MAIN ACT: 9:00PM
Root Shock formed in 2012 with regional veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Their unique blend of reggae and heavy drum & bass combined with American roots and soul, and a focus on conscious lyrics result in positive dance music will make you want to move! The band has been surprising and delighting crowds across the New York region and beyond, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning soulful vocals and stage presence of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The band’s dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life!
On the heels of their 2016 debut album, Root Shock is stepping up their game, hitting the road and bringing their renowned live show to clubs, festivals and concert halls far and wide. 2017 is already treating them well; winning the Syracuse Area Music Awards “Best New Artist” accolade as well as being crowned winner in the NYS Music’s state-wide March Madness fan favorite competition. The band is continuing to concentrate on spreading their uplifting message and vibes to the masses. Root Shock’s genre-bending sound has proven to fit many musical settings yet always stand out!
In 2013, the thriving Virginia reggae scene gave birth to Buddha Council. Originally functioning as a reggae think-tank comprised of members from Virginia Beach based bands, Bimini Rd. and Session Rockers, the band quickly found footing in their own unique take on Future Roots music. The band released their debut self-titled album in 2014 and followed up with their sophomore studio album, "Consider This," in late 2015. Buddha Council's music has evolved into the perfect balance of a band continually pushing genre boundaries while simultaneously rediscovering forgotten rhythms of reggae's yesteryear.
Buddha Council seeks to make music in all formats and mediums, not only as a band, but more precisely as a musicians' collective. Our objective is to contribute to the music community at large by enhancing and encouraging the musical collaborative experience. This provides fans with unique listening experiences from artists they already know, as well as helping them discover new artists through the Buddha Council. For the musicians involved, it provides the opportunity to reach more fans through the Council.