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 15.

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

  1. Stephen April 11, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I would stay out way past midnight to see Midnite! Please choose me!

  2. Nosecreep April 11, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I passed up a chance to see Midnite in Portland in 2008 because I went to a wedding with a girl who later made out with my best friend when I was with both of them. In my friend’s defense, he didn’t know about my interest. Basically, these tickets would redeem me.

  3. thomas April 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    This is one of my favorite bands of all time. Would love a chance to take a special gyal out for an awesome night/med sesh. Hook a brother up!

  4. Scott Weber April 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Straight outta St. Croix, Midnite should have us all island-hopping with conscious reggae.

  5. Jesse Dodge April 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    I will get it too hard 420 style for Midnight if I’m chosen

  6. Tim April 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    I was just browsing pdxpipeline to figure out what I want to do for my birthday, and this would be perfect!

  7. Michelle G April 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    “Reggae is my heart ♥ reggae is my soul”

  8. Bob April 11, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    no puns about the bands name here, I just wanna dance!

  9. Rebecca April 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    Choose me!

  10. Taylor April 11, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I need this in my life

  11. Denis Mortenson April 11, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Roots rock reggae, baby. The best reason for giving me a pair of tickets is because I can’t currently afford to head for St. Croix for French lessons. You want me to be multi-lingual, don’t you? What about discovering my rhythm roots? My lady needs reggae to set the mood. She’s a hair dresser by day and a reggae aficionado by night. Man, you got to be giving me those tickets, don’t you know?
    J’ai le reggae dans mon âme.

  12. josh April 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Been listening for years but I have never seen them live..! can’t wait!

  13. Tara April 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I love reggae, and the band Midnite! I see them almost every time they come to the Portland area. I requested off of work too make sure I can see them this time but I’m not sure I can afford it. I need music in my life, especially live music experiences! Reggae is healing to me and I need it now! Please choose me. Thanx!

  14. James April 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Really enjoy dancing to reggae and Midnite is very danceable.

  15. Karl April 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Love one! Or two. Big ups!

  16. Denise April 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Love reggae!

  17. Scott April 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Gimme gimme gimme

  18. Samantha April 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I have only seen Midnite live once- and it was such an unforgettable show! The energy of this band is so etheric and touches the heart.. time suspends.. I felt like it was transcendental.. opening beyond this world and calling in the Spirit.
    I missed the opportunity to see them the past few times they were near my hometown, so I would Love to catch this show.. my heart needs the Revival <3

  19. John April 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I have had the opportunity to experience Midnite at Mt. Tabor Theater once. Midnite is truly roots. When listening to Midnite, it is easy to follow into a trance like state of consciousness, in recognition of Jah. Peace and Blessings.

  20. ras g April 12, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    praise jah…………rastafari is love
    pick i&I

  21. Stony Curtis April 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Under me white dome lives a dread locked man
    Walkin’ the streets
    With the reggae beats
    a comin’ through me cans

    Disillusioned I am not
    plenty people freedom forgot
    so pick up the bass of the reggae chant
    and let the beat change can from can’t

  22. Holly April 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    What a perfect way to spend 4-20~

  23. Matt April 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    I would feel realy blessed for a pair of tix to let it all hang out aftermidnight!!

  24. Amy April 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I would love to see this band.

  25. Tony April 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    This would be concert I would really enjoy, especially on 4/20!

  26. Jim April 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    We get a night out because the grandparents are in town to babysit!

  27. Margaret April 13, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Ja mon

  28. Amanda April 13, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    One Love! Choose me because I want to make sweet love to the dancefloor, and it’s been a while since I had that kind of action ;-)

  29. Kalima April 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I would enjoy some reggae with my sister. both of us don’t get out much, this would be much deserved and appreciated. Reggae, we need it in our lives.

  30. Letani April 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    So down to get Irie at the Roseland!

  31. Ben April 13, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    MIDNITE is the Chant Down!! This is gonna be a seriously awesome reggae dub prayer session: Midnite truly knows how to get into the flow and get people movin! MY girl and I would love to have our nearly 2 year Midnite concert anniversary of dancing to them together at NorthWest World Reggae Fest! This is gonna be beautiful

  32. Cari April 14, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    Lately, I’ve been learning that I love a lot more types of music than I ever knew. Who would have thunk it that this country girl would like funk, or rap, or punk? So please help this crazy country girl learn to appreciate reggae. A while back I saw some reggae Pink Floyd and I was intrigued…

  33. Melissa April 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    What a better day to celebrate Reggae music than 4/20!

  34. teddy p April 15, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    i love midnite and have never seen them …. hope to make it to this one!

  35. Carlotta April 15, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    I am new to town and this concert would be a great intro…

  36. Patrick April 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Sounds like a funkadelic-ly awesome time! Would love to go!

    • John T. Zink II April 10, 2014 at 11:55 am #

      Real Roots Reggae! King’s Music. Praise the Most High, Jah RasTafari, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Root of David, and Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah! All praises be to H.I.M.

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