Ziontific 2017 Music Schedule

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived!

We’ve been hard at work to provide you with the most energetic, inspirational, educational and uplifting musical experience to kick off your summer right. Each and every one of the bands on the line-up has a positive message to spread and is sure to keep you movin’ and groovin’ for all 3 days and nights.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - The Expanders

Ziontific 7 Artist – The Expanders

For more than a decade, U.S. reggae artists have been building a foundation from the Hawaiian islands to the east coast. This new generation of reggae artists continues to reach new heights of success with album and ticket sales, as well as winning over fans worldwide. While most modern American reggae bands are rooted in the rock reggae style, there are a few U.S. artists championing the lineage of classic roots reggae traditions, and Los Angeles-based vintage reggae revivalists The Expanders are leading that charge, building their sound around classic 70’s and early 80’s style reggae, with three part vocal harmonies, conscious songwriting, and an indie-DIY spirit.

The five-piece band comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organs), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals) have been making reggae fans and critics take note with their refreshing sound that references the “golden era” of reggae. Morrison and Butcher grew up listening to the record collection of famed reggae archivist Roger Steffens, and credit much of their love and knowledge to the accessibility and education of those experiences. Becoming friends with Steffens’ son, they developed an obsession with exploring the deepest reaches of the genre. The Expanders’ new album Hustling Culture was released June 16, 2015, on indie tastemaker label Easy Star Records. Hustling Culture is the band’s third studio album, but for the band members feels like their first proper album as a cohesive unit. Asher explains, “Our first album was a collection of music from good friends making a record together. Our second album was a great covers album, but Hustling Culture is the band coming into its own with our songwriting and musicianship.” Morrison adds, “For this album we spent more time prepping and rehearsing, giving us more confidence in the recording studio. The result made the process more fun and enjoyable as we approached the songwriting in a more organized way and explored a wider range of topics than on the first album. Our combined efforts really shine through and all the musicians really stepped up and gave an inspired effort on the whole record.” In addition to the core members, their extended family includes keyboardist Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites and Rivas Recordings. Rivas has been an integral part of The Expanders’ recordings and helped maintain and produce the authentic sounds, which shine through on all the band’s releases.

Hustling Culture was recorded entirely on analogue tape at Killion Sound in North Hollywood, CA, from 20122014. The studio is a favorite recording place for the band because it’s run by Sergio Rios (Orgone), a friend who understands their unique aesthetic and has the gear to capture it, giving the album a warm and colorful palette.

The album title, Hustling Culture comes from the album’s opening line: “One dollar gone but the next soon come, we never stop from hustling culture.” Morrison explains, “Everyone has a hustle, and ours is roots & culture music. It’s a way of reminding ourselves that outside of just entertaining and financial gain, there is a bigger picture and larger purpose for writing about the topics and playing the style of roots reggae that we do.” The Expanders’ music is a reminder that reggae music wasn’t born in a tropical beach paradise, but in the impoverished and underprivileged areas of Jamaica, resulting in a passionate expression for human rights, social justice and freedom from oppression.

There is a subtle, yet powerful conscious thread woven throughout Hustling Culture. “ Uptown Set,” for example, is about the hidden effects of our country’s party lifestyle, which brings suffering and misery to innocent poor people caught along the routes where party drugs come across the border. “Thanks For Life” is a dedication to women, the struggle they face every day, and the debt of life that we all owe to them. “Top Shelf” is a tribute to the ganja farmers and the reflection of the changing cultural views on marijuana.

The band is part of a burgeoning Los Angeles reggae scene that sprang in large part from The Blue Beat Lounge (the longest running weekly ska night that happened at the Knitting Factory) and LA’s longtime premier weekly reggae night Dub Club held at the Echoplex. A song that was inspired by a key member of that scene is “Reggae Pops,” an infectious instrumental tune laid over a “steppers riddim” featuring John Butcher on lead guitar and Dan Hastie from Orgone on clarinet. The title was chosen as a tribute to the late-great Reggae Pops (born Nemencio Jose Andujar) who was a pillar of the Southern California reggae community for decades. Morrison states, “It’s impossible to accurately describe what he meant to reggae music in Los Angeles, but those who remember him from shows will never forget him. He was a dancer, a fan, and a presence that was always felt. He was the man!”

The Expanders are on tour now supporting the release. Morrison concludes, “Our goal is to bring that vintage reggae feel and sound that we love to places where people might not get to hear it on a regular basis.”

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Ziontific 7 Artist – Tomorrows Bad Seeds

Tomorrows Bad Seeds, “leaders of the new school” is a five piece American band from The South Bay of Los Angeles California, formed in 2004. Their Southern California influences helped yield their unparalleled sound; A perfect mix of reggae, rock & pop. From Hood B-Boy Street to Surf/Skate Beach Culture these boys emerged into a multi-cultural musical phenomenon with a cause. Meet The Seeds: Moises Juarez (lead-vocals), Sean Chapman(vocals/guitar), Matthew McEwan (vocals/guitar), Patrick Salmon (drums), and Andre Davis (bass).

The band tours an average of 40 weeks a year coast to coast, selling out venues and spreading like wildfire across the nation. Building a solid and loyal following wherever they go. On June 16th, 2012 TBS headed out to appear for their 3rd time at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. They just released their highly anticipated 3rd album on June 12, 2012 titled “The Great Escape” produced by Grammy winner Damon Elliot. TBS released their first single off the album titled “One Way” co-written with Tim Myers of One Republic fame on March 27, 2012. “One Way” is currently on the radio and made it onto the Top 40 Billboard Indicator Charts 5 weeks in a row. With so much anticipation surrounding the album, “The Great Escape” hit #28 on the Itunes Alternative Charts upon its first day of release. On February 25, 2012 the Bad Seeds concluded their 6week headlining tour with a sold out performance at the Anaheim House Of Blues. On November 12th 2011 they finished 3 nationwide tours all the while promoting their single “Nice & Slow”. The single was released August 8th 2011 along with their sexy summer video recognized for winning MTVU Freshmen Video Pick Of the Week and played on hundreds of media outlets. “Nice & Slow” received notable radio play and climbed its way on to the MB radio charts. No wonder the band’s Facebook page has over two million impressions. On March 3, 2011 TBS appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson performing their single “Only For You” off their 2nd album “Sacred For Sale.” On November 18th, 2010 TBS received the “Commercial Success Award” at the Los Angeles Music Awards for having more than 150,000 downloads for 2010.

Tomorrows Bad Seeds prove to be extremely talented musicians, vocalists and entertainers as a whole. Their live show provides a high-energy performance that will have you craving more. Since the band’s inception, they have shared the stage with the likes of UB40, 311, Pennywise, Smashing Pumpkins, The Wailers, and Fishbone, to name a few. In 2007 the Seeds’ signed with Urbantone Records releasing their debut album “Early Prayers” then on May 25th, 2010 they followed up with their sophomore record entitled “Sacred For Sale” distributed by MRI a subsidiary of Sony/RED. You can find Tomorrows Bad Seeds music online on Itunes, Amazon, CDbaby, etc. Their fans can reach them on top social media sites and on our official web page. “We come with versatility because we come from such a melting pot of music here in the Greater Los Angeles Area,” Moises said. We don’t really fit into a ‘genre’, our sound is best described as an attitude a blend of everything, with something for everyone!”

NOT BAD MEANING BAD BUT BAD MEANING RAD!

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Sophistafunk

Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.

For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. They’ve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Gold’s restaurant and music venue, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, they’ve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieri’s personal request. Leading into their most recent National TV endeavor, Sophistafunk had the honor of composing the theme song for Guy’s Grocery Games.

Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. They’ve also gained attention from publications including New York City’s Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine. Listed in Relix Magazine’s “5 Artists You Should Know”.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – The Alchemystics

Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian  rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies – fired by the Alchemystic’s unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows, have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England, and beyond.

The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Bujak Live

In addition to producing Ziontific’s Silent Disco for the weekend — Jeff Bujak will also be performing 2 sets of ‘Silent Buj’ alongside the lovely acrobatic hoop-master Jen Dulong.

Massachusetts based performance duo ‘Bujak Live’ is Jeff Bujak (on the keys) and Jen Dulong (on the LED hula-hoop). Jeff Bujak is a solo experimental/progressive music producer from Massachusetts who creates instrumental songs centered around classical composition, progressive rock and dance music that dives deep in the waters of complex live electronica.

Jen Dulong performs on stage alongside Jeff with an LED hula-hoop and other shapes providing beautiful lighting and movement with a visual depth to the solo musician.  Bujak is carving a new path in the live-music scene one show at a time. Continue reading →

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Dub Apocalypse

Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from Boston,MA.The lineup includes Tommy Benedetti(drums),Timo Shanko(Sax/Bass),Johnny Trama(gtr),Van Martin(gtr) and Aaron Bellamy(bass).They have created their own unique sound that fuses the militant toughness of Sly and Robbie, and Scientist productions,with a balanced twin guitar attack,explosive Coltrane inspired sax,and a healthy dose of improvisation.The band plays a mix of classic Jamaican tunes and dub plates from the 70s and early 80s,mixed with their own compostitions.Featuring current and former members of John Brown’s Body,Ghosts of Jupiter,Morphine and G Love and Special Sauce,DA brings decades of combined experience from clubs,theaters and festivals around the globe to the stage every night.Drummer Tommy Benedetti(JBB) formed the band in 2007 and was quickly joined by longtime musical brothers,Johnny Trama on guitar,and Timo Shanko,a duel threat,who is an equal force on bass and tenor sax.The band started out featuring a rotating cast of Boston heavyweights,including Jim Hobbs(Fully Celebrated),Dana Colley(Morphine) and Jeffrey Lockhart(Wally’s Funk Band) to name a few.This approach created a buzz in the Boston music scene and made each show a fresh experience.In the past couple of years,DA has solidified into a more consistent lineup with the addition of Van Martin and Aaron Bellamy.This has inspired the band to concentrate more on writing and recording original material,while still maintaining a busy performance schedule,further crafting their deadly,unique sound.DA maintains a busy schedule in New England with appearances at many festivals,clubs and pubs.They have 2 successful long running residencies,won a Boston Music Award in 2011 for Best International Act,and were recently named “One of the 10 Local Acts You Have to Hear Now” by the Improper Bostonian..The Dub Apocalypse live show is a soul shakin’ throwdown..and they invite you along for the journey.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Roots of a Rebellion

Roots of a Rebellion [ROAR] hail from Nashville, TN and bolster Reggae-Rock-Dub music for the soul. In between touring, ROAR has released an “Inner Light EP” in 2012, a full-length album “Heartifact” in 2014 and most recently “A Brother’s Instinct” in 2016.

Having shared the stage with The Wailers, Rebelution, NEEDTOBREATHE, Slightly Stoopid, moe, Trombone Shorty, North Mississippi Allstars, SOJA, and countless others, Roots of a Rebellion is proud to represent another side of Music City, USA.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - Sun-Dried Vibes

Ziontific 7 Artist – Sun-Dried Vibes

Sun-Dried Vibes provide a fresh twist to the reggae/rock genre with their high-energy live performances that crank out infectious sing-a-longs laced with a positive message. SDV will be heard, since their inception in 2010 the group has performed around 275 dates a year. The trio of road warriors have two full length albums under their belt and a new one in the works for 2017. The new album, “Stay Hopeful” is anticipated to drop in Fall 2017 featuring some of the biggest and best names in the American Reggae/Rock Scene. The album is being tracked by Jeff Leonard and Eric Rickert of Ocean Industries Studios (Charleston, SC).

Sun-Dried Vibes took home back to back awards for South Carolina’s Rock Band of the Year in 2012, 2013, as well as 2016, voted on by the SC Music Awards and were voted Charlotte’s Best Local Band 2012 by the Readers of Creative Loafing. In 2014 one of the most progressive promoters in the world took notice and added SDV to the major festival ‘California Roots: Carolina Sessions’ sharing the bill with the Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Katchafire and more in Wilmington, NC. This festival along with a 12 show, headlining tour in the US Virgin Islands was the icing on the cake in 2014.

2015 was the year of opportunity for Sun-Dried Vibes. SDV set out on a national tour that summer highlighted by an appearance at the largest reggae music festival in the world. California Roots Music & Arts Festival will took place May 2015 in Monterey, CA and the group was humbled to share the bill with SOJA, Steel Pulse, Dirty Heads, Chronixx, The Roots and many more. 2015 also brought a new opportunity for SDV as the trio was added to a world class roster at SEG: Sweetwine Entertainment Group based out of Denver, CO.

2016 shaped up to be the biggest and best yet for Sun-Dried Vibes as they kicked off the year with a SOLD OUT show in their hometown of Charlotte, NC on New Years Eve. The group follows up the sellout with a 20 show national tour in 9 states including a stop at a SOLD OUT One Love Cali Reggae Fest in Santa Ana, CA. The boys also made appearances at Reggae Rise Up Festival in St. Petersburg, FL, a return to the 3rd Annual California Roots: Carolina Sessions on April 9th in Myrtle Beach, SC and the 5th Annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, CA. 2016 also included SOLD OUT SHOWS in 5 other major cities (Washington, DC/Atlanta, GA/Wilmington, NC/Columbia, SC/Austin, TX) and supporting national touring artists Ballyhoo!, Through the Roots & Zach Deputy.

On August 28th 2011 Zach Fowler (Lead Vox/ Gtr), Evan Tyler (Bass), and Alex Winchester (Drums) released ‘Give Thanks’ as their debut album and began filling up rooms along the east coast. On April 8th, 2014 their sophomore album “Back2Square1” debuted on the iTunes Reggae Charts at #6 and the hit single “Young One” ft. Jeremy Anderson (TreeHouse) was featured as the MP3 Leak of the Week by The Pier (www.thepier.org). The trio has plans to complete and release their 3rd full length album, “Stay Hopeful” in 2017.

It’s not a secret that the Sun-Dried Vibes family includes a very loyal fan base, the higher ups have definitely taken notice. SDV has had the pleasure of supporting major acts of all genres including The Dirty Heads, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Ballyhoo, The Movement, Passafire, The Expendables, Natural Vibrations, The Aggrolites, The Supervillains, Less Than Jake, AWOL Nation, Neon Trees, The Nappy Roots and many more.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - The Late Ones

Ziontific 7 Artist – The Late Ones

Based out of Laie, Hawaii, brothers Tui Avei (Lead vocals), and Tau Avei (Vocals), along with cousin Josh Brunson (Vocals) are the voices. Built on a roots reggae foundation with influences from various genres like Hip-hop, R&B, and jazz, The Late Ones’ unique blend of style, and harmony shapes a youthful, yet old school reggae vibe.

Born in Gardena, California, The Late Ones harness something undeniably special. Rooted in Samoan culture, and complimented by the group’s African American heritage, the familial bond between the three members transcends throughout the group’s conscious lyrics and catchy melodies.

The name “The Late Ones” pays tribute to all of the late and great revolutionaries who have come and gone like Bob Marley, Tupac, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Biko, John Lennon and also present day legendsincluding Jurassic 5, Steel Pulse, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul just to name a few. It is the fusion of each revolutionary story, struggle, and message that inspires and resonates with The Late Ones’ own story, struggle, and love for all genres of music. That is the “L81Z” sound.

In late 2014, The Late Ones recorded their debut EP at Sea Major Seven Studio in Honolulu, HI with Producer/Engineer Noah Cronin (Sammy J) and producers Lapana Ieriko and Klandon Fetaui. The Late Ones debut EP Revelate was released on May 5, 2015 via online digital outlets and peaked at number three on the iTunes reggae charts in the first week of the release.

The Late Ones bring a youthful presence to the reggae community. With Revelate, the band hopes to push their music and message beyond their tight knit homeland of Hawaii. The EP holds six original compositions created by a group with great potential and high expectations.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Sensamotion

New roots reggae and dubfire rock for the motion of your soul. Hailing from Atlantic City, NJ Sensamotion is known for their unique style, captivating a audience across the nation. They have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in reggae music such as The Wailers, Matisyahu, Israel Vibration, Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, The Green, Easy Star All Stars, Barrington Levy, Stick Figure, Ky-Mani Marley, Fortunate Youth and more.. They’ve also performed as the backing band for Kevin Kinsella performing classic John Brown’s Body, and 10ft Ganja Plant tunes. Inspired by bands such as Groundation, Midnite, and John Brown’s Body they are looking to bring something new to the table. Their EP ‘Looking Up’ is out and available now. With a newly added horn section (trumpet and saxophone) Sensamotion is currently evolving their sound and working hard on new music.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Oogee Wawa

Oogee Wawa is an Alternative Reggae Hip-hop fusion band from Long Island, NY. Take Gym Class Heroes, Sublime, a bottle of rum; mix them in a blender and you’ll have a taste of what is Oogee Wawa. Their feel good music captivates a wide age range of fans that relate to the message that they bring forth. Oogee Wawa’s hard work and determination has honored them spots performing with many national touring acts such as: 311, Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Badfish, Ballyhoo!, Passafire. They were named WBAB;s Homegorwn Superstars, they won first place at the Indie Music Fest in Las Vegas, NV and have consistently played 130+ shows for the past two years. Always out to have a good time, Oogee Wawa is dedicated to creating feel good music that inspires the desire to party!

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Danny Pease & the Regulators

Danny Pease and the Regulators (DPR) has been a strong force in New England for a handful of years. Composed of musicians with ranging backgrounds, their style of “Dirty Punk Reggae” continues to morph and take shape, while always staying true to reggae roots and ska rhythms. With their home base in Western Mass, they have steadily been scouring the Northeast and impressing newcomers with high energy and uplifting shows. Even being described as “A veritable army of energetic rockers… DPR blends ska, reggae, rock and hip-hop into a whirlwind of whoop-ass…” – The Valley Advocate

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Ziontific 7 Artist – TreeHouse!

Forming in 2010, American Reggae Jam Rock band TreeHouse! has performed hundreds of shows a year throughout the country, introducing established reggae, rock and jam band scenes to a brand new fusion of sounds. These road warriors have shared the stage with top names and international acts in both genres, including 311, Dirty Heads, Steel Pulse, SOJA, Pepper, Stick Figure, Kung Fu, The Mantras, The Wailers, Tribal Seeds, and more.

The TreeHouse! single, “Blessings” was picked by Stephen Marley and Ky-Mani Marley as one of the top 10 songs out of hundreds of contestants in the Marley’s Music Uprising, because they felt this song exemplified the spirit of Bob Marley.

TreeHouse has released two official studio albums, “Growth” (2013) and “Lifted” (2015), with another on the way, thousands of US fans and growing, and solid touring across the country.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Viva La Hop

Boston’s Viva La Hop is a live Hip-Hop movement with roots from Funk & Jazz. From the horns, to the keys, to the strings, to the kick drum this crew comes to get your heads bobbin’ and booties movin’, bringing an organic element back to hip-hop music. Poetry in motion.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Soul Rebel Project

The world of Reggae and Caribbean-inspired music is vast and ever-progressing through the diverse singers and players across the corners of the earth. Following in this tradition comes the Soul Rebel Project.

A top-professional Reggae/Rock band hailing from Boston MA, with their unique Pulsating Drum and Bass rhythms and heavily decorated melodies played by some of the top musicians in all of New England. (A cross between Collie Buddz, Rebelution and Matisyahu… Rich Parara, Ingenious Concepts).

Members of SRP as a collaborative have touched the stages of large festivals such as warped tour, as well as performed alongside multiple Grammy winners such as Sean Paul and Toots and the Maytals. Led By the young veteran and Frontman/songwriter, Mike Francis Jr, with his soulful vocals and energetic stage performances. (VeryTalented Vocalist with a style of his own….Matty Trump, Boston/LA Top Producer/Engineer)

Jason Harris with his industry standard sounds and cutting edge caribbean guitar playing, accompanied by Berkley professor John Funkhouser’s explosive piano playing. The Drum and Bass Section of Adam (Tugboat) Saylor and Geoff (Pilks) Pilkington uses their top-notch experience as hip hop artists/producers to bring a crossover appeal to the Rebel sound and provide the solid backbone of Soul Rebel Project.

Soul Rebel Project is having early success with singles like Blood Money and Informer getting regular airplay from various college radio stations and playing stages alongside of Top World Reggae artists such as Mighty Mystic, Barrington Levy and Lee Scratch Perry. SRP continues to bring their conscious message, and heavy hitting vibes to well respected clubs all over New England and Beyond.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Rhythmic Circus

A conscience collective collaboration of original tunes from various genres including but not limited to: rock, funk, soul, R&B, hip hop, gypsy reggae, blues, bluegrass and the occasional pop classic. If you like to dance and are into conscience uplifting music, well… Run away with the Rhythmic Circus!

Born from a dust cloud and ashes, The Rhythmic Circus rose out of the bowels of Central Connecticut to join in the battle, to change the conscience mind, to uplift the mundane and give birth to a new age of music. Our purpose, to emancipate your soul and to help those lost to find meaning through musical adventure. The Collective unconscious needs a higher elevation and we, through music, are the conduit.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Joey Batts & Them

Joey Batts & Them are a five-piece alternative hip-hop band based out of Connecticut. The band, comprised of Joey on vocals, Tony Volpe on guitar, John Dotson on bass, Marty Wirt on keys and Mike “Beatwiz” Spellman on drums and percussion, is taking the live hip hop scene by storm, Joey Batts never takes no for an answer – you either love his sound right away, or his voice kidnaps you until you change your mind. A lyrical genius and an amazing front man with impeccable crowd control, rolled into, one Joey Batts has proven to be an asset to CT’s growing underground hip-hop culture.

With funky grooves and plenty of hooks, Joey Batts & Them can turn any show or event into an outright party. And with shows all over New England, the Northeast, and beyond, be sure to check them out, and you can be the best of friends!

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Ziontific 7 Artist — Rebel Alliance

Rock, Reggae, and revolution, These are the things that Rebel Alliance, The Berkshires pre-eminent reggae-influenced band, preach to the masses! Combining the best of rock, reggae, improvisational jam and a whole host of other musical genres, Rebel Alliance is sure to surprise-and please wherever you see them.

With musical backgrounds and tastes that are quite broad, each member of The Reb (as they are called by “in the know” persons) has much to bring to the party, and much to add to the song. Rebel Alliance is on a path that not many can match. In just a short time they have become a cohesive unit with one common vision; to change the musical scene, and bring the music, and their vision to the world. With hearts full of the message, and rooms full of the sound, any Rebel Alliance show is sure to move you.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – The Change Up

Boston based supergroup The Change Up are a multi instrumentalist based, traveling dance party that focuses on high end Instrumentalism and lyrical expressionism. They have graced the stage with HUNDREDS of different acts regardless of genre or style, they’re adaptability carrying them to the national level and sequestering a spot on coveted festivals. Led by multi instrumentalist and award winning producer Ash Berman, The Change Up has an electro jam sensibility and a structurally based arrangement that let’s loose a whirlwind of styles including Reggae, Hip Hop, Latino Rhythm, and manual electronica.

With long time collaborator Brian Bailey on guitar, multi instrumentalist Alex Cohen on percussion, and Dj Icculus on the Decks and Sax, The Change Up are always striving to do something completely different. A revolving door of second chair musicians, including Michael Wingate of the Which Doctors, Mathew Klewiter and Steven Goffstien of Damelatones round out the current line up.

The concept of The Change Up, is music with no borders, boundless reckless abandon and a thirst for exploration. The band is centered on the idea that it should be different every show, and to experiment live is the essence of their moniker.

For this year The Change Up is proud to present Electro Magnetic Pulse or E.M.P, for your listening pleasure!!! A stark combination of beatboxed loops and funky horns mixed with their distinct outlaw reggae sound and blistering lead sections, E.M.P, is ready to crush the Ziontific stage!!!

With a new record out this summer and a vast cavalcade of shows and appearances, you don’t want to miss this amalgam of talent. As was said before and will be said again:
No matter the time, no matter the place, if you’re ready to rage, the Change Up E.M.P. rages face!!!!

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Kroma Kode

Kroma Kode is an Electro-Soul band focused on fusing hip hop, electronic, and live instrumentation into a blend of upbeat feel-good music.

Based out of Southbridge, MA, they continue to make their mark across music scenes throughout the east coast.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - STL GLD

Ziontific 7 Artist – STL GLD

Moe Pope and The Arcitype are STL GLD, one of the New England area’s most exciting acts. The Emcee/Producer duo has been nominated for Boston Music Award’s Best Hip Hop Act for the past 2 years, and has been called one of the best live acts out of the city of Boston. Their sophomore album, ‘Torch Song’ is now available on AR Classic Records.

Moe Pope:
Moe Pope, originally from Boston, MA, is an indie hip-hop artist, songwriter and contemporary painter. As a lyricist, Pope chronicles the stories of his life and his community by touching upon subjects like fatherhood, relationships, and the human condition.

Pope released his first record One in 2001 as a member of San Francisco Bay-area group Mission (now Crown City Rockers), featuring Raashan Ahmad. After spending years with the band writing and touring, he returned to Boston to be with his daughter and continue the path of performance and art.

Upon his return to Boston, he connected with rapper/producer Insight and his five-man outfit, Electric (a.k.a Electric Company) and released Life’s A Struggle (2004). Along with Electric members Anonymous and Raheem Jamal, Pope then went on to form a music collective called Project Move, and released their debut album Love Gone Wrong/Butterfly Theory (2006). Parting ways with Project Move in 2007, Pope reunited with former Crown City cohort Headnodic to release their highly lauded collaborative album Megaphone (2008), featuring appearances from Gift of Gab, Oh No, and Zion I among others.

In 2010, Pope hooked up with Boston producer Rain and released the critically acclaimed Life After God, an album that would change his career forever. The record earned a spot on iTunes Rewinds “Top 10 Albums of 2010″, Boston Herald’s “Top Local Hip Hop Album of 2010″ and The Boston Phoenix “2011 Boston’s Best”. In addition, Pope was honored in The Improper Bostonian Music Issue as the “New Up and Comer” and he landed a cover and feature story in Stuff Magazine.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse background of influences, Pope has spent the last few years reinventing his craft and forming alliances to inspire his work. His latest collaboration as Moe Pope & Rain released the long awaited full-length album Let the Right Ones In January 22, 2013 on Brick Records, to widespread critical acclaim.

For his newest collaboration, Moe Pope has teamed up with well-known producer The Arcitype (Duck Down Records) for their upcoming release STL GLD.

The Arcitype:
Born in New York City’s Little Italy in the early 80s, The Arcitype’s love for music began at the young age of five when his father enrolled him in music school and surrounded him with different Instruments. Moving from New York to the rural and isolated Western Massachusetts, The Arcitype continued his musical education and began playing Classical piano. Influenced by his guitar rocker uncle, he engendered a strong love for the blues, and began picking licks on the old beat-up Fender Strat his uncle gave him.

As the lead guitarist with Blues/Funk group Tip Top Deluxe, The Arcitype played shows to packed houses. Touring the New England Tri-State area, Tip Top Deluxe headlined shows at various clubs, bars and festivals from 1998-2000. When the group split in 2000, The Arcitype moved onto a solo career in Acoustic Rock and Blues. The need for demos spurred his interest in the recording process, and led him to set up a home studio.

By 2002, The Arcitype had branched out into Hip Hop, seeing it as the modern day interpretation of the traditional Blues he loves. Utilizing his diverse musical background, The Arcitype began creating Hip Hop beats.

Leaving the Berkshires for Boston, The Arcitype pursued a degree in Audio Production and Music at Emerson College. It was during this time that he began to establish himself in the Boston Hip Hop scene, forming relationships with the city’s best emcees, other producers and various promoters.

In the spring of 2008, The Arcitype formed his own label, AR Classic Records, to have a home for the projects he was working on. Later that same year, The Arcitype opened his own studio, The Bridge Sound & Stage with business partner (and former Emerson professor) Owen Curtin, and has since built the studio’s reputation into one of the premier studios and the Hip Hop epicenter of Boston.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - Soultree

Ziontific 7 Artist – Soultree

From the songwriters and producers of The Alchemystics comes Soultree (ambient sultry soul roots). A reggae soul dub lovers fusion.

The Alchemystics provided a great platform for socially conscious lyrics and the chanting reggae rap stylings Ian I developed over the years (exemplified in songs like “Type a Prayer”). Still, he continued to write other more personal and heartfelt sacred love music inspired by artists such as Sade, Stephen Marley, and more recently, Jhene Aiko. Hence, the birth of Soultree (ambient sultry soul roots). Soultree combines Ian I’s reggae roots with a new school ambient sound, romantic as well as existential themes.

A Soultree experience is sure to leave audiences emotionally uplifted. Joining Ian I on stage is beautiful fire dancer, Lilly Roberts, adding visual aesthetics to the sonic backdrop. Some key songs include “Vitality,” a song about using music as a vehicle for overcoming personal struggles, “Sweet Your Dreams,” and “Serene Vision Daydream” instantly strike a sultry romantic chord in listeners.

Features Ian I on drums, production and Vocal, John Corda on Keys and Lilly Roberts on dance and artistry.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – UZOO

The brainchild of Joey Batts, UZOO came to existence in the winter of 2015. Aware of the depth of talent in the Connecticut hip-hop scene, and fed up with being overlooked, Batts called upon his closest friends to form a CT-based supergroup. By bringing the best of the best together into a cohesive unit – one that allowed for individual talents to shine alongside the overall power of the group as a whole – UZOO brings forth a musical experience reminiscent of the ‘90s-era Wu-Tang Clan, reminding hip-hop fans of how revolutionary a collective has the power to be. 

The dynamic collective boasts an eclectic offering of artistry, as each member brings their unique style to the table. From Funk Gero’s enlightened stoner flows to Cre808’s sharp wordplay and fierce delivery, UZOO has something for everyone. The fact that such a wide array of styles are blended together so fluently on wax is a testament to the level of talent that exists within the group. Feeding off of one another’s energy, the animalistic tendencies of each emcee is apparent as they trade bars and verses over rugged, grimy production.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Trouble City All-Stars

Over the past 6 years Trouble City has been turning heads and tuning in ears from all over the region with its own brand of original roots/rocksteady/reggae. Trouble City blends old sounds of traditional reggae with some more modern aspects to accomplish a solid sound to get your feet moving. Trouble City has put out three albums and has played with the likes of Stephen Marley, Snoop Dogg, The Wailers, Badfish, Matt and Kim, Flux Capacito, the Dirty Heads, Dr. Dog, the 7 walkers, Railroad earth and more!

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Stop Tito Collective

A progressive reggae band from Hampton Falls, NH fusing all their influences, experiences, and favorite music into one wall of sound.

Stop Tito Collective has taken the influences and roots of traditional reggae and exploded into the realms of funk inspired, improvised jams. Their unique style that blends reggae, rock, jam, and funk has allowed them to develop into a fully energetic live show. Developing a strong sense of musicianship on stage, STC has been able to captivate audiences with their full sound and improvised grooves. The members of STC each bring their own interests and tastes in music to combine for what is completely pleasurable to the ears and good for the soul. STC has been emerging into the Northeast festival scene.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Binger

Based out of Burlington, Vermont, Binger elusively sheds any genre that manages to stick to them (often within the same song). Combining elements of progressive psych rock with the grooves and lyricism of jazz-minded hip-hop to create a style that gracefully skirts the line between delightful and perplexing; inventing a sound that reels you in, and keeps you there, with a cohesive yet eclectic energy.

Binger channel the manifold musical scene of New England through their ever expanding exploration of all music accessible to the airwaves, having shared stages with Atmosphere, Sophistafunk, Polyrhythmics, Sidewalk Chalk, BIG Something, Lynguistic Civilians, and more. Look to see Binger at a venue near you in 2017.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – DJ Benny Black

IN THE SILENT DISCO . . .

Benny Black is a multi-dimensional artist with a serious focus on the creative and business oriented aspects of today’s music industry.

From a very young age, Benny Black had a strong interest in creating music. As hip hop began to spread throughout the tri-state area, he was exposed early to the new culture by hearing songs like “Rapper’s Delight” and “Planet Rock” on the radio and on tapes. A new concept in television would cause his interest to peak. Run DMC’s “King of Rock” video influenced him for years to come. He was fascinated by the art of MCing and DJing. The straight forward yet witty lyrics combined with hard, gritty beats and aggressive attitude was adopted and imitated by a young Benny Black.

Benny continued to write rhymes and record music throughout his life. With too many successful releases to even count, Benny Black has been busy diversifying his passion. From mixtape to mixtape and a combination beat tape/mixtape to a hip hop instrumental album to Djing for Tableek and The Political Animals to working as the Urban Music Director on the radio, starting a record label, writting a few books, and continues to further advance his career as a DJ/Producer.

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Ziontific 7 Artist — Heirloom Seeds

Original Vermont Grass Roots and Culture. Heirloom Seeds is a band that lives for tradition and culture from the organic heirloom food that they grow to the Roots Reggae music they’ve learned straight from the elders in Brooklyn, Jamaica, and West Afrika. The Spirit that is ‘Reggae’ or ‘Regal’ music is an education of agricultural and nutritional self-sustainability, rural independence, multicultural unity, art, and mysticism. That is the message of His Majesty Haile Sellassie I of Ethiopia in his speeches and writings. Heirloom Seeds stays true to the old school sound and philosophy a refreshing listen for all ages.

The rhythm section is locked with Drummer Brian West and bassist Jay Cook running the dancehall Kingston style. Composer and Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Rosow chants in honor of cultural diversity and biodiversity. Both he feels are being threatened by GMO cross-pollination and pesticide use. Instead he redirects us toward sustainable localized living and the boycott of non-organic produce and products.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - DapperascaL

Ziontific 7 Artist – DapperascaL

Connecticut based band formed in the fires of funk and shaped in the spirit of rock n roll, DapperascaL, performs original music and legendary hits from the past and present.

This 6 piece rocket ship will take you to the moon and back with their magnetic grooves, tasty guitar solos and soulful vocals. “Those aren’t craters on the moon my friends, those are dance floors.”

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Ziontific 7 Artist – I-ganic Soundsystem

IN THE SILENT DISCO . . .

Residing in Western Mass with roots in Puerto Rico, I-Ganic began spinning records in the mid ‘80s at the age of 13. Inspired by the sound system culture of Jamaica, I-Ganic played parties and opened for local reggae bands. By the late ‘90s, he had developed his signature style of layering digital effects over a mix of top-shelf selections of the latest UK and Jamaican Roots, Steppas, Dancehall, and Dub. Having added more equipment and a much larger collection of vinyl, I-Ganic Sound System is the Pioneer Valley’s Number One Reggae Sound System.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Bless the Child

Bless the Child is an amalgamation of artists with a diversity of musical experience and commonality of cause, a heartfelt reckoning, and a reverent tribute to a golden age in hip hop when lyricism and soulful messages reigned. Based in Burlington, Vermont, Rajnii, Humble and Transplante have been gracing stages from local venues to open mics to festivals, making an impact on the scene through their uplifting energetic performances.

Drawing strength from sincere respect for true originators of the culture — from the classic era of Guru, Slick Rick, Brand Nubian, and Lauryn Hill to Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow, and the Treacherous Three — the name rings true as with skillful dexterity of poetry. Rajnii Eddins is an arts educator, National Poetry Slam champion, singer, and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. He is also a core member of Set Up City and the Jenke collective. MC Humble has gained notoriety through his collaborative performances with reggae artists like Toussaint the Liberator, Ras Iba, Rise Up Sound, and Satta Sounds, as well as Second Agenda and Barika. He is likewise a member of Set Up City and Jenke Arts. Also hailing from Second Agenda, DJ Transplant utilizes his turntables as an educational device in both clubs and classrooms alike. Scotty Raymond – Eskae One, also a member of the 2A Crew, has been a consummate presence in the local hip hop scene for over a decade. Tim Entricut McLaughlin is an integral ingredient, hailing from the Natural Ingredients who blend creative vocal harmony with skillful lyrical delivery.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Roots, Rhythm & Dub

Roots Rhythm & Dub, an alternative reggae band, fuses traditional rock influences with a progressive reggae sound. Originally formed in 2006, the band found a full and consistent group in the Fall of 2012 in Portland, Maine. Their appeal draws from an eclectic musical background, where each member contributes their own unique flavor. This band plays a wide range of musical styles, centered around Reggae, of-course.

A band of many diverse musical backgrounds, this group has established one of the freshest forms of Reggae around. Formed by Kevin Kareckas and Josh Routhier-Fenton in South Berwick, ME in 2006, Roots Rhythm & Dub is a Reggae-Fusion band that blends each member’s unique styles to form an original sound that has opened the eyes of many. The band became under the direction of Routhier-Fenton who added current bass player and vocalist Josh Hunnefeld in 2008. Together the group would release two albums, 2010’s B Side, and 2012’s The Getaway EP which led the band to play many spots around New England and established them as a prominent part of the Dover, NH and Portland, ME music scenes. Filled out by Tom Menzie (Guitar/Vocals), Sam Yawdik (Drums/Vocals), and Adam Vinciguerra (Percussion), the band has created one of the freshest forms of Reggae around. Roots, Rhythm, & Dub released their third studio album, Patience in January of 2015.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Iyah

Hailing from Jamaica, VT, IYAH uses the ITAL path to guide musical decisions. They rely on the influences of Jackie Mitoo, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespear, Augustus Pablo, Burning Spear, Toots Hibbert, Ernest Ranglin, King Tubby, 10 ft Ganja Plant and Midnite.

Their goal is to shape the ever expanding world of future roots, jam-loving, reiki reggae. Combining spiritual healing modalities with righteous riddim we aim to invigorate and shake bodies while spreading love.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Slack Tide

After performing in various bands together for almost four years, Ian McFarland and Chris Cyrus recruited drummer Tom Shubsda and bassist/pianist Max Logue to create a brand new type of live music experience: Slack Tide. Combining musical styles ranging from reggae and ska to hard rock and blues, the band has entertained audiences from Manhattan NY to Portland ME and everywhere in between. Putting a new twist on the old “jam band” structure, Slack Tide delivers a high energy good time performance that is never the same twice, meaning you won’t want to miss out on a single show.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Cultural Chemistry

Cultural Chemistry is a Vermont Hip Hop collective comprised of musicians, emcee’s, dee jay’s and producers. Featuring members Learic and Tha Truth (The Aztext), SkySplitterInk, Jay Be, Mister Burns (The Lynguistic Civilians) and DJ Kanga (Self Portrait).

A group of musicians who have played a huge part in Vermont’s Hip Hop scene for years through different outlets came together in the summer of 2016 to keep the chemistry of the culture alive. Since their first show in July of 2016 Cultural Chemistry has shared the stage with the likes of Talib Kweli, Zion I, Grouch & Elijah, The Perceptionists and Termanology.

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Ziontific 7 Artist — Icculus

IN THE SILENT DISCO . . .

Icculus has been Dj’ing for more than a decade. Not just your average DJ. There is never a dull moment during the musical journey he takes you on!

His love for all music styles shines bright with sets containing breaks, dubstep, ghetto funk, electro, glitch hop, along with rock, reggae and rap.

Check out this genre bending bass set with sounds and remixes by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Kool & the Gang, The Beatles, along with Pretty Lights, Z-Trip, the Nextmen, Funkanomics, Minnesota.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Chris Jacques Trio

The Christopher Jacques Trio (CJ3) is the new outlet of the former Guitarist and Songwriter for People with Instruments.  The new project, breaking ground in Jazz, Punk, Fusion and Progressive Rock is a place for performance to thrive. With a record and tour planned for the fall, the material is being pushed to places beyond the composition on stage this summer. Samuel Belanger-Precussion. Benjamin Siwak-Bass.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Fresh Patterns

Creating an experience that is not faded or impaired through an authentic Hip Hop design, Fresh Patterns is on a mission for 2017 to connect with equivalent minds through music. Based in Burlington, Vermont this trio have been making music through different outlets for years and have now come together to engage and excite the North East and beyond!

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Ziontific 7 Artist – The Sidemen

Have you ever wanted to put together a band with all of the folks in your area that you have wanted to jam with?
Dana Spaulding and Bob Stone dreamt of recreating a project like The Band, who can back up other musicians as well as step up, write great tunes, and put on an unforgettable show! Out of that, The Sidemen project was born in New Hampshire.
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Ziontific 7 Artist – Total Collision

DJ Live! and Roosta have been working and recording with each other for over 15 years. Now they’ve put together a supergroup featuring Tom Matthew on guitar and keys, and Matt Mondell on Bass. They chose the name Total Collision because of the mashup of styles, colliding reggae with hip-hop and funk, and creating something completely new and original.

Roosta was born and raised in Jamaica, and brings a fire to the mic like no one else. Steeped in reggae from the start, his roots go deep. An epic freestyler and performer, his shows are legendary, and the fans are die-hard.

Live has been producing hip-hop and other styles for most of his life. He has a knack for hooks, and his DJ nights are some of the most packed clubs in Western Mass. Now he’s brought out his passion for rhythm on the drum kit, bringing an old-school reggae flavor to the modern sound of Total Collision.

Rounding out the band are Tom Matthew and Matt Mondell. Tom brings diverse musical interests to the group with his guitar, constantly steering the sound in new directions. Matt Mondell brings his incredible talent on bass with his funk and rock flavor to set the floor jumping and the crowd bumping.

Formed in the summer of 2015, Total Collision has already played dozens of shows to packed houses, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Supernothing

Supernothing is a Reggae/Rock 3 piece out of the 603 New Hampshire drawing influences from bands like The Movement, Roots of creation, Sublime and The Dirtyheads. Bringing hip hop elements in with melodic reggae vibes. We occasionally bring other elements of funk, ska, and punk to the table. Be sure to have your dancing shoes on for upbeat tempos turning into heavy punk bridges.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - Yesai

Ziontific 7 Artist – Yesai

Yesai was founded on the Big Island of Hawaii in 2014 by singer songwriter Kevin Fraser. Kevin had a plan to move back to his place of birth, Boston after 10 plus years in Cali and Hawaii. He had the vision of bringing the island sound back to the grit of the northeast and create a big band sound including a full horn section, vocal harmonies and percussion. 2015 the 8-piece band began playing shows. By 2016 Yesai was supporting some of the biggest regional, national and international reggae artists in the world including  Badfish, Kabaka Pyramid, New Kingston, Giant Panda, Roots of Creation, Zach Deputy, Spiritual Rez and many more.

2017 marks the year they tour the west coast for the first time and performing with such acts as Sly and Robbie, Katchafire, The  Expanders, Raging Fyah and many others. Yesai’s debut album is slated for release in summer 2017.

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Ziontific 7 Artist – Ben Shorr w/ DJ Myth, Ill by Instinct

Ben Shorr is a life long emcee from Portland, Maine. He is known in New England mostly for his freestyling abilities and gritty style of rapping, using life experiences to capture raw perspectives and lyricism few can match. His debut album, Live & Direct, is a “must-listen” for any true Hip-Hop head, featuring incredible beat production and guest vocals from some of New Englands’ finest.

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - Tyrone Shoelaces

Ziontific 7 Artist – Tyrone Shoelaces

Tyrone Shoelace’s music was recently described as a “wild and sexy eclectic mix of reggae, funk and groovin rhythms that surge ones soul. The band is a talented mesh or cross-section of musicians from various decades that communicate well together and learn from each other to add to this band’s success. There’s a positive interplay among the artists. The music at first had an almost funk reggae feel which then suddenly loomed into an explosion of energy with an experimental, trendy, edgy flare with its techno/synthesizer sound that surges excitement and spirit to the listener.”  Annette Versage – Fairfield County Music Reporter

Since the band’s inception, Tyrone’s sound has continued to evolve into a wild mix of genres – rock, reggae, dub, funk, jam band and even some disco-esque rhythms – culminating in the third CD/Album, Shoot The Radio being released in March of 2016.

Written, recorded and mixed entirely in Norwalk CT, Shoot The Radio takes on a Norwalk feel with a reference to Sheffield Island on In The Garden and the song I Didn’t Notice which is about growing up on Lexington Ave in South Norwalk.  Proud to put Norwalk, CT on the map, the album features a rap by Norwalk native Leo TheFuture Futerelli and was mixed by three-time Grammy winner & Norwalk resident Phil Magnotti.  The album cover was created by another Norwalker, Dave Lindsay of Lindsay Media.  This record truly captures Tyrone’s ever evolving sound and mash up of genres. It has a much more reggae feel and incorporates some electronica dub for the first time.

The title song, Shoot The Radio has a simple reggae shuffle beat which then morphs into a rap featuring Leo TheFuture Futerelli and his take on growing up with the radio. The first single, In The Garden was released on February 12, 2016 and the full album was released on March 4, 2016 with the sterling efforts of Rabbit House Records. Since then the album has been spinning on 99.5 WPLR Newhaven, 89.5 WPKN Bridgeport as well as CIgnet and multiple I Heart Radio Stations!

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Ziontific Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup - DJ Live!

Ziontific 7 Artist – DJ Live!

IN THE SILENT DISCO . . .

Nicholas (Live!) Court was born in Western Massachusetts and by the age of 8 moved to Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay area with his mother, stepfather, and brother. He and his brother were raised between parts of Virginia Beach/ Norfolk, and Brooklyn, New York where his biological father lived. Growing up in the tip of the south traveling back and forth to New York’s Pen Station or Port Authority is where the inspiration for this producer extraordinaire’s years of original and ground breaking urban production were developed.

With years also spent in one of the west coasts most musically influential areas experiencing San Francisco’s mission districts then heavy poverty and gang activity was a complete opposite view from either of the not so easy walks of life he was a custom to in the east coast. This life experience is what has created his diverse ear for music and his “Hard Work No Play” ethics that set this producer ahead of the rest. Live! Has produced for hundreds of hip hop, R&B, and reggae artists including: Buckshot of Black moon, Moke&Tone, Grafh, Slash of unusual suspects, Block McCloud of Brooklyn academy, Roosta & Prowla of Fear Nuttin Band, Stash, Rap-p feat Ty Nitty of infamous mobb, Tony benefit of Earatic Statik, all of Hardtimes Records artist roster 2001-2012, Nature, C-Rayz Walz, Vorheez, Hostyle of Screwball, Young Dirty Bastard, Whosane, the whole Comparable To None Entertainment Roster 2002-2009 and much more.

One of his most recent projects, a collaboration with Albe Back and 2dopeboyz.com titled Raphael Dela Ghetto in which he Produced all but two track’s was well received with over 10,000 Downloads and numerous blog mention’s. Plan to see, but most of all hear a lot from him in the near future.

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