Sherpa’s roars with live music
BRECKENRIDGE – During the slow season, live music gets harder to come by, but Sherpa & Yeti’s keeps the positive vibes going strong tonight.Rising Lion extends his influence in the jungle of reggae by roaring onto stage with a progressive sound.”Our music is not afraid to be different,” said guitarist and lead vocalist Rising Lion, aka Danny Dred. “We use whatever we need to get the sounds and the vibes we’re trying to get, whether it’s blues, jazz, rock, distortion guitar or a hip-hop beat. Reggae’s the vehicle, but within the vehicle there are all these genres that come out.”
After taking what Dred called a much needed break from touring about a year ago, the Lion band is on its Conscious Music for the People tour. It’s also recording tracks for its third full-length release, which will have a more introspective feel, Dred said.Dred lost his mother and grandmother recently, which brought up issues of bereavement and mortality. One of the songs, “I Am Going,” talks about going to a better place after death, and “Time Is Marching On” is about bereavement. “I See the Light” shows how a person can change his perspective on life.”(This album) came from a more experienced place,” he said.And, as always, the album will remain true to Dred’s love for reggae served in various musical styles.
Rising Lion alternates between more strict roots and an upbeat style that incorporates ska, dancehall, dub, rhythm-and-blues and whatever genre contributes to the sound. Dred’s main influences include Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix.But more important than the range of styles Rising Lion incorporates is the message behind the beat.”We’re always writing conscious tunes and positive lyrics about social issues,” Dred said. “I see reggae as very spiritual music. It brings a lot of socioeconomic categories – as well as cultures – together. Everyone’s dancing and feeling the vibes without any fighting or disagreeing. We try to bring music people need to hear and issues people need to be aware of.”
His debut album in 1998, “New Day,” infused hip-hop and reggae with positive lyrics, and “Don’t Lose Yourself,” released in 2001, featured socially conscious lyrics and roots-reggae.Rising Lion plays tonight starting about 10 p.m. at Sherpa & Yeti’s in Breckenridge.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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