Dey be Jammin’ at Jonny’s
FRISCO-Don’t worry “bout a thing, ’cause every little thing’s gonna be alright – Jonny G’s jammin’ with Reggae Fest 2003 this weekend.Jonny’s “sunny place for shady people” is going to be full of positive vibrations when Cannon and Lion of Judah remind the audience to “remember your joys, throw away your sorrows and dance your way to Jah.”Lead vocalist and bassist Cannon (Randol C. Cannonier) drew a big crowd at his show earlier this summer at Upstairs at Jonny G’s Sports Bar Grill. His roots reggae drew not only reggae fans, but also hippies and punkers.”They had such a good turnout and played really well when they came out this summer,” said Justin Barnett, aka local DJ Jah Stone. “They’re a good, positive, uplifting roots reggae band. They come with a positive message.”Seattle-based Cannon and Lion of Judah have shared the stage with such international reggae talents as the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff and Yellowman. Vocalists Christine Kistler and Lori Manning, percussionist Phillip Cannonier, keyboardist Byron Neal and guitarist Q.S. Dalisay round out the Lion of Judah. They play at 9:30 p.m. today.DJ Jah Stone spins reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and old school Saturday night. He has DJed for four years and hosts “Eggs Over Irie” on KSMT.”Reggae comes from the heart,” he said. “It moves me. It just comes very naturally because it’s something I was just taken with and inspired by when I first heard it. What can I say? I love it.”The Reggae Angels wrap up the weekend Sunday night.The San Francisco-based band has established itself nationally as a conscious roots act. Since 1995, it has maintained a 20-35 city tour and has played at festivals throughout the country. It has backed artists including Don Carlos, Horace Andy, Michael Rose, Big Youth, The Abyssinia and Junior Murvin.It strives to bring a message of God consciousness through music. The shows feature vocal harmonies by Fenton Wardle, Cynthia Roots and Alreca Smith as well as a horn section.Keyboardist Steve Hoffman comes from a classical music background but has worked with Tower of Power, Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship and the Flying Other Brothers.Drummer Sandrom hails from Jamaica and has backed top reggae artists. Lead guitarist Brett Harmon has toured with Pablo Moses, The Itals, Ken Booth, George & The Wonders and Ras Kiddus.Barbados native Ryan Daisley was the musical director for Jahmali andDavid Kirton on the Spirit of Unity tour in 1999. Before that, he worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines.Fazal Prendergast is a big-name musician from Kingston, Jamaica. He played guitar for the High Times Players along with Chinna Smith and was a studio session guitarist at the Channel One Studio in Kingston for more than eight years.Jonn Greco, owner of Upstairs at Jonny G’s Sports Bar Grill, hopes to make the reggae fest a Labor Day tradition. So if you’re a fan, celebrate with three nights of gettin’ irie.
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