The crowd slowly trickled in while GPGDS opened the show. The Rochester, New York natives brought their east coast Afro-beat and reggae music to the LA and set the mood and tone for the rest of the night.
Northern California’s Iration has been touring with Rebelution and the dynamic duo has left a lasting impression on fans and supporters all over and April 1 was no exception. Iration put out their Fresh Grounds EP in February and has been spreading it out all over, now it was Southern California’s turn.
The smell of something green burning slowly crept around the crowded venue as Iration took the stage.
The Santa Barbara band was scattered among the green lit stage as everyone on each tier of the Wiltern was on their feet.
The bass line trembled the floor as they played fan favorites like I’m With You, Electricity, Falling and Wait and See which gave everyone the chance to sing along.
Standing on the side stage gave an amazing view of the crowd as they all bounced their heads and arms all in unison.
The soft melody of guitarist Micah Pueschel and percussionist Kai Redisk was a soothing sound to the ears of everyone in attendance.
Pueschel’s guitar riffs and solos were exceptional and broke the dub beats just perfectly.
Iration’s hour long set quickly came to an end as it seemed to have gone by too quick, but it wasn’t too upsetting knowing that Rebelution was the next band up.
The eager crowd waited with high hopes and as the lights dimmed the crowds high hopes were about to be met.
As the Dolby surround sound theme played the curtain drew revealing a blacked out stage playing host to a green laser light show. The green lights danced around the stage among the fake cannabis plants scattered among the stage.
Also from Santa Barbara, Eric Rachmany and the other members of the band took the stage.
The pitch black light stage with green light show was the perfect way to open their set with Green to Black. As the lights grew brighter there was a haze of smoke that hovered in the air that night. The smell of good ol’ reggae music was potent anywhere there was air.
Rebelution’s set included old songs, new songs and classics like Weapons of Destruction, Too Rude, Lazy Afternoon, More Than Ever and many more.
There were numerous times that Rachmany made it a crowd participation night as he left voids in the lyrics to allow the sold out Wiltern Theatre to sing along.
The energy throughout the venue was calm yet excited, docile yet animated.
The deep bass shook the foundation while the high pitched synthesizer echoed throughout the entire evening.
After the set, Rachmany, alone, came back on stage with his acoustic guitar to perform Good Vibes. After that, the rest of the band joined him to play Outta Control a couple of others and closed the night with an amazing rendition of Attention Span.
The crowd stuck around to give Rebelution an outstanding ovation and the 21 and over fans stuck around in the lobby of the Wiltern for the “Late Night Greens” after party hosted by the bands featuring DJ Yeti Beats.
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