Rootz Underground: Rising Reggae Stars at B.B. King's
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The last date listed for Rootz Underground was Tuesday May 22, 2012 / 8:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm).
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Vocalist Prentiss McNeil of The Drifters and Bruce "Big Daddy" Wayne from Wilson Pickett's Midnight Movers head up this high-energy salute to the best R&B music of the classic soul era. Get ready to groove to hits from greats like "The Godfather" and "Queen" of Soul -- James Brown and Aretha Franklin -- not to mention Motown and Stax artists galore. From Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder to the Jackson 5 and Sam & Dave, you'll hear these hot tunes performed live on stage. McNeil performed for close to 30 years with doo-wop group The Drifters, who were known for classics like "Save the Last Dance for Me," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Under the Boardwalk" and "Up on the Roof." Learn More
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oh, these guys were good. i had never even heard of them before buying the tickets but they were so worth it.....Fear Nuttin band opened for them...another group I did not know beforehand and they were also good...original songs....lead singer of Rootz had so much energy....i definitely recommend!
Rootz Underground represents Jamaica's most recent contribution to the international reggae and world music scene. While undeniably rooted in reggae, the six-member outfit uses its collective passion to create a sound that pushes boundaries and defies being boxed into a single genre. Electric yet organic, gritty and soulful, the band manages to harness the essence that reggae aficionados were captivated by in the '70s, while simultaneously connecting the youth of today to the pure messages of Rastafari with explosive live performances that are a positive and emotional musical journey.
After sharing stages for over a decade and releasing the studio albums Movement (2008) and Gravity (2010), as well as 2011's Live in Paris, the members of Rootz Underground have managed to build a strong international fan base that spans across reggae, rock, and jamband circles in over 22 countries. At home in Jamaica, the band has made its mark as well, with performances ranging from foundation festivals such as Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, and Welcome to Jamrock, to mixed format shows such as The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. The group has also managed to maintain its popularity in the underground music scene with regular appearances, molding its touring shows according to the tastes of Kingston's discerning audiences.
With the continued rise in the popularity of reggae music in cultures across the world, Rootz Underground ensures an undiluted dose of what is happening at the root, transporting audiences to Jamaica from a half a world away. The band has toured heavily in both North America and Europe for many years, gracing events like Summerjam, Reggae Sunska, Roskilde, Garorock, the Ostroda Reggae Festival, Reggae on the River, The Raggamuffins Festival, Earthdance, the Harmony Festival, and the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, to name a few. Rootz Underground has also been blessed to have toured and performed with a variety of amazing masters of music in all genres. Notable collaborations within the reggae genre inclue Gregory Isaacs, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Israel Vibration, The Wailing Souls, Alpha Blondy, Toots & The Maytals, and more. With a firm grasp on reggae's foundations but strongly influened by the resurgence of the band format out of Jamaica, Rootz Underground continues to grow with every show.