Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $30 advance / $35 day of show
One of the classic Jamaican reggae harmony groups, Israel Vibration continues to uphold conscious music and deep reggae grooves backed by long-time accompanists, the heralded Roots Radics band. The Radics offer their own set featuring Davis reggae and dancehall vocalist Brady Shammar.
Growing up in Kingston, Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig and Cecil “Skeleton” Spence all overcame childhood polio, after meeting at the Mona Rehabilitation Clinic. Drawing on their Rastafarian faith for inspiration, they formed one of the most successful roots reggae groups of the 1970s. In the ‘80s Israel Vibration relocated to New York, members pursued solo careers, and reunited. Craig left in 1997, and Bulgin and Spence have continued as a duo, backed by Roots Radics, singing not only their hits of the past, but also newer music including songs from the 2015 album, “Play It Real.”
Since forming in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1978, Roots Radics has been the backing band of choice for some of reggae’s biggest names, beginning with singer Barrington Levy in 1979 (when the band was known as the Channel One Stars), and later with singers including Bunny Wailer, Eek-A-Mouse, Gregory Isaacs and Israel Vibration. Their inventive redirecting of reggae rhythms is credited with creating the dancehall sound of the 1980s. With Israel Vibration the band regularly tours the United States, Europe and South America.