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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 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 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 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 Summer Solstice Music Festival Lineup

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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