Virgo Vibe Pre-Party! Shokazoba & The Equalites

Virgo Vibe Pre-Party! Shokazoba & The Equalites

Studebaker Hawk & Andujar from Peace & Rhythm Records

Thu · July 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

Shokazoba & THE EQUALITES invite you to an evening of the tightest fusion funk and the most uplifting roots rock reggae our Valley's music scene has to offer! Welcome to the kickoff event for our very own upcoming festival called Virgo Vibe - a full day of local original music! Saturday 9/1/18. There will be ticket giveaways! Thanks so much for being your beautiful happy dancing selves! We can't wait to party with you at Hawks & Reed... 🙂 ♥

 

Shokazoba
Shokazoba
​"For an amateur of New World music like myself, Shokazoba is perfect; the band’s music is succinct, exciting, and new and makes you want to listen..." - CMJ

Shokazoba began in 2005 in as a Fela Kuti tribute project. They now produce original work, aiming to inspire greater human awareness through conscious, funky fusion jazz with progressive, topical lyrics. Shokazoba performs top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, inspire your mind, and stimulate your soul. Voted "Best of the Valley" five times, nominated as "Artists of the Year" by the New England Music Awards, and recognized with several distinctions by the African Jazz Review.
The Equalites
The Equalites
THE EQUALITES are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!

In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor n more. With four part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizziling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more!

The original compositions are performed in unforgettable fashion, and the covers they play of classic reggae and soul music have the Equalites polished unique stamp on them that make them sound like fresh goodness.

One way to describe the band could be ‘ the Band’ that plays in the style of ‘reggae n soul’, it has that merging of roots rock and roots reggae soul that makes the unique blend that is the EQUALITES

The band is lead by the prolific and accomplished – David Boatwright, on lead vocals and guitar. Dave was a founding member of Loose Caboose and has played guitar and vocals in many other groups, he has released original music with the Equalites and is a true one of a kind musician. Some of his songs include “she makes a riddim”. “make a difference”, and “one summer night”. His melodies resonate deep with his voice, as do his unparalleled guitar snarl.

Percussionist Boo Pearson has studied diasporic rhythms, songs and dance whose origins emmenate from sub-Saharan West Africa and have spread to the Americas and places such as Brazil, the West Indise, Louisianna and beyond. Alongside David Boatwright he has recorded under the initial guidance of Bob Marley in Kingston Jamaica, traveled to Port-Au-Prince Haiti to study with “Taboula”, a cutting edge international dance company, and performed as an accompanist for the Five College Community dance program under the direction of Sekou Sylla, formerly of Les Ballets Africains de Guinea, and currently the director of The Pioneer Valley’s Bambidele Ossumerea Dance Company. His kit includses congas, congalettos, timbales and djembe, as well as a broad selection of instruments from around the world. A singer and lyricist, his tenure with The Equalites exceeds a quarter of century.

Adam Zucker controls the bass with a booming deep groove and plays with melodic sensibilities at the same time as precise hard hitting riddim. He is also a talented songwriter and sings his tunes like ‘where there is love’ and ‘love zone’ with a fiery passion from d soul. Adam has been with the band for 4 years, and before that he has played guitar , bass, and composed music for various reggae bands in Western Mass.

Edward Reddonett is the founding member of the band and comes to the shows in the western MA region, plays guitar that is a steady riddim and also can get dubbed out with his range of effects peddles. A truly ‘jammin’ guitarist , Ed’s guitar adds an exciting colors n shades to the music that makes you feel really nice….
Studebaker Hawk & Andujar from Peace & Rhythm Records
Studebaker Hawk & Andujar from Peace & Rhythm Records
DJs Andujar and Studebaker Hawk from Peace & Rhythm Records, have been bringing their Rumba Psicodelica blend to a decade of parties in the 413. The label releases the finest in contemporary Latin, African, and Caribbean music, with 19 records out, over the last 4 years. www.peaceandrhythm.com
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/