Island Head Reggae Band

HEAR WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT ISLAND HEAD

“One of the 25 Best Reggae Albums of 2013” – Midnight Raver Blog

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“What a piece of art!”  DJ Paulo Matos Host of “Reggae Portugal”

“Island Head is an important project to reggae. It’s always great to have substantive, high art.  This work contributes to reggae’s growth. Reminds others of what it really is and what is still possible.  I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience.”  – Pat McKay, SiriusXM program director for “The Joint”

“Inspired concept, great playing and a real feel for the music makes Island Head’s ‘Punky Reggae Party’ a top quality, excellent release highly recommended to strengthen the heart and soothe the soul. A winner!” – Chuck Foster, Reggae Grammy Screening Committee/Host of “Reggae Central” on KPFK-LA

“Island Head musicians tastefully demonstrate that a fresh perspective can still be brought to Bob Marley music.” – Dermot Hussey, Legendary Jamaican Radio Personality

“Island Head are one of the few bands that have an original take on the music, Hipreggaejazzrockvibe.” – Cableman Dan, “Reggae & World Rhythms” on WNTI-FM

These musicians can play…they feel this music. It has a jazzy vibe to it. The strength of the songs, the talent of these musicians, and the organic connection they share with each other, keeps this album standing strong inna Babylon!” – Ras Michael, Midnight Raver

Island Head brings life to authentic reggae. No fluff, just great music.” – Chef Chrissy, Famous Jamaican Chef/Restaurateur/Reggae Connoisseur (hosted live Island Head show)

ISLAND HEAD musicians are:

Andy Bassford: guitar     Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung: guitar     Timmy Cappello: sax

David Frank: keyboards   Don Harris: trumpet   Billy Messinetti: drums   Neil Jason: bass

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See Island Head live

Island Head will be performing songs from the album “Punky Reggae Party” which are unique instrumental versions of Bob Marley songs as well as the Island Head original, “Reggae Island”  The band also will play some classic Jamaican Studio One instrumentals.  Sax player Timmy Cappello will be singing some classic pop hits his own reggae style.

DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014           PLACE:  Treme     553 Main St, Islip, NY    WEBSITE LINK: TremeLink       Phone: (631) 277-2008

DATE: Friday August 22, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink     Phone: (914) 365-252

DATE:  Thursday August 28, 2014       PLACE: The Lackawaxen Inn     188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.       FACEBOOK LINK: Lack Inn FB    PHONE: 570-685-7061

 

ISLAND HEAD set list

  1. Burnin & Lootin
  2. Tunnel One*
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. Swing Easy*
  5. Get Up Stand Up
  1. So Much Trouble in the World
  2. Wake Up & Live
  3. Heavy Rock*
  4. Don’t Disturb This Groove
  5. House of the Rising Sun
  6. Punky Reggae Party
  7. Reggae Island
  8. Baby I Need Your Loving
  9. Darker Shade of Black* (Norwegian Wood)
  10. I Shot The Sheriff

Chronixx Nudges Marley Out of Number 1(blog)

Chronixx released “The Dread & Terrible Project” today and nudged out the sitting king from the number one spot on the iTunes Top Reggae Albums chart.  Bob Marley’s “Legend” album just sits at number one and every once in a while a record comes out that will push it out of the top spot for a “minute”.

Chronixx, who has begun his European tour, was born and bred to be the success he is today.  His father is the Jamaican reggae artist Chronicle, who encouraged this young man to nurture his talent.

This next generation artist fuses together the best of what is old and new about reggae music and will help propel the genre forward.

Top Reggae Albums – March 2014 (blog)

I was checking out the iTunes Top Reggae Albums chart.  As usual, the top of the chart is dominated by Bob Marley, Bob Marley and The Wailers and we see the pre-sale of Ziggy Marley’s new release “Fly Rasta” at #3.  As you scan down the chart you can see the likes of Jamaican artists Collie Buddz, Shaggy, Gregory Isaacs, Sizzla, Barrington Levy, Toots and The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff and course Damian and Stephen Marley.

Then, there is the new generation of non-Jamaican reggae artists in the top 40 albums.  Most were born in California, USA.  Included in that list are Rebelution (Santa Barbara, Ca.), Iration (Isla Vista, Ca.) and Tribal Seeds (San Diego, Ca.).  I noticed one band omitted from the reggae chart that is very popular, also out of San Diego, the band Slightly Stoopid.  This band is listed under the Alternative music category but, certainly could be in the reggae genre.

Other reggae bands on the charts that are from the next generation American reggae artists/bands are SOJA, Matisyahu, J. Boog and The Green (both from Hawaii).

My band Island Head are an instrumental reggae band and most of us are from New York, Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung is from Kingston, Jamaica and David Frank is from Los Angeles, Ca.

Classic Reggae Performance

Island Head performed this past week for a mostly Jamaican audience in New York.  They played extended versions of the entire “Punky Reggae Party” album along with some classic reggae music.  Besides the Bob Marley covers the band usually does they jammed on tracks from a Studio One album entitled “Downbeat The Ruler”.  The band selected “Darker Than Black” and “Swing Easy” by Soul Vendors, “Tunnel One”by Tommy McCook and “Heavy Rock” from Sound Dimension.  The musicians took these grooves to new highs with guitar, keyboard, sax and trumpet solos.

This was the first gig where the Island Head musicians added some vocal songs to their set.  Saxophonist Timmy Cappello displayed his vocal abilities on the classics “I Shall Be Released” (Bob Dylan) and “Baby I Need Your Loving” both covered by The Heptones.  But, the vocal performance that brought the house down was Cappello’s version of “House of The Rising Sun”.

Island Head keyboardist, David Frank had a number one hit with his band The System called “Don’t Disturb This Groove”.  The audience instantly recognized the signature keyboard riff of their reggae version.

The band’s live show is constantly evolving.  Stay tuned for upcoming Island Head band performances.

Click the links below to see videos from the band’s performance at The Cutting Room in New York City.

“So Much Trouble In The World”

“Burnin’ and Lootin'”

“I Shot The Sheriff”

Island Head Musicians Band Live in NYC – “So Much Trouble In The World”

Island Head reggae band’s live performance of Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World”.  The studio version can be heard on the album “Punky Reggae Party”. This performance is from the summer of 2013 at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Band members include Andy Bassford and Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung on guitars, Timmy Cappello on sax, James K. Smith on trumpet, Jeff Ganz on bass, Mike Mancini on keyboards and Billy Messinetti on drums.  The studio version of “So Much Trouble in the World” can be heard on the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”. Island Head is also known as Island Head Band and Island Head Musicians.

Listen to the reggae radio station on SiriusXM channel 42 “The Joint” and hear the live in-studio versions of “Punky Reggae Party”, “Burnin’ and Lootin'” and “So Much Trouble in the World”.  The session was recorded the same day as The Cutting Room show.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTATvUQL6MM

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Pictured (left to right) Timmy Cappello, Jeff Ganz, Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung and Andy Bassford

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Andy Bassford (guitarist)

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Pat McKay (program director for The Joint with Island Head)

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James K. Smith (trumpet player)

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Mike Mancini (keyboard player)

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Billy Messinetti (drummer)

Relix jamband magazine review of Island Head band

Relix is a music magazine and blog that focuses on jam bands, music festivals and band interviews.  They also do album reviews.  The current issue, September 2013, contains a review of the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”.

Island Head took some legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers performances and reworked them.  The band takes Bob Marley songs in a new direction treating them differently than they have been before.  The Island Head musicians recorded instrumental versions of these reggae classics.  You can hear them jamming guitar, sax, trumpet and keyboard solos.  Relix says; “The band frequently flexes their muscles a bit on solos, but their vocal-like quality feels tasteful and natural-always rocking steady and never forgetting to keep the party going.”

As of today, the review has not been posted on the Relix website (www.relix.com)  You will have to pick up a copy of the mag to read the complete review.

Island Head Musicians (Band) – Instrumental Reggae

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Island Head visited SiriusXM Studios in New York City where they performed three songs exclusively for the reggae radio station “The Joint” on channel 42.  Program director Pat McKay hosted an interview with the band.  “We had so much fun hangin’ with Pat.  We had a lot of laughs and she is so cool”, said sax player Timmy Cappello.  Pat teased Timmy about his on-stage sexual innuendos during his touring days with Tina Turner.  Pat said; “She came on to you, didn’t she”?  The room burst into laughter as Timmy said; “I ain’t sayin’ nothin'”.

When it came time to play the band got serious as they did new versions of “Burnin’ and Lootin’ and “Punky Reggae Party”, both Bob Marley and The Wailers covers.  The band’s instrumental version of Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World” has been airing for months on The Joint.  Now, the live version is also being aired.

You can catch all three live performances on SiriusXM as well as some studio cuts from the album “Punky Reggae Party”.

Listen to the album here

Pictured below is Program Director Pat McKay during soundcheck

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Island Head Welcomes All People All Music

This site has been visited by thousands of people from every corner of the globe.  That is a true testament to reggae music.  This music started by artists like Toots Hibbert that came from bands like The Skatalites and introduced to the world by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and The Wailers.

Island Head band want to do their part in carrying the torch.  All the musicians have had their share of doing recording sessions with computers and electronics.  The band wanted to make music kind of “old school” and have everyone in the same room at the same time in the recording process.  The interaction of the musicians is what makes this album so interesting.  They take some creative liberties and expand upon these songs written by Bob Marley, performed by The Wailers.

When you hear the wonderful saxophone solos by Tim Cappello, they were all done spontaneously, live, one take, no fixes or “punches”.  In the world of “perfect” music, this is unheard of.  I put “perfect” in quotes because the attempt is to make the music perfect and the result takes away the human imperfections.  These imperfections breathe life, heart and soul into the music.

The Island Head approach to these songs is to treat them with respect to the composer, the musicians and the reggae fans.  At the same time, the idea was to bring the sound up to date and bring in the aspect of improvisation as jazz artists do.  Reggae music has influenced rock, funk, hip hop, jazz and pop music.  Island Head musicians have all played music in these different genres.  Now, those genres are fused together to create Island Head’s own unique brand of reggae in the album “Punky Reggae Party”.

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Island Head has been called: Island Head Musicians, Island Head Band, Island Head Reggae Band, Island Head instrumental reggae band, Island Head instrumental jazz band, Islandhead, islandheadband, islandheadreggae.  It is the same band known for doing great original reggae/jazz arrangements of Bob Marley cover songs that include I Shot The Sheriff, So Much Trouble in the World, Get Up Stand Up, Wake Up and Live, Burnin’ and Lootin’ and the title track to their album “Punky Reggae Party”‘.  The music can be heard on SiriusXM radio, College Radio Reggae shows, internet reggae radio stations and some terrestrial radio.  Please phone in requests to your favorite radio station.  Thank you for your support!

Reggae Radio Stations

(another blog post by Island Head musician Billy Messinetti)

If you are trying to find your favorite reggae music on the radio it is sometimes hard to find.  There are not a lot a stations these days playing roots reggae, dub or ska.  So, we decided to list some stations for you to check out.

Please let us know about your favorite reggae radio station if it is not listed here.

If you want to hear various discussions about reggae listen to some of these terrestrial radio stations (they also are found online).  Cableman Dan has a great show on Centenary College Radio WNTI.org called “Reggae & World Rhythms”.  His show will broaden your horizons into some world music.  Calvin Balfour is a fun DJ on Vassar College Radio WVKR.org with a show called “Uplifting Vibes”.  Listening to his show will give you an uplifting vibe!  Chuck Foster has a fantastic show called “Reggae Central” on Pacifica Radio KPFK.org.  Chuck will take you through the history of reggae and ska and dedicate shows specifically to certain artists or styles.  I’ve heard him do a show just on “Dub”  and tell you about King Tubby and the creation of the “Dub” style of reggae.  Besides his gig at SiriusXM, Dermot Hussey does great work on his show “Riffin” which is heard on terrestrial radio in Jamaica only but can be heard streaming online, as well.  Each show is dedicated to a short list of reggae artists.  Mr. Hussey has one of those “golden radio voices”.  If you want a fusion of reggae with jamming tune into “Endless Boundaries” with “Jaybird” Varga on Z889.org.

The most popular station that plays reggae 24/7/365 is SiriusXM “The Joint” channel 42.  But, you have to have a subscription.  The cool thing is that you can get a very inexpensive internet only subscription for only a few bucks.  Program Director Pat McKay along with DJs Dermot Hussey and Jabba play Bob Marley & the Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure as well as newer reggae artists Etana, Gentleman, Koshens and Romain Virgo.

Some of the internet only radio stations give independent artists a “spin” such as Lonely Oak, Ram Jam and Sound Fusion Radio.

If you know of any reggae radio stations that are not listed here please fill out the contact form and we will update the list.

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Reggae Radio Links:

SiriusXM The Joint – DJs Pat McKay, Jabba, Dermot Hussey

Newstalk 93 FM in Jamaica – “Riffin” with Dermot Hussey

Radio Z889 Burlington County College – Request Line: 609-894-8900

Endless Boundaries Jam Radio with “Jaybird” Varga (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia)  Request Line: 609-894-8900

Sounds of the Caribbean with Keith Rowe & Selecta Jerry (88.9 FM in S. Jersey & Philadelphia) Request Line: 609-894-8900

Reggae & World Rhythms  with Cableman Dan – Centenary College (stream on www.wnti.org – 91.9 FM in Central New Jersey) Request Line: 908-852-4545

In Southern California on Pacifica Radio – KPFK heard on 90.7 FM in LA, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM N. San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest –  Reggae Central with Chuck Foster – Request Line: (818) 985-5735

WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio Tampa, FL (stream at www.wmnf.org) Air Studio: (813) 239-9663 or dj@wmnf.org

Radio CUH Chaminade University – Honolulu. HI   http://radiocuh.org – Request Line: (808) 440-4218

WVKR 91.3 FM  Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY – Requests: 845.437.7178

Mana’o Radio 91.5FM, Maui Hawaii   Requests: 808-244-2032

Ramjam Radio in London, England

Sound Fusion Radio in London, England

Lonely Oak Radio – internet radio

iHeart Radio – create your own radio station like a “Bob Marley” station or island or reggae type station and Discovery will bring you Island Head.

If you are a radio DJ/personality and would like to obtain a copy of the “Punky Reggae Party” album, please send us an email.

info(@)islandhead.com

See Island Head’s EPK (electronic press kit) here: http://artistecard.com/islandhead

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