uptown live with dela
Check out the new podcast Uptown LIVE with DELA, featuring live music and in-depth conversations with some of your favorite musicians! In the first episode, DELA performs live with G. Love and his new band the Juice. Then G. Love and guitarist Van Martin talk about their musical evolution, playing shows during COVID, and more. Listen on Apple Podcasts or check out the video.
DELA is a recognizable and respected saxophonist, composer, and producer in the American reggae genre. He brings his lifelong passion for music to Slightly Stoopid as leader of the horn section and to his projects including debut solo effort "Opening Night," the recently released "Sing Little Birdie" (a reggae album for kids and parents to rock to), and his new podcast Uptown LIVE with DELA.
DELA has performed onstage or recorded with Bob Weir, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Sly and Robbie, Stephen Marley, Ali Campbell, Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, Don Carlos, G Love, Jerry Wonder, Mario C, Michael Franti, Karl Denson, Angelo Moore, Easy Star Allstars, Collie Buddz, Chali Tuna, Rashawn Ross, Jeff Coffin, Marco Benevento, Badfish, and Natiruts.
NOW AVAILABLE-CHILDREN'S REGGAE ALBUM!
Touring with Slightly Stoopid for the last 15 years, we've seen the American reggae scene continue to grow worldwide. Our lives have grown, too. Musicians and fans have kids of their own now, or nieces and nephews. We were inspired to make a reggae album for our families and yours, featuring the sounds we love. The album "Sing Little Birdie" by Dub Town Rockers was born.
Reaching the Top 10 on iTunes kids chart when it debuted, the album features some of the scene's best and brightest stars: Miles Doughty, Chali 2na, Cas Haley, Hirie and Don Carlos, Jackson Weatherby, and Josh Swain.
WHere It Started
Originally from the South Shore of Boston, DELA began playing all around the northeast while still in high school with Moon Ska Satellite recording artists Johnny Too Bad and the Strikeouts. He attended Berklee College of Music (1996) and William Paterson University (1998) studying jazz performance and composition.
While living in Brooklyn and playing clubs around New York City, DELA was tapped to join American reggae stalwarts John Browns Body (2002). He recorded on the band’s first release on Easy Star Records “Pressure Points” and contributed the horn arrangements on some of the tracks.
In 2006 while on a national tour with JBB opening for Southern California reggae rockers Slightly Stoopid, DELA was asked to become a full-time member of the band and has been touring the world with them ever since. He's behind many of the bands iconic horn lines and is the leader of the horn section.
Opening Night and Sing Little Birdie
In 2017 through the influence of mentor and friend Karl Denson, DELA released his first solo effort with LA-based reggae specialists The Aggrolites. With Denson in the producer’s chair and a host of musical all stars, DELA & the Aggrolites “Opening Night” was released on Stoopid records and broke the Top 10 on iTunes reggae chart.
In 2018, with the help of his former John Brown’s Body bandmates Tommy Benedetti (drums) and Brian Thomas (trombone) as well as Timo Shanko (bass), Van Martin (guitar), and Cameron Greenlee (keys), DELA formed Steady Rock Easy. DELA & Steady Rock Easy are bringing the music of “Opening Night” to clubs around the northeast and are currently working on a follow-up album.
Recently, DELA and Slightly Stoopid keyboard player Paul Wolstencroft formed Dub Town Rockers and produced “Sing Little Birdie,” a reggae record for kids and parents alike on Stoopid Records.
Music in the Time of COVID
Live music took a hit in 2020. Musicians and fans missed each other. In summer of 2020, DELA put together some of the finest musicians in the northeast for hip-hop, blues man G Love to form his new band, the Juice. They have been performing in outdoor venues all over the east coast.
In an effort to create a virtual musical performance space for all musicians effected by the pandemic, DELA will be launching a podcast. UPTOWN Live with DELA will provide live music and exclusive interviews of some of live music’s greatest talents. Stay tuned for details!!
DELA plays D’addario woodwind reeds and mouthpieces.
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