Enter the door of the renowned NorVa on Saturday, August 29, to witness a few of the finest acts that make up Hampton Roads’ ever-so-impressive reggae scene. The lineup is stacked from top to bottom with performances by United Souls, Tomlin Hill, Destined Nation, the REEF.
Not familiar with them? You will be.
The REEF, right out of Virginia Beach, is prepared to open the show right up.
They have had a tremendous amount of forward-momentum since their October 2011 formation. The original reggae-dub-rock band has performed up and down the East Coast alongside of national and various upcoming acts since 2012 and were named ’New Artist of the Year’ in 2014 at the 7th Annual Virginia Reggae Festival.
The quartet consists of three members contributing vocals – each with a guitar, bass, or a drum kit as their sonic instrument – all with a fourth member jumping back and forth between a guitar and a saxophone. In addition, the REEF has notably been recognized as adding such a “unique edge to dub reggae mixed with pop and rock vocals,” so get to the NorVa early to make sure you don’t miss even the first note.
Taking the stage right after the REEF will be Portsmouth’s Destined Nation.
Destined Nation has been on somewhat of a mysterious hiatus through the past few years. No worries, though. Their return on Saturday is sure to get them back in the rhythm of their original neb-soul, hip-hop, funk, and R&B approach.
Tomlin Hill will follow them up and perform a hometown show to the NorVa’s attendants.
To switch things up a bit, the band doesn’t classify themselves as just reggae, but rather alternative, indie, and reggae rock. Vocalist Matt Greene will open the set and bring the band to life with his vocals ranging from both soothing and aggressive as the other four members sonically reinforce him.
The audience won’t really know what to expect, either.
The band is in the process of recording a new album at the moment so there could very well be new songs played in addition to the tracks off of the two previous records that they have released since 2011. The band has made hints to drop singles throughout the course of the rest of 2015.
Catch the set so you don’t miss the first listen!
And last, but absolutely not least, Hampton’s very own United Souls will be headlining the show.
The five gentlemen that make up this acclaimed roots, rock, soul, funk, and hip-hop-based group aren’t rookies to the game, either. Created in 1985, United Souls has a track record in reggae history that would blow your socks right off (if you had the time to hear it all from start to finish, that is).
Fortunate enough for the audience, that history shines through in their music.
They were awarded the ‘Reggae Band of the Year’ by Virginia Reggae two consecutive years in a row (2010 – 2011) and could very well be in the running for another if they keep up exactly what they’re already doing.
United Souls are focused primarily on Strobelights, an 18-song record that they released via MegaBlast/RPM Management in February of 2014.
Get to the show early, support a growing scene, and enjoy your Saturday night — reggae-style, baby.
Doors: 7 PM / Show: 7:30 PM. Price: $10 ADV / $12 DOS. For information and tickets, click here.