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Asheville, NC
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Come on out for the inaugural "ISLAND TO HIGHLAND REGGAE FEST" in Highland Brewing Company's "Meadow"
Saturday July 6th.

Tickets: $5adv / $8day of
Doors open at 5:00pm, Live Music is 6-11pm

Kids ages 11 and under get in for free smile

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs

No Pets, please!

                              Band Set Times:



9:00-11:00_THE RESOLVERS

What to know:
-This is an outdoor festival
-We ask that you bring your own lawn chairs...
-Beer, wine, and food and local artist fare will be available for purchase...
-No outside alcoholic beverages allowed

Festival line-up includes:





Reggae music is a unique and evolving genre, drawing on influences from many types of music. In the 31 years since Bob Marley's death, his legacy has inspired generations of musicians all over the world. With this broader awareness of reggae, many variations and sub-genres have evolved and spread, reaching people in diverse regions and cultures across the globe.

Today's reggae music is borrowing from an expanded base of traditions, drawing on influences across multiple genres of music. In the United States, mainstream artists such as Sublime and No Doubt innovated through the 1990s, breathing life into growing scenes and fan bases. "Bradley Nowell was like the Elvis of reggae," says Resolvers guitarist Ron Eisner about Sublime's legendary lead vocalist. "He borrowed a lot from traditions that already existed and applied them with new life."

The Resolvers understand and embraces the role of musical tradition in the evolution of reggae today. Their own unique sound, which they coined "Big Band Reggae," draws influences from classic Jamaican roots reggae, rock steady, and ska along with New Orleans jazz, funk, and soul. Their live show has been described as, "explosive," with up to 10 musicians on stage, including 3 lead vocalists, and a full horn section. The large ensemble delivers a sound that would be almost impossible to achieve with lesser numbers.

Each individual member brings his or her personal influences and inspirations to the collective sound. To brother & sister vocalists Ojay and Sahara Smith, reggae music is a family legacy. Their father, Ernie Smith, is the well-known Jamaican reggae singer best known for his baritone voice, and classics such as "Bend Down", "Ride On Sammy", "Life Is Just For Living", and "Duppy Gunman" among others. From time to time, the group can be heard pulling from the Ernie Smith catalog at live shows, paying tribute to these roots in a very personal way.

Since the band formed in 2007, they have expanded from 5 to 10 members, including the addition of the "Dirty Hamsa Horn Stars". The four member horn line features Devon Heinrichs on tenor sax, John Provenzano on alto sax, Danny Larghi on trombone, and David Burgos on trumpet. It should be noted that saxophonist Anthony Casamassima performed in place of John Provenzano on the EP.  The "Dirty Hamsa Horn Stars" are known to bring a tremendous energy to live performances, and their presence has served as a key addition in the development of The Resolvers' distinctive sound.

Four of the band's original five members remain actively playing in the band five years later, with guitarist and vocalist Ron Eisner, percussionist and vocalist Ojay Smith, keyboardist Dean Fishback, and bassist Steave Nieratka. The band's original drummer, Nate Largent, is featured on the EP, but recently passed the drumsticks along to new drummer Omar Kahn.

Over the past five years, the band has built a local following with South Florida music lovers by consistently delivering sincere & energetic performances. Having recently evolved into a ten-piece powerhouse, The Resolvers continue to expand their reach to the national and world stages. The bands first official release, an EP entitled H'amsa, debuted in 2008 prior to the addition of a horn section. Since the H'amsa, The Resolvers' has evolved and expanded their signature sound, which has been described as powerful and multifaceted.

"Music is a creature of change and it seems only natural that a particular genre of sound would evolve over time and turn into something completely different. The Resolvers new album, Big Band Reggae, comes along and completely erases any notion of what you thought reggae music was capable of," wrote reggae rock blog contributor Ashley Allred in her recent review of the EP.



Chalwa is based out of Asheville, NC and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as Ras Alan and The Lions, Asheville Horns,Hope Massive Josh Phillips Folk Festival, and Wiseapple. After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more. Chalwa released it's first CD in 2009 and was voted one of the top World Music, Reggae bands by the MountainXress in 2010. In support of their CD the band performed a live set on-air interview on WNCW, along with radio air play on Dubatomic Particles and Local Color. In 2011 Chalwa is releasing their second CD on Pinnacle Records and giving the people what they reggae music!



He celebrated Bob Marley's TALKING BLUES reggae release in Jamaica with Ziggy, Stephen, Julian and Rita Marley; he picked informal gospel and swing tunes with American music icons Doc Watson and Jethro Burns; he learned ancient tribal rhythms and melodies at the feet of African blues master Ali Farke Toure and Nigerian Master drummer Babtunde Olatunji. His original "reggabilly" songs and self-produced CDs have navigated the Grammy@ process, enlivened the Archives of Appalachia and represent "Contemporary Southern Appalachian Culture and Music" in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He's been featured on Country Music Television, PBS and NPR stations nationwide.

He is a father, a solar designer, carpenter, electrician, organic gardener and all-around handy guy. He lives in the mountains just hours from where he was born into a large, close-knit family and continues to pick Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers tunes with his father and uncles at various reunions and yearly gatherings. He designed and built the acoustic guitar he plays.

"Regular songs about regular life and a desire to do better." Ras Alan's music reflects a life of observing and learning, trying and failing, and trying again. He teaches "Respect" in his "One HeartBeat- Appalachia to Zimbabwe" children's programs, shares intimate "everyman" daily struggles in his songs and shines a flashlight-ray of Hope into the future and our place in it.



Highland Brewing Company (View)
12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Suite H
Asheville, NC 28803
United States

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Music > Reggae

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No


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