Roots Crew, what it do?!
Hope you are well and ready for the sweet summer time!
We are too blessed to be stressed (even though the pressures of life DO get to me from time to time) at the beginning and end of each day I try and give thanks for the breath, life, and passionate love for music I see all around me.
Next weekend we will be kicking off the Hangout Music Festival on Friday, May 20th at 11:30am!
Then two weeks after that we’ll be kicking off the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Thursday, June 9th at 5pm!
Then a month after that we’ll be releasing out next record, “A Brother’s Instinct” at Exit/In on Saturday, July 9th (the album will be live on iTunes on Friday, July 8th)!
Needless to say we are PSYCHED for this summer and CANNOT WAIT for these incredible experiences awaiting us all! As always, none of this is possible without YOUR love and support, so thank YOU and may our music inspire you to do whatever you want to do with your life!
Peace and Love,
We are so blessed to have your unconditional love and support it’s unreal!
Thank you for helping us advance to the second round of Road To Roo…three more rounds to win and we’ll be playing Bonnaroo this summer! We’re optimistic but we also know it’s going to be very tough here in Music City, so we need your help now more than ever!
Tuesday, March 22nd we will be competing in Round Two at The Basement East in East Nashville and a combination of crowd votes and judges decision will decide the winner!
Leading up to this second round we’ll be touring down in Florida on the Ride The Rays Tour so feel free to let any friends and family you know in FL that we’ll be spreading the vibes down thurrrrr!
Peace and Love!
Roots of a Rebellion
Nothing but Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect on this Give Thanks Tour with our brothers TreeHouse!
Tonight we’re at The Pour House in Raleigh, NC, then the tour continues on through the week and into Ohio next week.
Give thanks for your love and support!
It’s hard to express just how excited we are to bring our music to Colorado next week! Blessed to be traveling with our brother band Sun Dried Vibes. Beyond blessed to be working at serving up positive vibes and conscious rhymes to help us all overcome the struggle of this human condition.
Stay up, stay well!
I would like to express my gratitude for YOUR love and support of mine and my brothers’ dream of creating a life in music. Simply by reading this post, you are tuning into the lives of six men and our families and friends striving to make a positive impact with an eclectic sound rooted in a devotional study of Roots-Reggae-Rocksteady-Ska music combined with our personal tastes that vary from Hard Rock, Hip-Hop, Soul, Folk, Country, and dare I say Pop. I am blessed to be playing music with such talented and driven musicians/songwriters, but I am even MORE blessed to be playing music with my friends who genuinely care for the well being of one another. It needs no explaining.
But what does need explaining, in my opinion, is the reason we do what we do. Why do we drive all day and night in a sweaty, smelly, rickety ole van? Why do we drive all the way to some city far away to play for a handful of people and make literally a couple dollars? Why do we rehearse all the time? Why do we work other side jobs, leaving ourselves very little downtime and even less money? Why do we sacrifice the things and most importantly the precious time with people we love back home?
The answer, my friends, is LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. From LOVE is how we were made, and although this LOVE may seem faded, withered, or torn. We ALL know what LOVE is. It’s what Jesus Christ, Haile Selassie I, Jah Rastafari, Krishna, Buddha, and Allah ALL preach about. It is an AGAPE kind of LOVE that binds us all as children of the Universe. The Great Mysterious Universe that we will never fully understand, but if we spend our time wisely with introspection and meaningful conversation with loved ones, we CAN find PEACE and LOVE within.
“Yesterday I was a fool and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try and change myself”
“Inner Peace leads to World Peace”
Thank you for reading and may PEACE and LOVE be with you and yours,
My name is Austin and let me warn you that the following paragraphs are A LOT of words, links, personal observations, beliefs, and experiences. I’m sorry I’m not sorry😉 These words express my feelings at this present moment, giving everything I can and more to help Roots of a Rebellion achieve a blessed life full of music, family, and community. Thank YOU for showing love and supporting six young men’s dream, and again, feel free to take your time with this one😉
A little over a week ago, we had the privilege of playing at Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, AR thanks to our Roots Crew friends and family who voted for us to win the Waka Classic Competition at 12th and Porter in our hometown of Nashville, TN in February earlier this year. Wakarusa is a serious music festival that this year alone boasted some incredible artists and musicians such as: The Roots, Thievery Corporation, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, STS9, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Rebelution, Matisyahu, The Expendables, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Stick Figure, and many more!
Too blessed to stress cause we’re playing one of the BEST festivals in the country this summer in Ozark, AR!
Our first set will be on Saturday at The River stage from 2:00-2:45pm, our second set will be on Sunday at the Backwoods Stage from 9:30-10:45pm!
See you there!
A few weeks ago, our extremely loyal Roots Crew family, friends and fans helped us win the Waka Winter Classic at 12th and Porter here in Nashville, TN securing us a spot on this year’s Wakarusa Music Festival June 4th-7th in Ozark, Arkansas!
We are honored and humbled to receive this opportunity to do our thing at such an AWESOME music festival. Thank YOU for supporting our dream of a life of music. We hope you are enjoying the new single “Stronger” featuring Zach Fowler of Sun Dried Vibes as well as our debut album Heartifact!
Our next show isn’t until Saturday, March 21st at Mercy Lounge supporting our friends Backup Planet as they release their debut album, so we will be taking this week to work on some brand new material that has been waiting to get tackled for quite sometime now!
Check out our other upcoming shows this Spring and hopefully we’ll see you out there in the flesh and Spirit!
Your friends in Roots of a Rebellion
Happy New Year y’all!
We hope you are ready for the best year yet–living right, loving right and listening to Midnite as much as possible!
We have a lot of exciting things happening this year already.
In a couple weeks we have the privilege of sharing the stage with one of the biggest Reggae bands in the country: Rebelution at one of the coolest new venues in Nashville: Marathon Music Works!
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/616924525096371/
Then less than a week after that, we have the privilege of sharing the stage with another one of the biggest Reggae bands in the country: Passafire at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL!
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/314761022058045/
It’s kinda crazy to think that five years ago was the first time I heard “Courage To Grow” and shortly after that I first heard “Feel It” and now I get to share the stage with the artists who strongly influence me musically AND spiritually!
Then right after that we’ll be back in Memphis for the Forever Loving Bob Marley Tribute Show with our brothers in Chinese Connection Dub Embassy followed by the third installment of our very own local and original Reggae/Rock/Jam night at Exit/In here in Nashville called “Jammin’ on Elliston Island 3”!
Hope to see you out there as we keep on progressing with new music and new ways of treating one another this year!
-Austin and your friends in Roots of a Rebellion
Roots Crew familia,
What a van, what a trailer, what a tour, and what a year!
We hope you and yours are staying warm and full of spirit this holiday season.
We have much to be grateful for this year….
-we played 110+ shows in 2014
-we started our own quarterly Roots-Rock-Reggae-Jam night in Nashville at Exit/In AKA “Jammin on Elliston Island”
-we played more music festivals this summer than any of us in the band have even been to…
-we discovered like-minded tribes of people in love with Reggae music in the Southeast
And so much more, the list really could go on and on…
So as the year winds down we just want to say THANK YOU and invite you to our last show which will be on New Years Eve at Soulshine Pizza with Dynamo and Andy Dozier & Heavy Soul! It’s free and there will be a free champagne toast at midnight.
Next year we plan to continue moving forward with more shows, new music, and a whole lot of other fun stuff!
We are getting closer and closer to having our passion pay our bills and it’s only because of YOUR love and support that any of this is possible. We have no grand visions of “blowing up” or getting “picked up” by some record label, we simply want to continue to grow and develop as musicians and humans…and we believe, wholeheartedly, that with fans like ours we can be our own bosses for as long as this dream continues…. (just look at Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch and State Radio!)
Here’s to supporting each other’s hopes and dreams in this cold, dark world…offering one another the peace of mind that music provides to help keep our inner light turned on, always and forever…
Peace and Love!
-Roots of a Rebellion