The Yigo Amusement Park was packed with fans of all ages as Rebelution rocked a full house Saturday
night. The concert marked the second time the world famous reggae band had ventured to Guam and front man Eric Rachmany
says the group had been anticipating its return. "While we were touring the East Coast for seven weeks, we really
couldn't take Guam off our minds," Rachmany said after the concert. "It is nice enjoying the warm climate,
walking around in shorts and slippers. We really feel at home, and the islanders show us so much love and hospitality. I
wish Guam was closer to our home."
formed five years ago in Santa Barbara, California after a few college students engaged in a rendezvous in the campus music
at Santa Barbara City College. After their EP featuring the singles "Safe and Sound" and "Attention Span"
gained mass popularity in Hawaii, the band reached a milestone when their debut album, "Courage to Grow," was voted
editor's choice as the best reggae music for 2007 on iTunes. With their latest album "Bright Side of Life"
currently on the market, the group has been on the road touring the nation, playing as much as five shows a week.
"We love touring," Rachmany says. "Sometimes, it's just exhausting, but the best way to put our music
out there is by playing as much shows as you can."
Reggae in Yigo
Yigo Amusement Park has been the venue for every "Reggae in the Park" concert
held ever since the first in the series, which also featured Rebelution. Joe McDonald of Mid-Pac Distributors says
the venue is able to accommodate the thousands of fans attracted at each concert, and the venue will more than likely host
upcoming shows in the near future. Yigo resident Matthew Morta says he enjoys the atmosphere that the northern venue
provides. "I love the open air, the vast amount of room, and most importantly, how it is located just down the street
from my house," Morta says.
The band played a vibrant show Saturday night, pleasing residents of all ages with their appealing melodies
and pounding basslines. A great crowd turnout reciprocated the dynamic energy that the band generated. "It was awesome!
This was the best concert I've ever been to my whole life," 17 year-old Brandon Blas said of the event . "I really
can't wait until the next concert."
By Min Kim • For Northern Weekly • March 17,