About This Event
Friday, January 12th
Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm
$25 in advance / $30 day of the show
Long before the Itals were a spark in their producer’s eye, Keith Porter recorded his first hit single, “Hitey Titey”, with the Westmorelites on the Studio One label in 1967. Around 1969, Keith became lead singer for a band named Soul Hermit, backed by Eugene Gray and Wignal Henry on guitars, and Reginald Seewell and Nash on base and drums. They played in numerous entertainment sectors of Jamaica until Owen Sinclair put together a new band in 1971. Called Future Generation, the band was composed of Dalton James and Roy Hilton on drums, Devon Henry on keyboards, Eugene Gray, guitar, Scott on sax, and Keith on vocals. They performed all over Jamaica for X amount of years, singing all styles of music, American R&B and love songs and native Jamaican songs.
Rise Up is a 5-piece Reggae band from California that was originally started in 2016 by founding members Chris Alcantara (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Alex Cortez (Drums). After gigging around the West Coast for a couple of years, the vision began to take real shape in 2019 with the additions of veteran Reggae players Rich Mihalek (bass) and Leland Smith (lead guitar/melodica). Rise Up recorded their debut EP “Lion Roar” at Imperial Sound Studios with EN Young (Nov. 2019) and added the talents of Danny Aledo (keyboards) to the band shortly after. The band then released two singles independently in 2020 with Empress Vibe and Newsman both recorded and produced by Rise Up’s own Leland Smith. They went back to the well with EN Young in 2021 and released a 5-song album titled “The Pursuit” in March. They followed it up with the independently released Dub album “Smoke Break-Rise Up Meets Jahmadeus” in April. Rise Up has had the honor of sharing stages in the past with such Reggae legends as The Meditations, Wailing Souls, Half Pint as well current artists in the genre such as Arise Roots, Marlon Asher, Sensi Trails, Josh Heinrichs and more. The band looks forward to bringing its brand of powerful Roots Rock Reggae back live to the people in 2022!