Renowned roots reggae band Israel Vibration will make its return to New Orleans for the first time in 10 years this Monday at the historic Carver Theater.
Called by the Washington Post “one of roots reggae most beloved bands,” Israel Vibration produced its most well-known work in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing the blockbuster “The Same Song” in 1977.
The founding trio of the band, Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig and Cecil “Skelly” Spence, originally met in a physical rehab program in Kingston, Jamaica as they each recovered from polio. After converting to a Rastafari lifestyle, the boyhood friends decided to form a reggae band in the mid-’70s, and went on to perform with the likes of Inner Circle, Dennis Brown and Bob Marley as well as establish themselves as talented reggae artists in their own regard.
Now a duo since Craig left the band in 1997, Israel Vibration released its latest album, Play It Real in 2015. The band is touring the United States from Missouri down through the south and up into California and Oregon, as well as making a stop in Tijuana, Mexico.
Fellow Jamaican reggae band the Roots Radics as well as New Orleans-based reggae artist DJ T-Roy will open for the Israel Vibration on Monday, November 13. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Tickets to the all-ages event can be purchased here starting at $20. OffBeat.com is giving away two tickets to the performance. For more information, visit us on Facebook.