Reggae Fest – The Metro
Friday July 27th | Doors 8pm
$15 adv/ $20 door | 18+
Don’t miss a night of incredible music with up and coming and legendary performers! Reggae Fest, live at The Metro!
As part of the foundation of reggae music, Ansel “Meditation” Cridland has over forty years producing, writing, arranging, and performing for fans all over the world. As leader of the legendary trio(The Meditations) Ansel and his fellow band members performed at the historical ONE LOVE PEACE CONCERT, held April, 22nd 1978, at the request of Bob Marley. Legends like Jimmy Cliff, Sly and Robbie, Philip Smart, Willie Lindo and Gregory Isaac are a few of the people that Ansel has worked with. These contributions have sculpted the sound of Roots Rock Reggae over the years. Making The Meditations a fundamental and essential part of reggae music.
Irie Sol’s single was featured on the website of Grammy-winning rap artist Pharrell Williams. Junior Williams, Irie Sol’s founder, moved to America from Kingston, Jamaica, with the dream of starting a band that would fuse the genres indigenous to his native island (reggae, dancehall, ska, and dub) with traditional American music forms (hip hop, funk, soul, rock, and jazz). The result is what he calls “Alternative World Music,” which acknowledges its roots and routes in the World and Alternative genres, and serves to embody a sense of global unity with music. Junior brings to the stage a powerful presence and authentic musical feel that truly defines the flavor and purpose of the band.
Irie Sol’s genre-bending music is reflected by the diverse array of musicians they have provided support for onstage: Stephen Marley, The Wailers, The Meditations, Morgan Heritage, Sevendust, No Bird Sing, Natty Nation, Dred i Dread, Bret Michaels, Warrant, Tech N9ne, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, The Right Now, 9Tomorrows, and Quiet Riot. Irie Sol’s music can be enjoyed at live shows throughout the midwest, on many radio programs, and by downloading Solstice on iTunes.
Diversified Vocalist and Musician Samantha Moon born Tracy Samantha Johnson was born october 17th 1989 on the beautiful nature island of Dominica. She is very versatile and is able to sing many genres such as R&B, Soca, Zouk, Reggae, Ne-Yo Soul and pop but is focused on R&B an soul. She performed in Jamaica at the Rebel Salute show and was introduced to the stage by world famous reggae artist Queen Ifrica. This show brings together the most famous reggae artists every year and has captured the respect of roots reggae lovers worldwide. It attracts thousands of people from all over the world. She has opened for artists such as Barrington Levy, Queen Ifrica, Christopher Martin, Cecile & Wyclef Jean.