San Francisco’s Heartical Roots return to our stage after a long absence, with a pre-CD release concert celebrating the completion of the group’s new album, full of original conscious roots rock reggae, old school Studio One dub, and dance hall beats. Heartical Roots is led by the songwriting team of FredI and Ras Joseph. Coming from Kingston, Jamaica, lyricist, poet, and singer FredI has collaborated with Detroit native Ras Joseph (lead guitar and vocals) for over 20 years. They funnel all they have learned from their musical and social justice heroes into a unique sound celebration, with lyrics that present a clear understanding of the human condition and pertinent social issues, backed by a classic rhythm section, featuring Michael Bauce on keyboards, bassist Waddell Bell, and drummer Lou Neuberger.
Native Elements is one of the largest (with full horn section) and hardest-working groups on the local reggae scene, having played to dancing throngs from San Francisco’s Reggae in the Park to Humboldt County’s Reggae on the River, with their music featured in the film “Debut.” The Bay Area’s cultural and musical diversity has fueled the band’s creative flow from its start nearly 20 years ago, with musicians who had grown up together since elementary school, playing in garage bands and skateboarding through Daly City and South San Francisco. After explorations with rock, funk, blues, and R&B, Native Elements set its repertoire firmly in the roots-reggae tradition, combining conscious, uplifting lyrics with an instrumental fabric that includes improvised solos, lovers’ rock, roots, and dancehall wrapped cozily in what the band calls its bright “frisco-pino” treatment. Along with the latest band originals, shows include classic reggae by Bob Marley and other Jamaican greats. The dozen members combine their colorful influences to deliver positive, vibrant music that speaks from the heart.
Young Bay Area band Servants pay attention to the roots of the conscious music they cherish and preserve, adding original touches to their deep groove reggae sounds. The members – Vili Mahe, Vaea Salt, Filipo Motulalo, Dave Ioramo, Al Ortegon, Mano Kolo, and Henry Catalan – have played major local clubs and festivals and have shared the stage with greats from Lucky Dube to Midnite.
When & Where
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).