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Rebelution: Show review

Talk about feel-good, hip-swinging music. If you missed this, you missed a great concert. Try not to get too down on yourself about it though, because you have me to fill you in on what you may have (but hopefully didn’t) miss.

I have start by admitting that I was a stranger to Rebelution and their amazing music before this show. I had no idea what I was missing out on. I decided to go to the concert on a whim, and I am so glad I did.

Being a front row fanatic, I ran up to the balcony as soon as I got there so I could take it all in. This was the first thing I saw:

I instantly picked up on the infectious rhythm. I remember looking out on the crowd, seeing all the fans moving to the music and I felt it immediately. At that moment, I knew I had discovered a new type of music that gives me a euphoric feeling that I crave.

So I put my phone down, closed my eyes, felt a huge grin fill my face and let the music take over.

One of my favorite parts of attending concerts is the unique production that each band or artist brings to the venue. Rebelution’s production was out of this world and while I tried to capture it, there’s no way these pictures could do it justice.

And this amazing guitar solo. I got lost in the lights while recording this video.

I don’t know what it was about this next song but I couldn’t help but dance to it. This song had the best beat and rhythm and it made my soul come alive.

The name of the song is “Roots Reggae Music.” Here’s the record version for you to play on repeat in case you like it as much as I do.

One thing I absolutely loved about this whole experience was the overarching message that Rebelution stands for. In the middle of the concert, Eric Rachmany (the lead singer) paused, looked at the cheering crowd and said “We are on a mission to promote love, peace and acceptance for everybody’s differences in this world.”

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Rock, Rhythm, and Reggae: Tribal Seeds Show Preview

Where: The Blue Note
When: October 22, doors at 7:00 p.m.
, show at 8:00 p.m.
Ticket cost: $15
Openers: Ballyhoo!, Gonzo With Beyond I Sight

Steve Jacobo of Tribal Seeds

Steven Rene Jacobo of Tribal Seeds

Has the enclosing fall weather been getting you down? Do you want to recapture the warmth of the summer and forget these weeks of cold rain and wind? Do you want to replace the brisk Missouri vistas for sandy beaches and cool Ocean breezes? Then, my friend, Tribal Seeds could be your ticket to paradise.

Sorry to mix up rock and reggae, but that is exactly what Tribal Seeds does! The six piece group from San Diego, California, play an eclectic mix of reggae, rock, roots, and even soul. Their music is spiritual in nature, with a distinct edge that many reggae groups can lack. Tribal Seeds embrace their rock inspirations as much as their reggae roots, leading to a unique sound.

Opening for the Seeds are Ballyhoo! and Gonzo With Beyond I Sight. Known for the smooth, distinctive voice of their lead singer and guitarist Howi Spangler, Ballyhoo! play pop-tinged reggae with the wild energy of punk rock.


Ballyhoo! performing live

Gonzo With Beyond I Sight is a collaboration between Ryan Gonzo, lead singer of Tribal Seeds, and Beyond I Sight, a Southern California collective of roots and reggae musicians. A musically tight group, they are known for their dub friendly horns and lavish keyboards, deep bass licks and classic reggae drum beats.


Get a ticket today to soak up the good vibes at Tribal Seeds with openers Ballyhoo! and Beyond I Sight featuring Gonzo.

This post was written by Zachary Van Epps, contributing writer for The Blue Note.

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Show Review: Badfish, a Sublime cover band

If you were raised on Dub baselines from Southern Cali like myself, then you probably dig Sublime. But then again, if you had the slightest hint of a heart in the mid-‘90s and weren’t a total stuck-up music snob, you probably dig Sublime. And if you dig Sublime enough, you’ve probably heard of Badfish. And you probably wondered if they put on a good show. Well, let’s just say there’s a reason they’re the only Sublime cover band you’ve ever heard of. And it’s mostly because they’re really fucking good at playing the majestic creations of the late, great Brad Nowell.

I never saw Sublime before Brad Nowell tied off the dinosaur for the last time, but I imagine Badfish is presently doing Sublime at least as good as Sublime ever did Sublime, which, granted, feels blasphemous to say. But when I closed my eyes at the show (which wasn’t often because they did an incredible job), I was back on the roof at my momma’s house in high school in the summertime with “Doin’ Time” on the stereo, leaned back in a lawn chair with aviators on. This was the music that soundtracked my realization that some weeds are better than others.

The Cali vibes were thick at this party.

A giant Badfish banner fell down behind the stage just as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” started to play from the speakers. This was their intro. And they let the entire six-minute song just ride. The lights were dim and lighters were in the air. I could tell this was going to be a good time.

Starting out with “Garden Grove,” my first thought was, “Holy shit, this lead singer sounds exactly like Nowell.” Almost creepily so, and his guitar work was just as energetic, specifically their rendition of “Date Rape.” That was smokin’.

From the lobby, I could’ve sworn it was the album playing. The bass player/keyboardist (Joel Hanks) looks a hell of a lot like Flea, and I swear he threw a Chili Peppers run or two in between songs. The keyboard/guitarist/drum machinist dude, Dorian Duffy, who was kind enough to introduce himself to me after the show, kept the old-school samples coming — not to mention, he helped the drummer (Scott Begin) out with some 808 pad-triggered kicks.

The band that opened for Badfish, Shrub, wasn’t bad either. In fact, they had some g-funk royalty among them. Their guitarist, Kevin Oliver, a member of the legendary P Funk crew, played on “Gz and Hustlas” from Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. And their other guitarist, Josh Altfater, knows his way around a wah pedal himself. Both super nice dudes. A cool mix of midwest funk, hip-hop and reggae. Shrub and Badfish together are proudly flying the Sublime flag high for the next generation.

And you can tell their hearts are in the right place. I’m sure they make a healthy profit off ticket sales from old Sublime fans like myself, but you don’t get as good as they are at playing those songs unless you LOVE those songs. And they obviously do. Cover bands get a bad rap sometimes, but I feel like these guys are doing a service. The lead singer of one of my favorite bands overdosed on heroin in 1996, and Badfish is as close as I’m ever going to get to seeing his music live. Like I said, they do a damn good job.

Guitarist Pat Downes told the crowd mid-show that, “We love the music of Sublime and we love hanging out with people that love the music of Sublime.” That’s a good, fun time with some good, fun people. Badfish is a badass show. So if they’re coming through your town, and you love Sublime, go see ‘em! They do a bang-up job. You won’t be disappointed.

P.S. – Only one request, guys. Could you do a little more from “Robbin’ the Hood” next time? That will eternally be my favorite crack house record. But that’s nit-picking. Thanks for the awesome night, dudes! See ya next time you come through.

To check out a gallery of photos from the night, spend some time on this Flickr page.

This post was written by Tyler McConnell, Blue Note contributing writer.