By: David Garcia
Nearly a year after their last performance at The Observatory, Tribal Seeds is set to make a triumphant return with many reasons to celebrate. Not only is it their lead singer's birthday, but since their last performance at the Santa Ana venue the band has gone on to release a highly successful new album in addition to a year's worth of nationwide touring.
Formed in 2003 by brothers, Steven (lead vocals/guitar) and Tony-Ray (keys/vocals) Jacobo, San Diego's Tribal Seeds bring a blend of roots, rock, reggae and dub that stands out from your typical California reggae band. Their sound is constantly evolving as they intertwine a mix of classic and modern influences while providing powerful platforms for spreading messages of peace, love, positivity and individuality with the occasional backlash aimed at social injustices and political corruption.
The band has seen numerous changes in their roster since first forming but has never once looked back. In 2013, Tribal Seeds acquired their two newest members, Gonzo on lead guitar and E.N Young on the keys, with both successful solo artists adding back up vocals as well as performing original songs throughout the band's performances. According to Tony-Ray, "More elements of musicianship and song writing have been added to the band. The energy of our live shows has also been taken up a notch. Stoked to have these guys as part of the band."
Tribal Seeds – raw footage live at The Observatory (9/20/13)
Fresh off their Representing Summer Tour 2014 that consisted of 26 shows across the nation, Tribal Seeds will take a week off before taking over The Observatory on September 13th with special guests The Expanders, True Press and Mystic Roots. Following the show, Gonzo and E.N Young will take their talents on the road the very next day for the Roots Musician Records Showcase Tour that will host two local shows with appearances at The Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa on September 26th and The Slidebar Rock n Roll Cafe in Downtown Fullerton on September 28th.
Tribal Seeds has perfected a performance that will leave you in a trance thanks to a heavy rhythm section provided by Victor Navarro (Shams) on bass and Carlos Verdugo (C-Los) on drums. The band has established themselves as a must-see act and as time has gone by, they have continued to add new elements to their live shows to leave fans wanting more.
Here's a tip: Make sure you stay throughout the entire show as Tribal Seeds tends to come out with a HIGH energy encore that usually features on-stage collaborations with members of the supporting bands as well as any other friends/musicians that may be in attendance!
Tribal Seeds performs with The Expanders, True Press, and Mystic Roots at The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 957-0600; http://www.observatoryoc.com. Sat., 7 p.m. $20/$25. All Ages.