Roots Foundation have been lighting up stages in Southern California since 1996, with our unique style of reggae, reggae rock, and world music-as headliners, as the exclusively selected opening act for Bunny Wailer, the Melodians, The Wailing Souls, Nevile Brothers and many more, in addition to countless private and corporate events.
Roots Foundation incorporates influences ranging from the classic reggae artists of the 60's, 70's, and 80's, to artists as diverse as King Sunny Ade', the Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Bob Dylan. This is manifested in the strong songwriting and arranging of bandleader Kurt Mahoney, our distinctive use of saxophone and steel guitar, strong melodies, and deep grooves-simply the best reggae has to offer!
We have a strong list of original material, and a lengthy list of 'covers' built solidly around well known reggae standards, supplemented by 'non-reggae' tunes artfully arranged by Kurt that take our music to a whole new level of entertainment!
We are 'family friendly'-you'll never hear foul language or other 'slackness' from our stage-strictly conscious, high energy, positive reggae music to delight and inspire one and all!
We favor 'non-stop' sets-we like to keep the dance floor grooving-we will wear you out! That said, we will do everything in our power to make your event the best it can be-we tailor our set list and length, volume, etc to fit YOUR needs. If it's a wedding or other special event, and you give us notice, we're happy to learn a specific song or two at your request, if it's not already in our repertoire.
When Roots Foundation is 'in the house' you don't want to miss it!
We also have an acoustic version of 'Roots' called 'Island Groovy' that features percussion, steel and acoustic guitar, and upright bass-we do acoustic reggae, afro/cuban/brazillian, jazz, and standards for those events that are more intimate, or require a more laid back vibe!