So, I feel as though my first blog post back to blogging after falling off the wagon should be dedicated to a band that I absolutely love, Rebelution. I am excited to say this is a band I have been shooting since seeing them back in 2015 at the Hemp Heals tour in Philadelphia. It has been an honor to see members come and go, watching them all grow into amazing performers, with an outstanding stage presence. Their new addition, Kyle, happens to be a fellow Jersian so clearly, I’m obligated to love him. Eric, Marley, Wes and Rory continue to shine, each, preserving the original feel. Zach, their long-time trumpet player has been a big supporter of my photography, making shooting them even more gratifying. They fall within the reggae genre, but are unlike many others, as regardless of your mood their music suits it.
Last nights show was the 5th SOLD OUT stop on the Winter Greens Tour, accompanied by DJ Mackle and Raging Fyah. Penns Peak is a medium size concert venue in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, conveniently located in the very, very cold Pocono Mountains. Fans braved arctic temperatures (it was 11 degrees when I arrived) to flock to the venue on a Sunday evening. I saw at least two dozen fans freezing attempting to buy leftover tickets. The love of all things reggae is alive and well in the Pocono Mountains. I was thrilled to see the setlist was a mile long, and they did not disappoint with song selections, ranging from old favorites like Safe and Sound (Courage to Grow), Bright Side of Life (Bright Side of Life), Roots Reggae Music (Count Me In), Sky is the Limit (Peace of Mind), Feeling Alright (Courage to Grow), and my personal favorite Meant to Be (Peace of Mind), they surprised the crowd with three new songs off their upcoming album. New songs to look forward to include: “Celebrate”, “Legend” and “City Life”, all of which were amazing, and I cannot wait to hear way more of what they have been working on.
Their tour continues onward, unfortunately not near me, through the end of February. Fear not, as Zach told me today, summer is just around the corner. I know I am looking forward to Reggae Rise Up in Florida in March, where they will be headlining on Friday evening. The three-day long festival is certainly not one to miss.
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