Article By: Bryan Watson & Joelle Gueguen
Photos By: Joelle Gueguen
When The Cliftones want to hit the road, that’s exactly what they do.. I was invited to follow them and document their tour in January 2017. The Cincinnati based Roots Reggae band took the long haul to the West Coast in support of their debut album ‘Enemies Scatter” departing from Cincinnati OH.
Starting with a great send-off show at Jamaican Cafe Carib in Indianapolis; the band set out to cross the US by van to reach California. They were also accompanied by upcoming vocal artist Ameera .
This journey has been the start of a deep Reggae music connection where East meet West together with a nearly successful van ambush along the way.
The Cliftones have been welcome to many places while on the road, hosted by Dustin Becker in Vista CA owner of Tunes Brews and Reviews and Brian Peace owner of Wing King in Las Vegas. They were introduced to an authentic side of California thanks to them!
The showcase venues included: The Anarchy Library in Downey, DiPiazza’s in Long Beach , Legacy Brewing Co in Oceanside, Reggae for a Reason at the Beachcomber venue in Hutington Beach, hosted by legendary Jamaican bass player Fully Fullwood who eventually had to leave his rig for the band to play due to water floods – something unseen in California! The same day, The Cliftones also played in the Basement Tavern in Santa Monica followed the coming week by , The Wayfarer in Coast Mesa CA, Cactus Jacks in Phoenix AZ, and The Royal in Salt Lake City UT.
While touring,The Cliftones and Ameera shared the stage with Prime Livity, Souls of Love, Soca Rebels, Kindread, and Rebel Sounds Records labelmate Jus Goodie.
They were given a huge "welcome back home" for their first gig after their California tour in the MOTR venue in Cincinnati.