The Alchemystics

Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies – fired by the Alchemystics’ unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.

Formed by producers and rhythmic earth shakers Demse Zullo (drums & percussion) & Garrett Sawyer (bass) in early 2003, the Alchemystics under their musical direction have grown into an eclectic lineup of talented musicians. They combine the inspired, masterful vocals of Force, the Afro-Caribbean infused percussion of Matthew King and Freddy McCondichie, booming bass of Chris Ball, and the cosmic keyboards of John Corda. Together, The Alchemystics have catalyzed into an original, unstoppable musical force. Their high-energy, fiercely danceable live shows have gained the band a passionately loyal multi-cultural, multi-generational following throughout New England and beyond.

The Alchemystics have shared stages with a global array of music luminaries such as Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clipse, Damian Marley, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, The Coup, Inner circle, Busta Rhymes, Yellow Man, Burning Spear, Gil Scott Heron, Culture, Steel Pulse, Angelique Kidjo, Mighty Sparrow, The Brazilian Girls, Israel Vibrations, The English Beat, Midnite, King Sunny Ade and Taj Mahal among many others.

The Alchemystics firmly embrace the philosophy that music and art are tools for propelling social change in our communities, and that the future of music and the planet necessitates bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to create conscious community. Individually and collectively, the members of the Alchemystics prioritize giving back to their local community, working closely with local youth groups and lending their musical talents when called upon. In November 2017, members of the Alchemystics performed a benefit for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico, called Puerto Rico Se Levanta! With other local musicians, the Alchemystics helped raise thousands of dollars to help Puerto Ricans in need. Individually and as a group, Alchemystics members regularly guest lecture, teach, and perform at schools and colleges throughout the Northeast.

The Alchemystics have made their mark on the festival circuit, performing at major music events throughout the Northeast like Ziontific, StrangeCreek, Wormtown, Wild Woods, MOVE!, Meraki Roots Music Festival, Green River Festival, Matrix, Bella Terra, Cosmic Alignment, and Open Road Music and Arts, just to name a few.

In May 2011 The Alchemystics released their fourth album Spread Hope, a 17-track studio album that follows up their E.P. and a full length live recording in 2008. They continue to play throughout the Northeast year-round.


Backwoods Pond Fest (NY)
Bella Terra Festival (NY)
Blaster Monkey Festival (MA)
Boston Greenfest (MA)
Camp Creek (ME, CT)
Catskill Chill (NY)
Charlemont Reggae Fest (MA)
Cosmic Alignment (NY)
Disc Jam (NY)
Drums Around the World (MA)
EvolveFest (NJ)
Extravaganja (MA)
Germination (ME)
Green Love Festival (ME)
Green River Festival (MA)
Greenfield RockFest (MA)
Heads in Harmony (ME)
Hop Jam (VT)
Last Green Fest (CT)
LimboFest (MA)
Lowell Winter Fest (MA)
Moondance Festival (VT)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Mt Sugarloaf Reggae Festival (ME)
Nateva Festival (ME)
Norwalk Reggae & Blues Festival (CT)
Open Road Music & Arts Festival (MA)
Otter Creek Brew Fest (VT)
Sound Sessions Street Festival (RI)
Strange Creek Campout (MA)
Terpstock (MD)
Trade Roots Reggae Festival (MA)
Turners Falls River Culture Fest (MA)
UCONN Reggae Festival (CT)
Underground Music Festival (NY)
WeBeJammin (ME)
Wormtown (MA)
Wormtown Winter Carnival (MA)
Ziontific  (VT, MA)

Selected Venues Played

Beatnik’s, Worcester, MA
Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford, CT
Brighton Music Hall, MA
Brooklyn Bowl, NY
The Church of Boston, MA
The Colonial, Pittsfield, MA
Electric Haze, Worcester, MA
Lucky Dog Music Hall, MA
Main Pub, Manchester, CT
The Middle East, MA
MGM Grand, Springfield, MA
Ocean Mist, S Kingston, RI
Opus Underground, Salem , MA
Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT
Payomet Music Pavilion, Truro, MA
Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
The Spot Underground, Providence, RI
Spotlight Tavern, Beverly, MA
Tammany Hall, Worcester, MA
The Spot Underground , Providence, RI
Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA

Ski Resorts

Ascutney Ski Resort (VT)
Red Fox Inn (VT)
Three Peaks (VT)
Mt Snow Reggae Fest (VT)
Wachusett Mountain (MA)
Whaleback Mountain (NH)
Wobbly Barn (VT)
Loon Mountain (NH)
Stratton (VT)
Jackson Gore Summer Music Series (VT)

Road Contact
Garrick Perry
(301) 237-2730

Booking Contact
(978) 544-5110


Bowdoin College (ME)
Clark University (MA)
Colby Sawyer College (NH)
College of the Atlantic (ME)
Dartmouth College (NH)
MCLA, UMOJA Reggae Fest (MA)
Plymouth State College (NH)
Proctor Academy (NH)
Salem State (MA)
St Lawrence University (NY)
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts
University of Vermont
Wheaton College (MA)
WPI Rasta Party (MA)

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