Greetings mi lionz, if you missed it, yes, you missed a great show! Anguillan reggae sensation Omari Banks paid a special visit to Columbia,Md. to share his fresh batch of reggae with his fans at The Soundry! Special guest opener, me, iRon Lion set the night off with my 3 piece unit featuring Shango Roots and Kevin Talbot! I was able to attend the soundcheck and I knew right away that this was gonna be a hot show. Omari’s approach to everything and the venue staff, made me feel like I want to be in the music business all over again. Travelling musicians from New York and elsewhere, Omari and his band members were very humble and focused on the mission at hand. In no time the venue started to fill up and the staff at The Soundry was ready to take on the challenge, I grade them A+++! They made it easy for us to play to a crowd that was totally tuned in from the 1st song to the last! Never a dull moment,this was a special night to remember for sure! Sweet reggae music passing through the sound system, people dancing in a venue that was elegant! Prior to this invite I had never heard of Omari Banks but I’m so glad this came my way! If you have never heard him you should make a point to! He brings a fresh bag of reggae music that is original in a time of nuff imitation and confusion. I encourage you to check out Omari Banks Music and also spread the word that Omari Banks and iRon Lion is a hot show to book! One Love massive!
Often times as working musicians/artists we get caught up in music and the rat race so deep that we forget to express ourselves from an original standpoint.However,in January and February I was blessed to do some shows with my bredren from VA and it was nice for that reason!Not only did we big up the king Bob Marley but we shared some original music with our hometown family and friends!
These video clips captures the vibes in Staunton where we dropped into some original material like “Reggae Party”,a hot reggae-rock club song which has exposure on international platform Reggaeville and “Good Time” aka “I don’t wanna hurt u girl”,a crowd favorite which features Lefty Luke on vocals also!Hand-crafted lovers lyrics promising to never hurt the girl of your dreams,with a bouncey reggae riddim,this song is rising in online & live popularity daily!A video is in our future plans as well as more live dates!
Check both videos out and leave us a comment on your thoughts and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the IRON LION WORLD YOUTUBE channel,as we’ll be bringing more footage to you courtesy of I Vizion Films and friends!Also,let us know where you’re at and we’ll try our best to come perform in your area if you wish!Til then,blaze it!
iRon Lion’s Reggae Party cd which won the 2016 Virginia Reggae Award boasts a hot single on international reggae platform Reggaeville’s/Soundcloud site.Thanks to the songs producer StableRoots Productions Chris Whitley who toured the world with Culture in their glory days,the link was made w/ Reggaeville and the song’s following has been growing ever since!The lead single off the 10 track cd which features no samples,it praises the Rastafarian God, Haille Selassie I,the King of Ethiopia.Reminiscent of Bob Marley’s “Give Thanks and Praise” or Peter Tosh’s “Rastafari Is”,this song is bound to grow as an anthem with Rasta’s worldwide!A lyric video is in the plans to support the song further and it is available on all digital media outlets for download!Follow iRon Lion at http://www.ironlionworld.com #ReggaePartyCD #KingOfKings #iRonLion #ironlionworld #Reggaeville #Soundcloud
Listen to “King of Kings” courtesy of Reggaeville and Soundcloud here:
Last Friday and Saturday reggae artist & band leader,(that’s me of course)iRon Lion,paid tribute to the king Bob Marley with a few shows in Virginia!First off was The Hoff Building in RVA!Big ups to Peter LeBlanc and the staff for a sweet night which featured iRon Lion(keys/vox) & D.C. veteran Shango Roots(bass/vox) sharing vocal duties!Knotty Lionz musicians for the evening Trevor P. and Luke Burket blessed the house with hardcore drum and guitar sounds as well as the hot single “Hurt U Girl” by iRon Lion & Luke B. which is a crowd favorite!Requests for a download site for it and more live performances have been tremendous!
Saturday was no different as the 3 reggae amigos pulled up in Staunton,Va. @Downtown27 aka The Clocktower w/ special hip hop guest Quiet Asassin on board and w/ a surprise guest,David,from Crowned Anbessa(Va Beach) blazing the bass with his Victor Wooten and Family Man mixed type of playing!The 4 sounded sweet all night as pointed out by plenty of ticket buying fans in attendance and also the soundman Boris!Once again,”Hurt U Girl” dominated the show as people tend to love it when iRon Lion and Luke bring their sweet harmony and unity to the stage!Other songs that stood out were a cover of “Stand by me”,originals like “Papaya” & “Feels so good” and a blazing opening performance of “Reggae Party”!
Look forward to more from this lineup as these bredren represent Virginia/east coast reggae to the fullest!Recent talks about a Florida and a west coast tour have been mentioned!
iRon Lion and Ras Greg toured the east coast in the late 90’s with Virginia’s Stable Roots Reggae band.As time moved on they both set out to establish their own identities and have created their own bands/brands,iRon Lion & TKLB and Ras Greg w/ GWP Reggae Band,both representing east coast reggae from Virginia.
However,the two continue to record and perform together from time to time as noted by their 2009 joint label venture release,iRon Lion’s-Positive Vibration cd,done at Greg’s Zion Gates Studios,Harrisonburg,Virginia.Fast forward to more recent singles produced by former band mate Chris Whitley of Stable Roots Productions who promotes through international channel Reggaeville and you’ll find they have both been successful worldwide also.iRon Lion’s “Reggae Party” cd had over 10K streams in it’s first month and Ras Greg’s “Coming from the Top” single hit hard also!
Anytime these two are in the house together you can expect a sweet soulful reggae experience
Together or apart,they can be there to serve you a fresh batch of classic and original reggae music to better your event!
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To book both together contact both booking companies!
Dates are being booked for the 2014 summer tour and so far we are happy to announce we will be back at Nicks Fish House in Baltimore plenty,BW3 in Richmond for several dates in April,new locations at Virginia Beach include,Calypso Bar & Grill & Montego Grill,we will also be performing at The Virginia Reggae Awards in Hampton,the OBX will see us at Port O Call and Asheville,NC. will see us at One Stop Bar & Grill.We will also be hitting the road w/ former members of The Original Wailers Band …Rebel Vybez feat. Desi Hyson!Stay tuned for more exciting news from Iron Lion & The Knotty Lionz Band!Make sure to get your copy of The Positive Vibration ep and other GRO Records singles we will be selling at our shows!1 Love! Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ironlionmusic for show dates and current news!