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Reggae returns to park

Renegade Productions presents one of the world’s most popular Jamaican reggae bands, Israel Vibration and Roots Radics, in the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater, Saturday, Sept. 1.

Israel Vibration’s positive music has been captivating audiences for nearly two decades. They cast a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message.

Original members, Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) were born in Jamaica, West Indies. They met as children in a polio clinic.

They learned early on the necessity for developing survival skills, and although polio is an undeniably crippling and debilitating disease, the youths never let their physically challenging situation supersede their willpower and creative abilities. They found strength in their faith and began composing and singing songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs (Rastafarianism).

They started recording in 1976, enjoying a hit with the poignant “Same Song,” which brought the group international attention. They moved to the States in 1983, both for superior medical care and to record under RAS Records label which produced Strength of My Life, Praises, Why You So Craven and many others including their current album, Israel Vibrations -Live Again. “Rude Boy Shufflin” their hit single and video, along with “Feeling Irie” and “Livity In The Hood” have all appeared on BET’s Caribbean Rhythms, as well as on other television programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

They tour regularly throughout the U.S and the world, always with the incomparable Roots Radics band, Jamaica’s number one session band, who are in hot demand by Jamaican record producers and artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and Barrington Levy, and who can be heard on countless Jamaican albums. They play their own half hour set before the I-Vibes join them.

Gates for this great evening of reggae in Truckee open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.

Truckee Regional Park is on Hwy. 267, just one mile from downtown Truckee. No ice chests, dogs, glass or alcohol can be brought in to the park. There will be food and beer vendors at the amphitheater.

Advanced tickets are available on the North Shore and in Truckee at Joby’s, New Moon Natural Foods and Musaic. Tickets are available online at http://www.ticketweb.com; and at all tickets.com ticket outlets.

Credit card phone orders can be placed at (510) 601-TWEB or (530) 583-2801.

Kids under 5 are free while kids 5 through 12 are half price at the door.

For more information call Renegade at (530) 583-2801 or (775) 337-8344.


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