33 1/3 Mile Showcase happens on 1st and 3rd Thursdays, bands and musicians are chosen from within a 33 mile radius. This week we are bending the rules by featuring Oregon based SOL SEED, with members originally from Novato. Also on the bill is SOL HORIZON from Sebastopol, 2010 Norbay Awards Best Wold/Reggae band.
Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining the best elements of Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop and Psychedelic Jam to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With conscious, thought-provoking lyrics, infectious reggae-laden grooves and high-energy, impressive live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience for people of all ages to enjoy. Since transplanting to Eugene from Southern Oregon three years ago, Sol Seed has swiftly gained powerful momentum in the NorthWest music scene, creating a diverse and loyal fan base all over Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Montana and California. They have been awarded Eugene WOW Hall Awards "Best New Act" 2011 and "Favorite Local Band" 2012 and 2013, in addition to "Eugene's Best Band" two years running by Eugene Weekly readers, and recently won the prestigious title "Next Big Thing", another Eugene Weekly award. Dominating the NW summer festival circuit including Oregon Country Fair, North West World Reggae Festival, Kaleidoscope, Jefferson State Hemp Expo and more, Sol Seed has also shared the stage with national acts such as Ziggy Marley, Slightly Stoopid, The Green, Karl Denson, Pepper, The Expendables, Pacific Dub, Nappy Roots, Heavyweight Dub Champion and many more. After a number of small EP releases, the group released their first full-length album "Grown Deep" in September 2012, which immediately gained air-time on a number of radio stations all over the West Coast as well as the Hawaiian islands. After a very successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign to fund their next album release, "Family Tree", Sol Seed is in the studio with the full-lungth studio album slated for a Spring of 2014 release.
California's Sol Horizon delivers a unique style of High Vibes Music. Anchored by former members of Groundation and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade, Sol Horizon seamlessly blends Roots Reggae with Funk, Rock and Electronic Dance. With lyrics that touch on themes of peace, community, sustainability and the re-vitalizing power of nature, the band moves feet and inspires minds, creating a positive musical experience that continues to attract fans from across the globe.
Sol has shared the stage with legendary acts like Morgan Heritage, Prezident Brown, Collie Buddz, The Twinkle Brothers, The Meditations, Eek-A-Mouse, Don Carlos and the J.G.B. Band (to name a few) in both concert halls and festival stages across the USA. In 2008, they collaborated with British Roots Reggae star Pato Banton on the recording of their second album "Party Revolution," which featured Pato on the title track. The band recently expanded on its unique style of reggae with a 3rd album, “Ready For Action” released in June of 2012. The album is available via CD Baby, Itunes, Amazon and other web retailers.