Greetings from Florida!

Heady Manatee Tour

Hola familia!

We are more than happy to be holding onto Summer for as long as possible down here in Florida. We had a great time linking up with our brethren in TreeHouse! last night at Freebird Live in Jacksonville, FL.

Now we have a few days to fix up the What-A-Van and trailer before we head further South in Florida.

Thank you for checking in and we hope to see you out there soon!

Bless up!

Jammin’ on Elliston Island II this Saturday at Exit/In!

Jammin' on Elliston Island II on Saturday, September 13th at Exit/In

Jammin’ on Elliston Island II on Saturday, September 13th at Exit/In 

We are just days away from the BIGGEST local reggae night Music City has ever seen!

This Saturday (9/13) at the historic Exit/In we will be “Jammin’ on Elliston Island” with our dear friends Soul Radics, The Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Floralorix, Jo’shua Odine, and more! 


The concept for “Jammin’ on Elliston Island” was envisioning the eventual growth of this community to have the entire street (Elliston Place) flooded with artists and musicians who are spreading their own unique version of the message in the form of roots, rock, reggae, dub, or ska music.

Acoustic music will start at 5pm on the “Tiki Bar Patio” (between Exit/In and Hurry Back), then the first band to lay down heavy vibes inside Exit/In will be Floralorix at 8pm.

This event is all about THIS community of like-minded spirits who are seeking to grow both individually and collectively—on stage and off stage. As always, thank you for showing love and supporting our dream of a life of music. 

$10 or 10 canned food items gets you in the door! 


Hope you can come out and experience the irie vibes this Saturday

“Heartifact” in stores now!

 “Heartifact” is now available for you to purchase and experience! If you can, take an hour to listen to it from start to finish, it will take you on a journey for sure! Thanks for the love and support!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heartifact/id899249384

http://rootsofarebellion.bandcamp.com/album/heartifact

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“Heartifact” in stores August 8th!

 

"Heartifact"

 

After four years of writing, recording, performing, and touring we are more than happy to announce the release of our debut full length album “Heartifact” on August 8th! 

These songs written from the heart, for the heart, represent the living energy that is Roots of a Rebellion–a band of brothers dedicated, no, livicated to a life of music. We hope this album of songs positively affects your heart and inspires you to make the change necessary to love the life you live and live the life you love! 

Thank you for your love and support over the years…this is only the beginning! 

RSVP to the album release show at The Basement here in Nashville: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/307644536070788/

Pre-order your copy of “Heartifact” and receive two tracks in advance here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heartifact/id899249384

Jammin’ on Elliston Island — June 7th at Exit/In (Nashville, TN)

Jammin' on Elliston Island -- June 7th at Exit/In (Nashville, TN)

Less than a week away from the first Reggae/Jam night at Exit/In in Nashville, TN–uniting a variety of Tennessee original Roots.Rock.Reggae bands and artists!

Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee–bring 10 cans and you get in for free!

#Community #TNReggae #MusicCity

What-A-Van Summer Tour 2014

What-A-Van Summer Tour 2014

“If you’re not living good, I beg ya, travel wide!” – Bob Marley

Roots Crew!

Hope you are living well and ready for the best Summer yet!

In preparation for the release of our Debut Full Length Album later this Summer we are trying to travel as much as possible, bringing our heavily light-hearted music to as many of you as possible!

Happy to officially announce these What-A-Van Summer Tour Dates!

A little back story, if you’re just tuning in…

Two years ago six friends who loved writing and performing original music rooted in Reggae, Rock, and Dub started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to record and release a debut EP (Inner Light) and the generosity we experienced blew each of us away as we raised over $5,000! Inspired by this unbelievable support, we decided it was time to take out a small loan and buy a 1996 Ford Econoline Van and cargo trailer off of Craigslist and hit the ground roaring!

In our first tour down through Florida, Louisiana, and Texas we discovered the glory that is What-A-Burger and it became THE spot to stop, so we naturally nicknamed our van the “What-A-Van” because this ‘ole lady has gotten us out of some tight spots—allowing for countless times to gratefully exclaim, “What a Van!”

Fast forward two years and we are still enjoying the fruits of labor and love that is Roots of a Rebellion (debt free to boot!), and though at times it doesn’t feel like it, we truly ARE getting closer and closer to making a living doing what we love—thanks to people like you!

With 212,000 + miles though, we’re not sure how much longer this old lady will carry us. It is our hope that by livicating this tour to her, she’ll have the strength to get us to all you lovely people this year!

See the dates below and we hope you can come vibe with us!

5/15 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN w/ AFRO
5/16- Party at the Point – Charleston, SC w/ The Dubplates
5/16- Wild Wing Cafe – Charleston, SC
5/17- Wild Wing Cafe – Greenville, SC
5/20- The Coup – Clarksville, TN w/ Case Arnold
5/21- Soulshine Pizza Factory – Nashville, TN w/ Case Arnold & Baba Musa and Friends
5/22- Hideaway Saloon – Louisville, KY
5/23- Stanley’s Pub – Cincinnati, OH w/ Elysian Souls
5/24- AVA Bar & Lounge – Pittsburgh, PA w/ The Pressure
5/26- Gloria Dei Old Swedes – Philadelphia, PA w/ Chloe Kat
5/28- Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn, NY w/ Sensamotion & Great Blue
5/29- Tammany Hall – Manhattan, NY w/ Sensamotion & Great Blue
5/30- Pitney Pub – Galloway, NJ w/ Sensamotion
5/31- Treehouse Lounge – Washington, D.C. w/ Moogatu & Stone Driver
6/3- The Roux -Charlotte, NC w/ Queen City Dub
6/4- Acoustic Coffee House – Johnson City, TN
6/5- Preservation Pub – Knoxville, TN
6/6- Rhythm and Brews – Chattanooga, TN w/ Copper Into Steel
6/7- Exit/In – Nashville, TN (Jammin’ on Elliston Island!)
6/18- AfterRoo at Hippie Hill – Christiana, TN
6/20- 620 State – Bristol, TN
6/21- Mayday Brewery – Murfreesboro, TN
6/27- Wild Wild Fest – Adams, TN
7/3- Lamascos – Evansville, IN
7/4- Fair St. Louis – St. Louis, MO
7/19- Roost Fest – Clarksville, TN

Thank you for your love and support of our dream!

Stay up! Stay alive! Stay positive!

Music is Healing!

“Music is a healing, so let’s rock and let’s groove to this feeling!” – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

“Anger is poison, hatred is toxic, and when we carry it, it’s a heavy load!”- THUNDERBODY

I’ve always known internally that music is healing—but it didn’t really hit me until I moved to Nashville and met an ample amount of insanely creative artists and musicians who I now call my friends and family away from the family that raised me in St. Louis–who I miss every day…

It is THIS tribe of hard-working people that inspires me every day to keep seeking truth through spirit and community as well as deep personal reflection and introspection.

It is THIS tribe of positive people who have opened my mind, body, and soul to new perspectives that I never thought imaginable.

It is THIS tribe that makes me feel as though I am becoming myself more and more each day.

Thank each and every one of you for being you and letting me be me.

One Love means we all love one thing and that thing is God, Jesus Christ, Jah Rastafari, Buddah, Allah, Krishna, or whatever else works for you! The law of attraction is real and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to give my complete self to this music in hopes of not only entertaining but healing my self, friends, and family.

I can’t give enough thanks for two of my favorite bands Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and THUNDERBODY for helping me meditate on this simply profound revelation–we are all one!

Their music is ALWAYS there to help remind me that “Music is Healing” and “Anger is Poison”

I’m only trying to let go and embrace this life completely—the love, the hate, the work, the pain, the reward, the strength, the weakness, the loss, the gain, it’s all the same and we’re forever under The Great Mystery’s reign!

Music is Healing – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

THUNDERBODY – Rochester Jazz Festival 2012

Thanks for reading and vibing!

-Austin

“Big Tings” this Spring!

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Roots Crew, what it do?! 

Hope you are well and finding your inner light on this rainy Monday here in Nashville, or however the wind blows where you are. 
 
We’ve got some BIG shows coming up here in Music City and we would love to see you out moving and grooving! 
 
First one is this Saturday, April 12th at Marathon Music Works for the Spring Block Party w/ The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, and Matt Walberg & The Living Situation. 
Use promo code “ROAR” for discounted tickets at http://ticketf.ly/1plLpLW
 
If you can’t make the show this weekend, next Saturday, April 19th we will be supporting AJ & The Jiggawatts for their Album Release Show at Mercy Lounge. Also playing is Kansas Bible Company! 
 
And if you can’t make either of those shows, we have another opportunity that is really exciting for the Nashville Reggae community happening on EasterSunday, April 20th at 12th and Porter with MD & Cobalt Blue, Paradise Daze, Cool Head, The LTG, and more! 
 
Other than these amazing shows coming up… 
 
Jordan “Dub Master” Reed is currently mixing our Debut Full Length Album–set to be released in the late summer/early fall. 
 
We are writing more songs than we can keep track of…literally :)
 
And stay on the lookout for Medicine Wednesdays starting up again in May! 
 
I think that should suffice for now…
 
Thank you for your love and support, it literally means the world to me and the guys… 
 
We make this music for two people in mind…US and YOU!
 
So thank you for helping make our dreams a reality. 
 
With love,
 
Austin and your friends in Roots of a Rebellion
 
 

 

Live at The End–Free Album

Roots Crew Family!

Hope you are well and ready for the best Spring season ever!

We have been busy as can be working on our music–both playing shows and writing new songs–and we show no signs of slowing down anytime soon….so many things to say and do! 

2013 was one Heaven of a year and I can already tell this year is going to be unbelievable in more ways than we can imagine. Even with all of the day to day BS and let downs that we each are going through in this crazy world…at the end of the day I’m just blessed to be breathing and giving my heart and soul into this music and message within which is basically: believe in yourself. Have the courage to step outside the box. Believe that you CAN do what you WANT to do and while you may not make a lot of money, you will feel the wonderful feeling of serving your true purpose here on Earth. 

Anyways we are trying to play as many shows in as many places we can this Spring and Summer in hopes of spreading our music and raising funds for the release of our debut full length album early Fall. After countless hours tracking and overdubbing, our main dude, Jordan “Dub Master” Reed has started mixing the songs and we CANNOT wait for you to hear this album!! 

All things in due time, however, and we appreciate your patience with us. Being in a band and working several other jobs post college graduation has been a real test of how we use our time and I am happy to say that we, as brothers in a band, couldn’t be more ecstatic with the music we’re making and the responses so many of you have shared with us. 

So here’s to you and yours, may our music help bring a smile to your face and let you know that you are not alone…and most importantly that it is up to US to make OUR world a better place. 

Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy these live recordings that our good friend Stephen Thompson captured at a show we played back in December at The End in Nashville, TN. (Click the title/link of this post “Live At The End–Free Album” to download the show) 

Let’s keep the Roots Crew vibing!  
-Austin

ROAR Loud

Happy New Year friends!

I hope this year is treating each of you well and you’re enjoying yourself.

We are staying as busy as can be getting excited for our two big shows at the end of this month here in Nashville…

Very honored to be opening up for moe at Marathon Music Works on Friday, January 31st! 

Then a few days later we’ll be playing a stripped down/acoustic set opening up for Zach Deputy at Exit/In on Tuesday, February 4th! 

Hope you can make it out. 

This year is going to be the best yet, for us all! 

Until then, we wanted to share an article our friend Kaitlyn Crocker from Lightning100 wrote about us. Hope you enjoy. (Click the “ROAR Loud” title at the top of this post)

Bless! 

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