Fusing California roots reggae with hip-hop, jazz and a bit of punk, Dewey and the Peoples is a hybrid wonder for a new generation of music lovers. Equally hard-hitting and inspired, the Bay Area-based five-piece is making waves up and down the coast, delivering captivating performances that rarely leave feet on the ground.
Dewey and the Peoples consists of Santa Cruz native, Darren “Dewey” Robinson (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Jared “Solomonophonic” Solomon (Guitar), Peter Johnston (Drums), Jake Beban (Bass/Low Frequency Programmer), and fellow front man, Ras Beeken Dan on the Saxophone.
Robinson’s lyrics and leadership on stage, combined with a head-bobbing rhythm section that reek of jazz influences and guitar riffs that would not be out of place in a Specials-era Ska club in London, result in a unique aural experience that cannot be replicated.
Formed in 2012, the band cites many different influences on their sound, from Rebelution and Expendables to John Mayer and Dave Matthews Band, while their love for life; people and music keep them motivated.
Their most recent EP “Righteous Lee” showcases their developed style, drawing on aspects of artists like The Roots, Grateful Dead, Pepper, Mac Demarco, and Slightly Stoopid which culminates in a truly solid collection of music.
A collection of long-time friends and fresh talent homegrown in the hills of Marin County, Calif., IrieFuse hit the scene hard with a flood of live shows and festival appearances. Performing as IrieFuse since early 2013, the group has toured the West Coast, gaining experience and new fans at every stop. Their aggressive performance schedule and alluring energy has kept them riding the #1 spot on local reggae charts.
Their debut EP, “Sun is Rising”, released July 26, 2013 is available now on all major online music retailers.
Dewey and the Peoples, IrieFuse, Alcyon Massive at Moe’s Alley, March 4. Tickets $7/$10. PHOTO: Gary Churchill/ Stage Media