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KBong, Mike Love, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad w/ Policulture, Stylie
February 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
Kevin Bong, aka ‘KBONG’ is a multi-instrumental artist who is well known for his “key” role in reggae band Stick Figure. Touring with the group since 2012, KBong has solidified his place as one of the top keyboard players in today’s current Reggae scene. On August 24 2018 KBong released his second studio album ‘Easy To Love You,’ produced by Johnny Cosmic and featuring Scott Woodruff (Stick Figure), The Movement, Raging Fyah, and the aforementioned Cosmic. Bong’s easy going approach to music shows itself in the project. As Bong says, “Music is an expression of ourselves; it’s an art form. Whether you’re playing for one person or a thousand, music soothes the soul.” Through his music, KBong hopes to inspire others to approach life with a positive mindset and maybe even pick up instruments themselves: “I encourage people to play music no matter what age! It’s never too late.” KBong’s first studio album ‘Hopes and Dreams’ came out in 2014 and featured him as the primary song writer. The summer anthem “Livin Easy” featured Scott Woodruff and the rest of Stick Figure. Other collaborations on the album included singer/songwriter Hirie, producer Johnny Cosmic and producer Alific. In Bong’s music you can hear a mix of catchy acoustic guitar riffs and surf vibes, as well as influences ranging from reggae to hip hop. Regardless of the influences, once you hear his style you’ll be hooked because it’s fresh and pleasing to the ears. You can check out KBong’s new album now on all digital platforms and at kbongmusic.com, where you can also find his upcoming solo tour dates!
Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these days and times. Long gone is the era of artists like Bob Marley, The Clash, Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith getting airplay and bringing their messages to the masses. But that doesn’t mean that the revolution isn’t still brewing in the hearts and minds of many people around the globe.
Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad
Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists. GPGDS’s sixth studio album MAKE IT BETTER was released September 16, 2016 on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album . We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” -James Searl, Bassist/Vocalist