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Badfish

The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does. 

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Ballyhoo!

Hailing from the east coast, Baltimore alt-rockers Ballyhoo! have been on the road, taking their melodic anthems to the people for over a decade. Their “On Tour Forever” work ethic has taken them all over the country, steadily building a fan base of loyal “Hooligans.”

In 2013, the band cracked the Billboard 200 chart at #189 with their 5th album, “Pineapple Grenade," released on their own label, Right Coast Records.

In 2014, the album was followed by an EP, “The Cool Down: Vol. 1,” a collection of acoustic renditions of classic Ballyhoo! songs as well as 3 brand new songs: “Beach Party,” “ADHD” & “Overnight Sensation.”

2015 brought even more touring and music with the band supporting well known ska-punkers Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish, Rock/Reggae icons Pepper, while also releasing two singles: “Fast Times” & “Mixtape.” The latter will appear on the band’s new album, “girls." slated to be released this Summer. Ballyhoo! joined forces with PledgeMusic, rallying fans to be a part of the making of this new album. The campaign was a success with well over 100% funding.

Now in 2016 with a new album of songs produced by Paul Leary (Sublime) & Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More), Ballyhoo! is back out on the grind.

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Roots Of Creation

"From addictive reggae pop songs to consciously charged roots rhythms and berzerk electronic improvisations, the grace and precision with which Roots of Creation execute their bass-heavy works is overwhelming. Their roots are tinged with rock, their rock brushed with electronica, and they’re as likely to dash off into a 10-minute guitar-led groove as they are to perform righteous vocal songs that resonate like the roots-rock classics of old.” — Homegrown Music Network

Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam favorites like Gathering of The Vibes, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Fishbone, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offer up a high-energy, infectious experience. Recognized as a Top 20 artist on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, a festival staple, and an internationally touring powerhouse, RoC have been awarded “Favorite Jam Band” by Cider Magazine and “Best Band In New Hampshire” by the New England Music Awards. RoC mix their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics.

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Yesai

Yesai was founded on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 by singer songwriter Kevin Fraser. Kevin had made the plan to move back to his place of birth, Boston after 10 plus years in Cali and Hawaii with the vision of bringing the island sound back to the grit of the northeast. Yesai was born with a big sound including a full horn section, vocal harmonies, keys, 2 guitars, bass and percussion. 2015 the 8-piece group began playing shows and by 2016 Yesai was supporting some of the biggest regional, national and international reggae artists in the world including Badfish, Kabaka Pyramid, New Kingston, Giant Panda, Roots of Creation, Zach Deputy, Mighty Mystic, The Expanders and many more.

2017 marks the year they tour the west coast for the first time and performing with such acts as Sly and Robbie, Katchafire, The Expanders, Raging Fyah and many others. Yesai’s debut album is slated for release in summer 2017.