"HIGH ENERGY REGGAE-ROCK OUT OF CINCINNATI"
Rockstead would like to challenge you to Rise, to Wake Up and Live, and be the change that you want to see in the world.
The feeling of love. The power of unity. The essence of happiness. The strength of
togetherness and positive vibrations. The highs of living life and the lows of dealing with its
obstacles. All of these things encapsulate the music of Cincinnati, OH-born Rockstead, a four-
piece, passion driven rock/reggae group.
With roots leading as far back as middle school, Rockstead combines a lifetime full of influences
ranging from rock, punk, reggae, jam and metal. In their early days Rockstead ruled the college
party scene in Ohio with a schedule full of impromptu house shows leading to packed
basements of DIY venues and later, massive crowds attending college fests such as Ohio
University’s infamous spring festivals. This early success catalyzed the band’s first recordings
which included “Wake Up And Live” (album, 2013), “Rise” (EP, 2014) and “Homegrown” (album,
2016). These releases ignited their inner road warrior leading to a plethora of plays at music
festivals and concert venues across the Midwest. Since then, Rockstead continues to widen
their reach touring throughout the Eastern U.S. and down into Florida.
Though member changes have occurred over the years, front man singer/guitarist Jake Burns
continues to drive the group forward as they have shared stages with international acts such as
The Wailers (Jamaica), Sticky Fingers (Australia) and Big Mountain (USA) as well as many staple
East coast reggae acts like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Badfish, Tropidelic, Bumpin’ Uglies
and Ballyhoo!. The band has now grown to include Nate Anuci (drums), Stephen Woodard
(bass) and Joel Shuman (guitar). Rockstead dropped their first studio album “You’re In Control”
in September 2020 which scored them multiple features in blogs and podcasts across the scene
making them “one of the most unique and special bands in [Cincinnati]” (CincyMusic, 2020).
The group continues to expand their catalogue with the release of their sophomore studio
album “Fall Down. Get Up. Repeat.” in February 2023 with guests appearances from
TreeHouse!, The Quasi Kings and Higher Education.
By using their relentless high-energy performances and genre-bending set lists, while aligning
their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic, Rockstead shows no sign of
slowing down their mission of bringing people together through music.