Let's face it, white-boy reggae is not going anywhere, anytime soon. By all appearances it's here to stay. Fortunately, there are practitioners who understand that reggae can and should be about more than blazing up and singing along to the catchy choruses. You can add TreeHouse!'s Jeremy Anderson to that list.
"I believe reggae has been historically used more as a means to inspire a movement for positive change, freedom, and enlightenment than most other genres," says the TreeHouse! singer-guitarist. "Reggae was created as rebel music, and it still to this day holds the spirit of the rebel, even more so than rock 'n' roll in my opinion. Reggae gives you super powers to affect people's lives and the world around you in a positive way."
Wanting to spread the spiritual movement of positivity and change, TreeHouse! and Rowdy Roots are hosting an all-day jam fest Sat. Oct. 12 at Brick House Kitchen from 12-11 p.m., featuring rock, reggae, and bluegrass music in addition to plenty of arts and craft vendors for all your reggae paraphernalia needs; admission is $10.
If Anderson has his way, you'll leave a changed man or woman."I believe reggae is a bridge of thought for Western and Eastern civilizations, both musically and lyrically," Anderson says. "The music is more meditative than most Western genres, but still employs a Western-derived beat that moves our subconscious, while the lyrics approach Eastern concepts of enlightenment."
He adds, "I believe once we have all crossed that bridge of thought, reggae will have served its purpose in this world."