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Tatanka – Rise (Rootfire World Premiere)

“Rise” sees Tatanka pushing deeper into their home territory, a dubby wilderness that mixes electronic and percussive influences into the structure of reggae. 

I first met Ian, the front man for Tatanka in 2007 at The Gothic Theatre in Denver, Colorado. It did not take long for his band to become regulars opening for the majority of east coast reggae bands that passed through Denver. Ian always played the host, going the extra mile to promote the shows hard, arriving on time for load in, lending an extra hand. Behind his politeness and patience you could see the fire in his eyes; he wanted more and fully believed with an eerie confidence that his band’s time would come.

In the following years, Tatanka implemented a tried and true recipe for breaking out… they hit the road, AND they hit the studio- pushing hard on both. They were always stepping up their game through various means: becoming adopters of in-ears, enlisting the services of talented graphic artists, mixing engineers (E.N Young), and one of the scenes fastest growing videographers (Garret Laver).

Tatanka’s latest single “Rise” opens with the line “It starts right here.” That’s a promise the band made to themselves years ago, and it’s great to see them coming correct with it all right now, in the present.

Release Date: April 1, 2016
Label: Roots Musician Records
Pre-Order: iTunes


* “Rise” is an exclusive Rootfire World Premiere.

Tour Dates

Mar 31 – Discovery Ventura – Ventura, CA
Apr 01 – 710 Beach Club – San Diego, CA
Apr 02 – LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
Apr 23 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
Apr 24 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Apr 26 – Pub Station – Billings, MT
Apr 27 – Top Hat – Missoula, MT
Apr 28 – Eagles Ballroom – Bozeman, MT
Apr 29 – Pink Garter Theatre – Jackson Hole, WY
Apr 30 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
May 03 – Gryphon Theatre – Laramie, WY
May 04 – The Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
May 05 – Knuckleheads Saloon – Kansas City, MO
May 06 – Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill – University City, MO
May 07 – Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant – Minneapolis, MN

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Seth founded Rootfire while he was managing a group of influential modern reggae acts, including The Green, John Brown’s Body, and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. The goal of the project has always been to connect the people who participate in the modern reggae movement.

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