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Midnite Brings Modern
Roots Music to Vail

Reggae Band to perform at Samana Lounge
Daily Staff Report

Vail Daily


Where: Samana Lounge
228 Bridge Street
              Vail, Colorado
(970) 476-3433
When:  Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

VAIL, Colorado — Samana Lounge in Vail Village will host legendary reggae bands Midnite from St. Criox tonight.

Local DJ Weez calls the band's sound “Trance-inducing roots reggae, with vocals as unique as the island they come from.”

The band has gathered a loyal international following by performing from Red Rocks, to Australia, Europe and points between. Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of “old school” roots music with modern-day experiences. Naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.

“The only Midnite performance I saw absolutely blew me away,” said Scotty Stoughton of Samana Lounge. “Over three hours of deep, authentic and soulful reggae and dub that left the crowd in a trance. I'm a huge reggae fan and Midnite was one of the best shows I have ever seen. The band came on without any introduction, just slowly melted all the surroundings and captivated everyone in the crowd.”

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae — soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron Benjamin's exquisite production, vocals, dub, arrangements, keyboard/bass musical directorship form the nucleus of the band's rootsy sound. The rest of the band includes Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keyboards).

Midnite explodes in live performances with sets that often exceed three hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound is driven by the punchy bass lines. These shows have earned Midnite a loyal following throughout the roots community.

Catch Midnite at Samana Lounge, located in the heart of Vail Village on Bridge Street, for tickets and more information call 970-476-3433 or visit

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