Their journey began with a twist of fate which brought together keyboard player Phillip Mcfarlane , drummer Kieron Cunningham, bass guitarist Kamardo Blake and vocalist/guitarist Aldayne Haughton, to play a series of small gigs. Drawing inspiration from Bob Marley and The Wailers, The Beatles, John Holt, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse, the group soon cemented a wholesome fusion of Roots Reggae, Souls and Rock genres for a fresh but universal sound. Much like the iconic reggae outfit The Wailers, the band chose its name, EarthKry, to signify its mission to voice the grievances of the downtrodden through the vibrations of their Legacy music. Since 2013 the band has spent much of their time creating music with other notable artistes in recording sessions while further developing their signature sound.
Through the guidance of veteran drummer/ lecturer Derrick Stewart, veteran trumpeter Nambo Robinson, guitarist/former tutor Maurice Gordon and producers Stephen Stewart and Sam Clayton, the band has since released a successful debut EP “Hard Road”. Followed by an acclaimed, worldwide top charting debut album “SURVIVAL” they have toured extensively on some of the biggest international stages.
Roots of Creation
Billboard and radio chart topping, award-winning, international reggae-rock sensation Roots of Creation, are a touring powerhouse.
Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam and reggae-rock favorites like Camp Bisco, Gathering of The Vibes, California Roots, Jungle Jam and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation(RoC) offers up a high-energy, infectious live music experience. Their mix of reggae riddims, conscious lyrics, spirited horn lines, and electronic beats makes crowds move and has their loyal underground fan base (RoC Family) and street team (Universal Soldiers) travelling the distance to pack venues from coast-to-coast.
Roots of Creation’s most recent release, Livin Free (2016), debuted No. 1 on both the Billboard Reggae and the Relix/Jambands.com Radio charts. Livin Free is a triple record that includes three versions of each song--studio, dub, and acoustic that features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and many more. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid).
Now RoC has taken on a unique new project: Grateful Dub. Combining their longtime love for reggae-dub style music and the Grateful Dead, RoC reworked some of the world’s favorite Dead tunes into a new studio album. RoC had the pleasure of working in the studio with the legendary 5-time Grammy winner Errol Brown who was Bob Marley’s engineer and now Rebelution’s live sound engineer for this project. Grateful Dub is also being performed live in its entirety at festivals, theatres, and clubs around the country, and features rotating special guests including Melvin Seals (JGB), Scott Guberman (Phil Lesh) full horn sections, and others. Grateful Dub captures the spirit and magic of the Grateful Dead, while laying it down reggae-dub style.
Mighty Mystic & The Hard Roots Movement
Considered one of the new leaders in the U.S Reggae scene, reggae artist Mighty Mystic’s fresh sound and musical diversity have proved to be a magnet for music lovers in search of that next level sound that has been missing in the reggae genre. It has attracted listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. A charismatic man on a mission, Mighty Mystic has gone from being a fan of reggae music to being a contributor to the art.
Mighty Mystic came on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with the song “Riding on the Clouds.” However, it wasn’t until the release of his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. “Wake up the World” boasted several standouts, such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds,” “Original Love,” & “Slipped Away” with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS.” It is this unique spin on classic reggae blended with Hip Hop & Rock that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival.
Iba MaHr, the young sensation for authentic Jamaican reggae/ lover’s rock genre. Born January 21, to Ms. Roselin Embden and Mr. Glendon Greaves, he was given the name Mario Greaves at birth but has emerged with strong African culture, thus granted the name by friends, Iba MaHr, ‘Iba’ African name, meaning Humble and Calm while ‘MaHr’ is really an acronym, meaning Mario of Harar, Harar which is a small province in Ethiopia.
As a toddler, Iba MaHr was nurtured by his grandparents, Mrs. Joycelyn Greaves and Mr. Vincent Greaves in the Community of Cheesefield. Always being in the centre of attraction, every Sunday evening Iba MaHr would dance to his grandfather’s stereogram, playing hits from the 70’s, while singing to each song as if they were of his era. It was not until he was successful in his Common Entrance Exam to go on to High School that he moved to reside in Linstead with his mother. Being the only child for Ms. Roselin, iba was the main priority, with morality and education as her advocacy, leaving very little things undone if any. Now the youngman chants from a small town in the parish of St. Catherine called Linstead, that is most popular for the famous “Linstead Market” and the Song titled, “carry mi ackee go Linstead Market”.
"I take pleasure in doing love songs. Essentially, I am inspired to sing about real life occurrences, but in reality as artiste we create melodies then connect words to them to craft stories that reflect other people’s lives. The energy, mood and my emotion at times may affect how a song might turn out. Feelings, be the sombre, joyful or sorrow also play a part. I now see the music making a paradigm shift from roots and culture, not that it has died but just need to be played more. Regardless of what is being played, the people need redemption songs, especially in these times of division and world crisis. I can only say that Reggae music is a medium through which we connect and touch people in any situation, so I work to preserve its legacy”, said Iba MaHr.
The artiste was able to survive the many dangers and harm of his volatile community through advocating love, peace, righteousness and spiritual consciousness. As his name represent, he is quite humble, and does not let anything or anyone trouble his innate calm. With Rastafari as his inspiration, roots and culture is always what he promotes, along with social commentary and soulful-reggae love songs that speaks out to the hearts of people, those in love or out of love. Iba MaHr’s music ranges from reggae, lovers rock and soulful roots genre.
He is Dancehall’s most esoteric, yet, unconcealed weapon. Daniel “Chino” McGregor is a paradox in plain sight. Armed with potent lyrics, a velvety-smooth voice, street cred, an undeniable mystique that drives female fans wild: Chino is unquestionably a man for all seasons. Chino, who was born on the 12th of February 1983, is the son of Jamaican music legend, Freddie McGregor. Surrounded by countless records, endless background harmonies and innumerable instruments, it’s understandable why he developed a strong inclination toward music at a very early age. In fact, so caught up was he that he seized every opportunity to observe and learn from the best in the industry: namely, legends including the late Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffith, Judy Mowatt and Gregory Isaac, in addition to Dancehall icons such as Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and more. These interactions resulted in a comprehensive knowledge of recording and production techniques which would later work in his advantage. But first: here’s a rewind. Chino’s musical ascendancy started at age nine while he was still a student at the Vaz Preparatory School. There, he joined their choir and ever since then, Chino has seen singing as his destiny.
Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston, MA. The lineup includes Tommy Benedetti (drums), Timo Shanko (Sax/Bass), Johnny Trama (gtr), Van Martin (gtr) and Aaron Bellamy (bass).They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions, with a balanced twin guitar attack,explosive Coltrane inspired sax, and a healthy dose of improvisation.The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s, mixed with their own compositions.
Featuring current and former members of John Brown's Body,Ghosts of Jupiter,Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce, DA brings decades of combined experience from clubs, theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.Drummer Tommy Benedetti(JBB) formed the band in 2007 and was quickly joined by longtime musical brothers,Johnny Trama on guitar, and Timo Shanko, a duel threat, who is an equal force on bass and tenor sax. The band started out featuring a rotating cast of Boston heavyweights, including Jim Hobbs(Fully Celebrated),Dana Colley(Morphine) and Jeffrey Lockhart(Wally's Funk Band) to name a few. This approach created a buzz in the Boston music scene and made each show a fresh experience.
In the past couple of years, DA has solidified into a more consistent lineup with the addition of Van Martin and Aaron Bellamy. This has inspired the band to concentrate more on writing and recording original material, while still maintaining a busy performance schedule, further crafting their deadly, unique sound. DA maintains a busy schedule in New England with appearances at many festivals, clubs and pubs.They have 2 successful long running residencies, won a Boston Music Award in 2011 for Best International Act, and were recently named "One of the 10 Local Acts You Have to Hear Now" by the Improper Bostonian..The Dub Apocalypse live show is a soul shakin' throwdown... and they invite you along for the journey.
Royal Hammer is a seven-piece roots reggae collective from Portland, Maine. Comprised of some of Portland’s most talented and seasoned musicians, Royal Hammer has for many years paid thoughtful and respectful homage to the great traditions of Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Roots Radics and many others. Fresh off the release of its debut album, My Bubble, Royal Hammer has begun spreading their message of love, hope, and justice to a broader audience. Fronted by lead singer, guitar player, and arranger, Michael Taylor (Rustic Overtones, the Awesome), Royal Hammer is, Gary Gemmiti (Rustic Overtones) on drums, Tyler Quist (Jaw Gems, the Awesome) on keyboards, Stu Mahan (London Souls, Nat Osborne) on the low end, and on the horn Lucas Desmond (Model Airplane, Kenya Hall Band). Among their long list of accomplishments, Royal Hammer has shared the stage with such legendary artists as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Barrington Levy, and Midnite as well as backing up international reggae artists Marty Dread and Glen DaCosta of the Wailers.
CatchaVibe is an original world reggae band from the vacationland state of Maine. Creating a fusion of world rhythms, island sounds and deep grooves that breed dancing frenzies at colleges, festivals, weddings, dance halls and events throughout Maine and New England.
CatchaVibe formed in 2002 playing local venues on the Portland, Maine reggae scene. Such as The Alehouse, The Porthole Pub, Brian Boru Public House and The Big Easy. By 2003 the bands audience began extending throughout the vacationland state of Maine to Eastport, Bangor, Orland, Blue Hill, Augusta, Waterville, Farmington, Belfast, Rockland, Camden, Islesboro, Vinalhaven and Bar Harbor.
Catcha Vibe has performed at The Bud Light Sugarloaf Reggae Festival, WERU's Full Circle Festival, The Bar Harbor Jazz Fest, Greenwoods Reggae Revival Festival, Free Range Music Fest, Belfast Summer Nights and The United Way Synergy Music Festival.
CatchaVibe has shared the stage with many national and international artists including Sister Carol, New Kingston, Stick Figure, John Brown's Body, Iration, Soul Rebel Project and Spiritual Rez.
Formed in 1999 by four time grammy nominated Black Uhuru drummer 'Rangotan and 6 time steel pan champion Sista D, Dis-N-Dat has a unique sound, setting us apart from all the rest. Dis-N-Dat incorporates Roots Reggae, Dance Hall and R&B in to a sound all our own known as Neo-Reggae, moving audiences all over the U.S. for almost 20 years. We take the reggae to a new level, at the same time rocking the foundation sound that so many are looking for.
The band has backed many international artists that include Queen Africa, Tony Rebel, Anthony B, Turbulence, Everton Blender, Sister Nancy, Yami Bolo, Lady Saw, Sasha and many more! The band also backed UK Reggae superstar Pato Banton for several tours across the United States.
Dis-N-Dat continues to blaze a trail of vibes worldwide from our shows to our albums. Our shows are an experience to behold that cannot be compared to any other! Our most recent album ‘One Perfect Love’ hit #7 in the Reggae Charts and we look forward to releasing ’Straight Up’ in 2018.
Green Lion Crew
At the controls of a potent dancefloor experience that draws from reggae dancehall, hip hop and the synthy beats of urban electro, producer/DJ Green Lion is a sonic craftsman at home both on the decks and in the studio. Honed in the heated atmosphere of Jamaican sound system culture and a constant schedule of live club and concert dates in the United States, all Green Lion productions–on record, over the air or live and direct–are energetic affairs designed to set bodies in motion.
The Midnight Riders
The Midnight Riders are an exciting live band that will get folks dancing to Old Soul, Funk, Americana / Alt. Country, Roots & Blues / Rock N Roll. Rockin' numbers you know from The Stones, Allmans, Band, Cream & Little Feat with soulful grooves by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, The Meters, Dr. John, Taj Mahal & King Floyd. With Blues tunes by Skip James, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Freddie King, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, Johnny Winter & Los Lobos . Some aggressive song choices from The Dead Kennedys, Nick Cave, Social Distortion & The Drive-By Truckers. As well as a song selection that also covers Roots Alt. Country songwriters Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle & Jason Isbell while doing songs by Maine based bands The Mallett Brothers & Waldo Counties own Coloradas too. We also do originals written by members of the band.
The Midnight Riders have opened up for The Mallett Brothers Band 2 times in less than a year here in Knox County! And they were the only band that played Fri, Sat & Sun of the 2016 North Atlantic Blues Festival weekend somewhere on or just off Main St. for Blues lovers of all types! Featuring Will Neils on Lead Vocals, Emmett Lalor on Guitar & Vocals, Mike Cole on Bass & Vocals, Bill Faller on Drums & Jon Vickerman on Sax (ex-Rustic's).
The Riders have played Myrtle St Tavern (>5X), Speakeasy (>5X), Rock Harbor Bruin Co., American Legion & the NABF in Rockland, The Sea Dog & Paddy Murphy's in Bangor, The SLAB & Empire in Portland, The Dock in Port Clyde (Private Lobsterbilly Wedding & a lot of other private events), Martin Farm in Montville, Thresher's Brewing Co. in Searsmont, Smokestack Bar & Grill(>2X) & Opera House in Camden, Flatbread Co. & Simonton Corners Dancehall in Rockport & Mic Mac Mayhem in Union.
Gorilla Finger Dub Band
Gorilla Finger is a 6 piece reggae band from southern Maine. The groups sound is a aggressive take on roots reggae but maintains a very relaxed atmosphere. Originally inspired by the late Bob Marley the band quickly fell into its own releasing an original record titled “Cool it Down”. Over the last 6 years the band has shared the stage with many top ranking acts earning them a solid status in the Maine reggae scene.
Gorilla Finger is a rock band from southern Maine that fuses reggae and dub with rock and soul in a high energy improvised fashion. The band formed in 2011 and has been making impressions around New England, while sharing the stage with many national and internationally recognized artist's.
Satta is a Live Dub Soundsystem, Conscious Artist Promoter, and Cultural Event Producer... a true Rebelutionary Sound filled with Conscious, Positive & Uplifting Messages.... Embedded in Riddims that will Move One & All!
Satta has been blessed to share stages with some of the greatest names in music... including Midnite/Akae Beka, Toots & the Maytals, Sizzla, Freddie MacGregor, Jimmy Cliff, Culture, the Abyssinians, Dezarie, Queen Omega, Anthony B, Collie Buddz, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Amandla, I Grade, Burning Spear, the Rza, and beyond....
Their Soundsystem style delivery blends 'Ital Music' coming from the Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Jamaica, Africa, Europe, NYC, Cali, VT and Conscious Artists Worldwide! Each tune is selected, mixed and Dubbed by Selecta Machu with an aim to Cultivate and Manifest a Global Unity through Word, Sound & Empowerment to the Dancehall, the Listener, and the artist themselves... ultimately bringing each member of our audience to new heights.
Alongside Machu are his family of SATTA SOUND singers and players, (aka Satta SoundSystem) who alongside Machu, will mix, sample, sing, chant and freestyle over the tracks, providing the audience with live, exclusive, never been heard before sounds!
Satta Sound has also been known to perform with live African Drums, Melodica and Bass. Horns have also been used to give the audience the full treatment. SATTA SOUND is a mobile force of Jah Works... Internationally INI Ready for Spiritual Battle .. And RastafarI Music is our Weapon!
Merther is a four-piece jam band originating in Blue Hill, ME, mixing elements of roots reggae, dub, psychedelic rock, and raw funk into their own jam-oriented sound they call "psychedelic dub funk".
"Merther" is a word used to denote the sensations produced by smoking marijuana while listening to dub reggae. The merging and distortion of sense impressions that occurs during cannibonoid trance.
In 1997, Nyah moved to Maine, US from the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas Virgin Island and started Stream Reggae Band shorty after. He had been playing reggae music in local bands at festivals and resorts all over the Caribbean for several years since he became heavily influenced by the sounds of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh along with the Soca, Zouk and Cadence music styles from the Caribbean. His passion was always music so he wasted no time in putting Stream together and the band has been going strong ever since.
Since the band’s formation, they have played their energetic reggae – dancehall music at many local nightclubs, festivals and colleges. They were invited to play at Merrill Auditorium’s “Night of Relief” to raise money for victims of 9/11. In addition, Stream has gone on to release 4 original studio albums and opened concerts for famous artistes such as Sugar Minot, Third World and Burning Spear on several tours. They have released numerous hit songs over the years such as “I like It”, “Gimme The Weed” and “Move Along” that always get the fans dancing and going crazy whenever they play.
After over 20 years and countless performances at a number of venues, memorable moments have formed. Meeting with people and fans brings overwhelming joy, laughter and good energy that never fades away. This gives Stream Reggae the zeal to write, play and sing music that will last forever.
Vibrant music and vibes for all musical occasions, celebrations and gatherings.
Hi-Duke (moniker for Scott Hajduk) is a Maine based, Midwest bred graphic designer. Hi-Duke’s design aesthetic runs the gamut from clean and modern to vintage and funky. As the former in-house designer at a large beer distributor, Hi-Duke has worked with numerous national brands creating impactful custom signage and marketing materials. Locally, he has designed for craft breweries, bars/restaurants, and a variety of artisans.
In his spare time, Hi-Duke enjoys DJing (with vinyl), digging for records, skateboarding, and drinking craft beer.
The Professah began sharing his love of reggae music with the masses during his weekly radio show, “Reggae Lunchbox” on 91.9 WMEB back in 2005. From there he went on to curate the sound track for The Solar Cafe at music festivals up and down the east coast. When he returned to Maine, he was blessed to fill in between Royal Hammer sets during their last summer of residency at the Port Hole deck. He’s opened up with his all vinyl sets for Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Royal Hammer, The Far East and at both Point Sebago Reggae Fest and Greenwood Reggae Fest.