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— Rob Brundage, 2013

"If you are already sick of the cold and want to feel as if you’ve stumbled into a magic portal of summer love, look no further than Island of Black & White. This incredibly talented local act will blow your mind oh-so-gently with the smooth rhythms of Nawal Alwareeth and Chris Haislet’s angel-kissed booming vocals. This funky, folky, soulful, acoustic blues duo breaks my heart in the best way every time....from the vast spacious pool of radical rhythms and melodic miracles that make up the Sacramento music scene."

Chris Haislet

Founder, Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keys, Organ, Melodica, Accordion

Since 2004

Nawal Alwareeth

Manager, Drums, Background Vocals

Since 2008

Patrick Picchi


Since 2015

Tim Picchi

Lead Guitar, Background Vocals

Since 2009

Scott Mitchell


Since 2017


  • 2011 Village Life, El Dorado Hills News Paper

  • 2012 Voted Top 10 Bands in Sacramento by KCRA 3's Alist

  • 2013 "IBW" Album Recorded/Produced

  • 2013 Winner Hard Rock Tahoe Battle of the Bands.

  • 2013 Cover of Submerge Magazine, Sacramento

  • 2014 SXSW Austin, Texas (SouthWest Tour)

  • 2014 Winner of 94.7's "Heart of Austin" presented by Sony

  • 2015 IBW SouthWest Tour, SXSW and more...       

  • 2015 Cover of FlagLive, AZ

  • 2016 Best Reggae Jam Band, Sacramento Music Awards

  • 2017 Best Reggae Jam Band, Sacramento Music Awards

  • 2018 Best Reggae Jam Band, Sacramento Music Awards

  • 2019 Best Rock Band, Sacramento Music Awards

  • 2019 Hall of Fame, Sacramento Music Awards

  • 2020 Best Reggae Jam Band, Sacramento Music Awards

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