Animo Cruz is a surf/roots reggae band from Santa Cruz, California that started out as a live roots jam band lead by singer and songwriter, Mo El-Sherif. With Mo as lead singer/songwriter, the core of the band is comprised of five talented members: Bert Javier (guitar/vocals), Zack "Nutty" Donoghue (Bass), Ben Lindsey (Lead Guitar), Kevin Eichorn (keyboards) and Jordan Speyer (drums).
Animo Cruz has quickly grown to become one of Santa Cruz's premiere Cali Reggae groups and was invited to perform at the 6th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, CA held May 22-24, 2015. The festival included bands such as Tribal Seeds, Iration, Fortunate Youth, Cypress Hill and Slightly Stoopid.
Animo Cruz is set to release their much-anticipated second EP titled Why Not on June 9th, 2015. The EP includes six original songs and is once again produced by E.N Young of Roots Musician Records featuring guest performances by E.N Young and Imperial Sound Recording artists. The Why Not EP is a live recording with track overlays. The EP is meant to capture the spirit of the Santa Cruz lifestyle the band was developed and founded in.
Animo Cruz's first EP, Morning Light, was released in June of 2014 and was also produced by E.N Young. It featured guest performances by E.N Young of Tribal Seeds, Eddie Blunt of High Tide and Deejay Skanks of SRP.
Why Not will be available starting June 9th on over 35 online digital outlets including iTunes, amazon.com, Spotify, Shazam, Google Play, Rhapsody, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora and more. Learn more about Animo Cruz at Animomusic.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnimoSantaCruz and Twitter @animo_santacruz, #animocruz.
Animocruz will be touring the month of June with Third World and House of Shem, a roots reggae band from New Zealand.
Animo Cruz was formerly known as Animo.
Animo Cruz June Tour Dates:
June 9 EP Release Party at Crow's Nest, Santa Cruz
June 19 with House of Shem, Salinas, CA
June 21 with house of Shem, San Luis Obispo, CA at SLO Brew
June 23 with Fayuka, Santa Cruz, CA at Catalyst
June 25 with Third World, Ventura, CA
June 26 with House of Shem and Third World, San Diego at Belly
June 27 Harrah's Club Pool Party, San Diego, CA
June 27 w/ House of Shem and Third World