The island of Guam is hosting the first big roots-rock-reggae music festival of 2015, over two days on January 15 and 16. The headlining acts are Hawaiian grown bands Iration and The Green.
The special guest supporting acts also include California based roots outfit, Fortunate Youth, Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah from Missouri, as well as, solo artist Jordan T gracing the Trench Fest stage.
Trench Fest receives its name from the Mariana Trench, the heart of the Pacific Ocean that Guam is nestled within. The paramount goal of Trench Fest is to bring awareness and give back to Guam’s ocean environment by engaging the community in a post-festival beach cleanup, while also bringing well-known artists and new upcoming talent together in a positive setting. It is safe to say, the organizers of this festival secured an elite lineup in the reggae genre with this year’s event.
Both The Green and Iration have been mainstays on the reggae circuit, touring throughout the United States with routine for years. But, beyond constantly performing live, both The Green and Iration have garnered high acclaim from Billboard Chart topping Reggae Albums over the past five years. In regards to Fortunate Youth, the Los Angeles, California band has shared tour dates with Hawaii’s Natural Vibrations, the aforementioned headlining acts The Green and Iration and The Steppas, as well as Tribal Seeds—who are certainly not strangers to the island of Guam.
Josh Heinrichs and SkillinJah are a one-two-punch of feel good music that will come across the crowd like cool tradewinds. The dancehall and roots fans in the audience will be in for a treat with this particular duo. And, Jordan T has toured with New Zealand’s Katchafire throughout the past calendar year, while also performing as a lead guitarist and backup singer for Maui based band, Maoli. Jordan T also has released a number of hit singles in Hawaii, most notable, 2013’s “Sunset Tonight”.
Trench Fest is set to become a meeting ground where national, international, and local bands come together, not only to provide a gateway for musicians in Guam, but also to expose the unique island culture and beauty that drew them to the island.
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Video: Iration – “Back Around” (Live)