Peace Officer bring action-packed reggae back to Steamboat |

Peace Officer bring action-packed reggae back to Steamboat

Dub-step, hip-hop act will play Friday night at Ghost Ranch Saloon

Nicole Inglis

Fort Collins-based reggae dub band Peace Officer raps and sings about social consciousness and empowerment. They play a free show at Ghost Ranch Saloon at 10 p.m. Friday.

— In the lyrics of Peace Officer's song "Funk Dub," a vocalist proclaims, "They've got the towers, but we've got control."

Those towers are symbols of progress and success, but, as vocalist Patrick Reilly asks, what is the real measure of success?

To Reilly, one of four emcees in the band, his fulfillment comes from spreading messages of empowerment, peace and compassion for humanity through energized dub-hop beats.

"It's a blessing to perform music that we love to people who enjoy it," Reilly said. "That's success in my eyes. Of course there are so many things in the world we want to change, but a small thing like making someone's night or someone's day is success to me."

The band has appeared regularly in Steamboat Springs, including a New Year's Eve party at Mahogany Ridge last year.

Friday night, Peace Officer returns to town to play a free show at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Local classic rock band Throwdown goes on at 8 p.m., and Peace Officer goes on at 10.

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With a seven-piece band — with four of the members alternating vocal verses — Reilly said their live performances are characterized by a lot of action and movement on the stage.

"It's taken a lot of practice to know where we are on stage and who backs who, and who takes the lead," he said. "It is a lot of work. But we've just really focused on knowing our verses and knowing each other's verses and being conscious of each other."

The Fort Collins-based band technically started about seven years ago, when Reilly was collaborating with the then-four-piece rock band on its punk- and jam-influenced music.

Through mutual friends and acquaintances, three new members were pulled in, altering the musical path of the band to a reggae-inspired style.

"The sound now is more of a dub and hip-hop influence, and we're bringing some electronic sounds into it and live samples," he said.

From pure dancehall reggae to hip-hop beats with heavy bass lines, Peace Officer has taken age-old styles of everything from Rage Against the Machine to Peter Tosh and added a youthful, socially conscious twist.

Reilly said the main catalyst to success is truly believing in what you do. And not only does the band love playing its music, members love the message as well.

"I don't think we want to be politically charged," Reilly said. "We may come across that way, but we don't want to endorse any sort of politics. We want to endorse human beings and the world community and knowing we are all responsible for everything."

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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