Equalites are a reggae - rock - roots - dub - ska - r&b band.
Fronted by the strong, soulful vocals of lead guitarist David
Boatwright, the Equalites deliver a performance like no other
anywhere within the reggae genre.
bands can be described as "original', and the Equalites truly
are an original sound. The Equalites have taken reggae music into
exciting new territory at once reminiscent of the classic Studio
One recordings that also pushed the boundaries into advanced dub,
afro beat, one drop, rockers, and bluebeat. Cross pollinating
this mix is a sensibility of openness within the music. Their
sound is not bound by structure for structure's sake. 2 guitars,
drums, bass, and percussion along with three part harmonies enable
the Equalites to go where few dare to tread.
Patterson, longtime percussionist with Bob Marley and the Wailers
once interpreted the Equalites sound as "dangerous reggae."
An Equalites show can be described as an uplifting, positive,
grooving, rocking experience with unlimited potential for dancing.
influences of the Equalites range from Bob Marley and the Wailers,
Dennis Brown, John Holt, Delroy Wilson, Sam Cooke, The Grateful
Dead, Fela Kuti, dancehall, and lover's rock in addition to classic
rhythm and blues from the 1950's and 60's. Their sound has been
described as "Roots Radics meets The Rolling Stone."
Equalites, once heard, are not forgotten. They deliver a great
evening of conscious original and cover music that moves people
to dance, sweat, and sing along.