Giant Panda Gurilla Dub Squad hailing from Rochester, NY are getting ready to follow up their successful reggae album “STEADY” with “Make It Better” and I couldn’t be more excited. For one they are one of my favorite bands of all time. The first time I saw them was in Newark, DE at a little hole in the wall venue called, East End Cafe. I was working as a cook at a restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland. They wen’t on at 9:00, by the time I got off and got there it was around 11:00 and the bars in Delaware close at 1:00 am. So I think I was able to see about an hour of their set, but it was well worth the drive. I have been a fan since. Not that it was their best show I’ve ever seen because it wasn’t, that was in DC at a little place called Tropicalia and that story will be for another time. Let’s just say we danced our ass off, and we smiled for miles. I’m pretty sure Brendan Dane, who creates music under the name “Alific” can vouch at how sick that show was. I think I lost 2 lbs and if you know me, I can’t afford to. Another reason this album is going to rock, it’s on the Rootfire Cooperative! A organization that allows musicians to create their beautiful art without the worry of trying to afford it first. Rootfire makes their dream come alive a little easier, by loaning them the money to create their art and getting paid back from the profits of the album without any interest. That’s why Rootfire is awesome, so please buy their awesome merchandise and donate to them if you can, because they are doing great things for the scene. “Make It Better” will mark Pandas! 6th Studio album packing 10 brand new tracks.

July 5th, 2016 WHERE IS THIS GOING

March 28th, 2016 Giant Panda Invades NY





3.24 Higher Ground | Burlington, VT
3.25 Fete Music Hall | Providence, RI
3.26 The Snow Barn | Dover, VT
3.30 Stage One | Fairfield, CT
3.31 Pearl St. Club Room | Northampton, MA
4.01 Dogfish Head Brewery | Rehoboth Beach, DE
4.02 The Hollow | Albany, NY
4.06 Iron Works | Buffalo, NY
4.07 Woodlands Tavern | Columbus, OH
4.08 Abbey Bar | Harrisburg, PA
4.20 Westcott Theater | Syracsue, NY
4.21 Gyspy Sally’s | Washington, DC
4.22 The 8×10 | Baltimore, MD
4.23 Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY
4.28 Visulite Theater | Charlotte, NC
4.29 The Pour House | Raleigh, NC
4.30 New Mountain Theatre | Asheville, NC
5.01 Terminal West | Atlanta, GA
5.05 Charleston Pour House | Charleston, SC
5.06 Live Wire Athens | Athens, GA
5.07 Reggae On The Block | Orlando, FL
5.26-29 Summer Camp Music Festival | Chillicothe, IL
6.18 Rock On! Concert Cruise | Boston, MA
7.30 Southeast Alaska State Fair | Haines, AK

March 27th, 2016 A GOLDEN Opportunity for The Movement

The Movement is about to release their new album “GOLDEN” on April 8th on Rootfire Cooperative, I’m dubbing it as their “come back” album.
This band has stayed under the radar since Set Sail being their previous biggest release and I said previous biggest release, not their most recent just to reiterate.

There are a lot of bands out there that create amazing, beautiful beats, layer meaningful lyrics on top of it and more but never seem to grab the attention they are capable of or deserve; for that matter. The Movement for me fell into that category, and I say fell and not fall because they have now fell into the loving arms of Rootfire. The Rootfire guys aren’t just part of a reggae music scene, they are the part of the reggae music scene that you want to be around because they are honest, trust worthy, hard working and have this thing called a heart, that bloody thing that beats inside all of us. Sadly even though it’s reggae, it’s still the music business, so there are some shadiness out there.

Seth, the founder of Rootfire is like Tom Cruise when he played “Jerry Maguire” where he ended up leaving one of the biggest sports agencies in the country because he wanted to get more personal with his clients and be able to call them his friends instead of just another
number. That’s Seth of Rootfire in the smallest nutshell you can imagine but I promise him and his organization are much more than that.

We’ve had the privledge of hearing three tracks off “GOLDEN”. “Rescue” which was their first single, released last year followed by Dancehall ft. Mr. Williamz and then their title track “Golden” ft. Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body. If these three tracks are a sign of what the rest of this album is going to sound like then the sound track of the summer is coming early this year and I for one couldn’t be more excited!


March 21st, 2016 Stick Figure shares an ode to his dog with “Shadow” official music vdeo

Inspired by Stick Figure lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Scott Woodruff’s relationship with his dog Cocoa, the roots reggae favorites release a retro-tinted visual for “Shadow,” the bass-heavy ninth track from Stick Figure’s Set In Stone album. “‘Shadow’ is a reference to Cocoa, she is my sidekick, my shadow,” Woodruff explained to Live For Live Music in their video premiere post. “Cocoa is essentially a member of the band. She is on stage every night, walking the perimeter and greeting the fans. She also gets first pick on choosing her bunk on the bus!” Cocoa nabs the spotlight in the video, enjoying car rides, games of fetch and receiving a rapturous reception by Stick Figure fans. Set in Stone has sold more than 10K units since it’s release in November and remains #1 on Billboard’s Reggae charts



The Movement has made a big step in their career by teaming up with some of the most amazing people I know in the reggae music scene, Rootfire; lead by Seth Herman and Curtis Bergesen. The Movement is the first band to join Rootfire Cooperative, “a mission to provide assistance in the creation and release of recorded music. Rootfire Cooperative provides both interest free micro loans as well as administration services for Artists who seek an alternative to a traditional record deal.” For more detailed information, read more about it here, an incredible opportunity for bands that Rootfire can provide a service like that. After the release of their positive catchy tune “Rescue” their album is complete and their new single “DANCEHALL” feat. Mr. Williamz off the bands most anticipated ablum “GOLDEN” is set to drop WORLDWIDE on Rootfire Cooperative on April 8th. The love tune starts off slow and the boys kick up the instrumental and Mr. Williamz is introduced. A fun tune echoing of love in a tropical paradise. I haven’t had the opportunity to hear the album but if it’s anything like “Rescue” and “Dancehall”, it’s going to be just what the doctor ordered to bring on the warm weather vibes to the east coast!



1.) Blinded
2.) Dancehall (feat. Mr. Williamz)
3.) Golden (feat. Elliot Martin)
4.) Fair Warning
5.) Smoke
6.) Rescue
7.) On Top (feat. Leilani Wolfgramm)
8.) Through the Heart
9.) Home
10.) Retriever
11.) Habit 2016 (feat. Collie Buddz & Bobby Hustle)
12.) Wild Time


Be sure to see them on their upcoming tour dates (LINK BELOW)


The dust is still settling from the drop of the most anticipated reggae album of the year, “Set in Stone” which debuted at #1 on iTunes Reggae and #16 overall in the the United States.   As Stick Figure’s fall tour comes to a close, supporting  Reggae Superstars Slightly Stoopid, the band has some down time before they are on the road again to kick off the Stick Figure 2016 Set in Stone U.S Tour. Starting in Sacramento, CA on January 14th and ending on April 17th.  There are some early pre-sale fan club tickets for their ‪#‎StickFigureFamily‬ which are available now. Special guests will be announced soon and we will update this post when the artist are announced. Find tickets and view all upcoming tour dates at


Do you plan on going to California Roots in Monterey, CA? You’ll receive a free download of ‪#‎SetinStone‬ with any 3 Day VIP Ticket purchase! There will also be an option to add on the album for $8 with purchase of early advance general admission tickets.


Tickets & info:

If you haven’t had the chance to see the two official music videos for “Sound of the Sea” and “Fire on the Horizon” off the smash hit ‘SET IN STONE’ which released just a few days ago. Check them out below


November 12th, 2015 Stick Figure – Set In Stone (ALBUM REIVEW)

Set in Stone couldn’t be a more appropriate name for Stick Figure’s Sixth Studio Album.   I’m pretty sure at one point at the end of 2014, I sent a message to Scott about 2015 being the year of Stick Figure.  I’ve been a fan from the beginning.  I remember the release of Burnin’ Ocean like it was yesterday.  Seeing a band grow, is a fascinating experience.  It has shown me that Scott Woodruff is a genuine guy, who I have the utmost respect for because he has only grown into an even more encouraging and positive person and hasn’t let this increased popularity get to him. When I see other people at other reggae shows wearing Stick Figure gear,  I think to myself, “Finally!”.  Stick Figure is hear to stay  because Scott Woodruff has created his own original blend of roots reggae music and the gentleman  in his band share the same respect and heart for the up and coming house hold name.   Stick Figure can’t be compared to any other artist in the scene.  When you hear a Stick Figure song and are familiar with the scene, you aren’t wondering who it is.   The last two years for the band have been an incredible journey.  In January 2014 they were part of the Winter Blackout Tour with The Expendables and Seedless. In the summer of 2014, Stick Figure was a supporting act on the Count Me In Tour featuring Rebelution, The Green and Iration. In 2015 Stick Figure headlined their own fall tour with HIRIE and Pacific Dub and also toured the summer with Slightly Stoopid and The Dirty Heads, which included their first time playing at the world renowned Red Rocks Amphitheater.  “The best night of my life,  I couldn’t stop smiling.” – Scott Woodruff.  Now they are currently back on the road with Slightly Stoopid on their Fall Tour. Be sure to hit a show in your area, as you may be one of the lucky ones  to see Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid kill it on “Choice Is Yours” a track he is featured on off the new album Set in Stone. The Set In Stone Album Release Tour kicks off January 14 in Sacramento!  Don’t Miss it!

The opening track may sound familiar, debuted on as Stick Figure’s first ever official music video titled Fire on the Horizon. A beautifully constructed track,  with a mesmerizing beat created by hard hitting thimbles layered keys and guitar and includes a nice guitar solo.   In This Love is love at first listen, this beat is my favorite on the album.  So relaxing, I’m waiting for it to be played on the Sandles commercial.  Layered with perfectly placed percussion and key work accompanied by Woodruffs vocals, it’s a crowd pleasure for sure.  Sound of the Sea, may be my favorite track off the album as a whole.  The opening has echos of the past hit,  Livin’ It off the successful 2009 release Smoke Stack with Woodruffs cozy hums that seem to blend perfectly into this track.  When I first heard it, I spent hours with it on repeat.   I drove around my town at 2:00 am jamming the track.  With thought provoking, catchy lyrics like  “If the sun is getting closer, why does it feel so cold”.   And  “I’m thinking but my minds not listening.” it just pulls you in.    I pulled into a Royal Farms and this younger dude came up to my car and was like dude who is this, I love it.   I said it’s Stick Figure, but this album doesn’t come out till next month.  But be sure to check out his other albums.   That’s how sick this song is. Choice Is Yours (feat. Slightly Stoopid) The second single off the album where Kyle McDonald kills it on the mic, an up lifting tune guitar and percussion driven, a very catchy number.   Mind Bock (feat. Eric Rachmany of Rebelution) a slower track with a hard bass and a throw back to “Keep the vibes alive”.    The back and fourth with Woodruff and Rachmany is a real treat in this track.   It’s like if Rebelution and Stick Figure had a baby, this is the track they would produced, I sound like Jack Black right now, don’t I.    Sentenced is an incredible track, a cover, re-worked, sounding like an original.  Scott amplifies the keys on this track, very clean and Scott’s vocals are killer in this tune and he even adds his own part to the song to make it more of his own.   It doesn’t matter what this kid covers, he doesn’t just do it justice but he brings a forgotten gem back to life or introduces something fresh and unheard to those who are less verse in old school reggae.  And for that, we thank you sir.  Out The Door has a fast beat to it,  “Give me one good reason to love you, part of the chorus in this tune and a nice added guitar solo.  Weary Eyes is  a great tune, first played on the Fall of 2014 tour .  Scott kills it vocally on this one.  Keys and percussion driven, a rad one for sure. Smokin’ Love (feat Collie Buddz) the first single, which released on June 3rd, 2014 just days after hearing it live at the most popular reggae festival in the country, California Roots Festival. Probably one of the most catchiest tunes Woodruff has written lyrically. Shadow another one of my favorites, the beat is tantalizing and will have you head bobbing.  The opening lyrics hit hard and yet again Woodruff’s vocals shine brightOne of Those Days is one of the slower songs on the album, vocally driven and has an awesome guitar solo towards the end.   All My Love,  it’s finally here people, we can stop listening to the youtube version from Bali, Indonesia when Scott Traveled the world to write Burial Ground.   He has finally delivered us with a studio version of this beautiful track.   Sunshine and Rain was a poem Scott had written many years before.   He decided to bring it in the studio for a tune up and turned out quite nice. Smiles on Faces (feat. KBong) is an up lifting track to leave you with a smile,  starts out with a slow introduction echoing in the background and then boom, “What puts a smile on your face?,  what makes you happy?” Woodrufff asks.   Fastest vocal track on the album.  Scott and KBong  do a great job complementing each other on the track.

Three years in the making, fourteen killer tracks, four guest vocals.   All on one album.  I know the fans new and old will dig this one for sure as much as I have.   Cheers to Scott, KBong, Tommy and Kevin for the new release as a band.  Excited to hear some of the new material on tour!

by: Ryan McKeldin



We are less then three weeks away from one of the most anticipated reggae albums of the year.   Scott Woodruff has been hard at work since the successful release of Burial Ground, that steadily held the #1 spot on iTunes Reggae Charts for more than a week.    Set to release November 13th, the new record titled, Set In Stone delivers that classic Woodruff sound that has us coming back for more. The new 14 track album with over an hour of listening pleasure, three years in the making will be his best work to date without a shadow of a doubt.   This has been a big year for the Stick Figure guys, not one but two tours with Slightly Stoopid, one of Woodruffs favorite bands and many festival appearances .   I remember talking with Scott many years ago and him mentioning it would be a dream come true to tour with Slightly Stoopid.  Not only has he toured with them but Kyle from Slightly Stoopid is featured on a single off the album on the, “Choice Is Yours”.  Just one of four artist featured on the new album.   It’s awesome that Stick Figure is becoming a house hold name in the Reggae Scene.  They continue to work hard and deserve every bit of it!  Cheers to the new album and looking forward to catch some shows.


Stick Figure’s newest release “SET IN STONE,” set for November 13, 2015 is  available now for pre-order.  Over 3 years in the making, the new album features 14 tracks of multi-instrumentalistand producer Scott Woodruff’s distinctive songwriting and production. Pre-order bundles now available for purchase in the Stick Figure online store.

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