Rootz Underground is the feature band at the second annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash at the Port Theatre in Nanaimo on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 8 pm. The Jamaican chart-toppers were orginally traveling to the region for a tour of only the U.S. West Coast but local reggae promoters made sure they expanded their tour to include at least a couple of Canadian dates. “I couldn’t have hoped for a better band to play this year’s bash. I can confidently say that this is some of the best new reggae music out there” said Simon Schachner, Nanaimo-based promoter and host of Rebel Music on CHLY 101.7 FM.
Rootz Underground is a band that breaks down the walls that limit a sound to a single genre. They channel the musical vibration that rings true in the heart and soul of all the conscious rebel rockers, late night revelers, and soul seekers! Many influences have borne their ‘rootz’, including their homeland Jamaica – birthplace of Rastafari and the revolutionary 70’s, dub and roots reggae music. Their powerful sound and energy has moved them forward across the last nine years of the band’s journey from small underground club shows in Kingston all the way to the largest stages in Jamaica including Sunsplash, Rebel Salute, Welcome to Jamrock, Reggaelution, and Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues repeatedly.
The band consists of six core members that have been placed together through fate and friendship along the road of life in Jamaica with music as the common ground. It’s here with the mix of these personalities and varied interests that the intricate recipe for the diverse sound comes together and gets expressed in this modern twist on roots reggae. Rootz Underground has been blessed to be able to be amongst the return and rise of the band format coming out of Jamaica, at a time when dancehall and hip-hop are in the forefront they found themselves as a group performing lyrically conscious original ‘roots’ reggae music.
Over the last decade they have won their fans and the respect of their contempories one explosive show at a time showcasing and projecting a collective energy that captivates audiences with its pure intention. It is with this ability to engage and hypnotize that Rootz Underground has set out on the tour trail, traveling through the Caribbean, North America, and Hawaii in an effort to carry the message of upliftment, positivity and oneness. The year 2008 saw them touring the U.S. extensively on joint bills with foundation powerhouses such as Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, and The Wailing Souls.
Rootz Underground will be performing both originals and Bob Marley classics. This program is presented by Reggae Planet Productions in conjunction with the Nanaimo African Heritage Society Black History Month events. Tickets ($27.50/$22.50 adults/students) are available at the Port Theatre ticket centre. Call 250-754-8550 for information.