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Reggae roots at the Armory

Renegade Productions presents the hottest roots reggae band to come out of the Virgin Islands to date, Midnite at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland, on Wednesday, March 7.

Opening band Mystic Vision will start the all-ages reggae dance party at 8:30 p.m.

Hailing from the Island of St Croix, Midnite is one of the most promising roots reggae bands of the millennium. They are vanguards of conscious reggae whose music is expressed through profound and innovative lyrics.

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae--soulful, chanting, edgy.

Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron's keyboards and musical directorship form the nucleus of this musical quintet, which includes fellow St. Croix players Dion Hopkins (drums), Philip Merchant (bass) and Abijah (guitar).

Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Reggae &

naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.

Midnite explodes in live performances with sets that often exceed — hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound, driven by the punchy bass lines creates a vibe that penetrates straight to the heart.

These epic musical communions have earned Midnite an enormous following throughout the roots community. This is especially true in St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Brazil, St. Louis and here on the West Coast where they have toured extensively.

Midnite has just released two brand new studio albums "Ainshant Maps" on their Afrikan Roots Lab record label and "Scheme A Things" on the Rastafaria label. Midnite has also collaborated with I-Grade Records for four releases: "Nemozian Rasta", "Assini" "Vijan" and the recently released "Let Live".

Several members of the band have also released a quintet of albums under the name Midnite Branch I: "Cipheraw", "Geoman", "He Is Jah" "Project III" and "Full Cup".

Tickets are available in advance at Music Coop, Lowdown, Bad Ass Coffee, Williams General Store, Listen Here in Grants Pass and at all Tickets West (Safeway) locations or online at and jambasetickets.com.

Doors open at 8 p.m.

For more information contact Renegade Productions at 530-583-2801.