Sometimes music just moves you. Sometimes you hear a beat, a lick, a song, and your hips can’t help but sway along.
This has always been the case with Groundation. I’ll never forget when I got my first album from my friend: Hebron Gate. It was honestly love at first sight…or, sound. That was eight years ago and my body hasn’t stopped grooving with them since.
At one point my friends noticed Marcus, Groundation’s keys captain, wasn’t playing on an organ as he had their last show in town. They somehow got a hold of him and offered to lend him theirs for the next show. And thus, a friendship began to form.
I’m happy to report that I now call these guys friends as well. Not because they’re friggin fantastic at making music and groove and move my body down to its core, but because they are good people. All ten* of them are kind, generous, gracious, fun and one of my most favorite: open. They are wide open to new ideas, open to new friends, open to all the Goodness that Jah keeps pouring in. Knowing these things just makes their music that much more beautiful.
Perhaps some behind the scene images will find their way here at some point. For now, here’s some from the stages last week at the El Rey, Belly Up and Coach House. If you’re so inclined, grab an album and get ready to be moved.
*There are nine musicians in the band, but the integral tenth is their tour manager. He’s one of the most kind, generous and beautiful humans I’ve ever met.
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roozie - wow.
Blair - Groundation has touched the very depths of my spirit and soul from the very first time I heard them as well!!!! I walked into a show in Olympia Washington in 2006 ’cause someone told me there was gonna be a cool reggae show. I had know Idea who they were……. They changed my life that night in way that is not describable in words. They are absolutely amazing and continue to be one of the inspirational forces in my life and in the lives of my wife and children. I have had the pleasure of meeting a few of them and I could not agree with you more….Wonderful people!!!!! Infinite Blessings. P.S. I have seen them like 8 times and each time is totaly amazing!!!