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Van Gordon Martin/Laiken Love/XULUPROPHET
Friday, October 20th, 2017
VGM works full time with his own solo project as well as many others including; the Boston based Reggae collective Dub Apocalypse, Moroccan/Jazz/ Electronic group Club D’elf, Hip Hop legend Big Daddy Kane’s Live band, Paul Wolstencroft of Slightly Stoopid’s Organically Good Trio, The Naya Rockers and many others. VGM is also founding member of Spiritual Rez, a project witch he toured with extensively up until 2011. The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, Israel Vibration, as well as a national tour with The Skatalites. In a backing band setting VGM has worked with Half Pint, Admiral Tibet , Sleepy Wonder and Puma Ptah of Thievery Corporation, Kenyatta “Jr Culture”, and Tousaint the Liberator. Fast forward to the present and you will find Van Gordon preparing to tour a new record titled Let it Grow. Where once again he will share his remarkable guitar style backed by a band who transforms their instruments’ sounds into otherworldly sonic vibrations, while reaching new fans and places out in the musical stratosphere. Van Gordon Martin works as a musical chameleon playing many styles, while maintaining a deep love for Reggae, Dub, and Classic Roots Music. Xuluprophet- Savannah Psychedelic Funk/Reggae/Rock An innovative blend of of the best elements of groove heavy music styles. Pulling from such diversity as Rory Gallagher, Prince, Bob Marley, The Police, Fela Kuti, and Funkadelic, people can’t help but feel the pulse of the music. A very unique setup allows either guitarist to switch between bass & guitar mid song giving exciting improvisational acrobats to the music. Earthy gritty vocals and soaring psychedelic guitar leads are the backdrop for stories about the inner and outer human experiences. They have played for Rock & Roll Marathon, Earth Day Festival, International Festival, and will be in South Carolina and Florida through 2017. Recent Shows include: Blessing of the Fleet- Brunswick GA Live at the Blue Door- Brunswick Passafire 4/20 Show- Jinx Savannah Swamp Hippie Festival- Deep Bend Landing Waynesboro Earth Day Festival- Forsyth Park Savannah Skull Creek Boathouse- Hilton Head Tybee Post Theater- Tybee Island A Town Get Down Festival Art March Parade & Festival- Savannah Food Day Festival- Daffin Park Tropidelic- Barrelhouse South The Wailers -The Stage on Bay Sapelo Island Beach Festival- Sapelo Island. Laiken Williams was born and raised in Nicholls, Ga. While attending CHS, Laiken was involved with many school activities. She held a state position as Secretary for the Georgia Association of Student Councils for 2.5 years.. Laiken’s other involvements included The National Honor Society, FBLA, Chorus, and Showchoir. After graduating from Coffee High in 2004, Laiken set off to Savannah, Ga to attend Armstrong Atlantic State University to major in Political Science. While at AASU, Laiken was involved with Armstrong’s University Chorale as well as holding an officer position with Student Government and Campus Union Board. Around 2009 Laiken auditioned, and joined, Savannah Philharmonic Chorus. She is an active member to this day. She also performs with a smaller chamber choir named I Cantori. After realizing how important music is to her life, Laiken decided to step out and perform at open mics. This leap of faith led Laiken to be picked up by a band in 2011. From there Laiken has made waves into the Savannah music scene. In 2012 Laiken, AKA Laiken Love, started her own band Fellowship of Love. All of Laiken’s hard work paid off when she was awarded Musician of the Year through SONATA (Sponsors of New and Talented Artists) in 2015. Laiken’s local success has also allowed her to work with top corporate bands that perform all over the southeast region. Laiken is definitely on the rise!Venue Information: The Wormhole 2307 Bull Street Savannah, GA, 31401 http://www.wormholebar.com