Inna Vision, Gonzo

Neck of the Woods Presents:

Inna Vision, Gonzo

Ben Barbic

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Ryan Gonzales aka Gonzo was born and raised in South Bay, Los Angeles, California. He first began singing when he was a child and at age fifteen, he started playing the guitar. Listening to motown, classic rock, oldies, salsa, r&b, and soul growing up, Gonzo’s music base was introduced by his father. “My father gave me a good music foundation as well as inspiration to become a music artist,” says Gonzo. As well as his father’s interest in the music scene, watching his friend’s band in high school perform is what inspired his to pursue a music career. The type of music Gonzo creates, he describes as “roots reggae trance.”

In July 1st, 2011, Gonzo released his first album, ‘Irie State of Mind,’ with Fortunate Youth. With Fortunate Youth he is also credited with two national tours, both in 2011, where they supported Tribal Seeds and a tour promoting their single, “One Love.” “Being with Fortunate Youth was such a success and learning experience, I was able to accomplish every goal we made as a band” says Gonzo.
In 2012, Ryan Gonzo began working on his first solo album as an independent artist. The album ‘Rocksteady,’ with its release on December 25th, 2012, showcases his hard work and creativity. ‘Rocksteady’ was described as being a “soulful sensation” and he has been called the “Sade of Reggae” by E.N Young, the producer of the album at Imperial Sound Recording Studio. ‘Rocksteady’ brings everything from island vibes to roots reggae. When asked about the major inspirations on the album, Gonzo replied “really being myself and not having any limitations to my writing inspired me to do an album, as well as all the music I've been listening to. I give most of my inspirational credit to Rick Haze because without him I probably would not have had my fire fueled and come out of my shell. When I got in the studio and recorded "Choices" and "Dub in the kitchen," I realize I needed to get back at it.” This debut solo album has opened the doors for much more to come and has given Gonzo the tools for the next album.

In October of 2012, Gonzo joined the band Beyond I Sight. Roots in Peace, a studio company that consists of two of the members, were involved in the creation of two songs off ‘Rocksteady.’ With the cd release/debut show on January 12th, 2013, this collaboration brings exciting new music to the scene. There are many album releases and national tours being projected for the future.
Gonzo has had the honor to share the stage with bands such as Groundation, Toots & The Maytals, The Green, The Wailers, Rebelution, Iration, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Natural Vibrations, and Tomorrows Bad Seeds.
Inna Vision
A decade after Inna Vision was born on Maui, the roots reggae band continues to motivate and elevate consciousness by spreading Aloha and positivity to the masses.

Founded in 2008 by lead singer and bassist Koa Lopes, now Reggae/Dancehall artist “Inna Vision” has played more than 100 cities across America with friends Tribal Seeds, Katchafire, Fortunate Youth, New Kingston, Bambu Station and The Steppas. Inna Vision has shared stages with Damian Marley, SOJA, Rebelution, Collie Buddz, UB40 and wrapped up a wild 2015 supporting three back-to-back tours with international reggae icon J Boog. Determination and persistence has brought Inna Vision to stages such as Reggae on the River, California Roots Festival, Reggae on the Hills, Pure Aloha, One Love Festival and Hawaii’s Mayjah Rayjah.

Born “Michael Kamakoakeauoliokekai Lopes” music began at an early age. Growing up on the second largest Hawaiian island “Maui,” ukuleles, surfing and reggae concerts was natural lifestyle. At the age of twelve “Koa” started his first bands playing for school functions, local concerts and graduation parties. Was not long before traveling out of Hawaii became frequent just to watch his favorite reggae artist perform live. In 2005 after a trip to “Tribute to the Legends Festival” in San Diego, Koa returned with the name “Inna Vision” and a vision to take his passion for music to a world wide stage.

From 2008 to 2018 Inna Vision recorded a catalogue of four full-length albums, 5 EP’s and numerous singles that have impacted iTunes and Billboard international charts. Inna Vision’s tracks cracked the iTunes Top 10, Youtube videos viewed more than 500,000 times and is one of Pandora’s most streamed Hawaii reggae stations.

Inna Vision has currently released a five song EP “Highest Grade” followed by Highest Grade headline tour performing through North America. The project is considered a cross over release with a fusion of Reggae, Dancehall and Hip-hop. The evolution of music has got the attention of artist, producers and fans from United States, Caribbean, Asia & Europe.

Inna Vision’s full length album “Link Up” is set to drop summer 2018!

“Reggae Music makes us feel like we can’t die. To be blessed with the gift, lift up spiritualist, through the speakers abyss, that is where we will be.” - Reggae Lives.
Ben Barbic
Ben Barbic's music is a mix of acoustic, hip-hop, and reggae sounds. His music carries the message his personal triumphs, setbacks, and perseverance.
Venue Information:
Neck of the Woods
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118