If Sacramento Reggae festival fans were looking for something a wee bit different but still packed with Reggae roots goodness,Counter Culture would have fulfilled their demands to the utmost. The band was newly formed about a year ago with young California musicians who discovered a harmonious blend of personality and talent as they came together to create Counter Culture. The original band members consist of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental talent Ryan Lee, drummer Scotty Bohm, bassist Mike Gil, vocals and guitar Joe Endoso and additional musicians Will Rushton and Patrick Dwyer.
Counter Culture appeared on the Labor Day weekend Sacramento Reggae Festival stage at Rio Ramaza Marina park on Sunday, September 2, 2012. They had an early performance around 2:00 p.m., causing the larger evening crowds to miss their contribution to the Reggae line up of incredible talent. Their sound has been compared to "artists such as Sublime, Rebelution and Iration" as they blend influences from roots, island and dance-hall reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and hip-hop. Whatever their unique style or however it might be categorized, it is sure to make its mark in the Reggae and general music world.
Counter Culture has shared the stage with "such artists as Junior Reid, Anthony B, Junior Toots, Paapa Wastik, King Hopeton, Ras D, Trevor Lyon, Ras Indio" and others before their most recent appearance at the 'One Love, One Heart' Sacramento Reggae Festival. They have played on "college campuses, at bars, restaurants, private parties and even a local TV appearance." Occasional Sacramento bookings have also been on the schedule but are not on their immediate calendar. Upcoming California scheduled performances include Forestville, Ukiah, Cotati and San Francisco.
Seeking out a Counter Culture performance is well worth a second thought and likely to be a rewarding choice for music lovers of all ages and many tastes. You can find them on facebook here and at their official website here