Reggae artist Collie Buddz brings irie vibes to Tahoe’s north, south shores |

Reggae artist Collie Buddz brings irie vibes to Tahoe’s north, south shores

Collie Buddz performs at Squaw Valley's Olympic Village Lodge on Friday, April 24 and at Bar 24 in Bill's Casino in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday, April 25.

Whoever you are and whatever your taste, there is one undeniable truth: Good music transcends genres and revives the soul. Music provides the inspiration and the much-needed release to get through tough times. Just when we all need a break the most, international reggae artist Collie Buddz comes around bringing irie vibes from his native Bermuda with a full band for the West Coast Hustle Tour 2009.

Backed by The New Kingston Band and with support from inspirational artist Pep Love of the underground hip-hop crew Hieroglyphics, The PYRX Band, Collie Buddz will be performing two Tahoe shows. The first is Friday, April 24 at 9 p.m. at Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley. The tickets are $20 in advance. The second show is Saturday, April 25 at Bar 24 in Bill’s Casino in Stateline. Doors open at at 8:30 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20. Both shows are 21 and older.

With his smooth flow and a blend of reggae, dancehall and hip hop, Buddz preaches to the crowd, singing hits like, “Come Around,” “Blind to You” and a full catalog of the newest classics from his sophomore follow-up.

Pep Love of the Hieroglyphics

Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Pep Love relocated with his family to Oakland, Calif. as a teenager. In Oakland, he partnered with fellow DJ/producer Jay-Biz to create the group, The Prose. The Prose was later incorporated into the underground hip-hop collective, the Hieroglyphics, in 1995.

Pep Love recorded “Fear Itself” with Casual in 1993 and his group The Prose released their debut album, “The Shamen,” also in 1993.

Pep Love released his solo debut album, “Ascension,” in 2001 and “Ascension Side C” in 2003, through the Hieroglyphics’ self-owned, independent label, Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings.

The PYRX Band

Their sound is described as an eclectic mix hip-hop, rock and reggae. In early 2008, PYRX was nominated and won the “Underground Artist of the Year for 2008” from High Times magazine.

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