Ras Alan & The Lions

Location:Highland Brewing Tasting Room
Friday, April 11 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Tasting Room Hours:Open 4:00-9:00; Music 6:30-8:30(FREE)
Music Style:Appalachian Reggae
Food Truck:Little Bee Thai, Avery's Hot Dogs

Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, RAS ALAN has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 20 years. His self-styled “reggabilly”, hundreds of radio, festival and music hall performances and 5 full length albums have won Ras Alan wide acclaim. He has played Jamaica numerous times, with his band, THE LIONS, with local Jamaican mento and reggae stars and as a solo artist. Ras Alan performed in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, the Dogwood Festival in Atlanta, GA, Reggae Ambassador Worldwide conventions in Las Vegas, NV, Wichita, KS, and Salt Lake City, UT, the iconic Carter Fold in Hiltons, VA, and moved dancers and listeners at regional festivals Rhythm & Roots in Bristol, TN/VA, Seedtime on the Cumberland in Whitesburg, KY, Blue Plum in Johnson City, TN and Bele Chere in Asheville, NC. “These guys have been serving up their Appalachian Roots reggae for many, many years. They are so low key and non-pretentious - singing about organic farming and mountain living - so laid back that everyone just has a good natural time listening and dancing. So sweet! A big thanks to Ras and the fellas -definitely a high point for me this past year at Bele Chere, “ says a reviewer from Liveaudiomag.com.

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