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Irusalem rocks Fallbrook for a third time at Soul Roll

Fallbrook’s reggae fan base will have another opportunity to enjoy themselves as Irusalem, a North County reggae band, takes the stage at the third Soul Roll on July 24.

According to Schascha, the vocalist for Irusalem, the opportunity to play at Fallbrook is always a treat for the band.

“We have played at the past two Soul Roll concerts,” he said. “We headlined at the first concert, and played for the other artists at the second. This is our chance to really focus on our own set.”

Schascha, a 30-year-old who has been able to be a part of the music scene for approximately five years, is excited to be headlining alongside Pato Banton, an international reggae legend.

“He’s a big guy in the reggae world,” explained Schascha, who believes the third installment of the concert is sure to please the crowds. “With music, everything just gets better and better. It’s just the nature of music; plus, we’ll be in the middle of summer. How can it go wrong?”

Irusalem will be playing some of its more popular hits, such as “One Day,” “Sail Away with Me” and “Just a Man,” songs that Schascha states are “always crowd pleasers.”

“The great thing about being in a band in the world of reggae is that we can sing of happiness or reality,” said Schascha. “We always keep our music upbeat so that the people will want to dance. We really want people to see that our music has a good vibe and feeling.”

Schascha, who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, stated that playing reggae music is natural to him, as calypso and reggae are a part of his culture and heritage. After moving to the United States, Schascha was able to embrace his musician roots after a stint in the military. Now, as part of the band Irusalem, Schascha feels that he can introduce the reggae message to music lovers who may not otherwise listen to reggae.

“When I give our music to people who say that they don’t really like reggae, or listen to other types of music, they usually end up saying how much they love our band,” said Schascha.

Irusalem is currently at a transitional point, said Schascha, and fans may find themselves watching the growth and evolution of the band within the next few years.

“We have been working on a lot of stuff, said Schascha. “We have been given the opportunity to create a new record, and have a possible tour. We have been flooded with options.”

Schascha is thankful to Julie Reeder and the Village and Valley News staff for the opportunity to play for Fallbrook, and feels that the band will show its appreciation by “going down, as always.”

“If people stay home, they will miss out on a fun day,” said Schascha. “Everyone who has attended the past events has had a great time.”

To buy tickets for the July 24 Soul Roll go to http://www.soulrollexpo.com. For more information on Irusalem, go to http://www.myspace.com/irusalem7.

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