Popular reggae band Easy Star All-Stars will be touring the West Coast of the United States and Canada starting in May of 2017, including the first ever appearance at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival. The 16-stop tour will run through late June as Easy Star All-Stars travels to reggae-friendly cities across the West Coast and Mountains. Supporting acts include The Late Ones and The Elovators.
Easy Star All-Stars is well known for its reggae versions of full albums by legendary rock and pop acts Pink Floyd, Radiohead, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, as well as its own original material from its decade plus as a recording act. All of the band’s albums have reach the top on the Billboard Reggae Charts, including Lonely Hearts Dub Band, Thrillah and Dub Side of the Moon.
May 27 – California Roots 2017 – Monterey, CA
May 28 – Romano’s Concert Lounge – Riverside, CA
May 29 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
May 31 – Saint Rocke – Hermosa Beach, CA
June 1 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
June 2 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
June 3 – Summer Arts & Music Festival – Garberville, CA
June 4 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 5 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
June 7 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
June 8 – Gothic Theater – Englewood, CO
June 9 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
June 10 – World Village Festival – Boise, ID
June 23 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
June 24 – Tall Tree Music Festival – Port Renfrew, BC, CAN
June 25 – Star Theater – Portland, OR
Innovative reggae band Easy Star All-Stars has released a 10th anniversary edition of its groundbreaking album Radiodread. Easy Star All-Stars opened the doors to new audiences when it started producing a series of tribute albums to iconic albums. In the case of Radiodread, Easy Star All-Stars celebrated Radiohead’s OK Computer.
This special edition features a bonus track “High and Dry” from Radiohead’s The Bends, performed by popular reggae band Morgan Heritage.
On Radiodread, the Easy Star All-Stars musicians invited a remarkable cast of reggae stars who provided vocals: Toots and the Maytals, Citizen Cope, Horace Andy, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Israel Vibration, Sugar Minott, and Frankie Paul.
Radiodread is a fabulous reggae crossover album by a group of trailblazing musicians.
Easy Star All-Stars will be performing on September 4 at the Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, California.
Easy Star Records has announced the release of a special anniversary edition of Dub Side of the Moon with new artwork, an in-depth liner note booklet and two bonus tracks, including “Breathe 2014” featuring additional vocals by Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Metric Man, and Ruff Scott of the Easy Star All-Stars.
The original Dub Side of the Moon was released in 2004. The complete reggae version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was a tremendous success. It remained on the Billboard Reggae Charts for more than 7 years.
The Easy Star All Stars will be touring the West Coast of the United States for the Dub Steady Tour, with new labelmates Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and Colorado’s Tatanka. The Easy Star All Stars will be performing Dub Side live in its entirety together with classic material from the band’s repertoire including original songs and tracks from the other tribute albums. Select shows will also include new animated visuals. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will be supporting the release of Steady, their first album on Easy Star Records, which comes out September 30.
Dub Side Of The Moon Anniversary Fall Tour
09/12/14 – Crystal Ball Club Casino – Crystal Bay, NV *
09/13/14 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA *
09/14/14 – Unity Fest – Guerneville, CA
09/15/14 – W.O.W. Hall – Eugene, OR *
09/17/14 – Jazzbones – Tacoma, WA ^
09/18/14 – Venue – Vancouver, WA ^
09/19/14 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR ^
09/20/14 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA ^
09/21/14 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA ^
09/22/14 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA ^
09/24/14 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV ^
09/25/14 – The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ ^ (also with Buckwheat Zydeco)
09/26/14 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA ^
09/27/14 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA ^ (also with Arise Roots)
09/28/14 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA ^
* with Tatanka
^ with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad & Tatanka
Reggae band Easy Star All-Stars is known for its successful reggaefied tributes to various popular artists and recordings, including Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009). To celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday, which is on August 29th, the Easy Star All-Stars are releasing their new album titled Easy Star’s Thrillah this week. Easy Star’s Thrillah is the reggae adaptation of one of the greatest selling records of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller. In addition, the band will also go on tour, starting in September.
Easy Star All-Stars is a reggae reggae collective with a rotating lineup of musicians and singers. The and arranger is Michael Goldwasser on guitars, keyboards, backing vocals and percussion. Easy Star’s Thrillah brings back several of the reggae luminaries from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), together with guest instrumentalists such as Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Stanley Jordan), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey’s McGee), and horn tracks by funk/hip-hop band Hadag Nachash.
“We’ve always tackled the greats – The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead – but while we wanted to take on another huge album, we also wanted to blaze new trails,” says says Easy Star Records co-founder Lem Oppenheimer. “In Thriller we found those new trails in a number of firsts for the series: the first album by an American artist, the first non-concept album, the first R&B/soul record, as well as the first release from the 80s.”
“For me, I was most excited for Thriller,” says Michael Goldwasser. “I was always more of an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson’s music… Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn’t have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version. I didn’t want any of the arrangements to be obvious in that regard.”
In great reggae tradition, Easy Star All-Stars have slowed down the tempo of some of Michael Jackson’s
most famous songs, including the hit ‘Thriller.’ Easy Star’s Thrillah is a winning mix of reggae, dub and R&B.
Easy Star All-Stars US Tour Dates:
Sep 07 – Madison, WI at High Noon – w/Cas Haley
Sep 08 – Clarks Grove, MN at Shangri-La Festival at Harmony Park
Sep 09 – Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s – w/Passafire
Sep 10 – Lawrence, KS at Granada Theater – w/Passafire
Sep 12 – Fort Collins, CO at Aggie Theater – w/Passafire
Sep 13 – Boulder, CO at Fox Theater – w/Passafire
Sep 14 – Denver, CO at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom – w/Passafire
Sep 15 – Aspen, CO at Belly Up – w/Passafire
Sep 16 – Salt Lake City, UT at Urban Lounge – w/Passafire
Sep 18 – Santa Barbara, CA at SoHo – w/Passafire
Sep 19 – Solana Beach, CA at Belly Up Tavern – w/Passafire
Sep 20 – Los Angeles, CA at El Rey Theatre – w/Passafire
Sep 21 – San Francisco, CA at Slim’s – w/Passafire
Sep 22 – Santa Cruz, CA at The Catalyst – w/Passafire
Oct 04 – New York, NY at Irving Plaza – w/The Aggrolites, Passafire
Oct 06 – Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 07 – Washington, DC at Howard Theatre – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 09 – Ann Arbor, MI at Blind Pig – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 11 – Chicago, IL at Reggie’s – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 12 – Waterloo, ON at Starlight – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 13 – Toronto, ON at Lee’s Palace – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 14 – Syracuse, NY at Westcott Theater – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 16 – Boston, MA at Paradise – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 17 – Stowe, VT at Rusty Nail – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 19 – Charlottesville, VA at Jefferson Theater – w/The Aggrolites
Oct 20 – Philadelphia, PA at The Blockley – w/The Aggrolites