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April 21, 2002, "2002 DMA Highlights" by Mitch Phillips - "My favorite performance of the night was the Immunity reggae band, winners of 2002 DMA award for Outstanding Live Performance and 2002 Special Honorees in the Reggae Category (they have a whole page worth of DMA's on their site). There's really nothing like a little Marley music to get your summer cooking with the proper heat and Immunity had just the right amount of flame. They had this editor dancing at his table, singing along and generally making an ass of himself. I DON'T CARE! Like their website says, "When Immunity plays, the people dance." It's that simple. Just give me the sun, a pair of flip-flops, a sandy beach, a bottle of spiced-rum, a volleyball and the Immunity reggae band jamming on an outdoor stage and I can call my summer a complete success!"
(By Mitch Phillips, michiganbands.com)
Michigan Bands Article

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December 12, 2001, "Reggae Rock Fusion: Immunity Detroit Style" by Idris Weusi - "Holding down the reggae rock end of the Detroit rhythm spectrum is Immunity.   Their song list boasts as many songs by Stephen Stills, Van Morrison, even Elvis as it does Marley tunes and Immunity originals...   While they sometimes challenge the definition of reggae, they have achieved success over seven years, judging by the dancing audiences and happy club owners throughout Michigan.   Conversely, they didn't know what to expect when they played at the Wild Hare in Chicago, one of the leading reggae clubs in the nation.   While every reggae star has appeared there, the hardcore Chicago audience responded strongly to Immunity because they were different.   They were themselves, and the audience recognized that".
(Idris Weusi, getrealdetroit.com)

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During the weekend of September 20, 2001, reporter Issa Prophet revelled in reggae at Chicago's own "Wild Hare".   Here is her exculsive report:   "You can't go home again.   Once you leave the security of the familiar you are forever changed.   I can't go home, but I found comfort in the familiar this weekend.   If you ever wondered what a crossing of The Greatful Dead and Bob Marley would sound like you must check out the group Immunity.   They are very good musicians.   They have a lot of enthusiasm and are very entertaining.   Even though this wasn't my type of sound I couldn't help but have a good time and the packed crowd did too.
(Issa Prophet, chicagoregga.com)

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April 9, 2001 "Immunity, Eminem, Fred Hammond, Carl Craig Take Home Detroit Music Awards" "Detroit reggae act Immunity was once again the big winner at the Detroit Music Awards on Friday (April 6), taking home six of the eight awards for which it was nominated. The group also took home the lion's share of awards at the 2000 ceremony. Immunity also won for Outstanding Live Performance, Outstanding World Recording (Tu Lively), and Outstanding Reggae Act, while individual members took home awards for their respective talents (Tom Varga for Outstanding World Vocalist, Tom Wall for Outstanding World Instrumentalist, and Bill Koggenhop for Outstanding World Writer)".
(Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna, cdnow.com)

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January 25, 2001 "The liner notes read "It's the next best thing to being there" and it couldn't be more true. From the way the first track, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, creeps up through the hum of the crowd, local reggae favorites, Immunity bite back in a second live CD, aptly called Tu Lively. If it doesn't shake your soul, nothing will. Detroit Music Award winners for three consecutive years, the men of Immunity...have released another sonic party. Tu Lively is just a little something sweet to tide you over until Immunity hits your town". (Stephanie Casola, The Observer & Eccentric)

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October 15, 1999 "Immunity is more than a reggae band" by Melody Baetens: "Immunity, the only reggae band nationally to be sponsored by Miller Brewing Co., has won several Detroit and metro music awards, including best reggae band. Immunity is classified as a reggae band, but its songs have roots in funk, jazz, soul and blues. In addition to creative original numbers, Immunity also plays a variety of cover songs including works by Bob and Ziggy Marley. Fun in the sun is what Immunity is all about and it shines through in their clothes". (The Detroit News)

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(Stephanie Casola interviews Tom Varga and Tom Wall back stage, Sept. 2, Shain Park) September 16, 1999 "Immunity gets crowd on its feet with reggae beat" by Stephanie Angelyn Casola, "In the metro area when you are talking about reggae, you're talking about Immunity. ...the band's music serves as a kickoff of a new century, while maintaining the nostalgia of past years. ...No patch of green grass could be seen as the audience arranged blankets and lawn chairs before the stage. From toe-tapping two-year-olds to senior citizens who spontaneously hopped from their seats to line-dance to tunes, Immunity got the crowd moving. ...Like its members, Immunity emits a style like no others". (Stephanie Casola, The Observer/Eccentric)

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