THE EQUALITES are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!
Here is an olde school pic of the EQUALITES in 1991 at the Rutland VT armory. We had a great night at that show.
In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for going on 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor n more. With four part harmonies and excellent songwriting, sizziling guitar work, deep percussion, and a deep pocket of bass n drums… this is truly ‘a great band with killer reggae groove’. The music is at once reggae, roots music, blue beat, has jazz sensibilities, and much more!
The original compositions are performed in unforgettable fashion, and the covers they play of classic reggae and soul music have the Equalites polished unique stamp on them that make them sound like fresh goodness.
One way to describe the band could be ‘ the Band’ that plays in the style of ‘reggae n soul’, it has that merging of roots rock and roots reggae soul that makes the unique blend that is the EQUALITES
The band is lead by the prolific and accomplished – David Boatwright, on lead vocals and guitar. Dave was a founding member of Loose Caboose and has played guitar and vocals in many other groups, he has released original music with the Equalites and is a true one of a kind musician. Some of his songs include “she makes a riddim”. “make a difference”, and “one summer night”. His melodies resonate deep with his voice, as do his unparalleled guitar snarl.
Percussionist Boo Pearson has studied diasporic rhythms, songs and dance whose origins emmenate from sub-Saharan West Africa and have spread to the Americas and places such as Brazil, the West Indise, Louisianna and beyond. Alongside David Boatwright he has recorded under the initial guidance of Bob Marley in Kingston Jamaica, traveled to Port-Au-Prince Haiti to study with “Taboula”, a cutting edge international dance company, and performed as an accompanist for the Five College Community dance program under the direction of Sekou Sylla, formerly of Les Ballets Africains de Guinea, and currently the director of The Pioneer Valley’s Bambidele Ossumerea Dance Company. His kit includses congas, congalettos, timbales and djembe, as well as a broad selection of instruments from around the world. A singer and lyricist, his tenure with The Equalites exceeds a quarter of century.
Adam Zucker controls the bass with a booming deep groove and plays with melodic sensibilities at the same time as precise hard hitting riddim. He is also a talented songwriter and sings his tunes like ‘where there is love’ and ‘love zone’ with a fiery passion from d soul. Adam has been with the band for 4 years, and before that he has played guitar , bass, and composed music for various reggae bands in Western Mass.
Edward Reddonett is the founding member of the band and comes to the shows in the western MA region, plays guitar that is a steady riddim and also can get dubbed out with his range of effects peddles. A truly ‘jammin’ guitarist, Ed’s guitar adds an exciting colors n shades to the music that makes you feel really nice…