Sunday Funday with GONZO

Sunday Funday with GONZO

DJ Shamz, Dubbest

Sun, June 18, 2017

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

Saint Rocke

Hermosa Beach, CA

$10 - $12

This event is 21 and over

This is a General Admission ticket. It does not guarantee seating.

For seating upgrades, please call 310-372-0035

Gonzo
Gonzo
Out of the South Bay Los Angeles area comes a solo artist with a smooth and soulful style all his own. Gonzo, born Ryan Gonzalez, blends a wide variety of musical influences and love-inspired messages to create a unique sound he refers to as “Roots-Reggae-Soul.” Within the last few years, his talent has been widely recognized on several levels within the reggae community, opening incredible opportunities for the roots musician still in the young stages of his career.

Best known for having a suave approach to delivering lyrics expressing his love of women and good ganja, Gonzo’s musical roots run back to when he was just a child. Inspired by his father’s encouragement to become a musical artist at a young age, Gonzo grew up in a household listening to Motown, Classic Rock, Oldies, Salsa, R&B, and Soul. At the age of fifteen he began playing guitar, adding another element in his musical journey. The young musician soon linked up with some high school friends to form his first band, now widely known as Fortunate Youth.

On July 1st, 2011, Fortunate Youth released their debut album, Irie State of Mind, with Gonzo as the lead guitarist and one of two lead vocalists. After two national tours in support of the album, Gonzo parted ways with FY to embark on his solo career. The newly independent artist wasted no time making a name for himself and in December of 2012, Gonzo delivered his first full-length album, Rocksteady, to the masses.

With Beyond I Sight as his “go-to” backing band, Gonzo immediately hit the road to promote his debut solo effort. Soon after, San Diego’s Tribal Seeds offered him the position of lead guitarist and back up vocalist for the highly respected band touring year-round out of Southern California. Following a few nationwide tours alongside Tribal Seeds, several solo shows up and down the west coast with Beyond I Sight, and his own set at the annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival in 2014, Gonzo released his second full-length as an independent artist.

His sophomore album, Red, was officially released on June 3rd, 2014, and hit #6 on the Billboard reggae charts. Red and Rocksteady were both produced at Imperial Sound Recording Studio by fellow roots musician and Tribal Seeds member, E.N Young. Released under E.N’s Roots Musician Records label, the albums both reached #1 in the iTunes reggae category and continue to be a great representation of Gonzo’s talent as an independent artist. Gonzo’s solo act made its nationwide debut on the Representing Fall Tour 2014 as he doubled up with an opening solo set backed by Beyond I Sight and finishing off each night showcasing his top-level guitar skills on stage with Tribal Seeds.

To this day, Gonzo continues to tour relentlessly around the nation with Tribal Seeds while seeking any opportunities to showcase his solo talent when his busy schedule allows. Most recently, he has been invited out to the Hawaiian Islands for a run of shows with island natives, Inna Vision and The Steppas. He also just premiered the music video for “Runnin’” off the Red album.

One of the most sought out independent artists in the reggae scene, Gonzo has collaborated and written hit songs with Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, E.N Young, Leilani Wolfgramm, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Sono Vero and more. The young musician has already accomplished many great things in his short career and plans to stay non-stop for as long as his talent allows. Make sure to catch Gonzo coming to a city near you!
Dubbest
Dubbest
Since 2009, Dubbest has been forging its own path through the heavily forested reggae landscape, expertly infusing roots traditionalism with a refreshing improvisational savvy that calls to mind not only the studio experimentation of pioneering dub producers Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock and Lee "Scratch" Perry but also the real-time exploration of jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish. As friends in high school, guitarist Andrew MacKenzie, singer/melodica player Ryan Thaxter , bassist Sean Craffey, guitarist Cory Mahoney, and drummer Kyle Hancock shared a love of pop-punk and ska, bonding over bands like Black Flag, until they caught wind of Augustus Pablo's 1974 dub classic Ital Dub. This was the gamechanger that set the stage for their current musical approach: using introspective, spacious bass and drum grooves to anchor a thickly-textured interplay of instruments, vocals, and timbres. With their third album, Light Flashes, Dubbest is poised for national recognition.

Polished to perfection over a three-year period, Light Flashes invokes the spark of inspiration the band felt working with veteran producer Craig "Dubfader" Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant over at Rear Window Studios in Brookline, MA. As Andrew MacKenzie notes, "It is a powerful name to us, and it tends to catch one's attention, like an actual flashing light. It's a great fit for this album. The name and the artwork together help bring out the album's edge." They credit Welsch with taking their music to a higher level of musicianship and authenticity, noting how he draws out the best from each band member and employs a large stock of vintage instruments, such as a Hammond B3 organ and 1950s Fender Stratocasters, to convincingly evoke the 1970s glory days of roots reggae and dub. Kevin Metcalfe's mastering work cemented this old-school sound: he has provided the finishing touch on albums by U.K.'s pop, rock, and reggae luminaries since the 1960s. On the musician front, the band was aided by stalwarts of the Boston scene, including Elliot Martin of John Brown's Body on backing vocals and 10 Ft. Ganja Plant's Mark Berney, Jared Sims, and Brian Thomas on horns and Steve D on synthesizer.
Venue Information:
Saint Rocke
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254
http://www.saintrocke.com