Keith Okie & Rebel Sol Album Release Party, A-Mac & The Height

The Orpheum Presents:

Keith Okie & Rebel Sol Album Release Party

A-Mac & The Height

2Tone Lizard Kings

Friday, August 3 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$9.50 - $13.50

This event is all ages

Keith Okie & Rebel Sol Album Release Party
Keith Okie & Rebel Sol Album Release Party
Keith Okie & Rebel Sol bill themselves as “Soul Reggae Rockers,” a title that perfectly describes this emerging force on the southwestern music scene. Irresistible dance grooves blend with heart-based lyrics in an outrageously energetic live show that is packing dance floors and venues from Colorado to Mexico. Their catchy melodic catalog of original tunes (penned by lead singer/guitarist Okie) has audiences singing along with their hook-and-harmony based “songs of life, love, fear, and hope” from the very first hearing – and for days afterward.
A California native, Keith Okie spent years touring the Pacific Northwest with the funk- and jam-based “Dukes of Ted” before settling first in Boulder, then in Arizona. Here, he returned to his musical roots, blending influences from Bob Marley and Clinton Fearon to Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. His music has been licensed by major Hollywood studios for use in television and film. Keith credits his eclectic spirituality and love for his wife and baby son with inspiring the best of his songs.

His band, Rebel Sol, has a rock-solid core that features complex rhythms (drummer Ben Keller plays brilliantly off conga/percussionist Tory Campbell), bass that can both pound and soar (bassist Jason Teague) and blazing keyboard work that checks all the boxes for the genre (piano/organist Phil Gornick). Frequent guests sit in with the band adding brass and African drums along with exceptional vocal harmonies. Their live shows have extra added anticipation as their rabid and growing fan base wonders, “Who else is going to show up tonight?”
One can’t help but think that it’s only a matter of time until this infectious outfit is performing in national festivals and sold-out theaters (they are already booked to open this year’s inaugural Rosarito Reggae Festival in Baja California). Catch them up-close and personal while you still can, so you can someday be among those who can say, “I heard them first.”
A-Mac & The Height
A-Mac & The Height
A-Mac & The Height represents a unique musical experience of unity and adventurous fusion of genres. With hook-driven songwriting and a cohesive blend of reggae, hip-hop, funk and alternative rock, the group thrives on overcoming musical boundaries. Their immersive message and feel good energy has proven to bring together beautiful people from coast to coast.

The Denver, CO based band has a charismatic approach fueled by conscious thinking, with lyrics that are uplifting, relatable, and insightful. Bringing an energetic and moving live performance, A-Mac & The Height encourages their audience to partake in a genuine and united musical journey with them. Similarly, the group is known for creating intricate and extended musical passages through improvisation and faith in the unknown.

In addition to fearlessly touring the majority of the United States within their first year of forming, the band has also put out two full length albums. Young, bold and determined, the group is fascinated with pushing the envelope of artistic expression, paying homage to many of the greats including Sublime, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre and Grateful Dead.

After years of experiment and development, Alex Mackenzie-Low (a.k.a. A-Mac - Vocals & Guitar) has united his latest musical brotherhood, known as The Height. The band features six of Denver's premiere musicians including Matt McElwain (Drums), Stephen Eski Edwards (Bass), Karl Rivers (Keyboards), Joey Bean (Saxophone & Vocals), Ted Kleist (Guitar & Vocals), and Jake Heym (Percussion). A-Mac & The Height continues to break the mold and expand impact over a wide range of music lovers.
2Tone Lizard Kings
2Tone Lizard Kings
The 2Tone Lizard Kings formed in 2004 in Tempe, AZ. Founders Gary Bolena and Dave Siebler

worked together to staff a full ska band for the purposes of writing new, original ska influenced material.

In 2004, Phoenix was an outpost of Ska. Bands that carried the Arizona scene, Dave’s Big Deluxe, Kongo Shock and Warsaw, were either gone from the scene altogether, or in the case of Warsaw, constantly touring. Nationally, the 3rd Wave of Ska that had brought so much great music to the people, was now completely over. Rudies and Rudettes were forced to wait for the occasional national or internationally touring band to come through Phoenix to see any good, live ska.

As ska disappeared from the scene…so did musician’s who were interested or willing to play it. As you can imagine, the prospect of playing in the 2TLK was not an easy sell to a lot of musicians. “No gigs, no money, no thanks” was a popular sentiment among the multitudes of musicians we approached with the idea in the early days.

It was in this bleak landscape that we embarked on our journey to build a big, beautiful ska band that we could use to rock people’s faces off (collectively). It took time, it took patience, it took energy, money and iron man endurance.

Conceptually, at the beginning, the idea was to build a large set of covers for a couple of reasons: We wanted to get our band comfortable with grooves of first, second and third wave Ska AND we needed to book the band and make money so we could pay the musicians as well.

Ideally, this would allow the band to survive and hopefully thrive while we wrote and recorded our original material.

To date, we have two full length releases: Bombs Away (2008) and Primeval Itch (2010) . Also a self titled EP which was released in early 2014.

Bombs Away was released independently, while Primeval Itch and 2Tone Lizard Kings EP were released via Megalith Records. Thanks Buck!

There have been some great gigs too. Some not so hot. I still remember the biker bar where the bartender sent the band a round of shots. Unfortunately the shots were not Jameson - they were an abomination from Hell known as the Prairie Fire. On that fateful night…we nearly all vomited on stage. Simultaneously.

On the good side, we have been blessed to tour with the world famous Toasters throughout the southwest. Playing shows in places like San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Durango, Albuquerque, El Paso, Austin, Houston, New Orleans etc..

We’ve played large festivals and we’ve played small dive bars (Pat Murphy’s).

Over the years, there have been some highs, some lows, some laughs and dare I say it? Yes, even a couple of tears. Oh there was blood too…and some mucus, eyedrops and a LOT of Jameson. Wow.

But more than all of that, there has been a line of musicians who have joined in to help push this reptilian ska beast along it’s beautiful trajectory. Oh yes. Men like John Schminke, Anthony Pozun, Grant Mitchell, Chappy, Casey Block, etc… it’s a very long list, but they have all joined us at one time or another to take the stage and play the ska.

No matter the lineup, the Lizard Kings are all about having a good time. We have been referred to as a “Keg Party with Horns”, that’s pretty spot on.

Check out our “Shows” page, pick a show and come hang out with us. The 2Tone Lizards Kings - we are: the other white meat, the bald eagle of ska, the push up bra on your hot girlfriend, the smell of a baby's freshly shampooed hair, a fresh pot of coffee on a cold winter’s day, a firm handshake, puppy breath, but mostly, we’re just like you…we are carbon based life forms, hurtling through space on a spinning rock. We just play ska while we’re doing that..

Good talk. Now get back out there!