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Rebelution, Pepper, Iration and Locals Katastro Will Bring Some Irie Sounds And Some Non-Traditional Sounds To Tempe Beach Park For An Afternoon Show In The Arizona Sunshine

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By Josh Wyrick
Special for Modern Times Magazine

March 13, 2014 — Marking a high point in Arizona’s concert season, Reggae rockers Rebelution will be headlining Tempe Beach Park along with veteran rap group Atmosphere on Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m.

Joining the headliners will be the Hawaii-hailing mainstays Pepper and Iration, along with local Tempe artists Katastro.

Rebelution are coming fresh off of their first headlining tour ever after seeing their independent 2012 album Peace of Mind enjoy Billboard reggae chart-topping success along with a top-five spot on iTunes overall best-selling albums. Despite the flurry of tours that have followed since, Rebelution are gearing up for another summer packed with tour dates.

Despite coming from a radically different musical background in Twin City Minneapolis, Atmosphere (composed mainly of rapper Slug and DJ Ant) share a large core group of fans with many reggae acts. The common link can be found in the amount of legwork done by these Hip Hop and Reggae artists, two genre which have overcome similar hurdles, where artists are known to perform over 300 tour dates a year.

Atmosphere has seemingly toured without break since 1997, and attributes that to their continued success on the underground circuit.

In the same vein (and same year, in fact) Pepper has made a mark by keeping the wheels turning for over 15 years, playing and headlining Vans Warped Tour, Jagermeister Music Tour and just about every American city in between.

Major changes are old hat for many of the groups performing, including Californians Iration, who recently lost longtime vocalist Kai Rediske for unstated reasons before releasing last year’s Automatic.

Skewing the median age of performers heavily, college-aged Katastro will be performing on their local turf, excited for a chance to show off their latest studio effort Gentle Predator in front of a crowd of thousands.

With a high of 82 degrees this weekend, Tempe Beach Park is the destination for anyone looking to soak up good vibes and even a little bit of sunshine. Tickets are $35 before the event at the Marquee Theatre box office, or online at Lucky Man; day of tickets are $40. Saturday, March 15, 2014 Doors at 1 p.m.

Josh Wyrick is a freelance.
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