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Outlaws I & I


Meet the Band: Butch "Butchie B" Buchanan (vocals and keyboards), Chopper (bass, guitars, and vocals), Gino Long (guitars, bass, and vocals), Eddie Mars (keyboards and vocals), and Rod Reisman (drums)

The Plot: Fifteen years after they formed, Outlaws I & I have gradually evolved into a sort of reggae supergroup, with four former members of local cult favorites First Light now backing the Outlaws' dynamic founder and frontman Butchie B.

Rubbing Shoulders: Band members have shared stages with the mighty likes of the Clash, Toots & the Maytals, the Wailers, and Steel Pulse. This week they open for Black Uhuru at the Beachland. "Definitely stoked about that," says Mars. "They are heroes of mine."

Sales Pitch: "Our way with reggae is to let our varied musical influences shine through, without a moment's pause in the groove," says Mars.

Outlaw Favorites:

Local hangout: Grog Shop

Old-school TV show: Upbeat or Ghoulardi

Superhero: The Tick

Munchie Destination: Waffle House

Reggae Anthem: "We Are the Outlaws" by Outlaws I & I, of course

Where You Can Hear Them:

Where You Can See Them:

At the Beachland Ballroom on June 9. — Andrew Clayman

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