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Greetings We hope this finds you well. We are back home from our 1st (Can you believe it?), our very 1st USA Tour in the history of our band. All of this began with our appearance Rockers Movement Festival in Miami in 2013, then, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, California earlier this year. Fortunate circumstances following the Festival led to a 10 city tour beginning in Northern California's Wine Country in Sonoma, CA at Rossi's 1906 on November 8th, and ending at The Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas on November 21st. Original founders Anthony, Desmond & Chris with vocalist Jesse Brade and American bass player Andrew Emer, embarked on an unforgettable journey. In between, the tour stops included California dates in Santa Cruz, Blue Lake, Oakland, Ukiah, Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, San Diego and in Los Angeles, where we shared the bill with Reggae legend Al Campbell at The Dub Club/Echoplex. It was a breathtaking and exhilarating time. Each show and audience were unique and special in their own right. We were amazed at meeting so many people of all ages who approached us with classic vinyl copies of our albums and songs for us to sign. Positive vibes were abound. It was an absolute joy to perform each night. The overwhelmingly powerful waves of love given to us from each audience is unforgettably heartfelt by all the members of Black Slate. Currently, you can see footage of some of our USA performances on YouTube from Sonoma and Santa Cruz, California. Lots more footage will be added soon. Tour photos, blogs and more too! It has been quite a journey, an incredible musical odyssey from our early days up to now. Black Slate wishes say THANK YOU to all of our fans old and new for your support. The Black Slate story is just beginning to be told. In the meantime, the Black Slate journey continues with lots more music, shows and great things to come! Stay updated here at Reverbnation, Facebook and of course, on our website: www.blackslatereggae.com. Cheers! Yours Truly, Black Slate
Mack Pullish Probably the best roots reggae show in Austin this year so far. Curt Ganem Absolutely fantastic for sure. Also, they were some of the nicest people to be around. Andrew-Andy Groeschel Best live show I have seen since seeing dennis bovell and lkj about two years ago. UK styles!
Probably the best roots reggae show in Austin this year so far.
“Perhaps the deepest vibes of the weekend were from another group that made a rare U.S. appearance in true SNWMF fashion. Black Slate from the United Kingdom took my heart at the Village stage with a sound that is so much a statement on how reggae was and is part of the Diaspora from Africa. They use 60s and 70’s R&B vocal style and African cadence and tones and mix it with the energy and pulse of UK rock set to a deep roots reggae beat. They even move on stage like a rock and roll band, very physical and ensemble oriented. Although they may be quite obscure, they are a group to discover as is often the case with the festival offereings.” - by Justine Amadori Ketola, Reggaeville (Jun 30, 2014)
“and UK based Black Slate fused the conscious vybz with musical perfection. Fans were fully engaged, crowding around the stages reflecting heartical devotion and unabashed adoration. These artists must be fully recognized as it is they who kept the Rasta Reggae flag waving during a time of chaos and fragmentation. Their music allowed and inspired reggae fans to remain faithful to the principles and spiritual attraction that roots reggae incited among believers in the early seventies. They have contributed significant importance to the ongoing energy allowing Reggae Revivalists to catch a fyah and rise to the crest. The integration of old, current and new reggae artists is the re-formation of an ailing industry and has blessed reggae fans with a history and future that has renewed energy to grow to new unrestricted heights.” - by Sista Irie, Austin, Texas, Island Stage (Jul 07, 2014)
“Across the fairgrounds, Black Slate closed down the Village Stage on Sunday night with a full audience of roots music fans. This was the first appearance for the U.K. band at SNWMF. They ran tunes like “Brutality” and “Rasta Festival”, and fans begged for more, even as curfew set in and the band said their final goodbyes. The intimacy of the tiny stage under the trees, with low ambient lighting and the closeness of the stage, always seems to offer an enchanted experience. And with such an incredible band, it was the perfect ending to the festival. - See more at: http://unitedreggae.com/articles/n1582/072514/sierra-nevada-world-music-festival-2014#sthash.1DEm4cwc.dpuf” - Jacquelynne Ocaña, United Reggae (Jul 25, 2014)