Wednesday, February 27
MIDNITE - 100% Roots Reggae from St. Croix
AND PREZIDENT BROWN- Jamaican roots reggae
The Mateel Community Center, Redway, CA
Doors 7:30pm/Showtime 8pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM RENEGADE PRODUCTIONS
MOST PROMISING ROOTS REGGAE BAND OF THE MILLENNIUM – MIDNITE FROM ST. CROIX also PREZIDENT BROWN- AT THE MATEEL COMMUNITY CENTER IN REDWAY ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Renegade Productions presents the hottest roots reggae band to come out of the Virgin Islands to date, MIDNITE at the Mateel Community Center in Redway on Wednesday, February 27. Opening band Prezident Brown will start the all-ages reggae dance party at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in Redway at Redway Liquors, in Garberville at Wildhorse Records, in Laytonville at Park N Take It, in Ukiah at Ukiah Natural Foods, in Willits at Headroom, in Eureka/Arcata at The Works, The Metro and People’s Records.
Hailing from the Island of St Croix, Midnite is one of the most promising roots reggae bands of the millennium. They are vanguards of conscious reggae whose profound and innovative lyrics are sincere and deeply rooted. Their cd recordings and live performances will have reggae and non-reggae listeners open to the messages they bring.
Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae--soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron's exquisite keyboards and musical directorship form the nucleus of this musical quintet. Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Reggae - naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.
Midnite explodes in live performances with sets that often exceed three hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound, driven by the punchy bass lines creates a vibe that penetrates straight to the heart. These epic musical communions have earned Midnite an enormous following throughout the roots community. This is especially true in St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Brazil, St. Louis and here on the West Coast where they have toured extensively.
By breaking all the rules, Midnite is setting a new standard. Armed with a firm foundation in Jah Rastafari, their natural talents, and a strong and uncompromising musical vision, Midnite champions a unique sound that is on the cutting edge of modern roots music.
Prezident Brown (born: Fitz Albert Cotterell) has been called, "One of the most interesting cultural dee-jays since U Roy". Emphasizing positive messages, Prezident Brown has continued to pioneer his own direction, developing his own approach to dee-jaying that he calls, "The chanting stylee".
Born to a Seventh Day Adventist family in Colonel Ridge, Clarendon, Prezident Brown grew up in the small town of Oracabessa in the Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica. He was forced to leave school at a young age when his father died leaving him with his mother and three sisters.
Prezident Brown launched his musical career at the age of fourteen, when he began dee-jaying for the Sound King Stereo Mix at the Bamboo Lounge. Initially known as Junior Ranking, Prezident Brown was dubbed, "Slim Brown", by dee-jay Nicodemus. When he recorded his debut single in 1988 Prezident Brown was named, "Dancehall Doctor". The late Jack Ruby, producer of Burning Spear’s albums, “Marcus Garvey”, and, “Man In The Hills”, bestowed the title, “Prezident”, upon him. In 1989, he joined Courtney Cole's label, Roof International, and began performing and dee-jaying at the Rooftop Club in Ocho Rios. In 1990, Prezident Brown became involved with producers Barry O'Hare and Steven Stewart at Grove Music in Ocho Rios. It was Barry O'Hare's X-Rated Record label that became Prezident Brown’s home base and it was X-Rated Records with Runn Records that launched his career in Europe. In Jamaica the X-Rated label took off as a massive roots revival swept across the country paving the way for Prezident Brown’s conscious style of reggae dee-jaying. In 1999 the Jamaican record label Kariang released the timeless, “To Jah Only” album. In 2002 Jahmani Productions in the US released a 2 CD disc called, “Showcase Volume 1”. The 46 show tour that followed that release took Prezident Brown across the United States and included performances at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and Reggae On The River. Jahmani Productions then released “Showcase Volume 2”, and “Showcase Volume 3” which includes a live performance from the 2002 Mt. Shasta Renegade Music Festival. In 2004 the German based label Chet Records with Sony Records released the album, “Generation Next”.
Prezident Brown now lives in Ocho Rios, in the Parish St. Ann, Jamaica. He continues to record and tour. He has developed a strong following in the United States and Europe, and continues to grow musically and in notoriety, as a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement Prezident Brown entertains, informs and inspires
Tickets are also available online at www.renegadeshows.com <http://www.renegadeshows.com> , tickets.com and jambasetickets.com
For more information contact Renegade Productions at 530-583-2801.
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