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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF REGGAE MUSIC WITH NO DISCIPLINE!

 

No Discipline will celebrate reggae Saturday night at Rick's American Cafe in Barnegat Light. PHOTO COURTESY OF NO DISCIPLINE
No Discipline will celebrate reggae Saturday night at Rick’s American Cafe in Barnegat Light. PHOTO COURTESY OF NO DISCIPLINE
Written by Laura Gooley—
Rick’s American Cafe celebrates 30 years of reggae on Long Beach Island on Saturday, recognizing No Discipline as the band that has provided the Caribbean sounds.

“We want to give the band their due,” said Al Geary, live entertainment promoter at Rick’s and owner of Philadelphia-based Shore Bets Entertainment. “It’s a remarkable feat, and for it to happen on Long Beach Island is pretty cool.”

No Discipline’s first show was at Rick’s in 1983, Geary said.

“That’s where we got our start — Rick’s Cafe,” said Mike Bazaz, the band’s rhythm guitarist and one of the founders of the group. “Al (Geary) has been with us every year. So it’s important for all of us.”

Inspired by the music of Bob Marley, brothers Mike and lead guitarist Al Bazaz started the group after growing up learning guitar and singing together. Al has written many songs through the years, many of which are integrated into No Discipline’s sets. The band’s lineup also includes frontman Jagwa, drummer Don Newby and bassist Chris Jashwa.

Saturday night, they plan to play a lot of originals, Mike said, including “a lot of older songs that people enjoy.”

One of their most popular is Al’s “cult classic” called “Show Me Your Belly.” Apparently everybody starts to dance and does as athe song’s title suggests. He also has some surfer style music as well as more serious stuff.

Mike also has written some tunes, including his “little hit” “Love Me Someday.”

They do, of course, perform classic reggae tunes by Marley, as well as Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine” and John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

In its 30 years, No Discipline has released about a dozen albums, and has plans to record a new original CD in the fall.

Its fan base remains consistent, with the core being folks around their age, in their 50s and 60s.

The band will play a family-friendly concert July 31 at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars, starting at 7 p.m.

The musical celebration this weekend takes place Saturday night at Rick’s American Cafe in Barnegat Light, and includes not only acknowledgment but official recognition from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Geary said, as well as a plaque from Rick’s.

“It’s fun to go back to the original place where it started,” Mike said.

For more information on the band, visit nodiscipline.com.

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