Aurora Innovations & Central Avenue Smoke Shop present Jah Sun and The Redemption Band CD Release with Peetah Morgan, Yami Bolo, Woven Roots & DJ Trees
Saturday, March 24
Doors at 9:30 PM
$22 at the door
$18 advanced tickets at People’s Records in Arcata, Lotus Organic Cafe in Arcata, and Central Avenue Smoke Shop in McKinleyville
21 and over
Aurora Innovations & Central Avenue Smoke Shop present Jah Sun and The Redemption Band CD Release with Peetah Morgan, Yami Bolo, Woven Roots & DJ Trees!
Jah Sun has quickly emerged as the pre-eminent California Reggae artist in the 21st Century. With huge international reggae anthems and a commitment to conscious living, Jah Sun’s music and message has spread the world over. From the heart of Humboldt County, California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific, Jah Sun emerges as an artist dedicated to global and social healing. Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae and world music with conscious and uplifting lyrics, he hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others to live to their ultimate potential. Jah Sun brings his message of love and unity with a variety of vocal styles. From fierce hip-hop explosions, to melodic ballads, rootsy anthems and sensual dancehall licks, he brings something for everyone. Regardless of style, the common theme throughout all his music is the consistent message of positivity, love and respect, and kindness to all. Jah Sun has gained great recognition in the reggae industry and other mainstream markets. In 2006, he was nominated for “Hip-Hop Single of the Year” at the ‘LA Music Awards’. In that same year, his single entitled ‘Fyah Dance’ was featured on the fall season premiere of MTV’s hit show, “Laguna Beach”. This momentum continued the following year when FUEL TV’s Vans Downtown Showdown featured singles “The Height of Light” and ‘Nuff a Dem’. To date, “No Bonez No Blood” has received the most international recognition with the highest rotation on radio and television worldwide. In 2010 Jah Sun formed the Redemption Band comprising of International world class touring musicians. The band is lead by veteran drummer Dyrol “Chops” Randall and world renowned keyboard player Dane “Taz” Cole. Hypnotic bass lines from Kenneth “Badman” Bartley and the dub influenced styles of Seth “Million 7″ Theodore, fused with the many talents of guitar virtuoso and veteran Gary “Jah Oil” Joseph, makes the Redemption band a must see for all lovers of reggae. Together the band has shared the stage with some of Reggae’s top performers, including Anthony B, Barrington Levy, Junior Kelly, Mighty Diamonds, Sister Carol, Frankie Paul and many more! Jah Sun and the Redemption band have taken there message and music all over the world. Having performed in Italy, Thailand, Spain, Sweden, Puerto Rico and all over the U.S the band continues to gain new fans every step of the way.
For over a decade, Peetah’s distinctive voice has led Morgan Heritage on some of the biggest anthems in modern roots-reggae, including Don’t Haffi Dread (To Be Rasta), Down by the River and She’s Still Loving Me. But in the chest of this Rastaman beats a heart of soul. The charismatic vocalist says he listened to everything from the 1970s soul of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway to the New Jack swing of Guy and gangsta rap of Dr. Dre, when he was growing up in Brooklyn, New York. Now, he gets the chance to play out those influences on his first full-scale solo project. “It was nothing planned. We got a call from (producer) Salaam Remi last year about Gramps, Mojo and myself doing individual songs for an album he was doing,” Peetah explained. “The song I did (Salute Them) came out so well; I just got to thinking about doing something for myself.” That ‘something’ is totally different from the rootsy songs ‘Heritage’ have belted out since the late 1990s, making them household names among reggae fans in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. “It’s going to be more hip-hop and dancehall with some R&B overtones,” Peetah said. Peetah worked with Shane Brown of Juke Boxx Productions on most of the songs, one of which includes the world beat-ish Save The World which gained steady airplay on Jamaican radio. Brown, one of reggae’s upcoming producers, is best known for his work with Chuck Fenda, Busy Signal, Mavado and Morgan Heritage.
Yami Bolo, called “the freshest Roots and Culture artiste springing out of the pack in Jamaica today” has torn up crowds as far away as Canada, Japan, Europe and the United States and is not stopping. Yami Bolo’s magical voice speaks directly to the heart, his singing style has been passionately compared to “a cry out in the wilderness” inspiring strength, joy and hope. Born Rolando Ephraim McLean on October 1, 1970, raised in Kingston 13, Bolo became exposed to music at an early age through the church, which his grandmother always insisted that he attend. His early attraction to music was further encouraged by his grand mother’s gift of an accordion and a trombone. Bolo’s musical career has led him on a series of regal adventures. He has worked with top producers including Augustus Pablo, Coxson Dodd, Lee Perry, Winston Riley, Clive Hunt, Sly and Robbie, among others. Bolo remains true to the spirit of reggae when, in speaking of his work, he states “the singer is but the instrument. It’s the Almighty at work.” Bolo’s commitment to conscious lyrics is evident throughout his music, he is determined to spread the love and happiness of his spiritual strength through exploring his multiple roles as singer, songwriter and musician. “I know that every person on this earth is here to spread love and happiness across the world”, Bolo says. “I put my trust in the Almighty, and he always inspires me, so I use my talent to praise Jah and the principles of humility and love that are within each and everyone of us.” Yami Bolo continues to garner new friends and fans throughout the world through his heartfelt music.
The music of Woven Roots harmonizes rich roots reggae and dub styles from the deep wilderness of Humboldt county. Inspiration for the powerful lyrics and beats comes from living close to the earth in the beautiful woodlands of the pacific northwest. Woven Roots is lead by the melodic vocals of Travis B. and backed by the talents of life-long musicians: Gueren(guitar), Eliam(bass), Alex(keyboards),and Tanasa(drums).Both of their current albums are available online on I-tunes and CDbaby.com: “Storms of Change”, and “Foundation”, which includes their new music video entitled “Amazon”. This young group of musical visionaries are on a quest to create original music using nature as a model of how to maintain the continuity of life on earth. Stepping away from the mainstream path of exploitative and destructive technologies of advanced industrial economies, Woven Roots seeks to use music as a vessel to spread a message of love and understanding for our planets finite resources. With over 60 songs about respect and reciprocity for the natural systems on earth, Woven Roots communicates positive change to achieve environmentally sound methods for providing our basic human needs of food, energy and shelter. Through this truth and wisdom they are using lyrics and sound to spread knowledge of a world free from the fear of ecological apocalypse. Together their hope is for all of us to co evolve toward a better, safer and more prosperous future for our planet.