Hailing from Northern California, Pion 2 Zion is a high intensity Reggae Rock band that has astounded live audiences for years with their lively performance and ‘good vibes’ energy. With lyrics ranging anywhere from anti-establishment propaganda to fly by the seat of your pants party till you drop good times, Pion’s ideals attract a large array of listeners and fans. Their stompin’ rhythm section is anchored with Gary Paddock on drums and Alex Karlman on bass guitar. Their sound is widely fattened by Rizzo, the ‘Mad Scientist’ on the organ and synth. Chad Schuler brings an over the top display of vocals and styling’s on the tenor sax, and when Eric Payan, ‘The Hulk’ struts out with his big guns, dreads and Stratocaster, you know it’s time to get the party started! These boys take Reggae to a whole new energizing level, so you better eat your vitamins! It’s time to get Phunked Up!
Pion 2 Zion has been playing the North Bay area since 2005. Collecting an audience who can’t help but be captivated by the soulful sound that their reggae phunk rock mix produces. Being influenced by many genres’ and artist such as Sublime, Bob Marley, 311 and Slightly Stoopid, Pion 2 Zion has built a good repertoire of great original reggae-rock and ska songs of their own. They have also been experimenting with Spanish style lyrics intertwined with reggae dub beats, which brings an astounding cultural flare to the stage.
These masters of their craft have had the pleasure and honor to have shared the stage with such bands as The Wailers, Del Mar, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Iration, The Mystic Roots Band, Top Shelf, 3rd Alley, Josh Fischel and countless others. It’s time to put Napa on the map for more than just fine wine! Blending the cultural diversity of the colorful Napa Valley and the spirit of ‘God’s country.’ Pion 2 Zion has just released their debut album ‘Rise Up’ and are ready to tour the West Coast gaining more fans and spreading their love of music, good times and bright lights to the rest of the world!!!