BEVERLY — It will be an evening of celebration and remembrance when Soul Rebel Project takes the stage at The Cabot on Saturday, April 23.
The band, now approaching their 11th year together, will celebrate the release of their new 15-song album. “Someday,” and the memory will come from the evening’s love and feelings of loss as lead guitarist Jay Harris passed away from sarcoidosis at the start of the pandemic.
Above all, Soul Rebel Project’s Adam Saylor said the evening, the record’s entire debut show at the historic 850-seat theater, was about the fact that “the album is dedicated to our brother Jay, who passed away.”
Saylor said “Someday” pays homage to Harris’ life and music, and SRP fans can expect to hear the entire new album on the April 23 broadcast.
“We’re going to play all the songs on the record. Not in order, we also sprinkle in some of the old favorites, but that will be every song on the disc.
Ahead of Cabot’s show, the band will warm up with an out-of-state gig and kick off festival season at the 34th Annual Sugarloaf Reggae Festival on Friday, April 8 at 9 p.m. in the festival’s King Pine Room.
Losing Harris at the start of the pandemic was difficult for the band, followed by the extended lockdown, Saylor said. But with the help of Dave Hill of Fusion Blue Records, Soul Rebel Project pulled off successful livestream sessions. Saylor said fans have made a difference for the band, in support and through venmo.
“Our fans are the best, they got us through thick and thin, always supporting us. We are blessed on the North Shore to have such a following,” Saylor said.
Saylor said it was “weird to play without an audience. But you can see people’s comments in the feed – it was fun, a cool experience.
But for now, as restrictions are lifted, live broadcasts are back.
“Now it looks like things are clearing up and we can go back and play more. So that’s exciting.
Saylor reported excellent ticket sales for The Cabot show.
“It was a big undertaking, but we decided to take it a step further this time. and why not?”
“And it will be fun, make sure you get your tickets quickly because hopefully they will sell out,” Saylor said.
What awaits us after the Cabot? A trip to a reggae festival in Spain this summer is in the works for Soul Rebel Project. “They have a pretty cool festival in Spain called RotoTom,” Saylor said.
And then there’s the always-awaited summer show at Crane’s in Ipswich.
The past decade has been fulfilling for a bunch of guys from Gloucester, he said. “Someday” is the band’s fourth release. SRP is led by guitarist and vocalist Mike Francis, who played with ska revival band Mile 21.
“It was awesome, we got to play with all of our favorite musicians,” Saylor said. “It was really fun and we had a Billboard song chart. So it was a good run.
“After so many years together, we kind of created our own sound, which is really nice to have. It’s definitely reggae with a rock twist. says Saylor.
SOUL REBEL PROJECT
LIVE: Debut of the fourth version, “Someday”, Saturday, April 23, The Cabot, 285 Cabot St., Beverly, www.thecabot.org Tickets: $25.
NAME: Reference from Bob Marley and the Wailers’ second album, 1970’s “Soul Rebel”, the band’s first available outside of Jamaica.
BANDAGED: Vocalist/guitarist Mike Francis, drums Geoff Pilkington, bassist Adam Saylor, lead guitarist David Drouin, percussionist Aaron Zaroulis and Jon Persson on trumpet.
REWARDS: The VPAL Soul Rebel Project recording artist is a two-time Boston Music Awards International Artist of the Year winner in 2018 and 2019.
ON THE SCENE: SRP has shared stages with The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Damian Marley, Skatalites, Yellowman and Redman and Methodman, among others.
GRAPHS: Ranked #5 on the Top 100 Reggae Albums on iTunes and #8 on The Billboards, SRP’s first three albums earned the band’s industry respect.