Rootz Underground

Rootz Underground

 Kingston, Kingston, JAM
BandRockReggae

Rootz Underground uses their collective passion to create a sound that pushes boundaries and defies being boxed into a single genre. Electric yet organic, gritty and soulful connecting messages related to social justice, the environment and creative freedom with an explosive live performance.

Biography

Rootz Underground represents Jamaica’s most recent contribution to the international Reggae & World music scene. While undeniably rooted in reggae the six-member outfit uses their collective passion to create a sound that pushes boundaries and defies being boxed into a single genre. Electric yet organic, gritty and soulful; the band manages to harness the essence that the reggae aficionado was captivated by in the 1970’s while connecting the youth to the pure messages related to social justice, the environment and the freedom of creative expression combined with an explosive live performance.

The spring 2012 Rootz Releaf tour is part of the effort the band initiated which encourages fans to plant trees which are documented through a global mapping system on the rootzunderground.com website. For each tree planted, fans receive entrance to shows, CD's and other gifts for participation in the initiative. Also part of the initiative are the Rootz Garden charity concert series held in Jamaica that raise awareness and necessary funds for programs to teach soil and plant cultivation, recycling and zero-waste practices, with school age youth on the island.

With over a decade sharing the stage together, along with the release of both studio albums MOVEMENT (2008) and GRAVITY (2010) Rootz Underground have managed to build a strong international fan base that spans across and beyond the 22 countries they have visited in not just reggae but also rock and jam band circles. They have also released a full length live album, ALIVE which they initially launched by offering for free and exceeded 80,000 downloads, at present the live set is available as a paid download.

As reggae continues to rise in popularity throughout the world and as a genre it is played and embraced by all cultures, Rootz Underground ensures an undiluted dose of what is happening in modern roots rock reggae style music. The band has toured heavily in both North America and Europe for many years gracing events such as Europe's Summerjam, Reggae Sun Ska, Roskilde, Garorock, and Ostroda Reggae Festivals, as well as the American events: Reggae on The River, The Raggamuffins Festival, Earthdance, Harmony Festival and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.

The spring 2012 Rootz Releaf tour made stops at some of the most prestigious venues in the Western U.S. and Canada including The Compound Grill in Phoenix, The Independent in San Francisco and Venue in Vancouver. Rootz Underground completed the tour in a headline appearance at the Austin Reggae Festival with 20,000 in attendance. The band did numerous interviews with radio, print and on-line publications throughout the recent lag of the Rootz Releaf tour, highlights included a Backstage spotlight story for The Pier.org and an in-studio live performance at KEXP in Seattle.

At home in Jamaica, Rootz Underground has made their mark with performances ranging from foundation festivals such as Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and Welcome to Jamrock to mixed format shows such as The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. They have also managed to maintain their popularity in the resurging live music scene with regular appearances as they mold their touring shows against Kingston’s discerning audiences.

Under the" Rootz Garden" banner the band has organized a series of concerts that benefit several charities; the Nature Preservation Foundation Jamaica, The McCam Child Development Centre, Jamaica School for the Deaf and the Rootz Releaf Program. Planned as five concerts throughout 2012 this offers the band a platform to perform while home in Jamaica with some of Jamaica's greatest artists such as Toots and the Maytals and The Mystic Revealers in a "sunken garden setting" at the Hope Botanical Gardens in Kingston.

The modern reggae of Rootz Underground blends Trance, Hip Hop,Dub, and Ska with nuances from R&B, Jazz, Latin, Rock and music from those who helped spawn the Punk movement to forge a new s

Discography

Albums:
MOVEMENT - 2008
GRAVITY - 2010

Single:
RAIN - 2012

Music videos:
Rain
Unknown Soldier
Victims of a System
Hammer

Set List

Power to the People
Hammer
Return of the Righteous
In The Jungle
Fret Not Thyself
Rastaman Experience
Love Again
Herb Fields
Time Is an Illusion
Hammer
Farming
Victims of the System