Dred I Dread
New Orleans native PeeWee Dread combines reggae, roots, dancehall music with hip hop for an original show. PeeWee has played all over the country and has shared the stage with Third World, Yellowman, Sister Carol, Marley Son’s, Elephant Man, Justin Hines, DMX, Tony Asher and many more. Peewee’s band Dread I Dread has twice been honored as the Minnesota Reggae Artists of the Year.
Will Tucker got his start at a young age of eight playing drums for the Boys Brigade. That was when he realized his love for music. He went on playing drums when he was a teenager with various reggae bands. After playing drums for a few years he also discovered his love for singing. So through the years he nurtured his talent by singing with different reggae bands. Will Tucker and the I Roots band plays standard reggae, ska, soca, calypso, and other caribbean styles.
Innocent Reggae Band
Innocent grew up in Tanzania East Africa when many African nations were still under colonial rule, Reggae music became the sound track of existence, the powerful lyrics and messages of truth and reality hit a chord for Innocent and he knew he must carry forth the torch, spreading the message and echoing the words through music. His true dedication to the message of international injusticies and the unpriviledged people in the world, makes Innocent a rare breed.
International Reggae All Stars
With band members hailing from Venezuela to Trinidad, and Ghana to Kingston Jamaica, the International Reggae All-Stars are truly a global band. Featuring one of today’s hottest reggae vocalists, Kingston native Lynval “Golden Voice” Jackson, the International Reggae All-Stars play reggae, dancehall and all the Bob Marley classics, and bring peace, love and positive vibrations with them where ever they go.
Irie Sol’s founder, Junior Williams, moved to America from Kingston, Jamaica, with the dream of starting a band that would fuse the genres (reggae, dancehall, ska, and dub) indigenous to his native island with traditional American music forms (hip hop, funk, soul, rock, and jazz). He’s “dubbed” (pun intended) the resulting music “Alternative World” to acknowledge its roots and routes in World and Alternative music and to conjure an alternative world of global unity. Erupting out of the Twin Cities with a musical blend that reflects diverse band members–who hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Nova Scotia, Canada; Providence, RI; Detroit, MI; Minneapolis, MN; and the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin–Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. Irie Sol has shared the stage with Natty Nation, Dred I Dred, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and too many other talented musicians to name. Irie Sol’s music can be enjoyed at live shows throughout the midwest, on many radio programs, and by downloading the new CD, Solstice, on itunes.
Formed in early 1999, New Primitives explores popular music through high-energy Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Reggae, Calypso, and World Dance Music. The music of New Primitives is an amalgam of the communities and lives of its members. Performing regularly in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, this diverse group of talented musicians is dedicated to bringing people together.
Tropical Breeze Steel Drum Band
The Tropical Breeze Band plays Caribbean style music, The kind you would hear if you where to take a trip to the Caribbean islands, such as Trinidad, Jamaica, Virgin Island, Bahamas, and others. This bands music will take you back to lying on a white sand beach with palm trees, sipping on your favorite cocktail, listening to the sweet sounds of steel drums, with a sweet bass line, and very rhythmic bongos, and the sweet voice singing Day-o miss-a-daa-o daylight come and me want to go home. Tropical Breeze Band is the perfect band for that corporate event, social function, college party, pool parties, dances, weddings, anniversary,Gradations or any tropical theme party.
Uprising is sure to get you on your feet and dancing to the tropical vibes of reggae, soca, and calypso. Formed in 2007, Janna Dreher, (keys) and founder of Bayfront Reggae Festival, wanted to perform the music that she loves, and gathered the band’s members who have many combined years of performing experience. Front man, Dexter Baxter, hailing from Westmoreland, Jamaica, is a sure crowd pleaser and is determined to teach the audience to “wine” to the sweet music. Andrew Perfetti (guitar) is known for his impressive licks. The rhythm section including Tal Lindblad (bass), Tom Weisman (drums) and rastaman Tony Isaacs (percussion), keeps the party goin’ all night. Uprising has performed at the 2007 and 2008 Bayfront Reggae Festival, The 2007 and 2008 Superior Dragon Boat Festival, the 2008 Two Harbors Kayak Festival and numerous clubs and private parties.
REGGAE FUNK ROCK FOR THE MASSES. A Miracle In Motion Zion Tribe has played many venues festival grounds and block parties, including Harmony Park, the Metro Dome, Cabooze, Fine Line, Dogstock and shared stages with Great American Taxi, Pap Mali, Banyon, Edgar Winter, and others.Zion Tribe found itself returning to Harmony Park, this time on the main stage. Shortly after all the members were solidified Zion Tribe began to work with Travis and Lynna a couple of fire spinning, fire eating, fire spitting, and fire dancing performing artist. This of-course really gets the crowds going. They have been known to add more fire performers to larger shows. However Zion Tribe has always stayed grounded in there music and excites crowds with or without their friendly fire performers.