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Envision returns to Costa Rica in 2015 with plenty of music, workshops, yoga courses and art to make for an experience “nothing short of life-affirming.”
The Resolvers and Groundation, two bands that put a contemporary spin on reggae, are teaming up for a tour that begins tomorrow in Ft. Lauderdale.
GROUNDATION returns in 2018 after a 3 year hiatus; debuting accomplished new members, brand new music and that true to form improvisational Reggae/Jazz experience. Their music remains ”cutting edge” as it infuses polyrhythmic and harmonic jazz elements along with long extended solos into their roots reggae sound.
Groundation was founded in the fall of 1998 when Harrison Stafford (guitar/lead vocals) joined together Ryan Newman (bass), Jason Bodlovitch (drums), and Marcus Urani (keys) all enrolled at the jazz program at California’s Sonoma State University to form the core of Groundation’s style and sound. Over the years, the band grew to become a 9 piece band including a Jazz horn section featuring many brilliant musicians.
The band derived its name from the ”grounation,” the Rastafarian ceremony of the same name. Grounations are ancestral Rastafarian gatherings aimed at reaching a common vibration through the positive power of prayer and music – something that the band shares with its fans at each concert. Groundation may be based on an ancient tradition, but it is an idea for today.
Groundation is beginning their 20th year and will be releasing their 9th studio album in September which features the first ever reggae BIG BAND song (5 saxs, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones) to open the album. Their music is a cross-over to jazz and jam band listeners as the group features many jazz musicians including young drummer phenom Jake Shandling out of New York and DownBeat’s B3 organ award winner Wil Blades.
Phil Lesh will need more time to recover from back surgery leading The Capitol Theatre to postpone the upcoming Phil-O-Ween Halloween Run at the venue and tap Dark Star Orchestra to perform those same dates.
Khruangbin helped Wu-Tang Clan close out the 2019 Desert Daze festival in Lake Perris, California on Sunday.
The Avett Brothers added a handful of April 2020 tour dates.
Greensky Bluegrass confirmed their 2020 winter tour, which includes support from Ghost Light on select dates.
- Trey Anastasio & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis Perform 'Blaze On': Pro-Shot Video
The first round of pro-shot videos from the latest episode of ‘Live From Here’ includes Trey Anastasio teaming with the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis for a take on Phish’s “Blaze On.”