Katchafire. No these guys are not arsonists but they do bring the flame with their electric reggae sound. Hailing from Hamilton, New Zealand, these Kiwis are a testament to timeless reggae spirit. Turning the clocks back, these guys started as a Bob Marley cover band and as their skills and popularity grew, transformed into one of New Zealands and the worlds top reggae acts.
Coast to coast, country to country, Katchafire has played with almost and everyone who has a reggae pulse and usually can be found headlining some of Reggaes grandest festivals. Family runs deep in this group with father Grenville and sons Logan and Jordan, accompanied by Tere Ngarua (bass), Hani Totorewa (keyboards, vocals), James Ferguson (keyboards, saxophone, vocals), and Leon Davey (percussion, vocals). Opening up for Katchafire was local artist Nocean & renowned reggae artist E.N. Young. E.N. Young was apart of the band Stranger which won the 2009 San Diego Music Award and Tribal Seeds.
About halfway through their tour Katchafire took aim at a packed house at one of Berkeley’s newest venues, Cornerstone. Cornerstone was once an old famous Berkeley Pool Hall, but has transformed into another Berkeley music gem. With music in its bloodstream, Berkeley adds to the list of quality music venues. Aside from ample seating, an outdoor patio equipped with fire pits, delicious and generous food portions, Cornerstones real attraction is the Beer. With over 40 beers on tap and 100 offerings at your disposal, deciding is probably the only blemish this place has.
Cornerstones venue space is a real treat. The design and size make it intimate but at the same time gives you some space to work with if you want to spread your wings a bit. If you want to take in the show from above, there is a 2nd floor option that gives you a nice vantage point while keeping you close enough to not feel isolated from the action.
When the music isn’t pumping in the venue, Cornerstone uses the space for corporate events and bar games such as Ping-Pong & Cornhole. With an inviting vibe, modern aesthetic feel, and all these other offerings, Cornerstone is a place to not miss out on. Get here before all the beer is tapped out, which i don’t expect to be happening anytime soon.