The Meditations

S&S Presents

The Meditations

Herban Empire

Sunday, November 4, 2018

7:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Meditations
The Meditations
The Meditations - Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson collectively known asThe Meditations, recorded their first hit single Woman is Like a Shadow in 1974 at Channel One Recording Studio. The group made it’s mark and sealed their place as reggae legends withthe release of the first two albums Message From The Meditations and Wake up produced by Dobby Dobson. Soon after came the third album Guidance produced by Ansel Cridland.

Known the world over as Jamaica’s legendary harmony trio, The Meditations captured the hearts of reggae fans around the world. This led to collaborations with Lee Scratch Perry. Scratch, who produced for Bob Marley and the Wailers, asked them to do back up vocals for Punky Reggae Party, featuring Bob on led vocals. Bob Marley was so pleased with their harmony that he went in search for the group to do more back up vocals for him. It is said by many that “The Meditation is Bob Marley’s favorite group,” which led to Bob requesting harmony and background vocals on songs like Rastaman Live Up and Blackman Redemption. The Meditations harmonic vocals can be heard on some of your favorite track such as, Bongo Man Youths Them A Cry by Jimmy Cliffs, Mr. Cop by Gregory Isaacs, to name a few.

In 1983 Linval Thompson produced The Meditations fourth album No More Friends. On this album all the lead vocals were sung by Ansel Cridland. Meanwhile Danny Clarke and Winston Watson later released For The Good Of Man. After some time separated Ansel begin to put the group back together with the release of Return Of The Meditations produced by Ansel in 1993 on Heartbeat record label.

Ansel followed up producing and releasing Ghetto Knowledge on the Easy Star label in 1999, then Stand In Love on his own label Meditations Music in 2004. As of late he as gone on to collaborate with yet another great Philip Smart for his latest album Dangerous Society, which was released jointly by Meditations Music and Philip Smart in 2011. Ansel is a dedicated musician writing, producing and releasing albums, and still touring with the addition of DaddyLion Chandell and Toussaint Webb on harmony.

The Meditations just released a new album "Jah Will Always Find A Way" in September 2015.
Herban Empire
Herban Empire
Herban Empire really began in the basement of brothers Rick and Jesse Plautz along with college friend Adam Lenkowski in 2006. The roots, rock, reggae writing style of lead vocalist Andrew Cole was added to the project in the summer of 2008, kickstarting the band and bringing a new flavor to the traditional hard rock influences of guitarist/vocalist Adam Lenkowski. Drummer Skip Hardy was added to the mix shortly after. Members have moved away and returned, but the Empire marches on.

Together as the group’s primary songwriters, Andrew and Adam's compositions became the refreshingly original sound of an up and coming Alternative Reggae band with a young and loyal audience. Fans come to hear creative vocal and guitar harmonies and clever syncopated rhythms of a band that simply likes to play together on stage. Original songs such as “What’s Supposed to Be”, “Sweet Cherrie-O”, “The Palms and “Slave Driver Man” never fail to bring their fans to the dance floor along with an exciting mix of unique cover song choices to really get the place rocking! Each musician contributes their own personal style and flare to the songwriting and stage presence while keeping the audience enthralled with sweet reggae groves and traditional rock breakdowns.

In 2009 The Empire won the Gorilla Productions Battle of the Bands, enabling them to finally get into the studio and lay down some of their original songs. In the following year they finished in the top ten among nationally recognized bands in the same competition. Since then they have shared the stage with nationally touring bands such as Ballyhoo, B-Foundation, Outlaw Nation and Lionize.

Herban Empire has played at many local venues in the Salt Lake area including Snowbird Ski Resort's Tram Plaza, Powellapalooza Festival, A Bar Named Sue, Lumpy's downtown, Liquid Joe’s, The Urban Lounge, The Star Bar, Park Silly Sunday Market, The Point After, The Avalon, Burt’s Tiki Lounge, and Five Monkeys.
Venue Information:
Urban Lounge
241 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102