Northern California Native Dan Martin has been writing songs and performing in bands since 17 years of age forming his first band with a group of friends including the one and only Tony Gibson(Noma Rocksteady Band vocalist/percussionist). Dan had a exciting early youth of gigging on the ska and punk scene at such places as the famed Phoenix Theater and helping run a DIY venue known as "The Shop" in the industrial side of his hometown of Sonoma, CA. Looking to expand his horizons, Dan took a song writing break to study drums and other African based music which ultimately led him back to his love of early reggae and ska music. In 2009, Dan began performing as a solo artist, refining his sound and creating a local buzz with his honest songwriting and upbeat feel.
In 2010, Dan formed The Noma Rocksteady Band to back him up, beginning as
a group of friends and local musicians that got together to share in the
rocksteady vibes. By 2012 the band had solidified into a full 7-piece band,
ready to light-up dance floors everywhere. Together they have played numerous
venues throughout Northern California, and have shared the bill with such acts
as The Melodians, Burnt, and Midnight Sun Massive.
Dan Martin and the Noma Rocksteady Band continue to lighten the spirit and shake the dance floor with old-school reggae rhythms, while maintaining a unique contemporary sound. They were nominated for the North Bay Music Awards in 2013 for Best World/Reggae act, and are sure to delight people of all ages. With their debut album released January 2014, Dan and the fellas are looking forward to a great new year!