EVENTS


JUN

5
Dub Club w/ The Mighty Diamonds
DJ Tom Chasteen, Boss Harmony, The Lions, ZamZam Records, E3, Selecta T, and More TBA
The Echoplex, Los Angeles CA

 

JUL

13
The Lions
with Chris Murray Combo & Queline
Levitt Pavilion, Los Angeles CA

 

BIOGRAPHY


Hip-hop culture is directly based in Jamaican DJ culture and Los Angeles' THE LIONS formed with both the roots and the branches in mind. The guys have done their homework too...collectively THE LIONS have backed up or sung with Dennis Alcapone, De La Soul, The Ethiopians, Big Daddy Kane, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Brand Nubian, Hollie Cook, Barrington Levy, Macy Gray, Hepcat, The Maytones, The Pharcyde, Wailing Souls, Stranger Cole, Ziggy Marley and more. Again, roots and branches, digging deep.

Jamaican musicians and sound system DJ's were inspired and influenced by American Soul music and then years later early hip-hop pioneers like Kool Herc and Bambaataa couldn't have done what they did without the JA model. These days most all the music coming from Jamaica is grounded in hip-hop. Back and forth, forth and back. When the people are dancing and the the groove is tight though, call it what you want, it's really all just soul music.

Since their inception in 2007 THE LIONS have pulled funky ideas from Jamaica, North and South America and Africa and Brazil to create their unique sound all the while thinking like hip-hop producers sampling records for a track. Bits from here, bits from there but all sewn together under strict quality control. The hooks are strong, the instruments are real and the singers can actually sing.

THE LIONS are not a retro act though, don't get that twisted. THE LIONS are part of a long, proud lineage of musicians exploring their roots and then branching out to create their own sound.


MEMBERS



Alex Desert

Vocals
(Hepcat)


Deston Berry

Vocals, Organ, Piano
(Hepcat)


Malik Moore

Vocals
(Ocean 11)


Black Shakespeare

MC
(I&I Sound System)


Dan "Connie Price" Ubick

Guitar
(The Keystones, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Breakestra, The Heptones, Hollie Cook, The Mad Geezers, Night Owls)


Devin Morrison

Guitar
(The Expanders, Leonard Dillon)


Dave Wilder

Bass
(Macy Gray, Norah Jones, Brett Dennen, Everlast, Liz Phair, Ziggy Marley, The Mad Geezers, Night Owls)


Blake Colie

Drums
(Derrick Morgan, Leonard Dillon, The Maytones, Arise Roots, Aggrolites, Save Ferris, Night Owls)


Davey Chegwidden

Percussion
(Rhythm Roots All Stars, De La Soul, Black Eyed Peas, David Holmes)


Eddie Felix

Saxophone, Vocals
(Eddie Palmieri, Chris Dowd from Fishbone)


Ruben Durazo

Trombone
(Boogaloo Assassins, The Delirians)


Steve "Curly Locks" Kaye

Mixing Eng., Dub Eng., Melodica
(Orgone, Fitz & The Tantrums, Big Daddy Kane, Tone Loc)


HONORARY MEMBERS



Todd Simon

Founding Member, Trumpet
(Ethio Cali, Dap Kings)


Sergio Rios

Founding Member, Guitar
(Orgone, Killion Studios)


Dan Hastie

Founding Member, Keyboards
(Orgone)


Otto Granillo

Trombone
(Jungle Fire, Kotolan)


James King

Saxophone, Flute, Melodica
(Fitz & The Tantrums)


David Ralicke

Trombone
(Beck, Dengue Fever)


Oliver Charles

Drums
(Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Gogol Bordello, The Mad Geezers)


Chris Dowd

Vocals
(Fishbone)


Eric Hartwell

Percussion


Dave Goodwin

Trombone


Bill Wendt

Sound

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Management

Donnie Nice
DonnieNice@charter.net

Booking (US)

Nance Arte Productions
Nancy Arteaga
562.805.3009
nancy@nancearte.com

Booking (Europe)

Donnie Nice
DonnieNice@charter.net