"Energetic and honey-voiced, his long dreadlocks swinging in the breeze, Xavier sang feel-good songs on the Seattle Center lawn, about how we should take care of the planet and be good to each other. His grooves were fetchingly danceable. He and his band kept surprising with eclectic riffs, off-center rhythms and fresh instrumental combinations."
- The Seattle Times
"Seattle's ADRIAN XAVIER doesen't screw around with reggae. He's not gimmicky, and he's not trying to capitalize on the memory of an era that has been already been thoroughly exploited. Xavier is reggae musician in the grandest traditions - exploring themes of pacifism, wonderlust, and the glory of religious experience and natural wonder. Infact, it'd be inaccurate to limit him to just reggae, as he incorprates elements of soul, dub, hip-hop, and rock 'n' roll into the show. Xavier's brimming over with authenticity and, perhaps more important, danceability."
- THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST INLANDER
"Adrian Xavier’s music lifts you up and makes you feel like you can achieve greatness. Seattle born and based, you can catch Adrian at festival’s like Bumbershoot and on hipster radio KEXP. You’d be wise to do so! Adrian Xavier’s album Miracle is just what you need to lift your spirits."
- The Highway Girl
"Music was wonderful and enjoyed by all who heard it."
Xavier’s energy and good vibe music carried his set. Mid-way through the first song, the crowd began to feel the groove and started to wander out onto the dance floor. By the kickoff of the second song, nearly everyone was in front of center stage slowly winding their bodies. The dancing wasn’t limited to just the audience. On stage, Xavier and his accompanying band continued to frolic around as they seamlessly transitioned from song to song. - From http://www.seattleshowgal.com 8-19-09
Adrian Xavier, Lead Vocals, Guitar & Percussion. Born in Seattle, he grew up surrounded by the music played by his father, a radio DJ, in the 80's. Adrian's musical background gave rise to an environment which allowed him to create songs that appeal to a broad cultural range of people. Adrian has been a performing artist for more than 20 years and has shared the stage with many well known musicians. While a member of the "Pure Water Band", they opened for "The Wailers (of Bob Marley fame) and also for the famous Jamaican ska and reggae musician Jimmy Cliff. Adrian formed the "Adrian Xavier Band" in 2000, and has been performing in and around Seattle, various cities in the state of Washington and touring the world - DC Bebop http://www.dcbebop.com/dcbmusic-6_US_West.asp
Album Review of Adrian Xavier's R Nature Record 2004
"This is the debut of a fresh talent out of Seattle, and we just love it! Some really good songwriting and singing here, the production-work is excellent"
- Orange 94.0 das Freie Radio Austria
"Adrian Xavier spreads message of peace through reggae music.
April 18th, 2008 ·
"Artist Adrian Xavier brought reggae, soul and inspiration to campus last night as part of Diversity Week."
“I chose to bring him to campus because I really like his laid-back
personality,” junior Allison Lindell-Ross, cultural events chair of the Linfield Activities Board, said. “His peaceful message seemed very appropriate for Diversity Week.”
Xavier is full of personality. Growing up in Washington with a human rights activist for a mom, he was exposed to some of the most prominent environmentalists of today. With a Los Angeles disc jockey for a dad, he started studying music at age five and met many industry professionals early on.“At 10 years old, I went to my first concert, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five, and sat with Dick Clark,” Xavier said.
Performing with Xavier was guest electric violinist Geoffrey Castle. Castle and Xavier often perform in each others’ ensembles for various shows.
Following suit, all of the Xavier’s merchandise is manufactured using sustainable practices andAside from making music, Xavier said his band is committed to raising awareness about the environment. “I want to encourage people and inspire them to have a low impact on the environment,” he said.
Xavier said he has had the opportunity to participate in numerous festivals and events, where he can act as a resource on environmental issues, and gets to work with environmentally friendly companies. “I’m excited to see that people are starting to wake up and say ‘We don’t have to live that way, with all the polluting; we can move toward the future,’” Xavier said. Xavier’s music is available on iTunes; his current No. 1 seller is the single “Mother Nature.”
Earth Day Celebration at Ashkenaz: Wednesday, April 23, 2008Ashkenaz celebrates Earth Day with conscious music from the Adrian Xavier Band and Joe B, preceded by ecologically-themed short films. Seattle’s Adrian Xavier has been performing for almost two decades, starting the band Pure Water in 1997, and under his own name since 2000, singing and playing reggae-rooted world music that adds in rock, hip-hop, jazz and soul. His 2004 debut CD, “R-Nature,” features such original songs as “Mother Nature” and “Redemption Road.” On lead vocals and guitar, Xavier is backed by a globe-trotting band featuring keyboardist Mark Cardenas, violinist Geoffrey Castle, Jamaican-born Lennox Holeness on bass, drummer David Carpenter and lead guitarist Brian Ray. www.adrianxavier.com Joe B, the leader of The Flux, will also be making special guest appearance debuting his new acoustic project! Presented by the Berkeley City College Green Club and Ashkenaz, the Earth Week Film Festival offers free showings of three movies, totaling approximately 80 minutes: “Sidewalk Stories” by Hannah Chauvet Commissioned by the Ecology Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Curbside Recycling Program, a brief history of the recycling movement in Berkeley. Shows interviews with some champion recyclers - winners in the Cash for Trash contests. Shows how the materials are sorted and follows the baled recycled materials to the Oakland port. Chauvet will appear in person to discuss her inspiration for making the film. “The Recyclergy” by Jeremy Kaller www.recyclergy.com San Francisco Bay Area recycling pioneers share their insightfully hilarious thoughts and stories on garbage collection, treasure hunting, Jack Benny, and the products we buy. Featuring music by Rube Waddell, The Recyclergy is an entertaining examination of a fading subculture. “The Story of Stuff” narrated by Annie Leonard www.storyofstuff.com An animation of the consumerist society, “‘The Story of Stuff’ is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patternsÉexposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.” Doors at 7pm; music at 9:30pm; Free films from 7:30pm-9pm.Location: Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., @ Gilman, Berkeley Time: 7pm.
Adrian Xavier was a featured artist at the Pike Place Market's Centennial Celebration