“Omari Banks had the crowd in the palm of his hand” – Artscape
Glowing Reviews for Omari Banks Sunlight in the Sunshine State Tour
On June 11th in Naples, Florida, reggae rock blues artist Omari Banks set out to deliver a dose of Sunlight to The Sunshine State, and warm treats to North Carolina and the city of Baltimore, Maryland.
Armed with Anguilla’s sun-rays, his trusted guitar, a talented supporting band featuring drummer Kemoy Bogle, keyboardist Ottmat Campbell and Travis Garcia on bass, Omari set out to represent Eastern Caribbean Reggae to the international forefront. Having already built a strong fan base in Florida, the soulful crooner was received with high anticipation, and didn’t disappoint. From Jacksonville to Tampa, Naples to Delray Beach and a few other cities in between, Omari serenaded patrons with songs from his hit filled sophomore “SUNLIGHT” album (footage from South Street HERE). “It was such a treat to see everyone singing along to my songs, It’s instant gratification, and makes all the hard work worthy.” – Omari
Omari Banks at Raleigh Lincoln Theater (North Carolina) with Beres Hammond
In the mid of his tour, Omari joined Ten-time Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae band Third World for a sold out performance celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month in Miramar, Florida. (watch show highlights HERE). The honor to joined such legends was only matched joining legendary Beres Hammond on the North Carolina leg of the singer’s tour. Speaking on the two events, Omari explained “Both Third world and Beres Hammond’s career is what I seek to emulate, so to perform with them, to get the stage to showcase my music is definitely an honor. Their are my peer but I also look up to them, and myself am also a fan”
Omari’s Sunlight in the Sunshine State Tour was marked by a myriad of memorable moments, and taking to the main stage at Baltimore’s Artscape, is one of them. Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival which yearly attracts 350,000+ attendees is a melting pot of all that is art. Spectators came from far to hear the sounds of world-famous Drummer , Multi-award winner Sheila E, American funk and soul band led by Robert Randolph (Named on of 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone ) and Omari Banks among other celebrated musicians. He received stellar reviews of his performance ,Artscape were quoted as saying “Omari Banks had the crowd in the palm of his hand“.
Back in Anguilla getting ready to gift fans and music lovers with a video from his “SUNLIGHT” album, Omari reflected on his tour by saying “As a musician we spend many hours in the studio, singing or writing, and when we put out a project it’s always nice to read positive reviews, but when you go on the road, you feel those reviews. You feel the love . I want to thank everyone who came to see me, from my long time fans, to my new ones.”
“A special thank you to Mark Lowery and Jaxrefrigeration company as well as Heather ,Gary and the Third world Band. I’ll see you again soon”
“At six foot five, dark and handsome, with long dreadlocks and a cool Caribbean style, you can’t help but be drawn to Omari Banks, His music is dynamic and has many influences.” – Huffington Post
“Omari Banks, who commanded the stage with a Jimi Hendrix-reminiscent presence. Rocking a multicolored “Rolling Stones” cut-off tee, a bandana, leather pants and his signature dreads, Omari showed, in the revered words of Big Freedia, “He did not come to play — He came to slay.” – BET
“… Omari Banks. With his dashing good looks, rockstar stage presence and impressive #singer #songwriter skills, the younger Banks is well poised to carry on his father’s legacy and take Anguillan reggae international.” – Forbes
“He’s got a voice as calming as chamomile and #charisma that bubbles like a champagne toast. He’s not just a dynamic performer, he writes and composes most of his own songs. Between his music and his magnetic mojo, one of #Anguilla’s most beloved talents has the makings of an international superstar”. – Vibe Magazine
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