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Rebelution to perform at the Rialto Theatre

Courtesy Chloe Raissen

California reggae band Rebelution will be promoting their Grammy nominated album, Falling Into Place, during their current tour by the same name. The album was honored with a nomination for Best Reggae Album in December 2016.

Guitarist and lead singer Eric Rachmany spoke to the Daily Wildcat about Rebelution’s Grammy nomination and how the band uses their global prevalence to spread acceptance of diversity through music.

Rachmany said the nomination is more of a recognition to their fans, who they see as family and community. 

The band never assumed their music would be nominated for an award, let alone a Grammy.

“People tell me it’s their therapy,” Rachmany said.

The band began in 2004 with four college friends and quickly grew to be one of modern reggae’s newest crowd-pleasing acts. Since their humble beginnings, the band has received numerous accolades and a dedicated fan base. 

Rebelution’s debut album, Courage to Grow, was named iTunes’ Editors’ Choice for Best Reggae Album of 2007.

Two years later, iTunes named the band’s second album, Bright Side of Life, the top hit on the iTunes Reggae chart and it was the third most downloaded album in the U.S. for all genres.

Rebelution has also made the Billboard top 200 list several times throughout their music career, most recently with their third album, Peace of Mind.

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Peace of Mind was released as a three-disk album featuring an accompanied acoustic and dub version of the original.

“I’m really happy for our fans who listen,” Rachmany said.

He has always been intrigued by diversity and the basis of Rebelution’s underlying message is acceptance for all.

The singer and guitarist started off playing the piano at a young age and moved onto guitar during his teenage years.

“Performing is where I really get to be myself,” he said. “[I’ve] always wanted to play music just for the love of playing music.”

The band begins their winter tour of the western United States in Flagstaff on Feb. 1 and ends in Aspen, CO on Feb. 26.

Rachmany said touring and traveling around the globe is never easy and it has taken him awhile to get used to it. The band typically spends under 24 hours at each venue and tours for approximately half of the year.

Rebelution’s third stop on their winter tour is at the Rialto Theatre on Feb. 3.

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UA environmental science sophomore Liam Daly said he is stoked to see the band play in Tucson.

“It sparked a huge reggae phase of mine for a good year and a half,” Daly said. “Skiing to their music was always my jam because the music put me in the perfect groove.”

He said listening to Rebelution always calmed him and has taught him so much.

“I saw them live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado a few years ago,” Daly said. “They blew me away.”

This concert will be an all ages show and doors open at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

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