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Strive Roots

San Diego, California, United States | INDIE

San Diego, California, United States | INDIE
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"The Music, Strive Roots!"

Agressive Reggae/Hard Rock, San Diego Based Strive Roots is a new band with a new sound. With a free uncensored writing style, this band wants nothing more than to entertain the widest variety of audiences. Chris Pollock A.K.A Father Time Strive Roots Drummer Keeps everbody grooving with Wordly beats Ranging from roots Reggae to Metal sounding Double bass pedal Rolls. Bassist and back up vocalist Michael McBride ties it all together and keeps the hips swingin with the 5 string bass, While Front Man Eli Lieberman mixes heavy, crunching, fluid guitar lines right in to a Rootsy reggae vibe to build a rythmic platform for upbeat inspirational, Spiritual yet political life like lyrics. Michael Mae cutting turntable lines from samples of freedom to rythmic scratching fuels the hip hop sound. And on the reed Seth Row's passion is frequently released through wailing Saxophone lines. Strive Roots show most often includes 2 dozen originals a few Bob Marley hits and a stage presence that cant be found any where else. Strive Roots has had world wide media coverage including; People Magazine, The Today show, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Letterman, MTV, Fuel TV, Planet X T.V. the Baltimore Sun, the Denver Post, L.A. Times and of course the San Diego Reader. Strive Roots unique sound has been trademarked as RootsInfusedPowerGruv. If you like Pantera, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley or anything in between in a totally original arrangement you're going to love Strive Roots. - South Park Music Tour Website


"Strive Roots comes home"



Eli Lieberman couldn't be in Torino for his girlfriend Hannah Teter's gold-winning halfpipe run in the 2006 Olympics, but she could hear his support. Teter was listening to a song from Lieberman's band Strive Roots when she won, and soon the whole world was tuning in.

Unfortunately, the new CD, "Bioresonance Therapy" with the now-famous song "Communicate" wasn't ready for sale. Lieberman said it was a frustrating experience to know that the band's website acquired about 100,000 hits before noon the day she won, but the merchandise wasn't available.

Strive Roots, now based in San Diego, got its start and recorded its first album in Alma.

Lieberman, also a competitive snowboarder and a former Team Summit coach, moved to Southern California with two members of the original 10-piece band about three years ago. Six months into the move the two who came with him quit the band and Lieberman met two San Diego natives to refill the band's roster.

Chris Polock, aka Father Time, had been a drummer for a metal band and a reggae band before joining Strive Roots. It's a good match for Lieberman's band, which he describes as the "tasty parts of reggae and metal mixed with ska roots." Michael McBride on bass completes the trio.

Lieberman said he encountered a different phenomenon when he got started trying to get gigs in California.

"It took us about a year to truly understand that bands pay to do a big night. But we never took that on," he said. "We've never been a band that pays to play."

He said through selective performances and media exposure they were able to do it their way. They now are getting headline shows, including a regular gig at Johnny Depp's Viper Room.

Lieberman's move and financial ability to sustain the band have come from another aspect of his creativity.

The 28-year-old lead singer said between the ages of 24 and 27 he was a borderline workaholic, but with all the things he loved to do.

"When I started the band I was blowing glass 10 hours a day, seven days a week. I would wake up at 6 in the morning (to coach snowboarding) and then play 'til 3 in the morning," he said.

He said his glassblowing art business, Fourth Dimension Glass, has infused about $40,000 into the music.

"Glass is my savior," he said. Fourth Dimension Studios is the umbrella name for his Fourth Dimension Studio (for recording) and Fourth Dimension Glass.

Lieberman said he now only blows glass about 20-60 hours a month and the income is a buffer for unexpected costs.

Strive Roots will perform at the at the Festival of the Clouds for a sunset performance today and at State Bridge River Resort in Bond Sunday.
The San Diego-based group Strive Roots plays at State Bridge River Resort in Bond Sunday for free. It's the band's first time at the river bank venue in bond. Strive Roots' show includes more than 30 original songs and a handful of Bob Marley covers. Strive Roots unique sound has been trademarked as "RootsInfusedPowerGruv." Think Pantera, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley or anything in between in a totally original arrangement.



Vail, Colorado

- Vail Daily; Leslie Brefeld, July 21, 2006


"Copper Lift Off Opening Weekend"

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado -- Copper celebrates first tracks and the coming of another snowy winter with the second annual Lift Off opening weekend festival and season kick off party, Nov. 3-5. In addition to getting first tracks at Copper, guests can enjoy a weekend filled with live music from Blackalicious, the Drew Emmitt Band, Strive Roots and others, film premiers, ski and snowboard demos from Burton and Salomon, après parties, giveaways and more.

LIVE MUSIC -
2:00 - 3:30pm
Drew Emmitt Band:
Drew Emmitt, the dynamic lead singer and mandolin player with the popular jamband Leftover Salmon, is a true renaissance man on musical instruments. Playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, flute and electric guitar, he's a string man to be reckoned with. He excels in unique energy driven mandolin licks and his influences include a pantheon of musical heroes including Lowell George, Steve Morse, Duane Allman, John Cowan, Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, Hot Rize and New Grass Revival. www.drewemmitt.com

8:30PM - 9:30PM
Strive Roots:
Strive Roots is a new band with a new sound. With a free uncensored writing style, this band wants nothing more than to entertain the widest variety of audiences. Their show includes over thirty original songs, And a handful of Bob Marley covers. Strive Roots unique sound has been trademarked as RootsInfusedPowerGruv(TM). If you like Pantera, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley or anything in between in a totally original arrangement you're going to love Strive Roots. www.striveroots.com

9:45 - 11:00pm
Blackalicious:
Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. www.blackalicious.com - CopperColorado.com


"COMMUNITY INVITED TO CAL POLY POMONA’S"

POMONA, Calif. -- Learn quick and easy ways to live an environment-friendly lifestyle
at Cal Poly Pomona’s Earth Day Celebration from April 19-21. This family affair will feature a
wide range of activities such as a circus and clown show, film screening and live music
performances. Entrance and parking are free.
Two free music concerts are scheduled on Friday, April 20, featuring the modern folk
band Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade at 5 p.m. and the reggae/rock group Strive Roots at 6
p.m. Strive Roots: With a free uncensored writing style, this reggae/rock band
has created a different musical sound. The band has gained attention from
publications such as People Magazine, the San Diego Reader and Los Angeles Times. Earth Day events will conclude with 45-minute workshops that cover topics such as herbal
medicine, biodiesel fuel and organic gardening.
The celebration serves not only as a fun, family-friendly activity but provides a venue for
the community to learn about keeping a clean and healthy environment.
- California state university, Pomona


"Copper Launches CopperSunsation.com"

Copper will be sizzling when the 7th annual Sunsation end-of-season celebration comes to town March 31-April 15. The John Popper Project and Hometown Heroes Contest are the newest additions to the Sunsation lineup and join an overflowing schedule which already includes Michael Franti & Spearhead, De La Soul, North Mississippi Allstars, Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, Strive Roots, Particle, the Helly Hansen Battle of Battles, Planet Earth's Shop Wars, Colorado's Largest Easter Egg Hunt - featuring more than 50,000 eggs, the Volcom Peanut Butter & Rail Jam and more. In the coming weeks, Copper will announce more additions to the Sunsation schedule.
Sunday, April 1 - Strive Roots
11:30pm-1pm
Strive Roots is a new band with a new sound. With a free uncensored writing style, this band wants nothing more than to entertain the widest variety of audiences. Their show includes over thirty original songs, and a handful of Bob Marley covers. Strive Roots unique sound has been trademarked as RootsInfusedPowerGruv™. If you like Pantera, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley or anything in between in a totally original arrangement you’re going to love Strive Roots.

31 - saturday - Copper Mountain Sunsation Music --Del La Soul, John Popper Project with DJ Logic.

APRIL 2007

1 - saturday - Sunsation Music - Copper Mountain. North Mississippi Allstars, Particle, Strive Roots. - Ski Town E-Zine and Coppersunsation.com


Discography

-Roots Infused Power Groove! Demo released in 2003.
-Matanuska ThunderF*@k! Debut Album released in 2004.
-Bio Resonance Therapy! released in 2006.
-The Harmonic Convergance! 3rd album in the making with Multi-Platinum Producer Alan
Sanderson (System of a Down, Weezer, Toots and the Maytals, the Rolling Stones and more).

OF NOTE:
-Mountain Dew is currently sponsoring a radio campaign for Strive Roots that will reach 250 college radio stations in the U.S.
-The Today Show interviewed Strive Roots and put "Communicate" on their website along with the Baltimore Sun, the San Diego Reader, the Denver Post.
-Every song on both albums have been played on multiple radio stations through out the U.S and Germany.

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Strive Roots: The ultimate music therapy that soothes the soul, stimulates the mind, and rocks the body.

From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the sunny beaches of San Diego to the crystal shores of South Lake Tahoe, Strive Roots has evolved into a hip-shaking, mind-expanding, inspirational musical project that is flourishing by packing concert halls to mountain saloons throughout the Western United States. After every Strive Roots show, amazed fans find themselves attempting to pin down their experience with words, but have only been able to come up with one core phrase to explain Strive Roots, “Roots Infused Power Groove”. What is Roots Infused Power Groove? It’s the funky beat swirling in your hips, it’s the message of awareness and change demanding to be heard, it’s original soul with modern beats, it’s your new favorite genre of music.

Powered by a mission to save the planet, Strive Roots’ conscious music melds the genres of reggae, hard rock, funk, and hip hop. Live shows are the platform for the band’s immense talent, creativity, and bold flavor. Music lovers looking for inspiration, enlightenment, awareness, or just a reason to dance can find it all within the realms of Strive Roots.

Strive Roots has headlined venues including the Derby, the Viper Room, Valle Nevado ski resort in Chili, South America and the South Park Music Tour in Colorado. Strive Roots has shared the stage with some of the musical world’s best including The Dooby Brothers, Buck’O'nine, De La Soul, Particle, Michael Franti and Spearhead, North Mississippi All Stars, Delta Nove, Thicker than Thieves, and The John Popper Project.

Strive Roots is literally on the tip of the world’s tongue after experiencing a plethora of publicity plugs around the globe. Thanks to their choice as snowboarder Hannah Teter’s Olympic gold medal soundtrack, Strive Roots has been mentioned on Good Morning America, The Dave Letterman Show, Jay Leno and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Their track “Communicate” was launched into prime time after it gave Teter the motivation she needed to grab gold in the half-pipe competition of the 2006 Torino Olympic Winter Games.

Strive Roots’ newest album, The Harmonic Convergence, is in the works! Strive Roots takes pride in having self-produced their music through their own record label, Fourth Dimension Studios. For the Harmonic Convergence, Strive Roots has teamed up with multi-platinum producer Alan Sanderson (System of a Down, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, B.B. King and many others). The Harmonic Convergence exhibits the strides Strive Roots has taken to incorporate conscious action, diversity, and creativity into their music. What started as a raw example of artistic emotion and vigor has erupted into a professional, polished musical work of art. Preview and purchase Strive Roots tracks and full-length albums on Itunes, Myspace, and Striveroots.com.