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Ever since becoming deeply moved and then essentially obsessed with reggae music as a teenager, Dave has always strove to learn as much as possible about the history and culture of reggae music, Jamaica and Rastafari, the ideology and lifestyle intertwined with reggae.  Over the years, he has interviewed many personalities throughout the reggae world including Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Bradley Nowell and many artists in the progressive roots scene. Dave has also written and published a novel, “The Cosmic Burrito,” a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. He plays ice hockey weekly for a recreational team he founded and manages, Team Rasta. Reggae music has filled his life with a richness for which he will forever be grateful, and he gives thanks to musicians far and wide, past and present, whether they perform roots, dub, dancehall, skinhead, rocksteady or ska, whether their tools are analog or digital, as well as the producers, promoters, soundsystems, selectors and the reggae massive at large who comprise the international reggae community. You can follow Dave on Instagram at @rootsdude and Twitter at @ElCosmicBurrito.

Climbing to the Top with TreeHouse

The upcoming Rootfire At The Park festival in Cocoa, Florida, has a diverse lineup of bands from a variety of genres. As a longtime roots enthusiast, I’m super excited for the array of up and coming reggae bands, almost all of which hail from Florida.… Read More

Do It For The Love: Michael Franti

For over two decades, Michael Franti’s original blend of hip-hop, folk, rock and reggae has been pleasing ears, spreading joy, preaching peace and inciting people to dance, while rallying them to take action for positive change.   

Like a true leader, he… Read More

First Listen: Signal Fire – Lift Up

A signal fire, also known as a smoke signal, was used during pastoral times as a way to transmit information, warn of danger and gather people together. A perfect name for a band who describes themselves as “a group of diverse musicians… Read More