The Itals with Sol Horizon
A Night of Jamaican Reggae harmonies and California Reggae
The Itals, a Grammy-nominated Jamaican vocal group known for their classic reggae harmonies and socially conscious
lyrics is one of the best known roots reggae bands on the scene. They have recorded and toured continuously for the
last 35 years, keeping the sound and spirit of roots reggae alive well into the dancehall era.
"Set to snaking guitar lines and spongy, occasionally dub-inflected beats, the trio's tightly woven harmonies have for
more than three decades been reggae's answer to black gospel quartet singing and doo-wop. They sing to lift the human
spirit, but as their version of their '70s hit "Brutal Out Deh" at the What Stage on Friday revealed, an acute awareness
of suffering and oppression lies just beneath the surface," wrote Spin Magazine.
The Itals, meaning "pure" or "natural" in Rastafarian patois was formed in 1976 by Keith Porter and original members
Ronnie Davis, Porter and Lloyd Ricketts, who had previously been performing in rocksteady harmony groups, the
Westmorelites and the Tennors.
Their debut single, "In A Dis Ya Time" is regarded as the group's finest work, and topped the Jamaican chart. The song
remains the Itals' signature tune and has been described by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones as "the perfect
Over the years, the Itals have performed countless shows worldwide. Although the background harmonies sometimes
change, as unfortunately, some of the original members have passed, they always sound as sweet as ever, backing the
original Itals lead vocalist, Keith Porter.
More about the Itals:
The Itals are a Jamaican reggae vocal group formed in 1976 by Alvin "Keith" Porter, Lloyd Ricketts, and Ronnie Davis,
all of whom had previously also recorded as solo artists. All three had worked together in the late 1960s in The
Westmorelites. The group recorded several albums through the late 1970s and 1980s, with Ronnie Davis going on to a
successful solo career in 1997 as Ronnie Davis and Idren.
The Itals' debut single, "In A Dis Ya Time", is regarded as the group's finest work, and topped the Jamaican chart.
1987's Rasta Philosophy was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Reggae Album. The line-up has changed over the years,
with former solo artist David Isaacs joining in 1987 when Ricketts was sentenced to a prison term, preventing him from
travelling to the United States. Davis left the group in 1994, and was replaced by Porter's daughter Kada.
The Itals continued to tour in 2009 in support of the newly released "Let Them Talk". In 2011, original member Lloyd
Ricketts was able to obtain a work permit and performed two shows with Keith and Ronnie before his death. Ronnie Davis
stepped away from The Itals again in 2012 and reunited with the rocksteady group The Tennors, but Keith continues to
tour with two of his children, Darien Porter and Kada Porter, providing harmonies. Keith will be releasing "Mind Over
Matter", the remastered compilation of 22 early Itals songs and a solo album of reggae covers of classic R&B songs,
called "Let's Get it On" in July 2015. (source: Wikipedia Commons)
Opening act SOL HORIZON
Voted "Best World/Reggae band" in the North Bay, Sol Horizon seamlessly fuses roots reggae with rock, funk and world
beats. Anchored by veteran musicians (including former members of Groundation and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade) Sol is
renowned for energetic live performances and their lyrical content, which centers on 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 Ziggy Marley, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Collie Buddz, Morgan Heritage,
Don Carlos, Eek-a-mouse, Prezident Brown 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 bands third album, "Ready For Action," was released
in June of 2012 and a 4th album is currently in production under the direction of Grammy winning engineer Isha Erskine.
For more info about Sol Horizon, visit
The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Saturday, May 27
Show Starts: 9 p.m.
Doors Open: 8:30 p.m.
$20 General Admission
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