B I O G R A P H Y
What comes to mind when you see the band names Pepper, Iration, The Movement and Stick Figure? A good guess is Beaches, Sunshine, Bikinis and Festivals. Well there is a similar reggae vibe coming straight out of Colorado! Weege is a reggae artist with roots all over Colorado and Northern California. Weege’s brand of reggae-ish music drives home the essence of soul, love and hope akin to artists like UB40, Michael Franti and Bob Marley.
What is a Weege? Weege is the brainchild of Luigi Casaretto and the artist's name is also his childhood nickname. He partnered with Mark LeBlanc Jr in 2017 and they have been adding talented musicians from all across the state of Colorado. When mentioned in the same breath as other artists, Luigi often directs the attention on influential music of his upbringing and in his own words states “The fearlessness of being unorthodox is something to be reckoned with as a songwriter, it’s also what drives me as a songwriter.” Weege and his band of musical misfits believe they have an advantage in this genre because their music is substantiated by years of experience, results and compassion. In addition to their ingrained network of loyal fans, they pride on making the listener experience something lyrically and rhythmically enticing. By cultivating real relationships with fans and digging into the core of the human element, Weege finds the connection with everyday people to be effortless and therapeutic. “It’s also calming to find many of us are not alone in our own personal struggles and can connect because of that reason.” But it’s not all doom, much of the positivity is rooted in real life achievements and a true comeback story that anyone can relate to.
This mission started back in 2002 when he founded a pioneering reggae rock band called 880 South, a top billed performer in the inaugural 2010 California Roots Festival held in Monterey, California. In 2020, Weege was featured on Top Shelf Music and started releasing new singles, EPs and music videos. A new single, “Get Your Head Straight” will be released in 2022 which was co-produced by co-writers Mark LeBlanc Jr, Luigi Casaretto and Blaine Dillinger. Weege has spent most of 2022 planning to launch his own songwriting think-tank and record label with the ambition to help vocally centric artists like himself to self produce, market and release their own music. Weege is performing at festivals, touring, releasing music videos and 10 new singles will be released in a monthly cadence and will be streaming on all platforms.
A B O U T T H E M U S I C
The music itself is infused by way of syncopated undertones with bubble keys, jazzy-blues guitar structure, Motown driven vocals matched with chunky, warm bass lines and crisp, rootsy drums. Lyrically, Weege has morphed into an upbeat sophist with his heart on a sleeve. Having the experience of fatherhood has given him a second chance at being a maestro level storyteller. Weege adds his own unique splash of unique soul, rock and motown influences to his own branded reggae style. Naturally, it derives from his musical upbringing on bands like Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Queen, The Police, Funkadelic and UB40.
T H E B A N D
Current Lineup (2022)
Mark LeBlanc Jr - Drummer, Engineer
Marcelo Arevalo Saez - Keys
PJ - Bass
Philip Ortiz-Gonzales - Trumpet, Flugle Horn
Chelsea Martinez - Tenor Sax, Trombone
Albert Madril Jr - Baritone Sax
Sean Campbell - Percussion
Jaclyn Gutierrez - Backing Vocals
Luigi Casaretto - Vocalist, Guitar
Honorable Mention (Contributors, Alternates and Former Members)
Blaine Dillinger - Guitar, Production, Songwriter
Nick Wimer - Guitar
Jared Weatherall - Guitar
Greg Medeiros - Bass, Songwriter
Meaghan Richardson - Backing Vocals, Songwriter
Johnny Bosbyshell - Keys
Charlie Worley - Keys
R A D I O
Apartment 28 gets regular spins on WRRJ, 89.7 FM in Cocoa Beach, Florida (and 101.5 FM Melbourne, Florida)
Friend In Me and California are currently in rotation at KKMP, 92.1 FM Garapan-Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam.
S P O N S O R S H I P S
As of January 9th 2020, sponsored by Salt Kured, a Florida based apparel company focusing on coastal attire, beach styles and culture while sponsoring artists, athletes and musicians. https://www.saltkured.com Weege & 880 South have intentions to tour the gulf coast and Florida in 2021 so this is a great partnership for future endeavors.
V I D E O I N T E R V I E W S
P R E S S
Meet Luigi Casaretto - Voyage Denver Interview
The Waiting Room interview with Weege from 880 South
N O T A B L E P E R F O R M A N C E S
Weege performed at the inaugural 2011 California Roots Festival as well as the following year in Monterey, CA. He also performed the massively popular Beach Fest in Santa Barbara, CA and has opened for Fishbone, Slightly Stoopid, Expendables, Pepper and Long Beach Dub Allstars.
C O N T A C T & S O C I A L
C U R R E N T P R O J E C T S
Mar 8th 2022 Weege is developing a release strategy for 10 singles recorded by Mark LeBlanc Jr! The strategy will involve using Ko-Fi to crowdfund each single release for the costs of marketing, distribution and other media expenses(music videos, PR, song mastering and more).
As of April 2021, Weege is currently working with Blaine Dillinger of HIRIE down at SoCo Soundlabs in Pueblo, CO with Mark LeBlanc Jr. They are completing a 4 song EP with Dillinger producing and co-writing. These songs are slated for end of 2022 and has actually become 7 new singles with a possible push for making NFT collaborated with art versions of each song.
2021 is a new frontier for music. The music industry was undoubtedly decimated by Covid 19 and Weege still was able to release 23 total songs in 2020. With momentum on his side, he navigated new waters in a digital landscape by providing new music every 2 to 3 weeks, consistent live streams and messages of hope for a better future.
The new year kicked off with 4 new singles titled California, Friend In Me, Sorry It Can't Wait, Signs, Always Something and Find Your Rhythm
June 2020 marked the first release by Weege in 8 years. “Pathos" was a culmination of years of tour stories, heartbreak, romance, wisdom, parenthood and compassion. The album was well received by the legacy fanbase and set a great foundation for what was to come. The top streaming single, The Very End of Summer was a bittersweet goodbye to the summer season and also added to several reggae playlists on Spotify.
October 2020 brought the release of the 8 song EP "Unorthodox Magic", it featured Clev Stiles from Kruel Summer, Mark LeBlanc from Project 432, Greg Medeiros from 880 South and Raul Bianchi from the Expendables. Unorthodox Magic had a unique marketing strategy which was adopted from Dub Rock Records label mates Kruel Summer. Weege decided to release half the songs as singles leading up to the 8 song release. In doing so he grew his audience and fanbase by 12 times and had his song featured in several curated playlists and blogs. The EP had a variety of music styles ranging from soul, pop and reggae. The two top leading streaming songs were Over, a groove pop reggae breakup song with doo wop motown intentions and Fascination, quite simply, a song about still desiring your partner after years of being in a relationship.
December 2020 also saw the releases of two unique singles Friend In Me and Always Something. Both songs were mixed by Adam Patterson of The Expendables and are currently the top streaming songs on Spotify and Apple Music.
In the past Weege also wrote and collaborated on a song titled “The Girls” on The Holdup’s album “Still Gold”. This song was in SONGS NY's publishing catalog and was featured in several reality shows and a televised commercial. You can find previous Weege albums, “Good Love” and “FM Gold” on all major streaming platforms.
R E L E A S E S C H E D U L E
It will be followed up by another singled titled "Signs" which is a reggae rock song at its core but often toys with country-pop and gospelly soul intentions. Look for this one on all major streaming platforms on February 26th 2021
Weege & 880 South have been plotting a collaborative effort for the next album titled "Choice Selections" which features a full band ensemble including horn section, keys, backup vocalists, percussions and a returning cast of Mark LeBlanc Jr on drums, Greg Medeiros on bass and featuring original guitarist from 880 South, Steve Shyshka on guitar. It will include future members Marcelo Arevalo on keys, Philip Ortiz-Gonazales on trumpet, Meaghan Richardson & Jaclyn Gutierrez on backup vocals and several other guest musicians to be announced. The entire production is being finalized in SoCo Soundlabs studio down in Pueblo, CO. This album is slotted for late Spring 2021, however there will be several singles released leading up to the full length album and tour which could push the album out to early summer!
M U S I C V I D E O S
P H O T O S
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