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This is just a sampling of the Caribbean bands we work with. For more info on each band and a video clip please click on the band name to visit their bio page.
|Zion Lion is a Kalamazoo, Michigan-based six members Roots Reggae band with a strong African influence. They might be the best Reggae band in the Midwest and are undoubtedly the best new Reggae band. Zion Lion is an all star combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area who crossed each others path along the way and decided to form what they believe to be the right mix. Their members have many years experience in diverse genres of music including Steel Drums, Reggae, Zouk, Soukous Gospel, Jazz, Salsa as well as Latin and African rhythms. These musicians have played with local, national and internationally known performers in venues from small clubs to large cultural festivals, including Harmony Festival, Ya Maka My Weekend, Island Festival, Charlevoix Summer Festival, Grand Rapids African American Festival, Kalamazoo Black Arts Festival, Grand Rapids Caribbean Festival, Muskegon Summer Festival, Battle Creek's Vibe@5, Kentucky's Reggae Festival and was the headliner for the Bob Marley Birthday Bash Midwest Tour.
|Awarded "Award of Honor for Contribution to World Beat Music" at the 2008 Chicago Music Awards. Roots Rock Society, founded in December of 1986, strongly believes in keeping their heritage and culture alive with their energetic live show and innovative blend of reggae, calypso, soul, zouk and other rhythms of the African Diaspora.|
|Indika Reggae Band
||Strong and Addictive Music
This is what Indika Reggae Band brings to their fans in every show. The band is proud to Rasta Kelly ( 8 times winner of Chicago’s Reggae Music Awards) one of the Mid-west best Reggae vocalists. giving their audience a full spectrum of Reggae flavor in the style of Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash Festival.
||Dub Dis has done extensive work as a touring band. Recently, they backed international reggae star Bunny Rugs of Third World, as he promoted his solo album. Other artists that they have performed with include R & B artis Christopher Williams and well as reggae acts Born Jamericans, Max-a-Million, Shinehead, Frankie Paul, Big Youth, Junior Reed, Everton Blendor and more.
||UXP is undoubtedly the most popular and hardest working Caribbean band in the Midwest. The band has won more awards and honors bestowed on any Caribbean band. They are a ten-time Winner of the Source News Music and Cultural Awards. “Caribbean Band of the Year”. Their leader, Richard Parris is the six-time Winners of the "Soca / Calypso Artist of the Year," while lead vocalist King Mellowman has also walked away seven - times with the "Reggae Artist of the Year."|
||De Hurricane - Haling from the exotic isle of Dominica, Cleve “Hurricane” Jean Jacques has been a professional musician since he could remember. Hurricane’s musical career began at the tender age of fourteen, when he was performing as lead guitarist and vocalist for the Island’s leading band. Then Hurricane continued to develop in strength as a song writer, musical arranger, and entertainer. In 1986, he entered the arena of calypso and for the next fourteen years touched the hearts and lives of people all over the world.|
||Formed in 1989 their members grew up in St. Kitts and Trinidad. This world class band brings its sweet Caribbean rhythms of reggae, soca and calypso to the North American Mid-West. Their primary influence has been the steel drum, calypso and soca music which was invented and developed in Trinidad and Tobago. The band has since grown to include additional members adding a new dimension of energetic vocals to its already exuberant and flamboyant sound.
Many of the band’s charter members performed with the Grammy award nominee Trinidad Tripoli Steel Orchestra, including Music Makers of St. Kitts, 21st Century Steel Band and the Carnival Cruise Lines. With many years of experience touring and entertaining the massive crowds worldwide, Nite Flight brings its rhythmic beats and flowing vibes of Caribbean music to its hometown in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
|Uprizin Steel Band
||Led by virtuoso Trinidadian-born steel drummer Lyndon Sorzano, Lyndon began playing Steel Drums at the age of 8. Uprizin perform jazz and contemporary music arranged for steel drums. In his native Trinidad, Lyndon performed with the renowned Neal & Massey All Stars and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra. He has since gained an international reputation as a steel drummer composer, arranger, and performer through extensive tours of Europe and Asia. Now a resident of Warren, MI Lyndon currently is the Leader of Uprizin Steel Drum Band in Detroit, and is an instructor for Caribbean Pans of Joy in Detroit. He has traveled through out Asia, Europe and the US representing Trinidad in numerous festivals and competition. Including the Caribbean and African World Festivals held at Hart Plaza, and the Art, Beats and Eats in Pontiac.|
| Orquesta Senscacional
|Take a Latin musical cruise! "Endowed with Puerto Rican and Dominican blood, the newly resurrected Orquesta Sensacional blends youth and experience to create the ultimate joy that Latin music lovers have come to expect and demand!|
||Michigan’s premier salsa orchestra. Their mission as when it was created is to introduce, educate, and entertain the American public in the electrifying genre of Latin music. Performing all over the Midwest area, this band has opened for the Bangles, the great Salsa artist Oscar D’Leon, and recording artists Los Lobos. They are bound to put on a performance that you can’t help but move to, as the passion-filled salsa music flows through the air. The latest version of RITMO currently consists of nine players. They are some of the best from Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Flint|
||Hullabaloo is a Michigan based music collective that produces original rock music blended with Latin-Caribbean rhythms. Performing with up to twelve members, the Hullabaloo experience is an upbeat sonic expression.
Hullabaloo prides itself on being able to produce original music in many different genres that appeals to all audiences.
This groups unparalleled energy and unique sound has lead Hullabaloo to perform regularly over the past ten years at night clubs, festivals and municipal events throughout the Midwest.
|Los Bandits De Michigan
||Los Bandits plays Tex-Mex music, the infectious accordion-led dance music created along the Texas-Mexican border, but with a twist. This Kalamazoo-based conjunto calls its music "Tex-Mex, Michigan style," a mixing of rhythm and blues, gospel and country rock influences with norteño and tejano performance style and instrumentation. They have a big, rousing and danceable sound that gets listeners on their feet in short order.|
|The South Side Evolucion
Get ready for some Tejano music meets Latin Rock showdown, it’s what one listener had to say after Mike Medina & the South Side Evolucion concert. Of course they play a variety of traditional Mexican music that range from silky smooth Tejano, body shaking Cumbia’s to heart melting Boreros. But it is their musical delivery, which is full of emotion, strength and perseverance that excites and entertains crowds whenever they perform, thrilling audiences with soulful vocals, a driving rhythm section and jaw- dropping keyboard licks.
Although their band line up is impressive, it’s that “South Side” magic, maturity and professionalism that make them one of the more exciting and entertaining bands to hit Mid-west in a long time. "With music, our goal is not to be famous, but to stay true to our Tejano roots, we feel we have been blessed with certain musical abilities and it is an honor to share the richness of our culture with both new and old audiences. We are deeply moved to see people dancing and being entertained with our music."
|Son De Mexico
||Son De Mexico is Michigan's premier Mariachi band. This quartz comes with over 150 years experience of playing Mexico most traditional music. Mariachi goes beyond music, it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (most recently charro suits) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed.
||Michigan’s premier Jimmy Buffett band Living Soul is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2011 and there are no plans to slow down now!
Starting in 1991, Don Middlebrook and Living Soul began a musical quest up and down the west coast of Michigan with little idea of where it might lead. Always directed by a new song, a new adventure, and an occasional cold beer, what began as fun and frolic has turned into thirteen years of travel and musical bliss. Looking back over those last thirteen years, eight CDs have been recorded and over 150 dates played each year. Airplay has become common place, like that found at WCSX FM in Detroit, and internet web play has had international activity. Don and the band have performed on national radio with Mitch Albom and G. Gordon Liddy. Don had two compositions in a Showtime original movie.
||We welcome you to sit back, grab your favorite beverage and enjoy some island attitude. our songs are about you and the places we travel together. With you we transform any place, anytime, into island time.
Making the human race more important than the rat race. We are a four piece band from Sterling Heights/Troy, MI. All are members of the Detroit Parrothead Club and the band will be celebrating our 10th year anniversary in 2012. We do the Jimmy Buffett thing along with our originals and mix it up with classic rock. We invite the audience to participate when we play live. So grab a shaky thing and let's rock! All of our own music is all about the islands and libations. I guess you could say that this is all about escaping, getting away, being on vacation.
|5 O'Clock Somewhere
5 O'Clock Somewhere is a four-piece band who is extremely versatile and lots of fun! Although we specialize in Jimmy Buffett / beach music for parties and dancing, we can also provide a quiet, relaxing atmosphere with jazz standards and ballads for dinner music at restaurants and weddings.
In addition to our Jimmy Buffett and dinner music selections, we also have lots of fun with oldies, 80s & current hits. If you have a smaller venue you can book us as a two, three or four-piece band.