Who are Irie Sol? Groundbreaking Hip Hop/Jazz/Reggae Band Blends the Arts with Diverse Crew

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Genre-bending. Bridges cultures. Removing artistic borders. These are just a few terms used to describe the Midwest-based, world music band, Irie Sol. Erupting out of the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, WI with a musical blend that reflects diverse band members – who hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing along with soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass.

Irie Sol has had the good fortune to share bills with The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Tech N9ne, Sevendust, Quiet Riot, Bret Michaels, and Warrant. Irie Sol’s music can be enjoyed at live shows throughout the Midwest, on many radio programs, and by downloading their albums, Solstice and Dred Scott Fitzgerald, on iTunes.

 

About Irie Sol

Erupting out of the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, WI with a musical blend that reflects the diversity of its band memberswho hail from Kingston, Jamaica; Providence, RI; Chicago, IL; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN; and Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, WIIrie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican chat/DJing and soaring, soulful melodies backed by blazing bebop horns, wailing guitar, and tight drum and bass. The band has shared bills with The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, The Meditations, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, John Munson of Semisonic, Tech N9ne, Sevendust, Quiet Riot, Bret Michaels, and Warrant. 

 

About Dr. Joel Pace

Dr. Joel Pace got a crash course in hip hop by beatboxing, rapping, and breakdancing his way through childhood in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. His love of rhymes and rhythms earned him a BA in English and Music from Providence College and masters and doctorate from the University of Oxford, UK, where he was an active performer on the burgeoning jazz scene. After graduate school, he continued his research as a fellow of Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. Presently, he is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and Associate Editor of Symbiosis: A Journal of Transatlantic Literary and Cultural Relations.

For more information about Irie Sol, visit www.iriesol.org and connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Dred Scott Fitzgerald is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other online music channels.

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