Rebelution brings California reggae to North Shore

By Jenn Sheridan ·


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When: Aug. 13 | 5:30 p.m.
Where: North Tahoe Regional Park | Tahoe Vista, Calif.
Admission: $32.50 | All ages

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary with the release of their fourth album, “Count Me In,” Rebelution continues to play the signature California reggae sound they are known for.

“We’re just making music we enjoy,” said Eric Rachmany, the group’s vocalist and guitar player. “It’s evolving, but it’s still an honest representation of who we are.”

This summer, the group is hitting the road with Iration, The Green, Stick Figure and DJ Mackle with a special stop on Aug. 13 at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.

“We’re really excited to come back. We have a great core group of fans there,” says Rachmany.

The group met while playing music in college in Santa Barbra. Rachmany grew up with music, beginning with the piano at the age of 5. He picked up the guitar just as rock bands such as Nirvana, Green Day and Pearl Jam were becoming major influencers on the airwaves. It wasn’t until he discovered reggae that he really found something he could relate to, he said. Rachmany and bass player Marley Williams were introduced via a shared interest in reggae music. Add in the talented percussion of Wesley Finley and Rory Carey on keyboards and Rebelution was born.

They began with a few cover shows and quickly grew into playing gigs with original tunes and soon a five-song EP hit the airwaves becoming a big hit in Hawaii and leading to the bands first headlining gig. When the band took the stage in front of 600 fans all singing along, they knew they were on to something.

Their first, full-length album, “Courage to Grow,” landed at No. 4 on the Billboard Reggae charts and their fan base rapidly grew beyond California and Hawaii.

“It’s a great time where music can be heard all over the world,” said Rachmany. Tours have taken them all over the world and they’ve joined the line-up at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza.

The newest album, “Count Me In,” features the steady groove that is easily recognizable in most of their jams, while the lyrics take on renewed perspective. “Roots Reggae Music” pays homage to the genre that continues to inspire the group and features legendary Reggae artist Don Carlos who has heavily influenced Rachmany’s music.

The group is joined on tour with fellow Santa Barbra musicians Iration, whose island sounds are influenced from growing up in Hawaii. Hot of the release of their third album, “Hawai’i 13,” The Green returns to the mainland from their home of O’ahu to bring their music to the global stage. Stick Figure began as the one-man project of Scott Woodruff. Woodruff has released four albums of reggae dub beats before joining with Kevin Bong (keyboards), Kevin Offitzer (drums) and Tommy Suliman (bass) for live performances. Another player on the Santa Barbra music scene, DJ Mackle, will open up the show with banging hip hop and EDM beats.

“We just got done with the first leg of the tour, and it’s been good,” said Rachmany. “All three bands are really great. I definitely recommend you get there early.”


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