Hello my lovely YOGO people,
We are bringing YOGOMAN's Rocksteady Revue with Reggae Legend Winston Jarrett down the west coast to play at the Dub Club @ the Echoplex in Los Angeles with the Skatalites! This is big news for YOGOMAN to play thee largest Reggae Night in the United States that hosts all the great Jamaican artists and a lot of my musical heros. This is also our third time playing with the first Ska band of all time, the Skatalites (Bellingham, Seattle, and now Los Angeles)! What's cooler than that??? One of my musical heroes Winston "Flames" Jarrett asked YOGOMAN and his Burning Band to back him and book a tour down the west coast with him. This is a great honor to me as I have been loving Winston's music for the last 15 years and just discovered that he was living in Seattle where we met when opening for the Skatalites on their 50th Anniversary Tour in Seattle in 2014. For those of you who don't know your Jamaican music history, Rocksteady was a golden period of love, peace, unity and anti-Rude Boy songs from 1966-68 just after the Ska period in Jamaica. if I had to pick a single genre of music I love more than any, Rocksteady would be my choice. So I am thrilled to be able to play some of my favorite Jamaican tunes and mix in some YOGOMAN tunes that fit the bill while backing Winston with my Burning Band. That's the good news!
We are so fortunate to be able to play music with Winston who worked closely with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Justin Hinds, etc. as a songwriter, singer, and composer still singing while many of his compatriots have passed on. Winston has pursued a career as an independent artist. Winston never stopped singing since he began in the 60's. "Flames" has an extensive discography that is quite impressive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Jarrett
After working on booking this tour non stop for many months, I was only able to confirm a handful of shows in a few markets up and down the west coast. So, if anyone of you wants to have us for a private party, house party, community event, play at your school or kid's school, your church, favorite local brewery, coffeehouse, whatever, we are really looking to play music for the next few weeks and spread the joy vs. collecting dust on the beach, though I guess it would be sand, and that doesn't sound too bad (hmmm). Here are the tour dates and we are willing to travel from any location we are in to get to your party/event within reason. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a call at 206.617.5487 if you have a connection or idea you'd like to help facilitate/manifest. We will also be looking for hosts/lodging along the way, so regardless of if we play we would like to have a warm place to stay along the way. We are travelling with a 75 year old man after all but we are strong and none of us are above sleeping on floors (though we would love a bed or a couch if you have).
Here are the dates so far and initial projected routing, though we are willing to change route if we have a viable opportunity presented:
9/23 Portland, OR @ Alberta Rose Theater (confirmed)
9/24 Mount Shasta, CA @ Mount Shasta Vets Club (confirmed)
9/25 Redding/Chico/Grass Valley/Nevada City?? // TBA (All Ages day show please)
9/26/27 Stockton/Fresno/Bakersfield?? // Santa Barbara Skatalites (27th)? TBA
9/28 Los Angeles, CA @ DUB CLUB Echoplex (confirmed)
9/29 OC/Long Beach, CA ?? // TBA
9/30 San Diego, CA?? // Fresno w/ Skatalites? TBA
10/1 San Luis Obispo?? Santa Barbara?? // TBA
10/2 Pismo Beach, CA ?? // TBA
10/6 Santa Cruz @ Don Quixotes (confirmed)
10/7 Monterey, CA @ Planet Gemini (confirmed)
10/8 Ashkenaz Community Center // Berkeley, CA (confirmed)
10/9 Sebastapol/N. Bay, CA ?? // TBA
10/10 Santa Rosa/Petaluma, CA ?? // TBA
10/12 Mendocino, CA // TBA ??
10/13 Willits/Ukiah, CA // TBA ??
10/14 Arcata, CA // Humbrews (confirmed)
10/15 Coos Bay/Manzanita/Oregon Coast?? // TBA
10/16 Astoria, OR // Fort George Brewery (confirmed)
We have been working so hard on this music to do it the justice it deserves and Thank YOU profusely for considering to help us fill in any dates with your connections or sheer interest at hearing some beautiful Rocksteady dance music in your hometown wherever you are on the West coast. We love you and hope to see you out there. Stay tuned to www.yogoman.com or www.facebook.com/yogomanburningband for the latest updates to our tour schedule.
Peace, Love, Unity, Blessings and BIG thanks to you all for believing in the power of positive music with YOGOMAN & Winston Jarrett - Jordan Rain/Yogoman
P.S.- here is a cool short documentary on Winston that was just released pretty recently and gives window to the character and big beautiful soul that he is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGza1fC2IN0