"The Release of Anthology"
July 21, 2011
The Catalyst, Santa Cruz
By: Ranking Kirk
Thursday, July 21st,
2011 I received my Midnite healing message …….just 71 days since I last saw
Midnite at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano May 11th, 2011 and in the
meantime Midnite has released two CD’s. Most notably the July 18th release
of Anthology a Ron Benjamin produced CD with 14 tracks of Midnite’s pure
If you are not familiar with Midnite, the band consists of Vaughn Benjamin
(words & vocals), Ron Benjamin (bass & vocals), Christian Molina (drums),
Edmund Fieulleteau (rhythm guitar), Edwin (Kenny) Byron (guitar), and Ras L.
(keyboards). The Benjamin brothers are the heart and soul of Midnite with
their current line up of handpicked musicians of similar mind. Midnite as a
band provides the platform for Vaughn Benjamin as the supreme Rastafarian
roots soul messenger.
Matt Masih & The Messengers opened the show with some high energy funk, soul
and reggae vibes, including some heavy horns. Santa Cruz turned out for
Midnite took when they took the stage at 10:50PM. My best attempt to name
the songs played include: Love Jah (??), High Places of Anu (What makes a
King), Proceed (Live 94117), Listen (Rule the Time), To Mene (To Mene),
Great Zimbabwe Walls (Jubilees of Zion), Jubilees of Zion (Jubilees of
Zion), Batter Ram Sound (Jubliees of Zion), Ainshant Maps (Ainshant Maps),
Steadfast (Anthology), Due Reward (Unpolished), Love the Live You Live
(Unpolished), White Collar Criminal (Jubilees of Zion), and Pagan, Pay Gone
(Ras Mek Peace). I know I could have missed some of the songs, because
Midnite styles these songs into a fifteen plus minute vibe blending songs
from one to another at times. To Mene was a short vibe at the end of Listen
but a heavy transition with Vaughn chanting strong. They featured Steadfast
from their new CD Anthology with some great
energy, bass line and vocals.
Midnite delivered two hours and fifteen minutes of heavy bass roots reggae
to the Catalyst to eager fans, and when the lights came up the crowd still
Rankingkirk is a Journalist,
musician, and music researcher. Writing about the music industry since the
80’s with articles and reviews published from the English Beat to the
Rolling Stones. Rankingkirk is a follower of the Midnite roots message from
over 30 live performances.