Groundation presents their 15th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley

Groundation presents their 15th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley (9:30 PM)

Pure Roots (8:30 PM)

Tue, February 17, 2015

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $22.00 / Day of Show Tix $25.00

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Groundation presents their 15th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Groundation presents their 15th Annual Tribute to Bob Marley
Bursting forth from their underground status, Groundation has taken the music world by storm.
Capturing the essence and drive of true roots reggae, the widely renowned band takes the art
form to new heights by blending elements of jazz, funk, salsa, soul and transcendental dub in a
progressive amalgam of sound all their own.
Whether on their masterfully self-produced studio albums or in their now legendary live
performances, Groundation's sound is without category, yet deeply familiar, offering listeners
everywhere an access point for musical connection. “Groundation” alludes to the decades-old
communal Rastafarian ceremony of “Grounation,” a ritual based on the meditative powers of
music. But Groundation is an idea for today, uniting audiences and using the universalvibration
of music to help bring about a positive social evolution.
With an international following unparalleled in contemporary Reggae music, Groundation has
performed for hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. With headlining shows in nearly
thirty countries on six continents, along with memorable appearances at some of the
world's largest and most prestigious cross-genre music festivals, Groundation has cemented its
reputation as an ambassador
of American fusion music.
Groundation's origins are in the jazz program of California's Sonoma State University where, in
the fall of 1998, Harrison Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Ryan Newman (bass) and Marcus Urani
(keyboards) began their artistic collaboration, developing both their musicianship and their
global outlook. It was there that Stafford taught the first accredited class in the California state
university system on the History and Culture of Reggae Music.
Around this core, the group has evolved to include some of the most respected cross-over
instrumentalists on the West Coast, along with harmonies from vocalists Kim Pommell and
Sherida Sharpe –both from Kingston, Jamaica–giving the band an incredibly full and deep live
presentation.
2014 saw the release of Groundation's 8th full length studio release, an album many consider
their best yet. “A Miracle” is a tome to the female spirit and features the incomprable Marcia
Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, two-thirds of Bob Marley's vocal harmony backup trio The IThrees.
True to their form, Groundation once again delivers a genre-bending classic of an
album that has enthralled their fans the world over.
Pure Roots - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Pure Roots
One of the top reggae bands to rise on the West Coast, Pure Roots formed in 2007 based out of Santa Cruz, California. The band's heavy hitting bass lines, melodic grooves, and lively horn section makes Pure Roots stand out amongst other artists. This powerful reggae act has performed with many greats, playing sold out shows and stunning crows. Pure Roots has performed as an all instrumental band, and has been the backing band for Andrew Reid (Son of reggae artist Junior Reid) and with many upcoming and legendary singers such as Earl Zero. The band's new front man and lead singer, Larry Quintero has contributed an unique sound that adds another layer to their sound.

Pure Roots released their first single "Jah The Highest" and the dub remix "Jah The Dubbest" in January 2012, featuring Junior Reid and Briana Kai, recorded and produced by Right Vibes Productions with Jeff Allgrove in the ESI Sound Studio with JR Records. The songs are available internationally on itunes and most major media sites, and has received airplay in North & South America, Africa, Europe, Japan and further. In April 2012 Pure Roots featuring Andrew Reid completed a 7 city tour with Daniel "Bambaata" Marley. In 2012 Pure Roots was featured at The 17th Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Festival. Pure Roots has shared the stage with international artists such as Black Uhuru, Israel Vibration & Roots Radics, The Abyssinians, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, Michael Rose, Midnite, The Melodians, Cultura Profectica and many more.

In March 2013 a brand new HD video "Pure Roots Live In San Francisco HD" was released internationally. Following the video release In Spring 2013 Pure Roots completed a West Coast Tour with legendary Jamaican artists The Wailing Souls. They ended their tour on the main-stage at the 12th Annual Reggae In The Desert Festival in Las Vegas opening for Steel Pulse, Marcia Griffiths & The Wailing Souls. Summer 2013 Pure Roots returned to perform on the main-stage at the 18th Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Festival and backed The Wailing Souls on stage.

In August 2014 Pure Roots played main-stage at The 23rd annual Midwest Reggae Fest in Ohio. A few weeks later Pure Roots began a 5 city West Coast tour with Groundation. Immediately after the tour, Pure Roots released their new live film "Pure Roots Live & Direct" which captures a close up performance with the band. Pure Roots with Amlak Tafari, are currently in the studio working on the album "Youth Rising," featuring Andrew and his father Junior Reid & other guests. The album is expected to be released internationally in Spring 2015. In February 2015, Pure Roots will be featured at the famous Tribute To The Legends Festival "Bob Fest" in San Diego. Keep a close eye out for this hard-hitting band.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change