Gonzo (of Tribal Seeds)

Known for his suave lyrical delivery expressing his love for women and good ganja, Gonzo’s musical roots run deep into his childhood. Inspired by his father to become a musician, Gonzo grew up listening to Motown, Classic Rock, Oldies, Salsa, R&B and Soul, and notes of each can be detected throughout his albums. At the age of fifteen, he began playing guitar and soon linked up with high school friends to form his first band, now widely known as Fortunate Youth.

In 2011, Fortunate Youth released their debut album, Irie State of Mind, with Gonzo as the lead guitarist and one of two lead vocalists. After two national tours, Gonzo parted ways with Fortunate Youth to embark on his solo career. The newly independent artist wasted no time making a name for himself and in December 2012, he delivered his first full-length album, Rocksteady, to the masses.

With Beyond I Sight as his backing band, Gonzo hit the road to promote his debut solo effort. Soon after, San Diego’s Tribal Seeds recruited him to be their lead guitarist and back up vocalist. After several nationwide tours with Tribal Seeds, shows up and down the west coast with Beyond I Sight, and a solo set at the 2014 California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Gonzo released his second full-length album as an independent artist.

His sophomore album, Red, was released in June 2014, and hit #6 on the Billboard reggae charts. He recently premiered the music video for “Runnin’” off this album. Both Red and Rocksteady were produced at Imperial Sound Recording Studio by fellow roots musician E.N Young. Released under E.N’s Roots Musician Records label, both albums reached #1 in the iTunes reggae category and continue to display Gonzo’s talent as an independent artist.

Gonzo’s solo act made its nationwide debut on the 2014 Representing Tour. With an endless supply of energy, he opened each night with a solo set backed by Beyond I Sight and finished by showcasing his top-level guitar skills with Tribal Seeds. Gonzo continues to tour around the nation with Tribal Seeds, while simultaneously pursuing opportunities to showcase his solo talent.


The Upstairs Cabaret
Sat. September 10th 18:30 - 21:30
$25 - $29.50 advance
KATCHAFIRE with special guest GONZO (of Tribal Seeds) – Early Show!
Saturday, September 10 @ Upstairs Cabaret
19+, Doors 6:30pm, Curfew 9:30pm
Advance tickets $25 - $29.50, available at ticketweb.ca

It took just a tiny bit longer than we expected, but the Victoria Ska & Reggae Society is beyond excited to welcome New Zealand, All-Maori reggae powerhouse KATCHAFIRE back to Victoria! It's been 5 years since Katchafire joined us in Victoria and you can expect a bigger, more triumphant energy than ever, as they return celebrating 25 years as a band.

In their quarter-century of existence, Katchafire has become one of the most renowned reggae bands in the world, proving time and time again that great reggae can come from any corner of the world. With a base built on classic roots reggae, the band incorporates elements of R&B, soul, funk rub, and modern dancehall all blended up and delivered with deep, deep grooves and a slinky pop sheen. Through the height of the pandemic the band was hard at work in their studio at home in Aotearoa creating new music, getting ready for when they'd be back on the road, doing what they love. 2021 was the first year in nearly two decades that Katchafire did not tour overseas and we can only imagine how much love and energy they have stored up for reggae lovers everywhere.

Katchafire will be joined by GONZO of beloved California reggae band Tribal Seeds. Gonzo has been at the forefront of the west coast reggae movement as former lead guitar player for Fortunate Youth, current lead guitar player for Tribal Seeds and through his own impeccable work as a solo reggae artist. His shows are always joyous occasions, marked with his suave lyrical ability, bright voice and top-flight guitar skills.

Come join us for a night of reggae that is sure to fill your heart to brim and get you dancing up a storm!