Following in the footsteps of their California brothers Sublime, Huntington Beach’s Dirty Heads mix hip-hop, reggae, and rock along with that laid-back So Cal attitude. The group formed in 2003 when punk rocker Dustin Bushnell (aka Duddy B) asked his friend, rapper Jared Watson (aka Dirty J), to collaborate on a project that would focus on positive vibes and infectious grooves. Watson added singing to his vocal skills, and with percussionist Jon Olazabal, an acoustic trio version of Dirty Heads began playing shows and building an audience.
They soon hooked up with producer Rob Cavallo and headed into the studio to record their debut album for Warner Bros., but differences with the label had them looking for other opportunities. Still, the band was able to retain most of its work, including sessions with drummer Josh Freese, along with the late-Beatles collaborator Billy Preston in one of the keyboardist’s last recordings. The finished album, Any Port in a Storm, would arrive in 2008, with a deluxe edition following in 2010. The deluxe version featured the track “Lay Me Down” with special guest Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. The song would top Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart just before the summer of 2010.
They followed up two years later with Cabin by the Sea and later recorded an acoustic version of the title track. This, in turn, led to an entire acoustic album in 2013 called Home: Phantoms of Summer. Dirty Heads’ next album, Sound of Change, would prove to be a breakthrough for the now-veteran band, debuting at number eight on the Billboard Top 200 while topping the Independent and Alternative Albums charts upon its May 2014 release.
Building on their renewed success, Dirty Heads enlisted a bevy of industry hitmakers to work on their self-titled 2016 follow-up, which — thanks to its mainstream appeal — again charted high on the Billboard Top 200. The following year saw the band drop its sixth studio album, Swim Team, featuring the singles “Vacation” and “Staloney.” Also included on the album was the track “So Glad You Made It,” featuring 311’s Nick Hexum. The single “Listen to Me” arrived in early 2019 and was later included on Dirty Heads’ Dave Cobb-produced seventh album Super Moon.
The Movement has been winning the hearts and minds of alternative-reggae fans since their inception in Columbia, SC in 2003. Drawing inspiration from Sublime, 311, Slightly Stoopid, and John Brown’s Body, they’ve made a name for themselves as reggae shapeshifters with a foundation of heavy drum and bass. Today, the band consists of founding member, lead vocalist and guitarist Joshua Swain, bassist Jason Schmidt, drummer Gary Jackson, and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Matt Goodwin.
Their six studio album, Ways Of The World, dropped on June 7, 2019, debuting at #1 in the Billboard Reggae Chart, and remained in the Billboard Reggae Top 10 for more than 40 consecutive weeks. The Movement’s new single “Sounds of Summer” feat. Slightly Stoopid was released June 25, 2021. Their seventh full length album is coming in 2022.
Collaborative as they are singular, Artikal Sound System’s outstanding album collaborations include the single “Spiritual Broadcaster,” which features The Elovaters. The Dubbest makes an appearance on “One With You” and the newest single released “When I Wanna” features a stellar collaboration with the hip hop duo, Little Stranger.
Artikal Sound System is comprised of Logan Rex (vocals), Chris Montague (guitar), Fabian Acuña (bass), Christopher Cope (keys), and Adam Kampf (drums). They worked with renowned reggae-rock producer Danny Kalb on Welcome to Florida, who pushed their edgy sound and saw them explore deeper themes to yield the most intimate and personal album to date. While recording the new record, Logan spent a few days up at White Star Studio outside Charlottesville, VA laying down vocals. They also recorded Welcome to Florida at both Chris Montague’s home studio Oceanside Audio in Boynton Beach, FL, and at the band’s good friend Dean Fishback’s studio Seven Hills in Lauderhill, FL.
Ever such the road warriors, Artikal Sound System have graced the stage with fan celebrated artists like Dirty Heads, Common Kings, Eli Mac, Fortunate Youth, The Hip Abduction, The Green, Badfish, Ballyhoo, Bumpin Uglies, Josh Heinrichs and The Elovaters. And have been included on influential festival rosters including Reggae Rise Up, Arizona Roots, Summerfest, Dirty Heads Orlando Vacation, Dry Diggings, Reggae in the Rockies, Gasparilla Festival, Summerfest, California Roots: BAJA Sessions, and California Vibrations. Critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base has followed the young band with Ink19 taking note: “Artikal Sound System … also made a case that they should be moving onto bigger things. I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of these groups on the main stage in a few years.
Of Good Nature incites and unites listeners with a fusion-friendly approach to today’s music, uncovering a highly accessible sound that concentrates on lyrics, uplifting energy and musicianship, packed into a potent blend of alternative, pop, rock, soul, and reggae. Ever evolving, OGN incorporates different instruments, backgrounds, genres and styles, creating extraordinary and excitingly passionate music, expressed on the stage and on the record.
Of Good Nature recently supported Michael Franti & Spearhead on the Good Day For A Good Day World Tour in Fall 2021, performing in amphitheaters across the United States. In July 2021, the band joined the Dirty Heads Orlando Vacation lineup with Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, and Hirie. In November 2021, the band sailed on the first Soulshine At Sea supporting Michael Franti, Allen Stone, Fitz and The Tantrums, Niko Moon and more. OGN also has been invited three times to perform on Sail Across The Sun with headliner Train.
On July 30 2021, Of Good Nature released their “Cover EP”. The four cover songs innovate and pay tribute to classic hit sing-a-longs such as “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers, and “Valerie” originally by The Zutons, iconized by Amy Winehouse. OGN is commonly celebrated by fans for their unique style and sound, implemented by technical drumming, soulful vocal melodies, and brass trombone, and original to only this group of prolific songwriters and their creative process. Full length albums “Everything Turns Gold” (2020) and “Timeless” (2019) were recorded with A-list producer Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper, Foster The People) at White Star Sound in Charlottesville, VA, and reached iTunes and Billboard Charts.
Additionally in 2020, the band was selected by Sierra Nevada as a featured artist for ‘Doing Big Things’ and partnered with RoofAbove Charity raising donations through live-stream performances to help the homeless in the band’s hometown of Charlotte NC. Of Good Nature’s band members include Cam Brown (guitar, vocals), Brandon Hucks (trombone), David Hamilton Jr. (drums), and Clifton Bundick (bass).
Mishka is a Bermudian musician and singer/songwriter. A traveler and sailor at heart; his lyrics and sound are deep reflections of the reggae roots soul and consciousness of the Caribbean culture in which he grew up but which are equally infused by his hypnotically bluesy folk acoustic compositions and vocalizations.
Mishka first emerged back in ‘99 on the independent music scene in London with his eponymously titled debut album put out by the influential Brit record label, Creation Records. Since then he has toured extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, Japan and Australia and has gone on to release 5 more full length studio albums, all of which have received worldwide critical acclaim. The most recent album, Roots Fidelity, was released in 2015 under Mishka’s own indie label Mishka Music and recorded and produced in Maui, Hawaii.
Seranation is a high energy Pop-Reggae/Rock band from St. Petersburg, FL. The band was founded in 2015 by members Adam Hocker (guitar/back-up vocals), J.Carter (lead vocals) and Bianca Schlosser (bass/back-up vocals). Seranation has released two full length studio albums, “Island Thinkin’” (2015) and “Livin’ the Dream” (2018) which hit #1 on the iTunes Reggae charts and #5 on the Billboards. “Livin’ the Dream” was released under Pepper’s label, Law Records, and their singles “Sweet Temptation,” “Dangerous” and “Surfboard” all debuted under Rome Ramirez’s label, Fresh Goods.
Seranation was a regional Florida act until they embarked on their first national tour in March of 2018, and have been nationally touring ever since with acts such as Sublime with Rome, Michael Franti, SOJA, and more. The band is currently touring and actively booking for 2022.
Loser Chris (Formerly ME) is an artist from Charleston, SC brings a unique blend of hip-hop, pop, and punk all meshed together. Chris jumped into the music scene in May of 2019 with his first single “The Rumple Minze Song”. The song was picked as the winner of the local music showcase and has since been featured on Charleston FM radio station 95SX.
In April of 2021 Loser Chris released his debut EP Second Place. A record jam packed with bangers from start to finish.
The high energy shows that Loser Chris provides are sure to have you coming back for more.
He has been seen up and down the east coast playing shows with the likes of acts such as Damn Skippy, Tobyraps, Artikal Sound System, The Ries Brothers and Little Stranger.
Chris has been known to collaborate with other emcees to add a fun cypher at the end of many of his shows that has become a fan favorite part of his sets.
Loser Chris is a high energy human being and that energy becomes contagious at all the shows which always provides for a good time.
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. Since their inception in 2010, the group has performed around 275 dates a year. This band of road warriors have three full length albums under their belt, including their latest release, “Stay Hopeful,” which dropped on August 31st, 2018. The new album, “Stay Hopeful” debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and at #3 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The record features some of the biggest and best names in the American Reggae/Rock Scene such as Rebelution, The Movement, Tropidelic, Bumpin Uglies and more. The album was tracked by Jeff Leonard and Eric Rickert at Ocean Industries Studios (Charleston, SC), Jim Georgeson and Clay Miller at Echo Mountain Recording Studio (Asheville, NC) and was mastered by Chris Gehringer of Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
The Matt Irie Band started as a one-man show in North Carolina around 2006 with vocalist Matt Irie rocking with a DJ at local hip hop shows. Multiple lineup changes over the years brought together a fusion of genres to form the five-piece group they are today. Joined by Larry Holcomb and Joe Watkins on guitars, Will Barkley on drums, and Michael Dorsett on bass and keys and Matt Irie leads what is described as “Island Infused-Funky Blues.” They draw on their diverse backgrounds, bringing together influences from bands like Beastie Boys, Twenty One Pilots, Dr. John, Atmosphere, Team Sleep, and Incubus. They’ve shared the stage with the likes of Pepper, Rev Run(RUN DMC), CKY, Fortunate Youth, Ludacris, Stick Figure, The Green, and Jelly Roll. Their music was also featured on the Starz show “Survivor’s Remorse” and HBO’s “True Blood” aftershow.
The past few years have taken the band to the next level, enjoying the spotlight on multiple festivals like the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Port City Reggae Festival. The Matt Irie Band has formed a one-of-a-kind cocktail blend, packing a unique style and energetic sound to win crowds over at venues all over. The band released their debut single under Ingrooves Music Group/TLG in September ’21, titled “Coastal,” followed by “Run To” in March ’22. Their music can be found on all major streaming platforms and have additional singles slated for release in the coming months. Be sure to follow the band on their socials as tour information will be released soon.