Zion I x lespecial: conscious hip hop with a live band


Zion I and lespecial Rock Guanabanas March 9

Bay Area MC and Connecticut backing band form unique musical blend of socially-conscious live hip-hop

Jupiter, FL – February 14, 2018 – Initially paired as a one-off for a music festival, hip-hop emcee and producer Zion I and indie-progressive rock three piece lespecial found much musical common ground and shared strength in performing together.  They have quickly become a mesmerizing, genre-bending live act. The lyrical frontman and his New England power trio will hit the Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar stage on Friday, March 9, beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover, and 21 and over are welcome. Located at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477, the award-winning venue sits on the east bank of the Loxahatchee River near the Jupiter Inlet.

“I’ve always been a fan of musical mashups,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “When done right, the results can be incendiary, and I believe that fans of all types of genres will not only enjoy the music by the airtight power trio lespecial, but the message and its soulful delivery by Zion I.” Cahur founded and runs Roots Music, Inc., a Jupiter-based, 20-year music management and promotions company, and serves as the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

Zion I’s 2000 debut album Mind Over Matter established the producer and emcee as one of the most forward-thinking artists of the socially-conscious hip-hop movement. He has since collaborated and or toured with the likes of Bassnectar, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Matisyahu, Linkin Park, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. The Huffington Post described his latest release – 2016’s The Labyrinth – “as heartfelt as it is badass.”  He is a timely and engaging force within the independent hip-hop scene.

lespecial are comprised of Jon Grusauskas on guitars, keys, vocals and samples, Luke Bemand on bass, and Rory Dolan on drums and percussion. The three met in Connecticut and began playing together as children, and this life-long musical bond is obvious and aural. lespecial’s influences are diverse: influenced by hip hop, dub, metal and progressive rock. Their latest release cheen – features a collaboration with Zion I called “Sound That We Do”.

The two acts plan to record a joint release this spring. Together, they produce live hip-hop for your head. For more information, please visit www.Guanabanas.com or call 561.747.8878.



 Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; a breakfast menu is available Saturdays and Sundays. Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause. Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider Foundation, Martin Memorial Hospital, Haiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve Foundation, Freedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County Firefighters, Furry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ new food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing foodtruck@guanabanas.com. The establishment recently launched a new weekend brunch menu featuring Build Your Own Donut and Waffle Bars, $6 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Margaritas, $12 Bottomless Sangria, and more. For more information, visit www.Guanabanas.com.

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