Based on a bet that a world/hip hop/reggae band could not be started in the upper Midwest, Irie Sol's founder, Chris Williams of Kingston, Jamaica realized his dream and earned a cool $5 spot and the praise of many music critics, including the Executive Editor of Vibe Magazine, who gave the band the following write-up: 'A recent expedition to the Twin Cities uncovered this 7-man reggae/hip hop band. Irie Sol is a tight unit with a live show that will blow your joints out.' O.J. Lima, former Executive Editor of Vibe Magazine, current President of limachips.com, an NYC-based hub of global DJ and hip hop culture. Irie Sol's unique blend of reggae, world, hip hop, soul, jazz, and rock reflects diverse band members who hail from Jamaica, Canada, the East Coast and the Midwest, Irie Sol delivers authentic Jamaican rap/chat over blazing bebop horns, soaring soulful melodies, and tight drum and bass. The line up of trumpets, trombone, bass, guitar, keyboard, and drums is always a crowd pleaser, and the smooth vocals are the proverbial 'icing on the cake.' The combination of the music and the band's energy will most definitely get any audience on their feet and dancing. This particular fusion of genres and sounds is unlike anything you've heard! Band: Joel Pace -- lead vocals, trumpet, beat box Angelo Williamson -- keyboards, bass, trombone, vocals Lars Nelson -- vocals Matt Rongstad -- saxophone, flute Jon Lanctin -- trumpet Chris Williams -- bass, vocals, djembe Pat Olson -- guitar Weezy Dawald -- guitar Mario Dawson/Brother D and Kyle Engedal -- drums/percussion.