UPROOT has been on the scene since 1997 spreading the conscious and irie vibes with their strong form of “Homegrown Reggae.” Three brothers, Rob (Rasta Rob), George (Ras Jahge) and Joe Flores (Big Joe), came together with three friends including the original bass player Nick Rico (Boze). Over the years they went through a couple lineup changes which brought them together with Jeremy Dillman (Germ Dogg ), Klay Koger (Killa) & Jesse Garcia (Jesse James).
While satisfying their audiences with original fresh, energetic reggae and danceable riddims, they also manage to bring popular hit songs done in a reggae style to the stage. Through their combination of old and new Roots, Rocksteady, Hip Hop & Rock music they are able to convey the message of truth, rights & dance music to all listening with open ears. Continuing on the messages conveyed through those who came before them UPROOT big ups major influences such as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Old & New Jamaican Style Music, all Indigenous Revolutionaries & Working Musicians.
Coming from Yuma, Arizona UPROOT has been able to step up to the Reggae scene and continually serve audiences locally and as far as Mexico, Grand Canyon Havasupai Reservation, Hopiland and all over the Southwestern United States including San Diego & Las Vegas. They have toured with the Bob Marley Tribute Festival and later the Legends of Rasta-Reggae Festival as well as playing alongside many major artists such as Gregory Isaacs, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Michael Rose, Maxi Priest, Inner Circle, Big Mountain, Abijah, The Itals, Original General Smiley & Andrew Tosh.
UPROOT has received Best Local Band Awards consecutively and are repeated winners of the local Battle of the Bands competition. Another major accomplishment was to be received as special guests by the Havasupai Nation for the annual Gathering of the Healers Music Festival assembled by Robert Roskind and his organization. The band was also fortunate enough to have their debut CD “We Belong Together” mastered by acclaimed Jamaican producer Everton “Scientist” Brown. In 2003 a Live album was made available to the public and the band hopes to have a new studio album released by June 2006.