Win Tickets ($40+): Midnite @ Roseland Theater | Roots Reggae, Soul’d Out Music Festival

We are giving away a pair of tickets to see Midnite at the Roseland Theater on Saturday, April 20, 2013. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, April 1.

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Midnite @ Roseland TheaterMidnight
April 20, 2013
9 p.m. | $22 advance | 21+
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Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave Portland, OR 97209
(971) 230-0033 | More Info:

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin’s electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae-soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn’s potent lyrical style and his brother Ron Benjamin’s exquisite production, vocals, dub, arrangements, keyboard & bass musical arrangements form the nucleus of this musical – rootsy heavy sound, which includes: Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar),Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keyboards).

Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of “old school” roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Roots Reggae – naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite’s musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.

“Unpolished” is the title of their debut album which includes such classics as “Don’t Move”, “Mama Africa”, and “Love the Life You Live”. Originally released in 1997, while the band was located in Washington, DC. In 1999, Midnite linked up with Wildchild! Records for their second release “Ras Mek Peace”. Incredibly, this album was recorded using only two channels and was mastered without any reverb, filtering, compression or equalization. Songs like “Hieroglyphics”, in which graffiti is likened to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, showcase the intelligent songwriting that pervades all of Midnite’s works.

Following the release of Ras Mek Peace, Midnite returned to live in St. Croix so that they could work with the local musicians and make recordings at their African Roots Lab without any outside interference. The fruits of these labours can be found on their third album “Jubilees of Zion”, which was released on their independent Afrikan Roots Lab record label. The expansive, hypnotic rhythms continue, alongside the messages of peace, universal brotherhood, and cultural resistance to Babylon.

In June 2002, Midnite made their Northern California debut at the 9th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. That same month saw the release of Midnite’s fourth album “Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance”. Released on their Afrikan Roots Lab record label, this album raises the bar of cultural roots reggae, as we know it today.

Midnite explodes in live performances with sets that often exceed 3 hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound, driven by the punchy bass lines creates a vibe that penetrates straight to the heart. These epic musical communions have earned Midnite an enormous following throughout the reggae community. By breaking all the rules, Midnite is setting a new standard. Armed with a firm foundation in Jah Rastafari, their natural talents, and a strong and uncompromising musical vision,Midnite champions a unique sound that is on the cutting edge of modern roots music.

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31 Responses to Win Tickets ($40+): Midnite @ Roseland Theater | Roots Reggae, Soul’d Out Music Festival

  1. Chief V March 28, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    One of the best reggae bands in the world. The chant & meditation sound real roots music
    from St. Croix. Bringing forth truth & rights with utter conviction. Awakening the mind and unifying the people. This group and sound cant be missed.
    Bless up! Portland. JAH live!!

  2. Elissa Ruddy March 28, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    For me being in the presence of the muzik of Midnite, is like going to church. Their muzik grounds me and brings to me a place of what I feel is my highest self.

    Thank you,

  3. dave sagafi March 28, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    I’ve been one of the biggest Midnite fan in Lane County for ten years, and I’ve travelled all over to see them. In fact, I was at that historic first west coast set at SNWMF in 2002 at the Village Stage – I forget who was at the main Valley Stage, but everyone hustled over and packed that little Village Stage area just to get a glimpse of the newest reggae sensation.
    My favorite shows were the Red Sea shows, including one on May 6th, when they played 3 sets starting at midnight the 7th (my birthday) and ending around 3am? Ridiculous! I had the pleasure to meet the band a few times, especially when Vaughn did his poetry tour and sat with us and answered my biblical questions.
    Most importantly, though, I stay at home taking care of my 16-month-old son, and live in a one-income household, and we could use the break! THANKS!

  4. Susan klein March 28, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I had the fabulous opportunity to photograph Midnight and all bands performing at the NWWRF 2 years ago in Marcola, Or. I was mesmerized, excited, thrilled, tickled, inspired, moved, hypnotized by them. I am an artist and they inspired me to photograph more musicians on stage… I night a better camera and u can visit my fb page to see shots of Midnight… I love them…. Time escaped me that night…. Facebook/ susanklein

  5. Susan klein March 28, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Midnight is one of the best reggae bands I had the easier to see, hear and photograph at the NWWRF 2 yrs. ago. I found them to be mesmerizing, hypnotizing, FANTISTIC!… I had the opportunity to photograph all bands on stage. Time disappeared as they moved me to the point I went out and purchased a new more expensive camera to photograph musicians on stage now… I LOVE this band!

  6. Glenn Roddy March 28, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    The emotions we feel when listening to Midnite come from very deep in our consciousness. All we know is that we feel more positive and Irie when we let the sweet roots vibrations wash over our ears, minds and hearts … I am grateful for the hopefulness I feel because of brethren like Midnite and I give thanks that we are still alive and human enough to find hope and inspiration from Midnite’s blessed music. As long as we can still dance and sing with love and hope in our hearts we will never be defeated by Babylon. One Love .. One People … One Future ….

  7. janelle March 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Dance dance dance, and Looking for an excellant night out, as well as always on top of it when a reggae concert is in town, have to be there. I want tickets!

  8. Rain Madrone March 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    I love roots reggae, and I have to work all day that Saturday, so I would love to have something fun to do afterwards!

  9. Thomas March 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Because Midnite has been one of my all time faves for a REALLY long time and I have yet to see them perform live. Please please please jah bless my @ss with these tickets for me and a special someone (also a huge fan) to go get jungle at the roseland.

  10. Alicia March 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I am ecstatic for the opportunity to win tickets to see Midnite! Their music drives straight into my soul and takes me to another level of consciousness… It’s extremely therapeutic!

  11. Hannah March 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Midnite on April 20? You’re doing it right Portland.

  12. cc March 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm #


  13. Scott March 28, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Sounds like a perfect night.

  14. Cory Shird March 28, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    ….at the Oasis

  15. Amy March 28, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Sounds like a great time and even better that I don’t work the next day. :-D

  16. Kelsey March 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I’m a fresh spring flower.. PiCk mE !!!

  17. drew March 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Midnite on 4 dub!! you know its goin down in the town. Babylon will be tremblin that night for sure! Would love some free tickets to complement an irie evening for i and i empress. Thanx.
    Jah Rastafari!

  18. lisaluv420 March 29, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    I’m a single mom that has had a very hard year financially, physically, and emotionally! I deserve it cuz I work very hard and still always broke. Its time to spiritually bring this mama bear up and have some fun on such an important day, my favorite day 420!! :)

  19. Gayleen March 29, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I can think of no better way to celebrate my newfound singlehood.

  20. Ralph March 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Reggae is awesome!

  21. Steven March 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    This looks right up my alley and I would love to go mingle with some good people and enjoy an amazing event. *fingers crossed*

  22. Leonard March 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Love old school reggae!

  23. Christine March 30, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    what a way to shake-it-all-loose and welcome Joy into the body! i really hope to go!!!



  24. Mica March 30, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    My partner loves all types of reggae, always celebrates 4/20, AND is taking a giant career-altering exam that day. What a perfect way to celebrate and re-center. See you there!

  25. Chris Bilsborrow March 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Kick darg him fren yuh, feed him an him a guh bite yuh.

    Midnite of rasta! Wanti wanti can’t get it, getti getti no want it.

    Jah Bless!

  26. Rebecca Farrelly March 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Well I must say.. NAKED and RAW were the first words I saw when reading something that popped up on my screen upon opening the computer today. Then I remembered slowly that I was attempting to look up what KBOO has been up to and if anything promising was coming up to entertain my self with.. when I must have drifted off and so here we are again today.
    Now I feel bad because I don’t first think naked and raw when thinking MIDNIGHT! I love Midnight! I have a special place in my heart for them but rarely get to go out and when I do I usually take the kids. But this favor I ask of you KBOO Radio.. Bless me with the ticket so my husband can get in the ‘Midnight’ mood.. and give me the Treatment of The Late Night Ghetto. I would be so happy I will make a donation to the KBOO cause and become a member who supports what I normally get for free. It’s so worth it! I really Love KBOO Radio.

  27. Mindi April 1, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Please! This would be a great birthday present!

  28. Mark April 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Oh boy do I need a night out. And Midnite is the perfect nite for me! I have spent the last year committed to paying off my credit card debt. I am making good progress but I simply cannot afford to buy tickets right now. So if you choose me I guarantee I will make the most of a very special opportunity and dance the night away with a huge smile on my face.

  29. Nicole smith ryan April 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I love to dance all night to reggae!!

  30. Liza M April 2, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    please take me on a Midnite reggae 420 ride!!!! <3

  31. Heather April 2, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    I am a HUGE Midnite fan and would love to win this.

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