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Roots of Creation | Tours, Festivals & Mix Tapes | April 2011

Photography by Bear Cieri

Roots of Creation Outside Nectars

Pulling up to a slushy alleyway in a white bus towing a trailer, Roots of Creation move quickly to load their gear inside Nectar’s, where they’ve played many times before. With the release of Live Vol. 2 late last year, Roots of Creation has solidified their live performances to not only rouse a crowd, but to be noteworthy enough for documentation. Even though they are reggae-based groove rockers, RoC is like a jam band: their live albums have a much different feel from their studio tracks, and at no time will two live versions of a song sound the same. Having toured over a third of last year, with a solid fan base and still producing more, RoC have much experience despite how young they still are.

As guitarist Jay McGuiness passes around Magic Hats to each of the band members, bassist Brandon Downs, drummer Mike Chadinha, and keyboardist Teal Pearson nestle onto the green room couch while singer/guitarist Brett Wilson takes a seat on a bench near a creepy lamp. With them that night, Brett’s wife, Juliana, sound tech Cooper Leafe, and light tech Brian Courchine stand in the doorframe. With family-like interaction, the eight people that traveled from New Hampshire prepare to share experiences about life on the road, and how it continues to surprise them.

I know some of the tracks off Live Vol. 2 were recorded at Nativa in Oxford, Maine. How was the festival?

Mike Chadinha: What was cool about that day was there were two or three bands before us. It was a daytime thing, and the bands before us had twenty people or so in the audience. But as soon as we started setting up, it was just crazy. I don’t know, how many do you think were in there?

Jay McGuiness of Roots of Creation

Jay McGuiness: A thousand.

Mike: Boom! Packed to the brim. It was a barn/hanger type thing, a big space. The other shows were kind of light, and that was just slammin’.

Brett Wilson: It was one in the afternoon. Typically, we don’t like to play that time slot, but it was a big festival and we said, “okay, we’ll take it. What you give us is a great opportunity.” So, we said, we’ll just go out and slam it hard, whatever, however big the crowd is, and like Mike said, it was everybody. “Holy shit!” I didn’t know all those people knew us here! And John Brown’s Body was playing the same time slot, somewhere else, so it was quite an honor to have those people out there, to get that kind of reaction.

What other festivals have you guys played?

Mike: Last summer we did Wakarusa, in Arkansas. One of my favorite moments was the We the People Festival in L.A. It was killer, a one-day thing downtown L.A., but it was Les Claypool, Tom Morello, the Suicidal Tendencies, and Barrington Levy- so many different genres. It was awesome. We got to play two shows, one main stage, one side stage.

Cooper Leafe: How many other bands did that at that festival?

Mike: Zero. Just our band, maybe one other band was from the east coast. Everyone else was west coast bands.

Where have been your favorite places to play?

All: Java Barn!

Mike: You know, Saint Lawrence University?

Tal Pearson: That place is getting some notoriety.

Mike: Well, they moved to a bigger space, and everyone there is awesome. I mean, everyone working there is in staff shirts, and they’re just getting down harder than anyone else there.

Tal: They actually roped a section off in front of the stage, for the staff.

Mike: They’re security, but really, it’s just staff getting down. Any college is fun, but you know Java Barn is killer.


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