Trinidadio

Trinidadio

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"Tropical Rock!" One part reggae, two parts rock with a steel drum twist. Marley, Buffett, Santana and Belafonte meet at last!

Biography

Welcome to the world of Trinidadio...where good times, dancing and fun are always blowing in on the prevailing trade winds. The tiki torches are lit, there's a fruity drink in your hand and the light and uplifting sound of steel drums is in the air. It is that unique sounding instrument which Trinidadio has threaded through all of their original material and lives.

If it takes a community to raise a child, Trinidadio was influenced early on by the many musical styles that can be found in the Los Angeles area. Maturing out of the L.A. rock and punk scenes, Fab Rodig and Jay Lawson unknowingly back-stepped into what would become a passion for Caribbean rhythms. Playing the steel drum not only provided them with a tool for positive expression but also with a greater purpose. The joy and happiness on their fan’s faces validated their musical journey. While exploring the tiny steel drum scene on the sunny Southern California coast (together and separately), Fab and Jay met the remaining original band-members, Tony Lee (guitar), Casey Jones (drums) and Davidson King (bass). All three are still known as first call musicians in the L.A. reggae scene and greatly contribute to the overall spiritual and musical vibe of Trinidadio.

Trinidadio combines musical styles like an experienced bartender mixing your favorite tropical well drink…One part reggae, two parts rock with a steel drum twist. Or for the more discerning pallet…mix in one glass, even parts of old school Marley with the blue-eyed reggae of The Police. In a separate glass combine calypso/soca grooves with the island sound of Harry Belafonte. Pour all ingredients into blender along with a jigger of Santana and a liberal splash of Jimmy Buffett. Blend on low or mellow speed. Voilá! “Tropical Rock.” Serve cold on a hot day or hot on a cold day. Don’t forget the umbrella!

Spreading ‘positivity,’ understanding and tolerance in a fun, uplifting way is the wave Trinidadio rides. Even though a song may have a dark theme, the steel drums are a source of light. Light and love prevail on the trade winds that blow through every Trinidadio song and show.

Individual Mini Bios:

Fab Rodig
Lead Tenor Steel Drum / Vocals

A long time bass player in Los Angeles, Fab has spent years on the road and in the studio. Fab was inspired by his grandfather, a career musician and music teacher. He started playing trumpet in elementary school and learned guitar and bass in high school. He has written and produced his solo album 'Strokin the Goat' and toured with perennial blues favorite, RedHot Blues. After years of playing bass in a steel drum band, Fab decided to teach himself to play the steel drum and start his own band. From there he never looked back. Currently he is performing locally and abroad as a steel drum player in his Calypso rock band, Trinidadio.

Jay Lawson
Double Seconds and Lead Tenor Steel Drums / Vocals

Jay Lawson is a full time professional musician who has been performing for over 27 years. He has studied with many teachers from such greats as David Garabaldi (Tower Of Power) and Alvin Henry. From there, his love of music brought him to P.I.T. (Percussion Institute of Technology) in 1990 where he studied with such greats as Joe Porcaro, Enzo Tedesco, and Ralph Humphrey.
In 1991, Jay found his love…the “Steel Drum” and is the Band Leader/Owner of Panjive Steel Drum Entertainment. Since 1995, he has performed internationally for the U.S. Military stationed overseas. Jay continues to stay on the forefront of the Steel Drum movement helping to bring peace through music and to help to introduce the music of the islands to our friends abroad.

Tony Lee
Guitar / Vocals

Tony Lee is a longtime professional who has studied guitar with Phil Upchurch and John Pisano. He is fluent in styles from jazz and reggae to R&B. Tony has also written and
produced tracks for popular artists such as Coolio, Sugafree and MC Ren of NWA.
In the band Trinidadio, Tony gets to stretch out. He is known for his smooth Caribbean rhythms and soulful guitar solos. Tony also gets to show off his singing ability on a few up-tempo reggae numbers.

Davidson King
Bass / Vocals

David was born on the island of Barbados. When he decided to make music a career, he moved to the United States. He is basically self-taught, but has studied under Putter Smith (Charles Mingus) at Pasadena City College and a few other Los Angeles bass tutors. His performance experience ranges from cabaret, some orchestra, cruise ships, clubs, concerts and casuals to recording and touring. He is currently involved in Caribbean (reggae, soca, folk, etc.), Spanish and North American Gospel music.

Casey Jones
Drum Set / Vocals

Casey Jones, a leader in the Caribbean music scene since the early days of Reggae music, is a world class musician. Originally from the small ‘island’ of Santa Barbara, Casey ha

Lyrics

Cafe Latina

Written By: Eric Jay Rodig ©2005

When the sun comes out
On this sleepy town
We’re all still in bed
Laughing last night
Feeling alright
Now the spirit’s gone to my head

When the hurt is too strong
Or everything feels wrong
And you’re begging it to end
Head to Café Latina
The Spanish cantina
Where you’re always among friends

CHORUS
There at Café Latina the barmaid Corinna
Serves up latte in the morning at night it’s margaritas
Where the trade winds blow and the beers always flow
Until 2am or when we all go home

Well the summer crowd
Marches in so loud
Starting early June
Can’t seem to find
A quiet place or time
When I can play a simple tune

Stroll over there
Where the locals care
And Captain Morgan waits for me
Home at Café Latina
The Spanish cantina
Get my sanity for free

CHORUS
There at Café Latina the barmaid Corinna
Serves up latte in the morning at night it’s margaritas
Where the trade winds blow and the beers always flow
Until 2am or when we all go home

The joint’s jumpin’ again
Corinna’s out of her head
Think I’ll lounge on the patio
Women so fine
Waves crashing in time
To Jimmy B on the radio

Well she caught my eye
She looked away so shy
Sidled up and made a toast
Met at Café Latina
The Spanish cantina
Then we walked the sandy coast

CHORUS
There at Café Latina the barmaid Corinna
Serves up latte in the morning at night it’s margaritas
Where the trade winds blow and the beers always flow
Until 2am or when we all go home

Repeat CHORUS

Rise

Written By: Eric Jay Rodig ©2005

The path that I’ve known is now thick and overgrown
Step lightly toward serpent or sand
Let the ideals go, I don’t need them anymore
Necessity will bear a helping hand
Family and friends are with you till the end
When all that is safe crashes down
Dare to feel the pain romance will call again
But true love is much more profound

CHORUS
Rise, Rise, Rise…look up to the deep blue sky
And chase all your demons away
C’mon sing
Hey, Hey, Hey…wake up to a brand new day
And worship the sun and her rays

Calamity, insanity, hope abounds humanity
Positive light fuels the vibe
Nothing to fear, revolution’s in the air
Harmony governs our tribe

CHORUS
Rise, Rise, Rise…look up to the deep blue sky
And chase all your demons away
C’mon sing
Hey, Hey, Hey…wake up to a brand new day
And worship the sun and her rays

Rise, Rise, Rise…Reach out to the deep blue sky
Step out of the dark and the night
C’mon sing
Hey, Hey, Hey…Wake up to a brand new life
Worship the warmth and the light

All For Love

Written By: Eric Jay Rodig ©2005

Met on a distant battlefield
Guns ablaze in the dark
Don’t you know we shared our first kiss there
A lover’s stare lit by one spark
When you know it, you want to show it, shout out to the sun
Quakin’ and achin’ and maybe mistaken, but there’s no mistakes when you’re having fun

CHORUS
All for love…lovers building castles in the sand
Do you feel what I feel when I look into your eyes?
All for love…Valiant waiting to carry her away
Hear the princess call, catch the angel falling in love…

Away on a desert island shore
Moon a glow light above
Two holding hands rolling in sands
Burt and Deborah making love
When you feel it, you want to steal it, desperately crave more
Daring and caring, maybe bewaring, beware what you’re asking for

CHORUS
All for love…lovers building castles in the sand
Do you feel what I feel when I look into your eyes?
All for love...Valiant waiting to carry her away
Hear the princess call, catch the angel falling in love…

BRIDGE
When I came back to town, she was caught with a clown
But the clown turned out to be me
Flashed the princess a smile, she still put me on trial
Paid my penance on my knees

When the verdict came (down) my heart chained (to the ground)…
But my soul was set free…

CHORUS
All for love…lovers building castles in the sand
Do you feel what I feel when I look into your eyes?
All for love…Valiant waiting to carry her away
Hear the princess call, catch the angel falling in love…

Discography

No Lifeguard On duty - Released Feb 2006

Set List

One hour show set (Sample):

Open to track one from Trinidadio CD or intro.
1 - Everything's Alright (instrumental calypso)
2 - Stir It Up
3 - Cafe Latina (orig)
4 - Piece Of Heaven (orig)
5 - Now That We Found Love
6 - All For Love (orig)
7 - Live Another Day (orig)
8 - Reach (orig)
9 - Dyer Maker
10 - Rise (orig)
Encore - Why Can't We Be Friends?

Trinidadio - "The show band" has years of performing experience; working casuals, private & corporate parties and USO type tours. Now, in support of their first original release, performances range from 1-3 hours depending on the event, show and venue. Sets may include covers of Marley, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Island songs from Belafonte and more.