A favorite local, regional,and nationally performing Freestyle Rock “n” Roll Roots Music band. From Southwest, Va., now in its 22nd year of churning up original and familiar bone-shaking grooves, the group boasts an all-star cast of seasoned musicians from the origins of the Jam Band scene featuring David "Chopper" Campbell, Chris "Stanky" Altice, Lisa Black, Madison Williams and Timbo Sims.
Kerosene Willy combines the influences of rock, jazz, country, and worldbeat into an eclectic and improvisatory boogieing blend of original organic spontaneity that has become a staple in their vast repertoire of genre crossing music.
Growing up in Richmond Virginia, Ras Mel was exposed to many diverse musical genres such as Latin, Funk, Disco, Rock, Classical, Jazz, Jazz Fusion, and World Beat styles. He was a member of the Richmond, Va based reggae band the Awareness Art Ensemble where he played guitar and sang lead and backing vocals. Ras Mel was also a long time performing member and recording artist with Bob Marley's band The Wailers. Within many world tours, Ras Mel has shared the stage with Phish, Maxi Priest, George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars, Dexter Gorden, Carlos Santana, Steel Pulse, ASWAD, Jimmy Cliff, B.B.King, Phil Lesh and many, many more giants of the music industry. Ras Mel will be performing with his 4 piece jazz quartet.