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Sunday March 16, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Flamingo Cantina 515 E 6th St

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