Doors Open at 8:30 pm / Show at 9:00 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.
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.”
Berkeley’s 7th Street Band has made its name backing some of the greats and new voices of reggae and running its own studio. While 7th Street Band has been hitting the West Coast stages for a decade, drummer Edi Arnold and keyboardist Benjamin Goff, friends since high school, have played together since 1992. More recently they added guitarist Jason Collins of the Funkanauts and later rounded out the group with saxophonist Barry Capiaux and bass player Jan Isaac. 7th Street Band has been called one of the Bay Area’s best-kept musical secrets and has backed many top touring vocalists, including Konshens, Marlon Asher, Fantan Mojah, and Lloyd Brown. Other artists 7th Street has worked with include Army, Wadi Gad, Tuff Lion, Messenjah Selah, Earl Zero, Winstrong, and Luv Fyah.