The Kicks have been bringing their unique progressive roots reggae sound and positive vibes to the Central Coast of California and beyond since 2003. Driven to play out of a passion for life and a deep love of music and friends, The Kicks deliver a unique and soulful blend of roots era reggae, jazz and ska which never fails to get the crowd dancing!
Led by front woman Reese Galido’s soulful and heart felt vocals, The Kicks find a rare balance on a musical level that is complimented by wicked guitar and saxophone solos all backed by pulsing roots riddim’s. This beautifully woven tapestry of music delivers The Kicks positive message and they immediately connect with any crowd demographic.
The Kicks have had the honor of sharing the stage with such acts as Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, SOJA, Groundation, The English Beat, Katchafire, Tony Rebel, Dezarie, Queen Ifrica, Rootz Underground, Eek-a-Mouse, HR of Bad Brains, The Black Seeds and many more.
They have become a staple for modern roots reggae on the Central Coast of California and now are taking their music and message to the mainstream. The Kicks truly transcend the reggae genre and will surely win the hearts of new fans in each town they visit on their continual pursuit to create music that is not only positive and socially conscious, but true in its purist sense.
Despite the oversaturated reggae market, this San Luis Obispo-based seven-piece stand miles above their positive vibin’ comtemporaries. Fronted by the sultry Reesie G., The Kicks deliver slow grooves, pulsing bass lines, and sax-backed hooks that succeed in their simplicity and restraint. Budding jam bands, take note.
Aly Comingore | Santa Barbara Independent | Sept. 2009
…a rootsy reggae act with a potent female lead singer (and guitarist) named Reese Galido…a collection of socially conscious wholly positive songs with enough diversity to appeal to non-reggae fans.
Glen Starkey | New Times (San Luis Obispo, CA) | Dec. 2008