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Dred I Dread to Headline at
UW-Eau Claire Winter Carnival
MAILED: Feb. 6, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Dred I Dread, named best reggae band at the Minnesota Music Awards last May, will headline a Winter Carnival concert on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Doors will open at 8 p.m. for the show in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. International Connections will appear as special guest.
Put together in 1998 by drummer Rawle Gopie, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Dred I Dread was chosen Best Local Reggae Band by City Pages magazine after less than a year of playing together. "Listen to the Revolution" (2000), the Minneapolis band's debut CD, was produced by Tony "Asher" Brissett, keyboardist for Black Uhuru.
Fronted by New Orleans native PeeWee Dread, Dred I Dread has opened for national acts such as DMX and Lee "Scratch" Perry and has headlined throughout the Midwest.
"Since its first live performances, the band has seen its fan base continually grow," wrote the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. "The band incorporates hip-hop, ska and Afro-Caribbean elements into its mix, which makes for a fun and insightful listen. Dred I Dread is not only a solid act, but its members also write many high-quality original numbers."
International Connections is a new age, dance-oriented reggae band with members from both Madison and San Diego. Led by the charismatic Willy "Dred-I" Wilson, I-C is on the fast track to becoming the region's premier reggae band.
Tickets are $7 ($5 for UW-Eau Claire students) at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door. The show is open to all ages; proof of age is required in the bar area.
Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 6, 2002