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Posted by Bob Slayton 
February 03, 2006 10:23PM
February of 2006 marks Groundation's 7th Annual "A Tribute To Bob Marley"
tour. This years tour will feature some very special guest musicians...
Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace on Drums, star of the movie "Rockers" and Burning
Spear's drummer for many years will be taking Paul Spina's place for this
month giving him some well deserved family time. Also joining Groundation on
this years Bob Marley tribute tour will be Bay Area jazz guitarist Will
Bernard from "Motherbug".

The band Groundation was founded in the fall of 1998 when three long time
musicians Marcus Urani (keyboards), Ryan Newman (bass), and Harrison
Stafford (vocals/guitar) came together to form the core of the band after
meeting at Sonoma State University . They were later joined in 2000 by San
Francisco based Jazz trumpeter David Chachere and the North Bay's Kelsey
Howard on trombone. . Drummer Paul Spina who played with Les Claypool &
Will Bernard's band Mother Bug, has been with the group since December 2001.
They have added a pair of female singer's from Jamaica to the band just this
year... the first is Ikesha Johnson, who the band met last year while
touring Europe when she was with the "Black Uhuru Re-Union" tour of 2005
taking the place of the late Puma Jones. She is joined by Kerry-Ann Morgan
from Kingston, Jamaica.

This will be the bands first US appearances of the new year. Last year the
band made 2 trips to Europe, playing in 6 countries and playing before
crowds of 2,000-35,000 fans... they also made their first tour of Brazil in
2005, toured the W Coast and Hawaii with Apple Gabriel from Israel Vibration
in promotion of their critically acclaimed release "We Free Again" which
made the CMJ top 20 Charts for 13 weeks. As well as receiving the honor of
Northern California's best Reggae band at the Nor Bay awards.

It was a busy year for the band last year and they are excited about the
year to come with their new studio release and in coming your way to
perform... you can find tour dates, band discography, and many other facts
on their web site www.groundation.com or on their record label web site

Groundation will also be releasing a new CD in February called "Dub Wars"
This will be a compilation of dub versions of songs from their last two
releases "We Free Again" & "Hebron Gate."

Confirmed dates of the tour are:

Wednesday, February 1st Slim's - 333 11TH Street, San Francisco, CA ALL AGES
$14/$16 (415) 255-0333

Thursday, February 2nd Indigo Nightclub - 535 5TH Street, Eureka, CA 21+ Tix
$15/$17 or (707) 444-3381 www.indigonightclub.net or (707) 923-4599

Friday, February 3rd The Phoenix Theatre - 201 Washington Street, Petaluma,
(707) 763-0225 [www.thephoenixtheater.com]

Saturday, February 4th - 19 Broadway - 19 Broadway, Fairfax CA 21+ $12/15
(415) 485-0735

Monday, February 6th The Catalyst - 1011 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 16+
$14/$16 (831) 425-7799

Wednesday, February 8th - 14 Below - 1348 14TH Street & Santa Monica Blvd.,
Santa Monica CA 21 + $12 (310) 451-5040 [www.14below.com]
Advance Tickets w/o charge at www.ragejaxfoundation.com.

Thursday, February 9th - Club M - 680 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach CA 21+
$15 (949) 497-5646
100 Advance tickets available @ club 9am-5pm

Friday, February 10th - Belly Up 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach CA 21+
$10/$12 (858) 481-8140

Saturday, February 11 - The Graduate - 990 Industrial Way, San Luis Obispo
CA 18+ $12.50/$17 (805) 541-0969
[www.slograd.com] or (831) 724-8865

Sunday, February 12 @ SoHo's - 1221 State Street, Santa Barbara CA 21+
$13/$15 (805) 962-7776

Wednesday, February 15 @ The Ashkenaz - 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA ALL
AGES $13/$15
(510) 525-5099 [www.ashkenaz.com]

Friday, February 17 @ Multi Purpose Room/ Viking Union, Western Washington
University - Bellingham WA
ALL AGES $5/$8 (360) 650-6123 [www.wwu.edu] 6pm Lecture/ 9pm
show time

Harrison Stafford will also be doing a lecture in the afternoon at the
college re; the History of Reggae Music and the Rastafari Religion in
co-ordination with Black History Month. Harrison taught a course on this at
Sonoma State University in 1999-2001.

Saturday, February 18 - Studio Seven - 110 S Horton, Seattle WA ALL AGES $15
(206) 260-3890
[www.studioseven.us] or [www.cultureyard.com]

Sunday February 19 - Latitude 21 - 21 West 6th Ave., Eugene OR 21+ $10

Tuesday, February 21 @ The Last Day Saloon - 120 5TH Street, Santa Rosa, CA
21+ $12/$14 (707) 545-5876 [www.lastdaysaloon.com]

Jah Guide & Protect
Bob Slayton

February 03, 2006 10:45PM
See you tonight! It's a gonna be cool!
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