Easy Star All-Stars are gearing up for their 2016 spring tour. The Big Apple-based reggae collective will kick their tour off with a hometown show at The Highline Ballroom on April 20th alongside the rising Jamaican sensation Jesse Royal.
After the NYC show, Easy Star All-Stars will travel to the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions to play over a dozen shows. Beginning with their April 23rd performance in Chicago, each show will be opened by Denver’s progressive dub quartet Tatanka. Also, Omaha will be treated to a special pairing with Easy Star All-Stars and Birmingham legends, The English Beat.
Easy Star All-Stars plan to perform a full set of their groundbreaking, 2003 Pink Floyd tribute, Dub Side of the Moon. The band will also play original tunes, and songs from their other three renowned tribute albums: Radiodread, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, and Easy Star’s Thrillah.
Over the past 12 years, Easy Star All-Stars have played in over 30 countries on 6 continents. However, their 2016 spring tour will be hitting a handful of cities they haven’t visited yet. Vocalist Kirsty Rock expressed her excitement to bring the Easy Star sound to some new places and fresh faces, saying, “We’ve played all around the world, yet it’s special to be playing totally new markets in our own country.” She added, “It will be invigorating to play in and around the mountain states, since we love experiencing the beauty of nature while on tour to contrast with how much time we spend at the shows and on the bus.”
Easy Star All-Stars have plenty of tricks up their sleeves for the spring tour, including mashups and medleys of their albums, that have never been performed live. The touring group for the spring tour consists of Kirsty Rock (vocals), Ruff Scott (vocals), Shelton Garner Jr. (guitar/vocals), Ivan “Ive-09” Katz (drums), Ras Droppa (bass/vocals), Buford O’Sullivan (trombone/vocals), Jenny Hill (saxophone/flute), Darren Morze (sound engineer), and also the addition of keyboardist Matt Goodwin.
Check out the dates below to see if Easy Star All-Stars are playing in a nearby city this spring.