The ARK Band
The ARK Band is a St. Lucian reggae band based in Columbus, OH. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, (The St. Lucian Riddim Twins), The ARK Band has continually toured across the United States, Canada, and Jamaica, sharing its roots reggae, calypso and soca music. Combining heavenly harmonies with tight, crisp, performances, this powerhouse of talent captures their audiences with their very first note. Hailing from Columbus, OH, THE ARK BAND's combines original and cover compositions with classic and current reggae hits designed to entertain, educate and enlighten all types of people. THE ARK BAND continues to be a dynamic force on the American scene after three decades, their songs expressing the love, peace, togetherness and spirituality needed in our world today! They have also shared the stage with a number of reggae greats including Burning Spear, Tony Rebel, Freddie McGregor, Culture, The Abyssians, Beres Hammond, Inner Circle, Israel Vibrations and many others. In fact, they recall their single largest event several years ago, playing before 70,000 fans at the Vermont Reggae Festival. Also on stage were Lucky Dube and Sister Carol. However, at the end of the day one newspaper reviewer wrote: "Surprisingly the Ohio-based band, The Ark Band, put on the best set of the day." They were also labelled as having "stunning vocals, penetrating lyrics, backed by the tightest instrumentals imaginable." "The Ark Band is one of the best Reggae bands I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of Reggae bands!" -Tom Weber, co-author of Reggae Island
The Andy Shaw Band
The Andy Shaw Band is a reggae infused rock band with a strong blend of vocal harmonies, and family roots. The band's core is comprised of Andy Shaw (guitar/vocals), Chris Shaw (drums/vocals), Jim Shaw (keyboard/vocals). Performing since 2005, the band has evolved into integrating more roots reggae and fuller harmonies. Utilizing Chris Shaw’s uniquely crafted reggae drum skills, and Andy’s flair for great melody writing and vocal ability, the band crafts a sound that makes you dance, AND feel something in your soul.
The band has done numerous tours to Texas, NYC, Nashville, Florida, and all points in between. They’ve performed at Hookahville Festival, the Werkout Music Festival, Musikfest 2013, Red Gorilla Showcase at SXSW, Midpoint Music Festival, and have risen to one of the regions PREMIER original acts.
Andy Shaw Band has a reputation as one of the hardest working acts around, and they are spreading the music beyond their home town of Columbus, Ohio. As they take the next step forward, the future is bright, and the music is the perfect soundtrack to take them there.