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MP3 Leak of the Week: Thrive

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The Pier is proud to officially align ourselves with Unify to Thrive a movement to stop cancer! It was founded by Scott J Schipper, sax player of the Santa Cruz, CA based Pop-Reggae-Rock group, Thrive! Today, we’re giving away their song “Unify to Thrive” which features the late Scott J Schipper on sax…

You can download the Thrive track, “Unify to Thrive”, for FREE on our home page, under the MP3 Leak of the Week section on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday Sept 6th, 2014.

Thrive – “Unify to Thrive”
“Unify to Thrive” Background:

After Scott J Schipper was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer, he founded Unify to Thrive, a movement to stop cancer! Proceeds raised by Unify To Thrive will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the leader in cancer research. Since the hospital’s inception in 1962, St. Jude has helped bring the childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to nearly 80 percent with not one bill delivered to the families of the patients.

Following Scotts diagnosis of Stage-4 colon cancer, he continued to tour with his band, spreading the message of Unify to Thrive, while also continuing to write produce music with his band. You can read more about Scott’s story and background in our own article that Blake Taylor wrote by clicking HERE!

Before Scott passed away in December of 2013, Thrive put out a song, with Scott on Sax with the track “Unify to Thrive” that was on the groups latest album, Relentless. According to Thrive Drummer, Kenny Rogers, who wrote the song: “The song is about learning from each other and taking care of one another. It is about how if you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’d realize we are all in the struggle together.”

You can learn more about the Unify to Thrive movement as well as making your donations by clicking HERE!

Thrive Background:

Hybrid Reggae/Rock band Thrive is pioneering a unique sound in the ever-growing genre of Reggae/Rock music. In a world where materialistic and careless attitudes prevail, Thrive is carving a positive, new musical niche within multiple musical markets. “We’ve worked hard to maintain our originality” says guitarist/vocalist Aaron Borowitz who founded the group in early 2008. “Each Member has such different taste in music and that translates through our sound”.

The band released their debut album, Grattitude Attitude in 2010 and peaked at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. On May 7, 2013 Thrive released its second and most anticipated album Relentless which debut at number three on iTunes Top Reggae Charts and number six on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The album featured a guest appearance by Eric Rachmany of Rebelution on the single “Just Fine”.

Thrive would build on its success with regional tours, sharing the road the stage with such artists as SOJA, Iration and Tribal Seeds, along with statewide headlining tours on their own and massive shows with other artists including Rebelution, JBoog, The Green and Katchafire.

Thrive Tour Dates

Related Links:
Unify to Thrive Website
Unify to Thrive Facebook
Thrive Website
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Huge thanks again to Thrive for allowing us to share new song “Unify to Thrive” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for free and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!

Article By: Mike Patti

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Summer Tour ends at Hersheypark Stadium

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed three recent shows for 2014 “This One’s For You Tour” to conclude the Summer leg of the tour.

The set list from the shows are now available:
08/21/2014 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre – Wantagh, NY
08/23/2014 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI
08/30/2014 – Hersheypark Stadium – Hershey, PA

From “Jimmy Buffett’s Hershey debut: set list and some highlights

An enthusiastic audience filled Hersheypark Stadium last night to see Jimmy Buffett’s Hershey debut. Thanks to the tailgate that began in the afternoon, there were also hundreds in lawn chairs outside the stadium enjoying free sounds drifting out.

Here are a few of the highlights:

1. Opening act Alan Jackson was joined by headliner Jimmy Buffett for a quick cameo on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”

2. The choreography of the two background singers throughout was like they were doing their own show.

Extra credit for the entire band jumping in unison to opener “Brown Eyed Girl”

3. Number of times I was hit by a beach ball: 14. Number of times the guy behind me was hit by a beach ball: 5. Number of beers spilled on me by a stumbling drunk person: 1. Alan Jackson and Jimmy BuffettView full sizeHeadliner Jimmy Buffett made an early appearance on stage during opening act Alan Jackson’s set

4. The show was packed with classic rock covers. In addition to Buffett’s standard covers of “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Southern Cross” the show hit up Allman Brothers Band instrumental “Little Martha,” before returning to Van the Man for “Into the Mystic”

5. Buffett telling the audience how much he liked Hershey and how this was the perfect spot for a Labor Day Weekend show. And, while this was his first visit to Hershey he promised he would be back.

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The Best of Blackwater Music Festival 2014

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Date: August 21-23, 2014
Line Up: Slightly Stoopid, Stephan Marly, Steel Pulse Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Expendables, Tribal Seeds, Passafire, Ballyhoo! and many more.
Location: Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. Live Oak, FL

After attending festivals and shows all across the nation, over the past four months The Pier has had one jam-packed summer. To put a cap on this seemingly endless season we were fortunate enough to attend the Blackwater Music Festival down in Live Oak, Florida for one more summer party.

For The Pier, this festival was special with a bill that boasted two sets of Slightly Stoopid plus Stephen Marley, Steel Pulse, Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars The Expendables, Tribal Seeds, Ballyhoo!, Passafire and so many more. The revival of Blackwater brought together a great grouping of some of our favorite artists performing at one of our favorite place to watch live music – the beautiful Spirit of Suwannee Music Park.

Centered among the forest and fields of the the park’s 800 acres is the most infamous stage in Florida. A band shell built in a natural amphitheater, with wood from trees cut down in the park’s initial clearing, the stage has hosted its fair share of notable acts over the years. Typically these grounds are filled with thousands and thousands of festival goers, posted up on blankets, camping chairs and hammocks. During the three days of Blackwater however, the area in front of this special stage held just a under a thousand fans, but those who were there got to see some of the most intimate sets from their favorite bands.

Be sure to follow through the rest of the article to check out some of the best moments from this year’s Blackwater Music Festival.

Gary Dread:

Following an afternoon of setting up camp, the early attendees headed down to the amphitheater stage for a set from Gary Dread Jahmen. At 6pm, the band started off the weekend of tunes in proper fashion. Also known as Gary Jackson, drummer of The Movement, when performing solo Gary is billed as Gary Dread, playing with Jahmen as his backing band. Now, we have always wanted to see Gary’s solo act ever since he started DJing when The Movement initially dissolved a few years ago. After listening to his recent solo releases, we were stoked to finally get a chance to see the full act, and they did not disappoint. Gary burst out on to the stage and kept the energy going for an hour. A student of artists from the inception of the genre, Gary moved around the stage like a veteran front-man. Not an emulation of all the famed performers that have come before him, but like an embodiment, moving naturally with his own style. There wasn’t but maybe a hundred people watching Gary connected with them all, spreading his own inspiring messages and catchy tunes. All that we can really say is that we now know Gary “Dread” Jackson is killer on the drum-kit as well the mic!

Easy Star All-Stars:

Thursday night continued with music from three bands, all based around Florida with Resinated, Trial By Stone and Hor!zen. Headlining the night was a midnight set from none other than the legendary Easy Star All-Stars. A group that has spent their fair share of time in the studio and on the road, Easy Star is known for their epic Dub-Reggae tributes of albums from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and Radiohead.

The Pier was fortunate to begin our summer in Orlando with a headlining set from Easy Star at Reggae On The Block festival. The set lists of the two performances were similar, a run through of Dub Side Of The Moon along with a few tracks from some of the other cover records. But that night, the sound emitted off the stage, sounded so much better as it bounced around the trees and into my hammock. Finishing out the set with a jam of funky electronic riffs, the band played into “Lovely Rita” and then ended with that infamous Reggae version of “Karma Police.” Be sure to check out the set list from that night below:

Electioneering- Promised Land
Just A Little Song
Billie Jean
Pass The Lighter
Breathe On The Run
Time Great Gig In The Sky
Us Them
Any Colour You Like
Brain Damage
With A Little Help
One Likkle Draw
Lovely Rita
Karma Police

The Beach Sets:

Day two started how every day should start, some eggs and bacon and a trip down to the beach! There is not many venues that offer a beach or a river to enjoy, but at Spirit of Suwannee they have both. Of the many music festivals at this park there are not many that actually schedule and set up a stage for bands to perform live music. At Blackwater, for several hours on Friday and Saturday afternoon, a total of seven bands helped bring the party to the beach. With live original music flowing, the river was the place for everybody looking to stay cool in the Florida heat.



Anytime you get to watch the legendary Fishbone perform live it is a good moment to be alive. Friday at 4pm, with the heat of the afternoon still thick in the air, Angelo, Norwood and the crew spread out on the amphitheater stage for a nice hour long set. Unfortunately there was not many people there and the band may have seemed a bit dissappointed, as Angelo Moore sang to rally up a crowd: “walk this way, walk this way… the Swamp Monster came out here.. a special delivery just for you!”. As always the band rocked through their set playing hits like “Ma Pa” and “Party At Ground Zero”. Dr, Madd Vibe even got on the theremin for a few measures! Be sure to check out the set list from that afternoon below:

Party At Ground Zero
Ma and Pa
Lyin’ Ass Bitch
Everyday Sunshine
Whipper Snapper
Date Rape
Kung Fu Grip
Bonin’ In The boneyard
Sunless Saturday
(*As written on stage.)

The Expendables:

Over the years The Expendables have become the quintessential opening act for Slightly Stoopid, probably playing direct support for Stoopid more times that any other group. For us, it’s a classic pairing one of our favorite line-ups. Geoff Weers, one of the best frontman out there, leads a band with more talent than most. Together, The Expendables rock-like party demeanor and list of hits always lights up a crowd. Its the perfect paring, both bands play music created from the same coast, but they play it so differently. The Expendables deliver a harder set of singles with a focus set on energy and emotion filled tracks. Whereas Stoopid is more of an unstructured Jam – The best of both worlds!

We have seen The Expendables’ set many times, but the band never fails to surprise us. On this particular set after “Driftaway”, a personal favorite, they transitioned nicely into a cover of “Five On It. Later in the set we were treated to their version of UB40′s “Red Red wine”, a true highlight from the festival. Twice during the set, The Expendables tested out a new track, four songs in playing the rocker “Up All Night” and towards the end of the set “Starry Night”. Both of which are from their forthcoming record. Be sure to look for details about that project soon! To end the set, The Expendables went into a old beloved sign-along of their fan favorite, “Bowl For Two. To see all the tracks played that evening check out the set below:

Ganja Smuggling
Right Time
Let Loose
Up All Night
Come Get High
Down Down Down
Drift Away Five On It
Positive Mind
Red Red Wine (UB40 Cover)
Anti Social
One Drop
Starry Night
Bowl For Two
(*As written on stage.)

Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley:

Of all the sets that took place at Blackwater the most surprising, special, cereal, and intimate one had to be a Friday night set from Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley. Playing the two hour 10pm headlining slot, this was no ordinary Stephen Marley headlining set. Over the summer we have see Stephen’s full electric set played prior to Slightly Stoopid on their Summer Sessions tour. Just days off the tour, after a long run of shows, Stephen decided to once again sit down and unplug at Suwannee.

Playing most of the set with just his voice and a hand drum between his knees, Stephen Marley belted out song after song of his original music and classic Marley hits. Its worth repeating that the amphitheater stage makes all shows better and this one was no exception. A stage that bows out into the crowd, fans stand just feet from the music. With the stage filled with musicians it felt as if we were all home with the Marley family watching them play out on the back patio. Watch a clip from the set, and be sure to check out the set list from that night below:

Small Axe
Rainbow Country
Mind Control
Iron Bars
Rude Boy
Rock It Baby
No Women No Cry
Three Little Birds
Good Time
Hold On To This Feeling
Guava Jelly
Hey Baby
Traffic Jam
Revelation Party
Could You be Loved

Steel Pulse:

Steel Pulse is another band that we feel has moments that should always be cherished when watching them perform live. The group has been around for so long, they’re a band that has influenced and even taught many artist performing Reggae today. With their list of hits they have been able to keep the show going for so long, bringing their music to new fans every night.

On this night the band played through a great set list with a crowd fired up and singing along. One noticeable moment happened three songs in, during one of their bigger hits “Roller Skates”. The crowd so into signing along to the chorus of “Life, life without music” and so close to the stage, front man David Hinds couldn’t get out all of the verses of the song. He just smirked and kept on jamming the chorus. It was Great! Be sure to check out the set list from that night below:

Blues Dance Raid
Rally Round
Roller Skates
Chant A Psalm
No Justice No Peace
Not King James Version
Your House
A Who’s Responsible
Black and Proud
Drug Squad
Steppin Out
Franklin’s Tower
Dont Be Afrid
Whirlwind Romance
*As written on stage.


Passafire, scheduled to play 9-10pm, had the coveted spot between Steel Pulse and Slightly Stoopid. Over the past few years the band has been working hard on their live show. Stretching out with a few instrumental jams on several songs. Kicking off with many Passafarians’ favorite song “Barcelona” the band kept the set moving, squeezing in as many tracks as they could into their hour on stage. Playing several tracks off their recently released record, Vines a long with tracks from their four previous records, it was like a Passafire greatest-hits set! It didn’t rain all weekend, and we thought it was going to hold off till Sunday, but Passafire really heating up the place brought the storm into the festival grounds. Just as they were finishing up with “Ghostman”, the wind blew in and the rain began to pour – The perfect way to end a set! Check out the set list from that night below:

Dimming Sky
Kiss My Head
Right Thing
Phony Imposter
Shapes and Colors
Start From Scratch
Feet It
Ghost Man
(*As written on stage.)

Slightly Stoopid:

Now, we’ve seen Slightly Stoopid many times before. Just this summer alone we were able to watch the band at Big Guava Fest, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks and several of their Summer shows. Stoopid is a band that tops our list and we’ll catch them any time they play near us. Not only have they carved out their own hole in the music industry, but Slightly Stoopid has planted a seed that has grown to be its own flourishing musical genre. That said, after almost 20 years of work the band is still writing, still evolving, and still impressing. The two sets seen at Blackwater were some of the best we have seen, showcasing everything that has become their unique sound, and at times, revealing where their sound is heading. With Kyle and Miles plucking away on the bass and guitar, a full horn section, including a trombone and the renown Karl Denson, plus a hard hitting rhythm section, Stoopid continued to work on that big band jam Reggae fusion sound they have become known for.

Between these two sets we saw Stoopid play riffs we havn’t heard live in quite awhile as well as riffs that could be developed throughout sets for years to come. After weeks on the road playing their annual summer tour, this time the crew settled down taking two nights to work out a few things out. A bit janky at times, the freshness made for many great moments during the sets. A favorite came before going into Bandelero, when Kyle, switching back over to the acoustic guitars admited “We just playin’ some shit that we ain’t played in a long time right here so..” And another a few songs before when Miles, forgetting a few of the words to Know You Rider got full support from the crowd singing along.

Stoopid brought out Angelo Moore of Fishbone to sing the verse he recorded for their track “Ska Diddy”. Afterwards, Dr. Madd Vibe stayed on stage for an entertaining version of “older” that saw Angelo dancing and karate kicking his way around the stage. As Miles sang the verses trying to keep a strait face, Kyle just stood back in the shadows, trying hard to hold it down and not crack up as he plucked along on the bass line. It all came together when Angelo settled down and joined Miles at the head of the stage for a beautiful version of Ebony and Ivory.”

Watch the full video from Angelos’ appearance below:

There were so many cool moments in these sets, especially for the big Stoopid Heads out there. As huge fans it was amazing to watch the band experiment. On the second set, they were really working on things – For example, just before going into “Anywhere I Go”, Kyle turns around instructing the band to play the intro longer. Later in the set, Kyle says “Play some Hip-Hop shit!” leading the band to bust out an Eazy E “Real Muthaphukkin G” Jam which lead into a funk-mellow fusion of “Pon the Horizon”

Check out that moment in the video below:

Out of all of it, one moment that people are still talking about is Mike DeGuzman’s Keytar sit-in. The Passafire keyboardist/guitarists electrified the amphitheater with his futuristic axe, jamming right along side Kyle and Miles! Check out footage from his appearance below:

After starting the weekend acoustic and then plugging in, Miles walked out to play the encore with a few solo acoustic songs. Playing a run through “Collie Man”, Miles treated us to a reworking of “Prophet”. Bringing the rest of the band back out, they finished with some tracks we would love to hear more of in the future, jams like the “3 Piece Chicken Meal.” Check out the set lists from the two nights below:

Set 2:
Medley (Champion, Don’t Stop, Don’t Care, Wickedz, 2AM)
Til It Gets Wet
Hold Onto The One
Don’t Stop
Don’t Care
Wicked Rebelz
Way You Move
Dem Fruits
Up On A Plane
Anywhere I Go
Serious Man
False Rythms
Devils Door
Rythm Streets
Del Roy
2 AM
Pon the Horizon
Dancin Mood
Runnin With A Gunz
We Dont Wanna GO

Collie Man / Open Road
Tighten up
3 Piece Chicken Meal
No Cocaine?
(*As written on stage.)

For more about the bands that played this event, their music and information about their tour dates please check out the details below.

Blackwater 2014 Line-Up:

Related Links:
Blackwater Website
Blackwater Facebook
SOSMP Website

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Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season

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To celebrate the Labor Day weekend and The Jake Sullivan Series surpassing 75000 in paperback sales and ebook downloads the Kindle Edition of “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” will be on sale for .99 from 8/29 to 8/31.

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The Supervillains’ Fall Harvest Tour

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This fall, Through The Roots, The Supervillains and The Steppas will hit the road on the Fall Harvest Tour. Together, the bands will be returning to many of their favorite cities as this nation-wide tour makes stops in 20-plus states, traveling from mid-September into November.

On Sept 19th the Fall Harvest Tour kicks off in San Antonio, Texas before heading west on a circle around the US. This isn’t the first time Through The Roots and The Supervillains have toured together. Billed as a co-headline, depending on the market shows, this run will be split. Through The Roots are set to play a headlining spot in certain states, such as California, while The Supervillains close the show in states like Colorado and Texas. Hawaii’s The Steppas are set to open a majority of the shows with the exception of the last two weeks of the tour.

The combination of influences from both coasts enables each band to bring showcase their own unique style of Alternative, Reggae-Rock. The Steppas, known for their mellow vibes, are sure to start off each show with the right mix of Roots off their recently released record, To You From We.

Through The Roots has developed a following with their more electronic pop like southern California Reggae-Rock sound. The band, currently working on new music for 2015, will be playing tracks off their first full-length album, Take You There released last July.

The Supervillains, play a harder hitting, in-your-face Reggae-Rock and are known for their house-party like style, always putting on a fun, energetic show. The Supervillians, currently working on a new project with Skunk Records’ Miguel’ Happoldt, will be sure to play all their hits, of course a few cool covers as well as various tracks from around their discography.

For more about these bands, their music and information about their tour dates check out the details below.

the supervillains Tour Dates

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The Supervillains Website
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The Supervillains Twitter
The Steppas Website
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Article By: Aaron Solomon

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Birthday Party

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This week had a little different twist to it. Our good friend Earl had his birthday on Tuesday. Earl is the co-owner of the Tropical Isle bars on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Pam was having a big party Tuesday night at the Original Tropical Isle for Earl. She had Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef in town to play for the party. We decided to have Sunshine Cindy go for the party. Earl and Pam are big supporters of Crab Island Mambo and we wanted to be there to help Earl celebrate.

I had to work so I couldn’t go but Sunshine Cindy and her daughter Tiffany went to NOLA on Monday. They had a great time in the French Quarter. The party for Earl was a fun bash. I watched most of it from the web cam but it was just not the same as being there. They made it home safe and sound on Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday after work I stopped at Landshark Pizza. “B” was at the bar and I joined him. He had his birthday the day before. It must be something about this time of the year. Steve also stopped in and sat with us. We solved many of the world’s problems. I had wings to quench my “Landshark wing fix.” They have the best wings in town.

Lucy Buffett made it official this week that she is opening a LuLu’s in Destin. I have been reporting on this for many months and now it’s in the news. The place will be on the bay next to Legendary Marine at the base of the Mid-Bay bridge. It should open in the spring if all goes well.

We continue to get good response to our musical lineup for the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful – 21 and Legal…Let the Chaos Begin” Trop Rock party next year in Put in Bay. Registrations are coming in. We are having folks purchase the Phlocking raffle tickets we are selling (drawing will be October 29th in Key West) and the planning for some events within the event continue. Click on the link to get registered and to purchase your raffle tickets.

We have a holiday weekend coming up. Between pool parties and the start of football season, the weekend should be fun. A full report on Monday. See ya then!

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The Pier: Unify To Thrive – RIP Scotty!

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Unify to Thrive is a non-profit organization founded by Scott J. Schipper, saxophonist for the Santa Cruz reggae/rock band Thrive after he found out he was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer.
The news of cancer might send some into a fit of depression or cause them to give up, but Schipper began his quest to raise awareness of the disease while on tour, spreading the message to numerous venues.

The scene was heartbroken to hear the news of Scott’s passing on Dec. 28, 2013. His two-year battle brought attention to an illness that affects the lives of millions of people. Schipper’s torch has been passed to his friends, family, and fans that continue the diligent race for a cure.

Despite the painful loss of their brother, Thrive’s bass player Andrew Forgy told The Pier: “Though the first few months after his passing were some of the hardest I have experienced, his warrior spirit and drive to better the lives of those affected by cancer inspired me to get the ball rolling. Unify was Scotty’s brainchild and we fight everyday to keep Unify going in order to spread awareness of this horrible disease.”

Proceeds raised by Unify To Thrive will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the leader in cancer research. Since the hospital’s inception in 1962, St. Jude has helped bring the childhood cancer rate from 20 percent to nearly 80 percent with not one bill delivered to the families of the patients.

The decision to donate to St. Jude was simple. According to the band, “Scott was affected by cancer at such a young age he wanted to give back to a hospital/community that put so much blood sweat and tears into helping those affected as well. Since we are in a touring band, he figured that no matter where we are in the country, somebody will know and potentially have some sort of connection with St. Jude.”

While politicians, lobbyists and others in the healthcare industry disagree with policy and funding, those at St. Jude work tirelessly to save the lives of real children. Individuals and organizations such as Unify To Thrive raise a majority of the funds for St. Jude. This method of funding keeps St. Jude free from any corporate or shareholder influence allowing them to focus on the needs of the patients.

Unify To Thrive raffled off a pair of Shaun Logan custom Vans at the 5th Annual California Roots raising more than ThriveOnStage_RIPScotty$750. The Thrive family has also started at team for the STOP CANCER 2014 5/10k Run|Walk. The event will be held at Woodley Park Section I in Van Nuys, California on Sept. 28, 2014. Spots are available on Team Scotty and you will be provided with a commemorative Team Scotty t-shirt and hat upon registration.

The reggae community has contributed to the cause by donating songs for the next Music Unites compilation to be released on Sept. 2, 2014 featuring artists such as Rebelution, Don Carlos, Katchafire, Easy Star All-Stars, J Boog, The Green, Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, Stick Figure, Collie Buddz, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and many more. All proceeds will benefit Unify to Thrive.

The Unify to Thrive website is undergoing a makeover and will soon be available to the public to enjoy some of the beautiful music Scott Schipper created during his life.

“Like most, this horrible disease in many ways has affected my family and myself.” Forgy continued, “When Scott was diagnosed, I was in total shock and disbelief, but his willingness to fight on and tour, share his story and raise money for the kids and family affected was nothing short of inspiring. I was completely humbled and honored when Scott had asked me to keep the Unify to Thrive name going,”

This organization is motivated and dedicated to the cause of fighting the spread of cancer and to promote a long, healthy and prosperous life. There is no greater organization on the forefront of cancer research than St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Unify to Thrive is bridging the gap allowing music lovers to support the reggae scene while supporting the lives of millions of children.

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Pre-Order Music Unites (Healing of a Nation)
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Santa Barbara Tour Date Announced

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From Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers have announced a new tour date on October 16th at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA! Tickets go on sale September 6th via TicketMaster.

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Video: SOJA – I Believe (ft Michael Franti & Nahko)

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Here is the latest music video for SOJA’s new single “I Believe” featuring Michael Franti and Nahko. The song is off SOJA’s latest album, Amid The Noise and Haste that you can pick up on Vinyl by clicking HERE!. You can also listen to the whole album, with commentary, courtesy of Jacob Hemphill by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

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Reggae Rise Up to Tampa, Florida!

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On July 12 13, 2014 the Reggae Rise Up Festival held a successful outing at their home location of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a result of it’s success, Reggae Rise Up is extending their party to Tampa, Florida for a 1 day festival on Sept 27th, 2014 at Raymond James Stadium.
Headlining this festival will be Rebelution along with the Grammy award-winning Steel Pulse in addition to Collie Buddz, Zion-I, Ballyhoo!, Rootz Underground, Los Rakas and Stranger! The festival will take place from 12:00pm to 11:00pm General Admission tickets start at $35 with VIP Passes starting at $100 and last we heard, a limited amount of tickets remain.

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The VIP area is said to include an amazing view of the stage in an effort to provide a different angle of perspective to enjoy the show. Fans can expect to see a vendor village with some of Florida’s most unique food trucks accompanied by other local vendors to connect fans to the local businesses in the community.

Coors Light will be the beer sponsor and Reggae Rise Up has teamed up with Tampa Sports Authority and Event Live to provide the best festival experience. In addition, they have attached themselves to The Teal Recovery Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on fundraising, educating and empowering women battling cervical cancer.

Reggae Rise Up has a history putting on successful events as this is their sixth episode of the continuing festival series. Past performing artists include Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Stephen Marley, The Expendables, Dirty Heads, Pepper, Tribal Seeds, J Boog, Eek A Mouse, Easy Star All-Stars and more.

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Article By: Mike Patti

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