Positively Grounded Rocky Mountain Roots Reggae
Hailing from Telluride, Colorado, Niceness is rooted in the traditional sounds of island reggae; seamlessly integrating elements of soul, funk, latin and hip-hop while staying true to their authentic reggae vibes. Their lyrics embody a conscious message rarely found in this day and age, centrally focused on love, personal responsibility, interdependence, and sustainability.
With a strong foundation of musicians, Michael Gomberg on drums, Mike Enriquez on bass, David Christeson on keys, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, Jeff Guiterrez on tenor saxophone, John White on alto saxophone and Jared Wright on trumpet, the musical sense and rhythm is solid allowing for the vocal melodies of Koral Delatierra to sweep you away into the niceness that is abounding. Some of the members of the band have been playing together for over 20 years.
Niceness frequently collaborates with new artists always keeping their sound fresh and upbeat. They have shared the stage with artists such as Stephen Marley, The Wailers, Black Uhuru, The Itals, Blackalicious and more.
"Our goal as a band is to spread positive vibrations through our music, sharing words of wisdom and gratitude to inspire and empower our fellow brothers and sisters to know thyself and to stand in truth and love." ~Koral Delatierra
Genre: Reggae, World Music
Years Together: since 2014
Influences: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Groundation, Sizzla
Members of Niceness:
- Koral Delatierra- lead vocals
- Michael Gomberg - Drums and vocals
- David Christeson - Keyboard and vocals
- Mike Enriquez - Bass
- Dustin Wilson - Guitar
- Jonathon Barfield - Percussion
- Jeff Gutierrez - Tenor Sax
- John White - Alto Sax
Current Projects: "Sunshine" 2016
"I’ve seen many reggae bands throughout the years, and these guys are in my Top 3 favorite bands I’ve seen in my entire life, along with Jimmy Cliff and Ziggy Marley."
- Kathrine Warren, PR & Marketing Director at the Sheridan Opera House
"Skin-tight classic reggae arrangements and smoking originals. One of my new favorite bands!" - KDUR Radio, Rasta Stevie, Heart Beat of Zion
“Niceness, conscious roots reggae and perhaps the hottest band out of Telluride since the legendary 8750.” - DGO Mag, Bryant Liggett
"If you told me in a year that a Telluride band had blown up and was getting national attention, and I had to guess today who that band would be, it would surely be Niceness. First off, they play a genre of music - reggae- that is not crowded with bands (particularly good ones). Secondly, they have a lead singer who could be a bonafide star in Koral Delatierra. And finally, the band is incredible. They lay down a smooth reggae beat, have great horns and are as tight as a knot on a sailboat."
-Geoff Hanson, KOTO Community Radio, Telluride