Djate warms up Street Beat Wednesday
VAIL – Boulder-based reggae artist Djate and his band take the stage in Vail on Wednesday at 6 p.m. as part of the Street Beat free winter concert series.The soulful, funky, rock ‘n’ rolling sound of The Djate Band will transport the crowd to a tropical paradise. Djate has been showered with awards for his music, including Best Male Vocalist from Martin International Reggae, Best Cultural Band from Cool Runnings Reggae Award and recognition as a finalist in the prestigious international John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his original songs “Wanna Be Love” and “Why Can’t We All Get Along.”
For the last four years, the band has been playing the Rockies hot spots, such as the Foundry and Round Midnight in Boulder, Brendon’s in Denver, Belly Up in Aspen, The Tugboat & Levelz in Steamboat Springs and Whisky Jacques in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Originally from the West Indian Island of Dominica, Djate is best known for his years as lead guitarist for the reggae band Culture, and for his performances in back-up bands for Dennis Brown, Leroy Sibbles, Gregory Issacs, Mighty Diamond, U Roy, Mikey Dread and others. He has played in local bands from New York to Houston and Chicago to Florida, and opened shows for Third World, The Wailers, Damian Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff and Luky Dube, to name a few.Djate has written and composed a collection of original songs in several genres besides reggae and recorded with artists like Izzy Stradlin, formerly of Guns N’ Roses.
Eagle, Summit and Lake County residents may register once each week for the Volvo Grand Prize drawing of a 2007 Volvo V50. Out of town guests can register weekly for a chance to win a return trip in the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway Vacation with deluxe accommodations. Parking in the Vail Village parking structure is free after 3pm.For more information, visit vvf.org or call 970-949-1999.