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Groundation Oct 2 at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley

Posted by iriea 
Groundation Oct 2 at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley
September 16, 2004 01:36AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2004
California’s Original Roots Reggae Band
GROUNDATION

Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave @ Gilman St. in Berkeley
$13
Doors 8:30pm/Show 9:30pm
All ages, no video or audio recording allowed

PRESENTING CALIFORNIA’S ORIGINAL ROOTS REGGAE BAND, GROUNDATION AT THE ASHKENAZ IN BERKELEY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 9:30PM
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Beginning on October 1st, Groundation will be on a marathon tour taking them from the East Coast to Hawaii, as well as Europe and Brazil. Join us when we celebrate the release of the new album with a live Groundation double set appearance at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley on Saturday, October 2 at 9:30pm. This will be an all ages event so bring the children out to experience the words and music of Groundation!

California’s internationally renowned reggae group Groundation emerges from the depths of the studio with their 4th album entitled “We Free Again”. The music is fresh and new proving once again that they are committed to the task of groundbreaking original music. Their previous release “Hebron Gate” received worldwide acclaim including a nomination for Germany’s coveted “World Music Award”.

For this most recent release Groundation united for the first time in reggae history Apple Gabriel (founding member of Israel Vibration) and Don Carlos (Black Uhuru). “We Free Again” was recorded in California and Washington DC by legendary engineer Jim Fox of Lion & Fox studios (Culture, Ziggy Marley, Gregory Isaacs). The international release for their pioneering work is set for November 16, 2004.

The North American release will once again be handled by the group’s growing Bay Area record label Young Tree Records. Founded in 2001 by lead singer Harrison Stafford and Kris Dilbeck the label has planned releases with such legendary Jamaican groups as The Congos, Pablo Moses, and Winston Jarrett & The Righteous Flames. Harrison Stafford also taught the first University course on the History of Reggae Music (Sonoma State University ’99-’01).

Groundation began in the fall of 1998 when three long time musicians Marcus Urani, Ryan Newman, and Stafford came together to form the core of the pioneering sound. They were later Joined in 2000 by San Francisco based Jazz trumpeter David Chachere and the North Bay’s Kelsey Howard on trombone. Groundation saxophonist Jason Robinson has gone on to become the head of the Jazz program at UC San Diego as well as breathing new life into the Southern California Jazz scene. Drummer Paul Spina (Les Claypool, Will Bernard’s Mother Bug) has been with the group since taking over from original set player James Stafford in December 2001.

Groundation’s sound is extremely innovative and fresh….anything can happen at a Groundation show! One thing’s for certain, the experience is 100% positive.

For more information, please call 510-525-5054 and check out www.groundation.com
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