Roots Down Below

Roots Down Below


Roots Down Below performs an original blend of reggae, hip-hop, and rock in a high energy show that appeals to people of diverse ages and musical tastes.


In a musical landscape populated with rock, hip-hop, reggae, funk, ska, and R&B artists, what territory can a band claim for its own? Faced with all these possibilities, Roots Down Below, four energetic musicians from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have chosen to build their own blend of music from the ground up. Inspired by artists such as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Sublime, 311, Jimi Hendrix, and Bad Brains, the group has created a polished mix that incorporates high energy guitar, melodic bass, fluent drums, and soulful vocals.

With over 200 shows under their belt, over 60, 000 hits to their website, 100,000 song plays, and 24,000 MySpace friends, Roots Down Below has cultivated a following of loyal fans who respond to their message of positivity and their energetic showmanship. In March 2006, the group released their debut album, From a Seed, mixed and mastered by industry professional Ronnie Champagne, who has worked with artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and Alice in Chains. The album features 14 original tunes, ranging from the hard-driving, civil rights anthem “My Domain “ to the evocative, hip-hop style “Hard Way” to the sentimental crowd-favorite “Friends.”

Roots Down Below has opened for national acts including Long Beach Short Bus, the Streetdogs, Yellow Man, Maxi Priest, Sage Francis, Zox, State Radio, Monty, Naughty by Nature, Mikey Dread, and reggae legend Yami Bolo. The group has played such prestigious venues as the Cape Cod Melody Tent, Boston’s Avalon, Middle East Club, and Paradise Lounge, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, RI, the Worchester Paladium, Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground, and New York City’s Knitting Factory, Lion’s Den, and B.B. King Club.

Roots Down Below ranked in the top 14 U.S. bands in the 2005 Emergenza International Music Festival. They are a national member of the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).


From a Seed, 2006