Babylon Saints Goes To Kansas

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Babylon Saints - Photo by Rocco Guarino                 Photo By Dave Turner

Los Angeles based reggae-rock band Babylon Saints is teaming up with Afinké Machine for a reunion show at Blue Lounge This Friday, August 26.  Babylon Saint’s steelpan percussionist Joseph John Peck, co-founder of Afinké Machine & Babylon Saints is returning to the Midwest with the Saints and joining these two powerful musical forces together for one night only!   Peck will also be presenting steelpan performances at two area public schools on Friday for Arts Partners and giving an on-air interview at 11:45am on KAKE-TV.

On Saturday, August 27 Babylon Saints goes West for two days of performances at the 20th annual Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City, Kansas. 

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Friday, August 26

w/ steelband Afinké Machine


Blue Lounge, Wichita, Kansas

9:00pm  /  $7 cover

Saturday, August 27

Tumbleweed Festival

Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, Kansas

11:00am – South Stage

1:00pm – North Stage

 Sunday, August 28

Tumbleweed Festival

Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, Kansas

12:00pm – North Stage


Blue Lounge Facebook Event Page



Tumbleweed Festival Facebook Event Page


Afinké Machine Onesheet

Performing with Afinké Machine: Troy Olson, Matt Maholland, Mark Lewis, Chris Herriage, Jeff Stidham, Beau Jarvis, and Joseph John Peck

Babylon Saints Onesheet

Photo By John Santoni (Left to Right: Tyler Lejoy Drake, Matt Gerovac, Joseph John Peck)

Performing with Babylon Saints:  Matt Gerovac, Tyler Lejoy Drake,  Joseph John Peck, Jeff Stidham,

and Beau Jarvis (8/26 only).

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Afinke Machine with Babylon Saints – 9:00pm

Blue Lounge

608 East Douglas AvenueWichita, KS 67202

(316) 613-3773

Price: $7

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Babylon Saints at Tumbleweed Festival – 11:00am and 1:00pm

Tumbleweed Festival

Garden City, KS 67868


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Babylon Saints at Tumbleweed Festival – 12:00pm

Tumbleweed Festival

Garden City, KS 67868


Photo Credits: 

Babylon Saints Photo (Black Shirts) by Rocco Guarino

Afinké Machine Photo by Dave Turner

Babylon Saints Photo (sitting) by John Santoni 

Copyright © 2011 Panhead Music & Entertainment


Afinké Machine & Babylon Saints at Blue Lounge Friday, August 26, Wichita, Kansas



LA Based Reggae-Rock Band Babylon Saints joins forces with Wichita Steelband Afinké Machine

Former Wichita resident Joseph Peck returns to Kansas with his Los Angeles based reggae-rock band Babylon Saints for a reunion show at Blue Lounge in Wichita with steelband Afinké Machine on Friday, August 26. The Saints then head West to Garden City for Saturday and Sunday performances at the 20th annual Tumbleweed Festival on August 27 & 28.

Peck is a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in Music Education K-12, an accredited artist with Wichita based Arts Partners, and was a former faculty member from Wichita State University where he taught World Music and directed the WSU Steelpan Orchestra. He and former WSU students Troy Olson, Mark Lewis, Matt Maholland and Chris Herriage formed Afinké Machine in 1998. In 2002 Joseph moved to Los Angeles with the vision of placing the steelpan instrument into popular music. Since then, he has performed and recorded with such artists as Cyndi Lauper, Scott Weiland, Ryan Gosling, and American Idol artist Didi Benami to name a few. Currently Peck lives in Malibu, CA with his wife. The two are expecting their first child this year.

The steelpan is made from 55-gallon oil drums and was originally conceived on the Island of Trinidad, West Indies in the late 1930’s. Steelpans, also referred to as steel drums, are one of those instruments that affect the listener with a feeling of happiness and relaxation like no other. Wichita State became one of the very few Universities in the 1970’s with a steelband so when Peck and other Afinké Machine percussionists attended WSU to study music with Dr. JC Combs they had access to the only acoustical musical instrument invented in the 20th century and many opportunities to perform for local Wichitians.

Babylon Saints vocalist and guitarist Matt Gerovac grew up on the Island of St. Thomas and was accustomed to the steelpan sounds, so by the time he met Peck in Los Angeles they had this common musical bond. The two along with Babylon Saints bassist Tyler Drake performed in Wichita last summer as part of their summer tour and were greeted with a standing room only attentive audience. Wichita resident and drummer extraordinaire, Jeff Stidham will be joining the Saints, as well as Afinké Machine. Wichita native Beau Jarvis is playing keyboard with both bands.

The Blue Lounge is located at 608 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67202. Show will start at 9pm (21 and older only), admission is $7. Tumbleweed Festival is all ages (Babylon Saints only)

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Babylon Saints return to Kansas

Panhead Music & Entertainment presents Afinké Machine with Babylon Saints on Friday, August 26 in Wichita, Kansas at the Blue Lounge. 

Babylon Saints will continue West to Garden City, Kansas for appearances on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 at the 20th Annual Tumbleweed Festival.

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