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by Upstream

Their energetic style of rock influenced reggae, funk, hip hop and soca has earned them a formidable appellation in the music industry world.
Genre: Reggae: Reggae rock
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1. The Harvest
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2. Should I
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3. When will it come
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4. Radio
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5. Fugitive
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6. What happened to you
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7. Dance
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8. Coming from the country
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9. Fading
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10. Final page
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11. Talk
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12. Now that your gone
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13. Fun
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14. Life
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Album Notes
The band Upstream, whose members include two sons of the venerable inventor of Soca music, the late Ras Shorty I, was formed in the republic of Trinidad & Tobago in 1989. They relocated to Southern California in the early nineties and made a name for themselves performing in numerous venues, events and festivals, throughout California, Nevada and Utah. Their energetic eclectic style of Reggae and Soca has earned them a formidable appellation in the music industry world

The line up is as follows: Haile Blackman (Bandleader, Rhythm Guitar, MPC & Lead Vocals), began his professional career singing and playing drums in his Fathers band The Love Circle in his early adolescence. He has also been the drummer for the band Geggy Tah on Virgin Records. Einstein Brown (Steel Drums, Vocals) is extremely talented and proficient. He has performed with the Trinidad Steel Band, L.A. Desperados, and his own bands Caribe and Sapadilla. He has also appeared in numerous television shows, movies and commercials. Stokely Molineaux (Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Rapper) son of the renowned Jazz Pianist Othello Molineaux, is a profound poet and songwriter. He has toured the world with such acts as Pato Banton, Ras Michael, Joe Higgs, Wailing Souls, Calypso Rose and Eek-A-Mouse. John McKnight (Keyboards, Guitar, Trombone, Bass, Backing Vocals) multi instrumentalist -- has loaned his expertise to various famous artists such as: Etta James, Herb Alpert, English Beat, Ben Harper and most recently Fishbone and Edgar Winter. Johnny Blackman (Drums, Backing Vocals) played for many years with The Love Circle before moving to Malaysia in the mid nineties to perform with two of his other brothers in a band called Abstract. He toured the entire continent of Asia as well as India before joining Upstream in 2000.

In addition, the following musician’s are on rotation with Upstream: Derek Brewster (Steel Drum, Bass & Vocals) & Adam Arredondo-Jah Mex (Keyboards, Vocals).

Upstream currently has six CD’s. “Upstream”, self titled was released in 1995, “Life” was released in 2000, “Jump To The Rhythm” in 2001, “To Da Maxx” and “Pick Up Yourself” in 2007 and soon to be released “Here, There and Everywhere” in 2009. You may visit them on-line @,, or contact their hotline @ (949) 553-6949.

For booking information please call (626) 577-8463.


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Marty Neider

Wow! Wonderful rhythms, wonderful lyrics, enjoyed it immensely.
Loved this CD. Saw Upstream in a concert in the park, and had to follow up by buying the CD. Love it, catchy tunes, wonderful dance rhythms, and some very thoughful lyrics. Very enjoyable.

Lori Silva

Music that makes your day flow smooth!
I have followed this bands progress for atleast 9-10yrs now and they have grown some much.MUsically and in their ability to put on a great stage performance.They can entertain the smallest of children all the way thru to the oldest of the elderly.The high energy sounds they produce should get recognition be all the local radio station but atleast I can enjoy it on the web and live in concert.Much love and keep it going cause some day you will get that big break!