Billy Messinetti and Don Harris (together they produce and do arrangements for Island Head)
Andy Bassford of Island Head
Jeff Ganz of Island Head
Don Harris of Island Head
Timmy Cappello (sax player vocalist of Island Head)
David Frank (madman on the B3) of Island Head
- David Frank, Dave O’Donnell (Punky Reggae Party mix engineer), Billy Messinetti
Thank you to all who came out to see Island Head at The Falcon! What a fantastic night, so much fun!! Special thanks to Island Head’s keyboard player, David Frank. David flew in from LA to do this gig because he just loves playing the music with this group of amazing players.
The band opened the night with classic Jamaican instrumentals from the Studio One collection called “Tunnel One” by legendary reggae sax player, Tommy McCook and “Darker Shade of Black” by Soul Vendors. The latter is actually an excerpt from The Beatles song “Norwegian Wood”.
When Sax player/vocalist Timmy Cappello introduced the band’s version of “Baby I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops he said; “We have such a symbiotic relationship with Jamaican reggae musicians and artists. They write songs, we make them our own. We write songs and they give that grace and that thrust with a whole new feel”.
One of the highlights of the band’s set was their version of “Freedom” by Richie Havens. The groove was kind of a Soca/Reggae thing which had the whole crowd on their feet. Don and Timmy took advantage of their wireless clip-on microphones and were dancing with the audience and played amazing solos.
Keyboard player David Frank’s band, The System had a big hit called “Don’t Disturb This Groove”. Island Head did a version with a groove called “”Rockers” that was originated by the legendary drummer/bassist duo Sly & Robbie. “Rockers” is kind of a half-time feel with the bass drum playing quarter notes (4 on the floor).
Of course, the band played most of the songs from their album “Punky Reggae Party” that has been heard on reggae radio especially SiriusXM “The Joint” channel 42. They closed the set with a furious version of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” that featured an energetic funky drum solo by Billy. The crowd would not let the band leave so quickly and demanded an encore.
The encores included the classic “House of The Rising Sun” done Island Head reggae style. The final song took the audience by surprise as the band ripped into a cool reggae version of “Kiss” by Prince. There was not one person left sitting!
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SiriusXM Radio program director for the reggae station The Joint, Pat McKay said; “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.”
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Tune-in today Thursday to SiriusXM reggae satellite radio station “The Joint” channel 42 at 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST. Hear the exclusive performance by Island Head and hear program director Pay McKay interview the musicians. The band played new versions of “Burnin and Lootin’, “So Much Trouble In The World”, which continues to air on the reggae channel and the title cut from the band’s album “Punky Reggae Party”. All three songs were written by Bob Marley. Also, check out the band’s original single called “Reggae Island” here on iTunes.
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This past Wednesday July 24, 2013, Island Head dropped by the SiriusXM studios in New York City for an exclusive performance for the reggae radio station, The Joint. Program Director Pat McKay was on hand conducting an interview with the band.
“It was an honor to be asked to perform on what I consider, THE premier reggae radio station in the country”. Pat and the folks at The Joint have been behind our album from day one”, said Island Head producer/drummer Billy Messinetti.
The musicians in Island Head were recognized by the staff for their work with other recording artists inside and outside of the reggae world. Ms. McKay has some fun with saxophonist Timmy Cappello asking whether or not Tina Turner “hit on him” during his 14-year tenure. Reggae guitar legend Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung kept his list of reggae artists he has performed with on the short side by just saying, “Yea mon, I played with everybody” – and he sure has! As Pat McKay said; “It would probably be easier for you to tell us who you haven’t played with”.
The band performed their own versions of some classic Bob Marley and The Wailers songs “So Much Trouble in the World”, “Punky Reggae Party” and “Burnin’ and Lootin’ “.
Be sure to tune-in to this interview/exclusive performance which airs Wednesday, July 31 – 11:00am EST and 6pm EST; rebroadcast Sunday, August 4 at 11pm EST, on SiriusXM’s The Joint on channel 42.
Pick up a copy of the band’s album “Punky Reggae Party” on CD Baby or iTunes.
(pictured L-R – Timmy Cappello, Jeff ‘Ganzilla’ Ganz, Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung, Andy Bassford)
(pictured-Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung-notice names on guitar case)
There are very few major radio stations that are dedicated to playing reggae music, exclusively. SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint is one such station. They play music from Bob Marley & the Wailers (and all of the Marley siblings), Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Vybz Kartel, Capleton, Dennis Brown, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Jah Cure. And in 2012 they added Island Head to that list.
We want to publicly thank SiriusXM Channel 42 The Joint for being the first radio station to play the Island Head album “Punky Reggae Party”. Big Up to Ms. Pat McKay, program director for the station who said; “I feel so especially blessed to share this brilliant work with our audience”.
NOTE: This band is sometimes referred to as Island Head Musicians or Islandhead musicians.
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