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"With the release of the third Passafire album, Everyone on Everynight, the little Savannah reggae band that could is ready to cross over to the Big Time...Everyone on Everynight includes 12 tracks that go way beyond the sweet, soulful pop reggae of Passafire's earlier stuff. This music is melodic and memorable  the applicable showbiz term is "hook-laden"  and showcases not only a maturing sense of craftsmanship, but a sizeable sonic step forward."  CONNECT SAVANNAH
"Savannah, Ga.'s Passafire adds some progressive flourishes and a bit of funky fun to their dub and dancehall jams, and have been called the "musicians' musicians." - TAMPA CREATIVE LOAFING
Passafire releases Everyone on Everynight through LAW Records on September 15, 2009. This is the follow-up to their sophomore album, Submersible, which was recognized by iTunes as one of the "Top 10 Best Reggae Albums" of 2007. Their Myspace views are over a half a million with total song plays numbering over a million.
For the new release, iTunes highlighted Passafire by featuring them on the music homepage as well as the reggae page by offering "Here In Front Of Me" from Everyone on Everynight in their distinguishing Discovery Download program. The download of the song will be available for free the release week of September 12, 2009. The album release debuted at #1 on iTunes reggae chart. "Here in Front of Me" is currently at #13 this week (9/2/09) and moving up the forecaster of breaking bands, The FMQB Specialty Singles Chart.
Download "Here In Front Of Me" from Everyone on Everynight here: http://www.adamantrecords.com/passafire/hereinfrontofme.mp3
Read an interview with webzine, RockOm.com, here: http://www.rockom.net/articles/2009/09/18/the-eternal- fire-within/
Calling Savannah, GA home, Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. After performing on a stage outside Atlanta's Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre in 2006 where the hybrid rock band, Pepper, was opening for 311, a member of Passafire slipped to Pepper a copy of the band's self-titled debut album, Passafire. Pepper had just founded the independent LAW Records with plans to selectively recruit and nurture bands they actually experienced and were impressed by while out on the road - as opposed to sitting in some distant office and combing through piles of demos. "We're out there every day, meeting and playing with new bands," says Pepper bassist/singer, Bret Bollinger. "It's not a guessing game. We get to meet them, watch them live..."
"And spot their work ethic," Singer/guitarist, Kaleo Wassman interjects with emphasis.
Passafire developed their sizable fanbase by logging miles all over the US (particularly, in the southeast), which attracted the established booking agent, Monterey International who has taken the band to the next level of touring. Passafire has performed with a variety of major acts including The Wailers, Van Halen, Israel Vibrations, 311, Toots and the Maytals, Los Lonely Boys, Bares Hammond, John Brown's Body, Matisyahu, the Aggrolites and Dub Trio. The band lives on the road, playing live throughout the year. Singer, Ted Bowne doesn't mind the grueling schedule and adds, "Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact."
Watch Passafire playing live here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuFuxVcZ8Ew
After two years since the last album and more than 300 shows, conceptualizing all the while, Passafire recorded the new album at the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. Self-described "total gear heads," the band has built on the foundation of Passafire and Submersible an adventurous expansion, an ironic twist that reaches into previously unexplored sonic territories while taking full advantage of the warmth and accessibility of analog technologies that this studio provided.
Horns appear on three tracks and throughout singer, Ted Bowne, plays on a variety of classic guitars paired with vintage tube amps while Adam Willis is off in keyboardist's heaven, incorporating the venerable Hammond B3 as well as the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos. The brothers, Will and Nick Kubley anchor their rhythm section. Highlights from their studio sessions can be seen on http://www.youtube.com/user/passafiretheband
"We always wanted to have a good balance of organic and synthesized sounds and we finally had the chance to make that happen this time," recollects Bowne.
Ted Bowne - Guitar/Lead VocalsWill Kubley - Bass/Vocals Adam Willis - KeysNick Kubley  Drums
Passafiretheband.com Myspace.com/passafire Myspace.com/lawrecords

With their own mix of reggae-dub-rock-hiphop-latin, allowing anyone to recognize their sound as the SINIZEN sound, with the ever-so-smooth sax tone from Jorge Guzman, the eclectic jazz drumming of Mike Manning and the unique guitar and voice by K9. These boys aren't just band mates, but brothers. They have been through thick and thin and never once quit. Just pushed through the difficult roads and became a touring machine, Opening for such acts as Eek-a-mouse, Rebelution, The Expendables, Tribal Seeds, Don Carlos, The Wailers, The Dirty Heads, The Aggrolites, Sugar Ray, Shwayze, Kottonmouth Kings, Unwritten Law, Pato Banton, and much more!. Their newest Record "Grass.Roots.Culture" (March2010) is a solid reggae masterpiece produced by Lewis Richards, and has caught the eye of the people nearly immediately with over 2,000 downloads within the first month of its release. The band has taken action to do non-stop touring and promotion, so we are coming to your town and we'd love to meet you!



Nama Rupa's conscious, laid-back vibe stands on its own. Nama Rupa has been reshaping Madison reggae. They're on the verge of redefining the Madison sound." - Rich Albertoni, The Isthmus

"Nama Rupa...plunging earnestly and urgently into reggae's syncopations and political rants." - The Onion

Nama Rupa is a soulful musical energy from the Midwest, currently with a home base in Madison, Wisconsin. Lending a hand to the "one love" reggae community, Nama Rupa has shared the stage with Lee "Scratch" Perry, Devon Evans of The Wailers, Sister Carol, Natty Nation, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Jah Roots, The Cool and Deadly, Chicago Afrobeat Project, The Beautiful Girls, Heavyweight Dub Champion, Public Property, The Drastics and many others.

Dubbed by the press as a "reggae hybrid", Nama Rupa's three members offer a fresh blend of conscious, reggae dub with strong funk and hip hop undertones. Eclectic beats, catchy melodies and a psychedelic vibe keep fans dancing; while the lyrics, flowing from self-reflective to socially critical, keep them thinking.

Whether fast or slow, the songs are always groovin' and Nama Rupa is sure to keep any venue on their feet, dancing and thirsty!



The Annex
1206 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715
United States


Music > Reggae

Minimum Age: 18


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