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Award-Winning Reggae Band Plays In Woodstock


Summer is closing out. This means the time to see outdoor concerts is ending as well. A reggae musician is performing his last 2020 American show in Woodstock.  

Brian Rock’s musician name is Rocket. He’s the lead singer and bass player for the award-winning band Gizzae. Rock said Saturday’s audience should expect a high energy show.

“We spread the message of love and peace and hope and faith,” he said. “That’s really what our music is all about. And we’re looking forward to putting on a really good performance.”

Rock said the crowd should expect original Gizzae songs but they will also hear some Bob Marley tunes.

Rock is from a Caribbean island called Dominica. He came to the U.S. in 1975 but moved back a few years ago. He comes to the U.S. every summer to perform with the band. He said this summer they put on a few shows, but he spent most of his time in the studio creating new material.

“As a musician--you’re not playing – you could go crazy. At least I was,” he admitted. “But, um, I have my own little studio -- my home studio and I was checking the other day and I probably did like 50 songs for the summer.”

Rock explained that he’s looking forward to releasing new music next year.

The free concert is presented by the Woodstock Opera House. It takes place at the Park in the Square, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

  • Yvonne Boose is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.
Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.