Ainsworth Rose is the founder and manager of The Sunshine Reggae Band of Chicago, IL. He is a Jamaican born, self-taught musician, composer, producer and entertainer. He has been performing the music from his home land throughout Chicago and the Midwest for over twenty years. His U.S music career started in the early 90s as The Jamaican One Man Band performing for private and public events in the Western suburb of Bensenville. In the mid nineties, he moved to Chicago and became a regular performer for The Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Jamaican Consul, CCJ, and JAHCAP events. Ainsworth, was the recipient of the 2001 & 2002 calypso entertainer of the year award – Chicago Music Awards.
The transition to The Sunshine Reggae Band happened in August 2010. This welcomed progression added female beauty, talent, island colors and shine to the presentation. In 2011, they performed their first band concert at the DuSable Museum in Chicago. The band has now evolved to a full ten piece ensemble.
In their three years together, they have performed for the Chicago Bulls, Little Brothers, Can-TV, Chicago Cruises, Village of Westchester Parade, Swedish American Foundation – Rockford, IL, Thornton Fest, DuPage Township and the Chicago Music Award launch event at NBC studio.
Their most recent performance was at John Barleycorn (Downtown Chicago), November 20, 2013. Their repertoire is very extensive, comprising hundreds of Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Latin, Hawaiian and American songs.
The sunshine reggae band is a very flexible and perceptive group. Their ability to read and please their audience is phenomenal. Their sunny smiles, harmonious singing and beautiful rhythmic movements are very contagious. They always have the crowd singing, dancing up a storm, shouting; Yeh Mon!! and having an awesome time.
To the left: Cleveland “Hurricane” Jean Jacques, Keyboard: Ralph Mote, Drummer: Vida Perez Velazquez,Trumpet: Richard Studd, Bass Guitar: Courtney Panton, Singers: Angela Johnson, Jennifer Leckie, Tiffany Cox, Jennifer Bradford and Ainsworth Rose