Union Transfer


The Aggrolites

The Aggrolites

Roots of Creation, The Snails

Fri, October 7, 2011

8:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA


This event is all ages

The Aggrolites
The Aggrolites
The Aggrolites are more than a band they are a movement unto themselves. They carry a banner - one created with their own hands. This banner reads, “Dirty Reggae,” and represents their signature fusion of reggae, soul, grit and determination. For seven magnificent years, this dirty reggae bunch has rolled from city to city, across the pond and up main street USA. They rally the kids, the parents, the students, the cops, the bosses and the drifters. The people come, they relish in The Aggrolites, the dirty reggae and the joy that comes with it all. The liberating rhythms and catchy grooves demand a return trip.

Out of the Los Angeles school of hard knocks, The Aggrolites have earned a PhD in "feel good music." On the road they educate with the thunder and punch of the reggae drums and bass, the ripping, soulful melodies of the organ and guitars, and Jesse Wagner’s voice - a gift from the heavens, a perfectly intact gift from Otis, Sam, Ray and Wilson.

Early 2011 will see the release of their 5th full-length collection “Rugged Road” from Young Cub Records. The sessions will be released as a series of vinyl and digital singles, as well as a compilation. The recordings took place at Young Cub Records’ studio headquarters in Boston, MA. Of the sessions, Roffredo says the band wanted to “lay down these new rhythms on reel to reel tape, playing all together in one room.”

The Aggrolites have a specific way of making music. They don't over think it, they don't obsess over pop culture demands, they walk onto a stage or into a recording studio and let "it" happen - a culmination of inspiration - from the road, from playing alongside legends, and from the energy and motivation of their die hard fans.

The Aggrolites are Jesse Wagner (vocals, lead guitar), Roger Rivas (organ), Jeff Roffredo (bass) and Alex Mckenzie (Drums).

They have four other full-length albums to their credit -- Dirty Reggae (Axe, 2003), The Aggrolites (Hellcat, 2006) and Reggae Hit L.A. (Hellcat, 2007) and IV (Hellcat, 2009). “A glorious, surprising treat. Ideal for your next soul shakedown party,” raved Peter Relic from Rolling Stone. In 2007, the band also collaborated with Rancid front-man Tim Armstrong on his solo A Poet's Life (Hellcat 2007) CD/DVD release.

The Aggrolites have shared the stage with Social Distortion, Rancid, Flogging Molly, 311, Slightly Stoopid, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Gogol Bordello and Rebelution. They have graced the stages at such notable events as Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Coachella, Fuji Rock in Japan, West Coast Riot, Open Air St. Gallen, Pohoda Festival, Rebellion Festival, Chiemsee Reggae Festival, Couvre Feu Festival, among numerous others around the world.
Roots of Creation
Roots of Creation
Bolstered by a sense of it's own colorful history and urged onward by the promise of a fruitful future, Roots of Creation approaches it's 6th year of full-time touring having evolved into a musical force of nature. With a hard-working ethic and an arsenal of upbeat, substantial songs, Roots of Creation have ascended to the top of their profession by putting their fans first and doing business with focus and respect. Writers, DJs, venue owners, and booking agents alike have joined ROC's steadily growing army of fans in heaping praise upon the New Hampshire quartet, and not just for the music - the band has forged a unique connection with their listeners that provides concert attendees with a highly personal experience. They also walk the walk when it comes to social and environmental activism. Having raised money for many causes.

Southern New Hampshire’s, Roots of Creation, and Harmonized Records are proud to announce the release of the eagerly awaited, RoC Live, Vol. #2. Released on October 26th 2010, the album captures the band in their element, the live setting.

The selections featured on this widely anticipated album were chosen from the band’s best performances of 2009 and 2010, including songs recorded during their very popular sets at the Wormtown and Nateva Music Festivals, The Paradise Rock Club in Boston and more. Live Vol #2, features the hit single ‘Policy’ and stylistic covers
of classics by the Talking Heads and Tom Petty. Other highlights include the epic instrumentals ‘Mammoth’ and ‘Dubby Conqueror.’

The album was mixed but longtime engineer, Pete Peloquin (Pixies, Dave Mathews, OAR, Govt Mule, Bad Company) and co-mixed by the groups live sound engineer, Cooper Leafe at studio.metronome in Brookline, NH.

Roots of Creation create their sound from a plethora of styles. Starting with a strong base in reggae and roots- rock, they tastefully add elements of dub, electronica and dance to guitar-heavy progressions. Brett Wilson’s (Lead singer and guitarist) introspective and consciousness-laden lyrics round out Roots of Creations intoxicating, genre blending sound. The band is raising the bar at every show with the intent of delivering a true
rock show cleverly disguised as a reggae dance throwdown.

The band is comprised of original members Wilson, keyboard player Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha and is currently touring with bassist, Brandon Downs, and second guitarist, Jay McGuinness.

Formed in 2000 while attending Franklin Pierce College, they began touring heavily in 2004 and
have continuously progressed.

Roots of Creation’s album Live Vol. #1 was released in 2008, and was followed by two national tours that year and a third in 2009. The band executed extensive regional tours and festival performances through 2010, which totaled over 300 shows. Since the release and positive reviews of Vol. #1, the group has looked forward towards
creating Vol. #2. A writer from the Reggae, Hip-Hop, Rock Source Thepier.org said about the band, “Needs to be heard to be believed. . . It makes me smile inside that this release is labeled Volume #1, hopefully a sign there is many
more to come.”

Their live albums attempt to capture what is so intoxicating and unique about a Roots of Creation performance. One writer from New Indie CDs wrote, “This band has perfected a Jam-Reggae sound…rhythmic jams dusted with
an electronica avor and boosted by funk-rock riffs. When just four guys can go to this many funky and interesting places, you want to go with them. This is de nitely a band to catch- as the title suggests- live.”
The Snails
The Snails
It’s hard to definitively nail down a genre when asked what style of music is that of The Snails, but their goals and passion come from a clear love of the music that has influenced them as a band. From the music of The Clash, early ska, and old reggae favorites like Toots and the Maytals comes The Snails’ motivation to keep authentic music around, that is, emotional music which carries a genuine message to its listeners. Their influences are extremely important in keeping their music and goals alive. The band’s lyrics are written by Todd Fausnacht whose inspiration clearly originates from personal experiences, political and social controversies, and the wisdom of Joe Strummer. At a Snails show, it’s easy to feel the elements of punk, ska, rockabilly, reggae, 50’s rock and roll, and even a dash of old-time country folk music making it effortless to break out in skanking, moshing, and 50’s swing and twist. However you want to move, the feel-good, and not to mention educational, tunes will get you going, and standing still is not an option. “Ska and soul with a side of rock and roll!” is what The Snails always say.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123