Reggae Rise Up Presents


Bumpin Uglies, Herban Empire

Friday, June 9, 2017

8:00 pm

$13 Presale / $18 ADV / $20 DOS

This event is 21 and over

On Passafire's fifth studio release, Vines, the Savannah, GA based rock outfit continues to progress towards what they feel is their true identity as a band in the reggae rock genre. After starting fresh with several new pieces to the puzzle on their 2011 release, Start From Scratch, they have now teamed up with Easy Star Records (Easy Star All Stars, John Brown's Body, The Green, Cas Haley) for what the band considers their best album yet. “Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star’s sound and style,” says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. “They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them.”

Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years, they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Rebelution, Pepper, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn’t mind the grueling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact.”
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