5:30 PM: Doors Open
6:30 PM: Pō and the 4Fathers
7:30 PM: Groundation
Times subject to change. Any changes will be confirmed via email closer to the show date
Created in the fall of 1998 by Harrison Stafford, Groundation began on the campus of Sonoma State University’s Jazz Program. Harrison formed the initial group by calling in bassist Ryan Newman, keyboardist Marcus Urani, and drummer Jason Bodlovitch who were fellow students under the Jazz Performance department. Between 1999 and 2001, Harrison Stafford taught the first course on the History of Reggae Music at the University. In 1999, Stafford teamed up with Kris Dilbeck to found Young Tree Records and release Groundation’s debut album ‘Young Tree. “Groundation” comes from the Rasta term “Grounation”.
Grounation Day is an important Rastafarian holy day celebrated April 21, which commemorates Haile Selassie’s first visit to Jamaica in 1966. Grounation Day is second in importance to Coronation Day, which is celebrated November 2, in honor Haile Selassie’s Coronation in 1930.
In 1999, while in Jamaica, Harrison met the legendary engineer Jim Fox, who was involved with the production of many of RAS Records’ most iconic releases. Fox remastered both Young Tree and Each One Teach One and recorded Hebron Gate (2002), the album that launched Groundation to international acclaim. Fox has continued working with the band on every subsequent release, helping to shape their sound on We Free Again (2004), Upon The Bridge (2006), Here I Am (2009), Building An Ark (2012), and A Miracle (2014) creating a catalog of genre-bending, deep, progressive roots reggae music. Similarly, Groundation’s artwork had a consistent look and feel, in collaboration with Stafford’s childhood friend, Giovanni Maki, creating all visual designs from the very beginning.
The band creates an altogether new reggae sound, featuring swirling, jazz/funk inspired horns, stout Latin and African based poly-rhythmics, and soulful harmony vocals. Their concerts utilize live improvisation, in classic jazz fashion, and are renowned for their high energy, communion-type atmosphere. Having gained international notoriety for their progressive fusion style, Groundation regularly plays at major international festivals like Summerjam.
Through the years, Groundation has performed in over 35 countries on 5 continents. The band, which had a number of personnel changes over the years, but always built around Harrison Stafford’s leadership, continued to bring reggae into new worlds, with their last studio album, The Next Generation (2018) opening with a full jazz big band (featuring 12 horn players). This album beat out Ziggy Marley and others to win Reggae.fr’s “Best Roots Reggae Album of 2018,” voted on by over 16,000 media members, musicians, producers, and fans.
About Pō and the 4Fathers
Hailing from the Hawaiian Islands, Pō & the 4Fathers is a unique musical experience that delivers a lyrical message that is powerful and clear with a modern Kanaka Maoli perspective. The band is deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture, Polynesian rhythms, and indigenous sounds, as well as the music that has moved generations like reggae, soul, blues, funk, and hip hop. They write songs of joy, hardship, pain and triumph, learned from shared experiences from the time of Pō to the present, and into the future.
Through their connection with the Mana Maoli Collective the stars above Aotearoa aligned and a convergence of indigenous Hawaiian music like no other sprung up at the Pasifika Vibes Festival. Over a kanoa of ‘awa a musical bond was established. Many influences merged into a new sound, songs were shared and written, and a deep brotherhood was formed. Pō & the 4Fathers emerged creating a new style, sound, and impactful message that represents the forward movement of Maoli music.
The music industry eventually took notice of this powerful group, and Pearl Jam’s label Monkeywrench (Universal) recorded their debut EP releasing two original Pō & the 4Fathers tracks, “Kingdom Come” and “Do Ya”. Pō and the 4Fathers have also been a featured band on Playing for Change and have videos that have received over 500,000 views.
All tickets subject to tax and fees
GA Tickets $50.00
Day of Show Tickets $60 if Available
Show Details and Venue Rules
Please note, this is a 21+ Event. Failure to read the age requirements is not grounds for refunds.
No outside food or beverage permitted in the venue.
Beverage Concessions both Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic will be available throughout the show.
Food will be available for purchase on site. The Pavilion Kitchen is open with a full menu of hot meals and snacks. Vegan/ Vegetarian options will be available.
This is GA standing room show. We will have some seating sections set up throughout the venue available on a first come first serve basis.
We will have some covered raised tables available around the perimeter of the lawned area.
Gonna need seating?? Bring your own! We encourage you to bring your own folding chairs for the lawn. Please note, folding chairs are not allowed to be set up inside the pavilion.
Drinking alcohol on property outside of designated areas including in our parking lots is not permitted and will be grounds for immediate removal from property. Please kokua.
This event is rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.
There will be a light bag search upon entrance.
Shirt and Shoes required for entrance.
Curious about combo discount with the Big Mountain concert?? Once you confirm your purchase, you will be issued a one time use code for 5% off that you can enter when purchasing Big Mountain tickets. The codes will expire on December 15th.