SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Dub Nation returned to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2012 for their fifth performance at the festival since 1996. The year’s most prestigious concert took place in Northern California and was voted as people favorite event in 2012. From the iconic performance of Jimmy Cliff, to the rare and powerful appearance of Linton Kwesi Johnson, from the spiritual wailings of Israel Vibration, to the grand finale performance of Luciano, this show had it all.

On Sunday afternoon, Dub Nation returned to the stage after 13 years. Founding member and bassist Frank “Fantom” Caruso said, “It was hard not performing with this band for so long. A lot has happened in that time that makes us stronger today. We stayed together through some tough times, but we were always working on music and waiting for the right time to return.”

Caruso and his company Nationrizn Entertainment have now provided the festival with artist logistics and accommodations for the last 9 years. Providing artist services for the hundreds of international acts that have come through the festival in the last decade has been the pleasure and dedication of Nationrizn.

Making up the Dub Nation band along with Caruso are original members Peter Nuessmann, John Caredio, Kenny Schick and Paul Dawson. They were joined onstage by some very special guests. Most notably was Motown vocalist GC Cameron, who delighted the audience with his power and soul. A reggae version of The Temptations “I Wish it Would Rain” had the crowd singing along like never before.

Kimiko Joy and Omega Brooks backed up GC vocally with their sweet harmonies, as David Rampley’s tasty guitar solos echoed across the mountains. Chris Cortez of Native Elements and a producer and DJ on Jazz 91 station KCSM held down the set with tight rhythms and drumming. Rounding out the line up was trombonist Greg Saul and the skanking team of Lee Smith and Cameron Nuessmann.