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Progressing Humanity Thru the Arts.

(Sounds like Bob Marley, Common, & Phish)

Universal Rebel (UR) is an ORGANIC HIPHOP COLLECTIVE based out of North Jersey. UR is what you get when you take Bob Marley's brand of REBEL MUSIC, mixed with the conscious lyricism of COMMON, with the musical experimentation of PHISH; a style UR has titled "HipHop Dub/Luv". The band's frontman, ADEO, formerly of the group RAINation, was the featured opening act for such legends as Kanye West, The Black Eye Peas, The Roots, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Common, Robert Randolph, Jimmy Cliff, Julian Marley, and an array of other artists.


(click on song to hear)

He is I - From LP "Truth"
UR The One - From LP "On the Shoulders of Giants"
Lullabye - From LP "On the Shoulders of Giants"


(Click on Video to watch)

Peace I Leave You - UP | UJ
Justice - UP | UJ
INI - BB Kings
Freedom Fighter - Stanhope House
Video for "Truth"
Video for Acid Jazz

Band Members

Adeo - MC

Matt McCormack - Keys

Willie Carmona - Trumpet/Percussion

Sherin Hanfy - Vocals

Karl Schlegal - Violin


John Hodges - Booking, Website

Contact Management


Download a Stage Layout Diagram

Download Printable Version of Press Kit

Recent Press

(click on Headline to see article)

A large part of Universal Rebel's appeal comes lyrics that stress social change and a positive outlook. "Reggae Dub/Luv," party music infused with a progressive social conscience.
Jersey Journal -

By returning to the roots (roots rock reggae) of the music, they seemed to suggest a new chapter in this genre was being written. Universal Rebel reminded us that rebellion is still necessary and can still feel good.
- Tim Harrick

"Spreading a message of love and unity, the members of Universal Rebel use their hip-hop-fused reggae/funk/rock sound to inspire positive social change. " -Daily Record



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Porta - Jersey City
JC Underground - Jersey City
The Citizen - Jersey City
Maxwells - Hoboken
Stanhope House - Stanhope, NJ
Community Theater - Morristown, NJ
Dublin Pub - Morristown, NJ
Calaloo Cafe - Morristown, NJ
Yo and Papas - Morristown, NJ
Famished Frog - Morristown, NJ
Cafe Arabica - Morristown, NJ
Whiskey Bar - Hoboken, NJ
Bar Saint and Sinners - Hoboken, NJ
Nicks Bar - Newark, NJ
54 Main Bar and Grill - Madison, NJ
Martini Lounge - Randolph, NJ
Black River Music Fest - Chester, NJ
Mexicali Blues - Teaneck, NJ
Boonton Ave. Grill - Boonton, NJ
Hat City Kitchen - Orange, NJ
SHYMCA - Bernardsville, NJ
Small World Cafe - Princeton, NJ
Just Jakes - Montclair, NJ
The Fireside - Denville, NJ
Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ
Crossroads - Garwood, NJ
Murphy's- Dover, NJ
Sarah Street Grill - Stroudsburg, PA
The Grape Room - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Film and Music Festival - Philly
Mercury Lounge - NY, NY
Sulivan Hall - New York, NY
Desomonds - NYC, NY
National Underground, - NYC, NY
Summers - NYC, NY
The Annex - NYC, NY
Rose Live Music - Brooklyn, NY
Bar East - NYC, NY
Local 269 - NYC, NY
Alphabet Lounge - NYC, NY
Sputnik - Brooklyn, NY
Denim Lounge - Brooklyn, NY
Southpaw - Brooklyn, NY
Bishops Lounge - North Hampton, MA
Loockerman Exchange - Dover, DE
Penguins - Baltimore, MD

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