The Stonehouse invites people to rejoice with them in true reggae fashion Friday in celebration of the anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia — a messianic figure in the Rastafari movement. Beginning at 8 p.m. will be the Rastafari Coronation Celebration and a “pass-the-mic” freestyle session. Gappy Ranks, who has in the last few years taken reggae music by storm, will be blazing JAH music at the Nevada City venue with a talented crew of artists.
Gappy Ranks is touring in support of his newest release, “Cookies,” and will be performing hits from all four of his album releases. Presented by Lions Den Unlimited Soundz and DJ Vision (aka Zen Ken) The London-based singer Gappy Ranks will be backed by the 7th St. Band, a five-piece band out of Berkeley with an illustrious career of playing reggae on the West Coast. On tour with Ranks is the smooth-singing Bobby Hustle; his return to the area will feature Hustle performing with the 7th Street Band.
Lions Den Unlimited Soundz presents on this eve their 20-year anniversary showcase, a “pass-the-mic” freestyle session featuring vocalists Rocker T, Soulmedic, Lenky Roy, Obie Won and Mister Kali, voicing over some of the hottest riddims from the last 20 years as selected by DJ Vision AKA Zen Ken. This unique ensemble will be one for the ages as these Rastafarian brothers present the two-turntables-and-a-microphone aspect of reggae. Opening the show will be Ras Dennis and the Idren performing Nyabinghi drumming and will be followed by several high-grade reggae DJs spinning the latest and greatest in reggae music. This event is 21 and older and is $20 at the door. The Oneness Kitchen will be providing Ital (vegan, vital) food and a full bar is available at the Stonehouse.
The Stonehouse is located at 107 Sacramento St. For information, call (530) 265-5050.