Though most of their shows are in the Virgin Islands and Florida, the boys of Oogee Wawa (established in Suffolk County) still find time to make an appearance here. Kicking off their Island Hopper Tour in Patchogue and finishing up in Bay Shore gives us a chance to catch them 2 (or maybe 3) times. Over 1,000 people are expected at The Emporium (Patchogue) this Friday!!
Before officially starting Oogee Wawa – MC Jesse Lee Roenbeck of Centereach, JP Aceto on guitar and vocals of Baiting Hollow, Chad Chadwick on bass of Selden, and Nick Loiodice on drums and vocals of Smithtown were friends just messing around playing the bar scene so many Long Island musicians know and clamor to on nights and weekends to get a little bit of that adrenaline pumping, big-or-small crowd cheering rush that comes with performing live. Forming in 2008, the band began playing consistent shows to ever-growing crowds before the release of their first LP- 2012’s “Ride Waves”, and as their momentum got going they quickly became the island’s in-demand alternative reggae act from Long Beach to Montauk.
Having played with the likes of Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Badfish, Ballyhoo!, Passafire, rocking the 2015 Beer Fields Craft Beer & Music Festival alongside Collie Buddz, and hitting the road with a touring schedule of over 200 shows a year, Oogee released their second LP “More Sand Than Money” this past April. After rocking with 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Green at The Great South Bay Music Festival this past July and the Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste On the Beach” in August, the band also filmed a LIVE taping of “Rick’s Rising Stars” at Revolution Bar & Music Hall which aired on Verizon Fios Channel 1! Continuing with more Long Island performances and continued touring around the east coast, I wonder when these boys found time to relax. With a recent endorsement from Korg USA and a new video for hit single “Feelin’ Alive Today” released via Raised Fist Propaganda, the band that seems to make the live music stage a second home still has a ton in store!
Garnering praise from the likes of Long Island Press, Chilled Magazine, I Am Entertainment Magazine, Arena.com, and West Coast Reggae-Rock-Acoustic hotspot ThePier.org who stated on their recent release “Oogee Wawa’s sophomore release is a good one, and they obviously have the potential to become a breakout band in the industry”, Oogee began touring Nationally and spreading their good vibes on both East and West Coasts. In an interview with the Long Island Pulse, the band has aid of themselves “We have gotten a lot of love in the rising reggae rock scene and we take a lot of pride in that. We are working very hard to build up this family of bands from all over the East Coast”. A recent Anti-Pitchfork feature even stated “Not only have Oogee Wawa tapped into something the majority of New Yorkers seem to like, they are hard working players, performing every week and pumping out new material faster than anyone else”.
Long Island Tour Dates:
- Friday, December 18th @ The Emporium, Patchogue, NY with Badfish (Tribute to Sublime)
- Saturday, January 2nd @ Napper Tandy’s, Smithtown, NY
- Friday, February 5th @ Even Flow, Bay Shore, NY with NonStop To Cairo, The Offshore Regulars, Bunktown Falls, and Fame
As Creative Control Magazine recently put it- “To hold a successful party, you need loud, invigorating music that will fulfill the host’s one requirement: to keep the party going all night long. To complete this mission, there’s no better band than Oogee Wawa”. Its safe to say that they accomplished this mission a few times over with their headlining debut at The Paramount as the first unsigned act, potentially paving the way for future independent artists/bands to make the stride! And as their tour schedule brings them more momentum in these Fall and soon-to-be Winter months, it seems Oogee Wawa will continue to break new ground as they perform for bigger and bigger audiences.