When you talk about reggae music, one name that stands out is the California based music band Rebelution. Known for their catchy melodies and positive messages in their songs, the band is among the most popular touring acts in the genre.
The current Rebelution members include Eric Rachmany, Marley D. Williams, Rory Carey and Wesley Finley. The quartet will kick off the year 2018 with an extensive tour titled Winter Greens Tour. Joining them as a support act on the road will be Raging Fyah. The dates for the upcoming trek have been announced and Rebelution tickets are selling by the day.
Rebelution was formed in the year 2004 by a group of college friends including Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Wesley Finley, Matt Velasquez and Marley D. Williams. They studied at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Initially the group earned popularity by playing local gigs and releasing an EP independently. Later in 2007 they came up with their first full length music record titled Courage to Grow. This was indeed the breakthrough point of their career. The album was highly praised for its strong lyrics and well-crafted melodies. The record garnered quite a lot of downloads and received heavy radio play on stations including San Francisco’s Live 105. Courage to Grow went on to be selected as the Best Reggae Album of the Year by iTunes Editor’s Choice. Besides, it reached the fourth spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. However, following the release of the album, Velasquez decided to part ways with Rebelution, leaving it as a four-member band.
Two years after the release of Courage to Grow, Rebelution treated the fans with their second full-length music record, Bright Side of Life. It was released under Controlled Substance Sound Labs in August of 2009. The album reached the top spot on the iTunes chart as well as on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. Besides, it occupied the 24th position on the Billboard 200.
The release of the album marked the band’s first release under their newly founded record label 87 Music. It was named after their address during college days – UCSB: 6587 Del Plays Drive.
Over the next few years, Rebelution played various music festivals. In summer of 2009 they gave a smash hit live performance at the Rothbury Music Festival, while in 2010 they were seen at the Harmony Festival, sharing the stage with well-known music acts such as Lauryn Hill, Slightly Stoopid and The Expendables. Other festivals that the band performed at during the year include Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, All God Music Festival and Wakarusa Music Festival.
On January 10, 2012, the California based band released the album, Peace of Mind via their own record label 87 Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. It was released as a multi-length triple record with dub and acoustic versions of each song. The album marked the highest chart debut of the band’s career by scoring its way at the thirteenth spot on the Billboard 200, top spot on the Reggae and Independent Albums chart and fourth on the iTunes Album chart. Peace of Mind sold around 16,000 copies in its first week of release. This was despite the fact that the band had already distributed half of the album to their fans for free over the six weeks prior to its release.
During 2014 Rebelution performed as the headlining act at several popular music festivals; in May they were seen at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival, while in September they played at The Reggae Rise Up Festival in Tampa, Florida and The California Roots: The California Sessions Festival.
Rebelution’s fourth full-length record, Count Me In came out in 2014. Released on their own label 87 Music, it was the first time the band partnered with the Easy Star Records. The tracks on Count Me In are a combination of the musicians’ youthful energy and mature approach to life. Each song blends into the other seamlessly, taking the listener on a fun and interesting musical ride.
It was the quartet’s third consecutive number one album on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Towards the end of 2014, it was named the Bestselling Reggae Album of the Year by Billboard. An acoustic version of the record was released the following year, which again reached the top spot on the Billboard Reggae chart.
Rebelution’s sixth music album titled Falling Into Place came out in 2016. It was released as a joint venture between 87 Music and New York City based Easy Star Records. When talking about the album and its content, front man Eric Rachmany stated “We named the album Falling Into Place because all of our varied inspirations and experiences came together into one cohesive collection of music that we all really love.” From songs about love found and lost to those addressing social issues, the album made a strong impression on its listeners. The record debuted at the top of the Billboard Reggae chart and stayed on the chart for over sixty weeks.
Rebelution Tour Tickets
Over the course of their illustrious music career, Rebelution has produced six studio albums, three EPs and one live album. In 2017, the band received its first Grammy nomination for the album Falling Into Place in the category of Best Reggae Album.
The musicians are all set to embark on their Winter Greens Tour in 2018. The trek kicks off on January 10 with a show at Town Ballroom in Buffalo following which it will make stops in Pittsburgh, Jim Thorpe, Providence, New Haven and Richmond among other cities.
As of now, the tour is set to wrap up towards the end of February. Rebelution tour tickets for these much anticipated events are selling fast. Grab yours if you wish to catch the reggae music stars live in action.