Anyone yearning for rhythmic, hearty roots music, should grab a shovel and start digging their way to Funk ‘n Waffles downtown and get there on Saturday, August 29 for Root SHOCK and Mosaic Foundation to soothe their soul. It has been a productive summer for local Syracuse reggae soul band Root SHOCK, who have kept themselves busy playing gigs all over New York State, and were specially requested to headline the Critz Farms Blueberry Jam mid-August. September will bring another round of excitement as the band begins recording their first album. The whole crew, including Jessica Brown on lead vocals and percussion, Bill Eppel on bass, Nick Czarkam on keyboards and electronics, Dan Valvassori on guitar, Phil Grajko on guitar and vocals and Fafa Fain on drums and vocals will be excited to return to their stomping grounds surrounded by friends and a growing fan base.
Rochester-based roots reggae group Mosaic Foundation will be joining Root SHOCK. Lead vocalist and percussionist Yao Foli aka Cha Cha has a vibrant stage presence that will energize the room and get people smiling and dancing without hesitation. Joining Foli are his musical comrades John-Paul Nawn on drums and vocals, Michael Corey on lead guitar, Aaron James Sprague on bass, Ken Luk on keyboard, melodica and vocals and Bryan Davis on percussion. Mosaic Foundation has also been heavily touring the great state of New York and will be making their first Syracuse appearance in quite a while. It would be a mistake to miss out on this double header of regional reggae talent. Get tickets here