Tatanka the Reggae/Dub band from Roots Musicians Records recently released their new single titled “Love Is Medicine” and it’s mixed and mastered by E.N Young. “Love Is Medicine” features a roots heavy baseline with mixed with a modern electric sound.
So check out the latest single “Love Is Medicine” from the Denver, CO product, and keep it locked to Sessiontapes.com for all upcoming music, and news updates from Tatanka
Monterey, CA (November 16, 2017) – The 9th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival has announced their second round of artists. Joining an already impressive lineup is the Grammy nominees Rebelution, Hawaiian reggae ambassadors The Green, singer/songwriter Trevor Hall, Cali Roots favorite Fortunate Youth, island soulstress Anuhea, and alternative reggae band The Movement. Making his Cali Roots debut performance is underground hip hop hero Brother Ali, fresh from his critically-acclaimed album All The Beauty In This Whole Life. Day by day lineup has also been partially announced with more confirmations to come.
Cali Roots is also hot on the heels of two awards. Most recently, the “California Roots Festival theme song” produced by Bulldog media, was presented with the “Viewers Choice Award” by TasteTV’s California Music Awards. In addition, California Roots is also being recognized for their greening initiatives. Stemming from their Redwood pass and other environmental partnerships, Cali Roots has been officially nominated for the 2017 “Outstanding Social Impact” award at the FestX Awards, taking place in Las Vegas, NV during the XLive Conference.
“We are extremely proud of the California Roots community that we’ve built throughout the years and are humbled with the recognition and awards we’ve been receiving,” says festival CoProducer Dan Sheehan. “Every year we work on bringing the best talent coupled with a unique experience that we continue to evolve and refine with feedback from our fans.”
- The Green
- Trevor Hall
- Fortunate Youth
- Brother Ali
- The Movement
The 9th Annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival
Dates: Friday, May 25, 2018 – Sunday May 27, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PDT
Venue: Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Address: 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA 93940
Admission: Varies (Purchase Link: http://
Age restrictions: All Ages
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against the next Iraq War four years before it started. A decade later, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, called the CD “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals’ fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” warned against border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president.
Now on its 20th year, Free Radicals presents a new CD “Outside the Comfort Zone,” that warns against a white supremacist apartheid society in which consumers are oblivious to human rights abuses going on right outside the window.
Free Radicals is a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and is the 13 time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. Equally comfortable performing in clubs, street protests, punk rock house-parties, art open- ings, weddings, funerals, and breakdance competitions, Free Radicals prides itself in adaption and supporting members of targeted com- munities for whom “apartheid” is not merely a metaphor.
On the new recording, Free Radicals welcomes many guests including Harry Sheppard & Damon Choice, two elder vibraphonists who played with Benny Goodman and Sun Ra Arkestra respectively, along with a dozen other long time collaborators
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Tropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country.
The six-piece band has signed with Pepper’s LAW Records for their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head” which is out now
“Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music,” says frontman Matthew Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs to be said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”
Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Sugar Ray, Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Passafire, Ballyhoo! and many more. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest.
For the remainder of 2017, expect to the see the band focused on headlining tours and festival dates in support of the new record.
To celebrate the start of the Broken Crowns Tour, GRAMMY-nominated reggae superstar Matisyahu and beloved tourmates Common Kings have released a collaborative single, aptly titled “Broken Crowns” which hit #1 on the ITunes Reggae charts upon its release. The single is a modern reggae anthem whose relaxed atmosphere and deep lyrical content is sure to resonate with music lovers across the world.
Common Kings are ecstatic to be working alongside one of their idols, Matisyahu, stating “It’s not very often you get to collab with one of your idols! So getting in the studio with the legend Matisyahu is definitely one of the biggest highlights of our career. We’re excited for everyone to hear this!” After venturing into the depths of his musicality, Matisyahu provides a pleasant return to reggae vibes and chilled out dancehall for this new single. With Matisyahu band member Stu Brooks and Yeti Beats behind production and the legendary Tony Maserati on the mixing console, “Broken Crowns” is a song worthy of the throne.
With new albums earlier in the year from both bands, “Broken Crowns” shows the prolific capabilities and major league work ethic of Matisyahu and Common Kings. Add a three-month tour schedule on top of new music, and you have one of the most exciting shows of the year trekking cross country, likely to a city near you. The Broken Crowns Tour will give fans a rare opportunity to see these two juggernauts share the stage and perform the new single, “Broken Crowns,” the way it was made, collaboratively.
Broken Crowns Tour Dates:
11/09 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/10 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
11/10 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box+
11/11 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theater*
11/11 – Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater+
11/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst*
11/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl+
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
11/15 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory+
11/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom+
11/17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
11/17 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades+
11/18 – San Diego, CA @ SD Observatory*
11/18 – Chico, CA @ Senator Theater+
11/24 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/25 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
11/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/29 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
11/30 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
12/01 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Lounge
12/02 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
12/03 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
12/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
12/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
12/07 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/08 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
12/09 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
12/12 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
12/13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
12/14 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
12/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
12/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
12/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl*
12/21 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/23 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
12/28 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza+
12/29 – Huntington, NY @ Paramount Theatre+
* = No Matisyahu
+ = No Common Kings
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Santa Rosa, CA (October 18, 2017) – The 14th annual Emerald Cup proudly announces its phase one artist announcement. The Emerald Cup will take place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA from December 9-10, 2017. This year’s impressive lineup already brings the legendary Roots, Gramatik, Hieroglyphics, Pimps of Joytime, Chali 2NA with another wave of artists to be announced.
The Emerald Cup, founded by Tim Blake in 2003, is California’s premier outdoor organic medicinal cannabis competition for growing and breeding. What started as a small passionate 200-person event at Blake’s Area 101 property has blossomed into today’s most prestigious organic cannabis competition. The two-day event gathers growers, industry leaders, and cannabis enthusiasts together to partake in educational panels from legislation to farming practices, while bringing you face to face with cutting edge vendors, and topped with a diverse musical lineup.
Tim Blake enthusiastically states, “Music has always been an important aspect of our event and I’m very excited how 2017’s lineup is shaping up. After a day full of educational panels and informative workshops, it’s essential we bring the right vibes of music and entertainment to our attendees.”
The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field from fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. The Cannifornian says, “The Emerald Cup is Northern California’s premier destination for medicinal marijuana, while advancing the concept of sustainable, outdoor farming. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world.” More details and tickets can be found at http://theemeraldcup.com.
2017 Phase One Artist Announcement:
- The Roots
- Pimps of Joytime
- Chali 2NA
The 14th Annual Emerald Cup
Dates: Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Sunday December 10, 2017
Time: Doors at 11am PT
Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Admission: Varies // $60 – $400
Purchase Link: https://emeraldcup2017.eventbrite.com
Age restrictions: 18+
Legendary Long Beach reggae outfit Long Beach Dub Allstars have reunited and released their first taste of new music in almost 2 decades, with two new tracks “Holding Out” and “Steady Customer” . This is the first of new music from Long Beach Dub Allstars since the release of 2001’s “Wonders of the World“.
Long Beach Dub Allstars was formed after Sublime disbanded following the death of singer Bradley Nowell in 1996. Long Beach Dub Allstars released two now-classic albums “Right Back” (1999) and “Wonders of the World” (2001), before they went their separate ways in 2002. Long Beach Dub Allstars’ unique mixture of danceable reggae beats and fiery punk-rock energy had a lasting impact on the scene, with both albums becoming highly influential to the groups that came after them.
Long Beach Dub Allstars reunited in 2013 with “Ras MG” Goodman on drums, Michael “Miguel” Happoldt on guitar, Opie Ortiz on vocals, Jack Maness on keys, Tim Wu on horns, Edwin Kampwirth on bass, and Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites on organ.
Long Beach Dub Allstars released their first Havoc TV video “Soundproof” which LBDA discusses their reunion and history.
Long Beach Dub Allstars will be playing a string of West Coast dates throughout November with Fortunate Youth and Arise Roots.
Nov 22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 24 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
Nov 25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo by Microsoft
Jan 05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Before The Green, no Hawaiian reggae band had crossed over to the mainland and become one of the biggest bands in the genre. No Hawaiian band had been able to deliver radio-friendly pop hits, inspiring anthems, and drum-and-bass heavy reggae grooves inspired by foundational bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse. The Green has accomplished all of this and much more in their groundbreaking career, and now are poised to go even further with their fourth studio album, Marching Orders, which Is out now, via longtime label partner Easy Star Records, and a just-announced winter tour beginning in January.
Mostly recorded on the island of Oahu, Marching Orders was produced by The Green along with longtime friends and collaborators Christian Mochizuki (Justin Beiber, Kayne West, Jay-Z) and Leslie Ludiazo (J Boog, Hot Rain). A full house of talented singers and songwriters – the band’s founding core of Caleb Keolanui (vocals), Zion Thompson (guitar, vocals), JP Kennedy(guitar, vocals), Ikaika Antone (keys, vocals), and Brad Watanabe (bass, vocals), along with drummer Jordan Espinoza – created a collaborative mentality and allowed for new material to flow abundantly. The songwriting sessions produced a ton of strong new material that, as usual, is hard to pin down to one style or feel, except to classify it as “Green music.”
Marching Orders is also full of collaborations, including multiple songs co-written and produced with Brian Fennell (Ryan Tedder, One Republic, The Fray, Third Eye Blind), as well as guest appearances by Grammy-nominees J Boog and Eric Rachmany (Rebelution), Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal, and island music veterans Fiji and The Mana’o Company.Many fans are already turned on to the record’s early singles, which are strong songs that can fit neatly into some of the Green’s previous prototypical styles – “I Will,” which garnered 186,000+ views of its lyric video in just under a month, is a powerful statement of purpose along the lines of previous hits like “Never” and “Gotta Be,” while “Mama Roots” (feat. J Boog) is a positive roots party tune, and “Marching Orders” (feat. Busy Signal) is an inspirational dancehall churner. Hit singles are usually expected from The Green at this point – but Marching Orders also reveals some real depth for the band as songwriters as well as maturation for the band members as they have grown up in public, going through marriages, births of children, and even deaths close to them.
“Feel So Cool,” for example, has JP Kennedy riding a killer riddim, urging a girl to “cruise around the island in my ’69 Chevelle,” but what listeners may not know is that the melody and lyrics to the song were actually written by their friend, Keoni Nicodemus, who passed away in 2014. The band got permission from Nicodemus’s family to finish the song and it became one of the standout tracks. “Maui Ninja,” which closes the record, also deals with the death of another close friend, Po’ohala Atay, who died in 2012, but whose spirit still sticks with the band and inspires them. “All I Need” is a love song written by Keolanui for his wife, while “The Garden” was written by Antone 13 years ago, which he pulled out when he was recently married. Antone says, “At the time I wrote the lyrics, I had not met or even seen her, though she existed in my imagination. She is the one that I would marry, start a family with, and grow old together. Over 10 years later, I married her.”
Marching Orders also includes an excellent out-of-nowhere cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” and more songs on one of the band’s favorite subjects and pastimes – smoking weed – including a standout collaboration with Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany on “Good Feeling.” All in all, the record delivers what the band’s fans have been waiting for, while piling on surprising move after surprising move in the songwriting, arrangements, and choices made in production. It is sure to continue The Green on their path to the top of the U.S. reggae scene, while continuing to show so many ways that the band could break new unexpected ground on its way there.
The Green will support the release with a nationwide tour in January/February 2018, with support from Sammy J, Leilani Wolfgramm, and Jesse Royal (on select dates). Dates below.
- Marching Orders (feat. Busy Signal)
- I Will
- All I Need
- Good Feeling (feat. Eric Rachmany)
- Going Up
- So Cool
- Mama Roots (feat. J Boog)
- The Garden
- Foolish Love
- Land of Love (feat. The Mana’o Company)
- Seven Nation Army
- You’ve Been Crying
- My Rights (feat. Fiji)
- Maui Ninja
Internationally renowned Jamaican artist Jesse Royal released his first album Lily of Da Valley via Easy Star Records. After multiple successful singles and mixtapes, including the breakthrough song “Modern Day Judas,” which is rapidly approaching 10 million YouTube views, the 14-track Lily of Da Valley marks Jesse’s debut full-length release.
Recognized by Vogue and Vice for his vital role in the current burgeoning Jamaican reggae scene, Jesse Royal’s music carries an impactful message built to resonate with the millennial generation and beyond. Life as a globetrotter has opened up Royal’s worldview, which shines through in his lyrical stylings. The 28-year old Royal uses his music to push for positive changes, returning to the roots first planted by legends like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jacob Miller, in a pop culture climate that seems to praise and reward narcissistic, material-driven personalities.
The album title draws reference back to an old church hymn written in the late 1800s. The song, which Jesse learned from his grandmother’s time in church choir, has been a source of comfort and reflection for Jesse through hard times and serves as a personal reminder that “Christ came as an example, not as a deity,” encouraging a deeper overstanding of the concept of Christ beyond just the idolized “picture on the wall” to which He so often gets reduced. The album comes at a major turning point in Jesse’s life, celebrating new life in the form of his first child, while at the same time having to cope with the tough loss of his mother.
Recording for Lily of Da Valley took place across many studios, from the Applehead Studio in Woodstock, NY, to the legendary Tuff Gong and Big Yard Studios in Kingston, Jamaica. The source material for the album arose organically, with Jesse keeping loads of hooks, melodies and lyrics on hand until he was ready to come with a full album’s worth of strong songs. This liberating approach of patience guarantees the new release has no forced filler. Studio assistance from the help of studio mastermind Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Kareem “Remus” Burrell, and Kurt White helped aid Jesse’s vision of pushing the genre forward while still paying respect to those who paved the road prior, showing the youth that “there is a space for them to be creative in music.”
Fans of Jesse Royal will recognize hit songs “Modern Day Judas” and herb-anthem “Finally,” making the album, along with recent singles “Always Be Around” and “Generation,” featuring Jo Mersa Marley. For those who haven’t had the chance to hear this inspiring voice, the 14-track album aims to deliver a refreshing conscious perspective that does not shy away from hot button issues, from religion to systemic oppression, starting with a heavy dose in album opener “400 Years.” Jesse balances the serious topics and tones by sprinkling in authentically-inspired love songs like “Real Love,” “Always Be Around,” and “Full Moon,” giving birth to what’s sure to be one of the most well rounded releases of the year.
Jesse Royal’s full-length debut marks a massive leap forward for an artist who has emerged as one of his generation’s most influential reggae artist from mixtapes and singles alone. An album built to withstand the test of time, avoiding empty hype and providing heavy substance, Lily of Da Valley will be available on Easy Star Records on October 6th, followed by a northwest tour. The album is available here.
1. 400 Years
2. Generation (feat. Jo Mersa Marley)
3. Modern Day Judas
4. Life’s Sweet
5. Real Love
6. Always Be Around
7. Stand Firm
8. Roll Me Something
9. Full Moon
10. Rock It Tonight
13. Waan Go Home (feat. Patrice)
14. Jah Will See Us Through
Nov 11th – Rootfire at the Park – Coco Beach, FL
Nov 29th – Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
Nov 30th – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
Dec 1st – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Dec 2nd – Crystal Bay Club & Casino – Crystal Bay, NV
Dec 3rd – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 6th – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
Dec 7th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Dec 8th – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Dec 9th – Mateel Community Center – Redway, CA
Dec 10th – Rogue Theater – Grants Pass, OR
Dec 14th – Venue Nightclub – Vancouver, Canada
Dec 15th – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Dec 17th – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
This word “indefinable”, paradoxically, defines Como Asesinar a Felipes (CAF). Non-conforming, undeniably talented and always pushing the musical envelope, the band’s forthcoming album ELIPSE will be released in North America on October 6, 2017 through San Francisco’s Koolarrow label. Started by three college students who met in music school, CAF has emerged as one of the most sought after and highly influential acts in Chile. Think Radiohead meets Ornette Coleman meets De La Soul.
CAF’s original goal was “to mix the jazz of the 60s, the rock of the 70s and the rap from the 90s” together and see what transpired, which is exactly what they did on their self-titled first album. Arrangements with orchestra then brought the cinematic UN DISPARO AL CENTRO (2009). With their signature sound taking hold, the band’s third release, COLORES y CADAVERS (2011), found the now quintet working with guest artists and as they continued to refine their groove. In 2012, CAF released the groundbreaking COMENZARA DE NUEVO, cementing their place in South American history and giving them the opportunity to bring their musical fusion to America. Categorically, hip-hop CAF continues to push the needle, adding flirtations with synths and dark psychedelia to the new releases, and the new album ELIPSE is no exception.
ELIPSE coincides with two major events – CAF’s tenth anniversary and the departure of their longtime keyboardist. With his exit came the addition of renowned South American saxophonist Cristián Gallardo, a much in-demand jazz musician. CAF is comprised of Koala Contreras, SebaBala, Metraca, DJ Sp@cio, and Gallardo. “While it is a CAF album, we were heavily influenced by the addition of Cristián. We are always researching, progressing, and Cristián came with a musical contribution that worked perfectly.” The addition of the saxophone creates an almost palpable darkness and element of chaos into the project.
What also worked perfectly was the album title, ELIPSE, which translates in English to ellipse.
Unconventionally, the six-track album is really a single piece of music divided up into six songs. “The album is one long song, recorded as a continuous piece with no overdubs. One part is inspired by Bach´s “Crab Canon,” an arrangement of two musical lines that are complementary, going forwards and backwards, similar to a palindrome. This represents the infinite, like the Möbius strip; there is something we like about this theme of continuation. It represents the circle of life, and like life itself, nothing is perfect– the circle is more of an elipse.”
ELIPSE is broken down into three parts:
-Interior (Part I & II): Birth, Energy, Nature.
-Medio: Learning, Recognizing, Discovery.
-Exterior (Part I, II III): Machinery, infinity, Desert
Recorded in Oakland California at Estudios Koolarrow, as was their previous album, ELIPSE was engineered and mixed by Bill Gould of Faith No More. When it came to creating the songs, there was a lot of jamming to get the right vibe before committing to recording it. This process makes for strong live shows. “When we perform, we are pure energy with a punk/rock attitude and a lot of improvisation.” Como Asesinar a Felipes has always remained true to this musical ethic while exploring new concepts to keep them moving forward. “We have been very clear on what we’ve wanted and what we’ve wanted to achieve. Fortunately for us it has been well received and we were lucky to make fans from the very beginning. Making music, for us, is to create something we like; that’s the main thing. We create something that fills us and everything follows from there.”