Lion Heights began in 2013 on the west side of Chicago between friends, Dane Foltin (Bass/Vox), Jeremy Carlson (Keys/Vox) and James Campbell (guitar). The trio met while studying music at Columbia College and began playing together in various bands. The result was creation of their own musical trademark influenced by roots reggae music pumping out of Jamaica in the 60’s and 70’s. The trio blended aspects of Soul and R&B with vintage reggae to broaden and entice new audiences. Their talent led them to perform as a backing band for I Wayne, Lady G, Sister Nancy and Dawn Penn.
In 2014, Lion Heights relocated to Austin, Texas. Their talent and reputation grew immensely in short time. They cross the massive Lone Star state- bringing energetic roots reggae to the Texas Reggae scene. They have opened for well known Jamaican acts such as Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Pentateuch, Dubtonic Kru, New Kingston, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Cocoa Tea.
dem roots music is a nu-reggae, uplifting contemporary reggae ensemble blending jazz, and latin overtones.
The center and founder of the group, singer/songwriter Louis Morales, didn’t want the name to be the identification of the band, but be more about the music and the experience.
Dem first appeared in 2016 as Morales’ stage name, when he was playing gigs in his hometown of Galveston, TX. He quickly began to collect musicians into his project, leading him to today’s solid cast of six: Pat Kelly (drums) and Kevin B (lead guitar) of The Suffers, Liam Haney (bass) of Houston’s Third Coast Roots, Selphilips Taveraz (drums), and Allison Lopez (sax).
With more than ten years of experience playing in the streets of Houston, Texas, we formally created this musical group (SON BAYOÚ) of Colombian Cumbia, and its root rhythms. Executing each rhythm with its maximum and due flavor, with tradition in mind.