Noah’s Arc was formed out of the music scene of Patchogue, New York, on the south shore of Long Island, by a group of local musicians, friends and family. This close-knit group has been running the gamut of groove-based music since the 1990’s in a number of incarnations. A rich history of playing together in assorted styles and projects has culminated in a band that succeeds in celebrating and preserving island musical tradition. In 2009, they began focusing on their collective shared appreciation for the rhythmic traditions of Ska, Roots Reggae, Rocksteady and Dub. Since then, Noah’s Arc has been spreading their distinct brand of positive vibrations at festivals, colleges and clubs all over the Northeast United States.
A combination of bellowing vocal harmonies, high-energy instrumentals and an extensive repertoire are only some of the reasons audiences keep returning. It's easy to hear a delicate balance of respect for the greats who have come before, while never running from their own "All Roots Culture" including Rock, Free Jazz, Gospel and everything in between. Whether playing original tunes (with 3 songwriters in the group), or interpreting a classic by icons like The Skatalites, Junior Murvin, Culture or Delroy Wilson, it's easy to hear a vast range of influences thrown into the mix by this very eclectic bunch of musicians.
In 2013, the group was invited to tour with Jamaica’s legendary baritone vocalist, Watty Burnett of the world famous Congos. Rehearsals for a tour of North America and Europe in support of Watty’s upcoming solo album, “The Lost Book of Ska: Part 1” have begun in what is slated to be a Ska revival of epic proportions.