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Roots of Creation  named best NH band

Peterborough-based band plays Boston music festival, Greenfield’s Uplift fest

  • Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. <br/>Photo by David Oppenheimer<br/>

    Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn.
    Photo by David Oppenheimer

  • Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. <br/>Photo by David Oppenheimer

    Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn.
    Photo by David Oppenheimer

  • Roots of Creation lead vocalist and guitarist Brett Wilson of New Ipswich sings at Big Up Music Festival in N.Y. Wilson and the rest of Roots of Creation will be appearing at the Outside the Box Music Festival in Boston on Saturday, and the Uplift Music Festival in Greenfield on Aug. 3.

    Roots of Creation lead vocalist and guitarist Brett Wilson of New Ipswich sings at Big Up Music Festival in N.Y. Wilson and the rest of Roots of Creation will be appearing at the Outside the Box Music Festival in Boston on Saturday, and the Uplift Music Festival in Greenfield on Aug. 3.

  • Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. <br/>Photo by David Oppenheimer<br/>
  • Roots of Creation with Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, left, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., on tour at Gathering of the Vibes on July 21, 2011, in Bridgeport, Conn. <br/>Photo by David Oppenheimer
  • Roots of Creation lead vocalist and guitarist Brett Wilson of New Ipswich sings at Big Up Music Festival in N.Y. Wilson and the rest of Roots of Creation will be appearing at the Outside the Box Music Festival in Boston on Saturday, and the Uplift Music Festival in Greenfield on Aug. 3.

The Peterborough-based band Roots of Creation lives to perform live, with the energy and excitement of the crowd around them. This Saturday, they’ll be enjoying the stage at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston.

Roots of Creation was formed in 2001 by three core members, Brett Wilson of New Ipswich, Mike Chadinha of Peterborough and Tal Pearson of Brooklyn, when the three attended Franklin Pierce College together. The band performs a mix of reggae, funk, and electronic-dub and rock. While the group has cycled through a rotating addition of bassists, horn players and other auxiliary members, the main three have always been the core of the group, said Wilson in an interview Tuesday.

The group — recently awarded Best NH/VT Jam Band by Cider Magazine and Best New Hampshire Band by the New England Music Awards — has spent the summer touring New England, mostly appearing at summer festivals. Roots of Creation will be playing Saturday alongside other award-winning New England artists like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Buffalo Tom and the Lemonheads. Roots of Creation will be playing at 3 p.m. on the Park Street Stage, which will be featuring all of this year’s New England Music Award winners.

It’ll be a shorter set than Roots of Creation is used to enjoying, said Wilson, about half an hour long. The band is usually pretty casual, and takes it’s time with jam sessions during regular shows, said Wilson. “It’s a tough decision. Do you take a two-hour set and compress it into a half-hour, or do you just do a quarter or your normal set?” said Wilson. “We’ve joked around that we could just do one song for the whole half-hour.”

For those who don’t have the opportunity to see the band live, Roots of Creation is now accepting pre-orders for its upcoming release of DVD and CD recordings of two of their live shows.

In 2011, the Roots of Creation was in front of thousands of music lovers at the Bella Terra Music Festival in Stephentown, N.Y. The band went on immediately following the headliner, the Mickey Hart Band, and had thousands of fans pouring in from the main stage over to the late-night stage where Roots of Creation played.

The live Bella Terra set was recorded by Metronome Media Group, with a multi-track audio, and a High-Definition multi-camera shoot. The recording was made available to fans immediately following the performance, but Roots of Creation decided to take it an extra step. The group agreed that the show had gone particularly well, with the band feeding off energy from the audience. So the group decided to take the festival audio and video and remix it to produce a live DVD and CD. They also decided to add a more recent performance from their sold out 2012 St. Patrick’s Day show at the Stone Church in Newmarket.

The CD and DVD have been getting the band a lot of positive attention, said Wilson, including radio airtime by Jam Band disk jockeys, slowly building their core fan base.

“The fans are loving the DVD,” said Wilson. “But they are still craving more, so we are working on our next studio album now.” The band hopes to have the album out by the end of the year, Wilson said. At the cornerstone of the upcoming CD is a track called “Uplift the People.” The band started writing the track last year, and hopes to complete it for this year’s upcoming Uplift Music Festival at Oak Park in Greenfield, where they will be headlining on Aug. 3.

“We hope for it to become an anthem of the festival. That song’s a cornerstone of what we’re working on right now,” said Wilson. “With this album, we’re really focusing on the songs, because we’ve put out so much live stuff that’s focused on the music and fans and the experience.”

The new album will feature multiple songs that no one outside the band has heard before, Wilson said. “It’s been really hard not to show anybody.”

The DVD and CD combination is available at RootsofCreation.com, bampcamp.com or at Toadstool Bookshops. The Outside the Box Festival is free to attend. Greenfield’s Uplift Music Festival in Oak Park on Aug. 3 will benefit the Cornucopia Project, a Monadnock-area nonprofit. Tickets for the Uplift Music Festival are available at upliftmusicfest.org for $15 in advance or for $20 at the gate.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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