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).
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.