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Winston Wells Ball Field, Cruz Bay, St. John was the venue for the very successful
St. John Christmas Music Festival, which was three nights of free concerts.   Inner Visions
was the headliner on Sunday, December 18th, performing for almost 3 hrs. to a captivated
audience.  Steve Simon, the festival promoter, sent this email to me, December 25, 2005:
 
"...Inner Visions was amazing...I was blown away by the energy, the harmonies, the whole
vibe of their performance.  I am so very proud to have been able to present them and look 
forward to doing it many more times...Grasshopper looked fabulous!!!
 
Thanks for all your help and I look forward to working with you again...
 
Merry Merry and Happy Happy!
 
Steve Simon
St. John Blues Festival
P.O. Box 37
St. John, VI 00831-0037
Phone:  340-693-8120
Cell:  340-643-6475
www.stjohnbluesfestival.com
 
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Sista Irie of the Conscious Party Forum put out some beautiful photos of Inner visions during their performance October 14, 2005 at the Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX. 
Inner Visions performed for a Katrina Benefit in Davis CA, at the Catino del Cabo on Oct. 9th. 
Read the kudos from the South African sound engineer, Gabe Lewin, to George Michailow of Fast Lane 
International, Inner Visions' stateside booking agent, in this email thread.
 
-----Original Message-----
From: LEWIN, GABE [AG/1983] [mailto:gabe.lewin@monsanto.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:40 PM
To: 'George Michailow'
Subject: RE: Bloody Brilliant Laddie!
 
I try...The guys were a pleasure to work with. Sometimes I have worked with Reggae bands and been 
surprised to find that they are generally grumpy, and unfriendly. Not so with the I.V.The whole thing was
fun and there were a few guys helping me pack and load out. and the organizer got me all 4 of the CD's 
which I am enjoying immensely. I have a studio at my house with 6 15" speakers and 4 18" subs. They
sound great. One day I will look you guys up at the Virgin Islands. Maybe 2007. next year I am going
to Jay bay (Jeffrey's Bay) in South Africa. (Home of the perfect wave).
 
-----Original Message-----
From: George Michailow [mailto:George@FastLaneIntl.Com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 11:31 AM
To: 'LEWIN, GABE [AG/1983]'
Subject: RE: Bloody Brilliant Laddie!
 
Thanks for the great Sound in Davis!!!! Nice feedback
 
-----Original Message-----
From: LEWIN, GABE [AG/1983] [mailto:gabe.lewin@monsanto.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:29 PM
To: George@FastLaneIntl.Com
Subject: Bloody Brilliant Laddie!
 
Totally awesome show! Not in the least bit tedious! Very Cool indeed!
From: Notipunto News notipunto@notipunto.com
To: pickering@vitelcom.net (Grasshopper)
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 17:27:25 -0700
Subject: Monterey, CA Performance
 
"Today, for the first time, I had the opportunity to do a news media coverage at the Monterey 
County Fair Grounds where the 9th Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest was held.  Being a
native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and a broadcaster for so many years, I can tell you that I have 
had the opportunity to listen to reggae music, in both Spanish and English, but never had the
opportunity to be part of such a powerful performance as the one you just presented here 
today.
 
The mix of the youth and experienced Inner Visions performers is just a magic combination
for  your true musical communication, with a great taste and full of professionalism.  It is a
performance I will never forget and I have to give you a ten plus!
 
During our press meeting, I noticed that when you speak you speak from deep in your heart,
 and your "visions" are so positive that I find them as a venue of encouragement to all of those 
of us who listened to it.
 
I wish you the best and hopefully we meet again soon. God bless you and keep up that
"deep from the heart beat".
 
Roberto Rullan
Journalist/Broadcaster
Notipunto News, Monterey CA
"About 2 years ago I went to St. Croix to see the VI reggaefest and a guy named Irving kept tellin 
me how great these guys were. They played that time, but came on at 6 or 7 a.m. and there was
absolutely no one there at that time. I was beat too, so I took off after a song or two..
 
They played here at Club Viva about a year ago and maybe it was a bad night, but I wasn't
impressed. Since they're from the hotbed of the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. John to be exact), I 
decided to check em out again at Viva last night. let me tell ya, it was one of the best shows I've
ever seen. They just totally blew the place away...Just incredible.
 
Viva's a small basement club. They started at 10:30 and it was a sparse crowd. Not sure what's
going on in town here, but it was a drag and i was kind of embarrased at the turnout but the band
played on and believe me, they played. the man they call Jupiter was front and center playing a
mean bass all night long. To his left was Grasshopper and this guy is one of the best guitarists I've 
ever heard. From searing notes to real rootsy licks, I just couldn't believe how good he was. Some
lead vocals, too. The man Ras Paul was on his right and he was great. When he took over lead
vocals his stage presence was mesmerizing. he'd let the spirit move him and would go off on
these tangents and he really blew me away. I told him later how good he was and he was just a
humble rasta (as they all are).
 
The drummer was strong, too. I think his name was Aswad. They laughed and called him 
Hollywood. he was definitely hitting the skins hard and just jammin. Akiba, the keyboardist,
was layin down some great sounds, too. The sound was just great last night and these 5 guys
just meshed perfectly together to create some of the most crucial sounds I've heard in awhile. I 
asked them for the playlist afterwards but apparently they just play whatever's on their minds. And 
they dub out some of the tunes and their musicianship is just over the top. Just crucial...
 
Some of the songs i remember were "Love One Another," "Slow Down," "I Cry," "School Daze," 
and they closed down with "Spiritual Dancer." Near the end they also played "Hotel California." 
When Grasshopper introduced it I thought why would this band play that song? Their originals were
so tight I just couldn't figure it out. But as soon as they started playing it, i was hooked. They then
played Marley's "Waiting In Vain" and that one blew me away too. they were just hard-core roots
with Grasshopper's amazing guitar work. Man, it was a great show...They'll be back in town again
this Saturday at the Show Me Reggae fest, so that'll be cool.
 
Gotta roll to work. Check em out if they come to your town. believe me, they lay down some 
crucial vibes..."
 
keep skankin...
DJ Professor Skank
St.Louis, MO
pskank@skankproductions.com 
Positive Vibrations                                                                                                        9/15/04
“I just wanted to say thank you for your true representation of what we would
believe true Rastamen should be!  Thanks for the love you showed me!”
 
Cedric Seymour
July 28, 2004, Musihya Strickland wrote an article announcing that
Inner Visions was about to heat up the U.S. Reggae Tour Circuit with Cool 
Reggae Rhythms! 
Read all about it:
onepaper.com/caribiadigest/
"I've been importing bands from the States here to the Island of St. Thomas
for years and the best band I’ve ever imported came from right next door 
(St. John)!”
 
Matt Smith, Offshore Bar
St. Thomas, VI
“I absolutely love your sound and can’t get enough of it!"
 
Brittany La Croix
Mascoma High School, NH
"Ride the Wave!…..Don’t miss em live!”
 
Denise Beal
Mansfield CT
“I was listening to your music on the net and really like what you are
doing.  Continue your great work. Your music and vibes are very good!”
 
Gi Dussault, Co-host and Co-producer of “The Upper Room with Joe Kelly” 
Connecticut USA
"Inner Visions is one of the most professional reggae groups to hit the
charts.  A wonderful combo of music, vibes and committed message
of one love penetrates your soul with the first struck chord. Live your
dreams and you will conquer!" 
 
Naomi Baylarian
St. Thomas, VI
“I’ve been listening to reggae for more than 30 years. Unfortunately
most are not as tight and well grounded as you!”
 
Thia Hadge
Northhampton MA 
“Just wanted to thank the Inner Visions crew or coming to Wichita, 
fKansas. You opened our eyes to the feelings of love!” ………
 
Matt Aelmore
 
 
Look for tour photos at the Inner Visions site.
 
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