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Poster for RAC's Sunday show at Rockbar.
Glendale-based Reggae/Dub/Punk/Surf Outfit RAC Will Celebrate Sixth Anniversary Of First Album At Rockbar’s Reggae Fest Sunday


By Jeff Moses
Special for Modern Times Magazine

May 24, 2012 — Glendale based reggae/punk/dub/surf band RAC will be headlining Rockbar’s Memorial Day weekend Reggae Fest Sunday May 27, with an undercard that features Valley Love, Freddy Mac and The Vybs and The Hourglass Cats.

Rockbar, 4245 N. Craftsman Court, Scottsdale, is home to “the best patio in Scottsdale” according to their website,, and they picked the right night to book RAC. May 27 is the six-year anniversary of RAC’s first album Lost in Paradise.

“We are going to try and play a lot of songs off that album,” said RAC drummer Matt Roberson. Roberson also said the band would play three to five new tracks.

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The Memorial Day show has a $5 cover charge, doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the first band, The Hourglass Cats, go on at 8 p.m.

“We are really excited to play with RAC again, we are all big fans,” said Chaz Fertal saxophone player for The Hourglass Cats, also known as THC. The Hourglass Cats own brand of reggae/rock is obviously influenced by RAC.

“Valley Love are our homies too,” said Fertal. “They have a real cool vibe,” he said.

THC will be reunited with bass player Bryan Holland in his first show since going on house arrest in the beginning of April, and are planning on playing several new songs. Including “I Want The Gold”, “Free” and two “funky jams” that don’t have names yet according to THC lead singer and guitarist Cori Rios.

“I fucking love playing with RAC, “ said Rios. “RAC plays the best dub. I’ve been listening to RAC since my sophomore year of high school,” said the 23-year-old Rios.

RAC met at Ironwood High School in Glendale and have been making music together for about eight years according to guitar and keyboard player Derek Peper.

“We’re friends and we just like to play together,” said Peper. “It’s not just about the music, we play to be with friends.”

RAC is no stranger to big shows; they played The Vans Warped Tour in 2006, and have opened for both Steel Pulse and The Dirty Heads at Tempe’s Marquee Theater. But as for headlining, it is a double sided coin.

“It’s cool, it’s always cool to headline. It’s cool to take on promotion, it’s always a battle and we are always happy to have good openers,” Peper said. “But it’s just a show. We love to play shows, no matter where we are in the lineup.”

Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. and is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend, and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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