Common Sense: Common Sense has established itself as one of California’s premier reggae rock bands.
Their influences from reggae, rock and ska, give them a new roots sound of their own.
Nick Hernandez, Larry Young, Billy Sherman and Phil Gough have been brothers in music for years and are committed to performance and sound they love. The band’s multiple personalities work together to craft soulful, intelligent sound that tells stories of real life. With heartfelt lyrics and melodic harmonies Common Sense delivers a true music experience.
The group started out in the college music scene of Santa Barbara and quickly dominated the Southern California club scene. Noted for their high energy live shows, they continue to grow a loyal fan base. The band has toured with many legendary reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, and Jimmy Cliff. Their far-reaching style has earned them a spot on national tours from the Van’s WARP Tour to Reggae Sun Splash and Reggae on the River.
Critical and commercial success has led the band to work with top producers Don Was, Ron Saint Germain and Roy Thomas Baker. Common Sense’s music catalog includes five albums beginning with Live at the Belly Up Tavern, followed by Psychedelic Surf Groove, State of the Nation, Common Sense - Common Sense, and Don't Look Back. The band is presently in the studio recording a new album of original material slated for a summer release.
Black Salt Tone: Black Salt Tone is an original progressive reggae,roots, rock band based in Orange County California that challenges the boundaries of reggae music blending hard hitting beats with profound lyrics and passionate melodies.
Wait for Green:
Wait for Green was formed in 2006 at Florida State University by
original founding members Drew Dockerill (Lead Vocals/ Guitar) and AJ
Larson (Bass). The band would combine funk, reggae, jazz, and
alternative rock to create the signature Wait For Green sound. After
playing numerous shows in the college town of Tallahassee, FL the band
started to garner the attention of the 40,000 plus student population
in the area, and in 2009 played sold out shows with Slightly Stoopid,
Reel Big Fish, and The Wailers. Later that year the band was asked to
play Sunfest held in West Palm Beach, FL along with an all-star lineup
including 311, Slightly Stoopid,UB40, Pepper, Pennywise, Citizen Cope,
G. Love, and many more. Just before their move to California the band
would play their first international show in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
headlining the ISA Billabong World Surfing Games.
In late 2009 Wait for Green made the move to Los Angeles, CA. Within
the first months of their move the band was already playing some of
the most well known LA venues such as The Roxy, El Rey, The Key Club,
Viper Room, and Whisky A Go Go. While living in LA the band acquired
Will Hopkins (Drums) who was studying at Musicians Institute. In early
2011 Wait for Green’s song “Day One” was featured on the NBC show
“Chase”, making it their first major network placement. Wait for Green
went into the studio to record their second full length album with
producer Matt Laplant (Skindred, Fiction Plane) in the summer of 2011.
The album combines their best work written after their move to
California. The album drops November 22nd on the group’s label Go For
Broke Records. The band plays with two additional live musicians James
Kirby (Guitar) and Jared Morelli (Keys, Programming).