Proper Productions presents a Humboldt County Spring Jam Ft. Junior Reid with Andrew & Wada Blood and Marlon Asher
Wednesday, April 25
Doors at 9:30
$25 at the door
$20 advance at inticketing.com and Morning Star in Arcata
21 and over
Bonus Entertainment presents Junior Reid with Andrew & Wada Blood, Selecta Prime and DJ Rashane!
Junior Reid is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, best known for the songs “One Blood” and “Funny Man”, as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist for Black Uhuru. Reid was born in the Tower Hill area of Kingston, and had a tough upbringing in the city’s Waterhouse district, notorious for being one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. It was there in the politically turbulent late ’70s that he recorded his first-ever single “Speak the Truth” at the age of 13 for the late Hugh Mundell, released in Jamaica on Augustus Pablo’s Rockers International label.
Following in their father’s footsteps, Wada and Andrew Blood have chosen a career path of music. The two are heavily influenced by their father, Junior “One Blood” Reid, but with a totally different style. Their music is described as a cross between hip-hop, dancehall and reggae ballad, which gives the young Bloods their uniqueness. Andrew and Wada are two exceptional and unique Jamaican artists. Their songwriting skills have also placed them as outstanding and promising talents for current and future generations. They are among the most idiosyncratic personalities in the music industry as they are not only reggae and dancehall artists, but also producers and studio engineers who create their own styles and beats to put their lyrics to. The beats they create soar above everything else, rather than blending in to the singing. Having learned this trade early, they have now blossomed into the fine artists and producers they are today. They have produced songs for a number of prominent artists including their father, and are signed to the label JR Productions. Andrew and Wada want to be classified with some of Reggae’s greats and Dance Hall giants. According to the duo, “music is life” and the positive vibrations that generate from the music can work wonders, and that is why their mission is to create lifelong music. This young group is dynamic, versatile, and is on their way to making their mark in this exciting music industry. Who is to stop them now? Clearly, they are on their way to the top, no looking back, after all, a real hustler knows how to get there. “Keep the energy flowing through the music, one beat, and spread pure positive vibration”
Marlon Asher, a native Trinidadian is the first reggae singer out of Trinidad & Tobago who is now one of the most sought out artists in the country. The name “Asher” was derived from the 12 tribes of Israel and “Asher” is the tribe which represents December and the spirit of Christ. His musical style is that of a conscious reggae artist and he cites Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Barrington Levy as some of his musical mentors. Marlon feels that reggae touches his soul and he wants to communicate that extension of spiritual soulfulness with the world. His messages are easily conveyed through the poignant lyrics in his songs “Blessings”, “Give Thanks & Praises”, “Love of Jah” and “ Fit & Strong”. Marlon Asher’s talent and ingenuity was revealed with the release of the song Ganja Farmer which became a huge hit via aggressive underground marketing. Marlon Asher’s debut song, the very controversial, Ganja Farmer was the biggest reggae tune to hit the airwaves in this decade, so much that people are now calling this song a classic anthem. The powerful herbalist anthem was released in 2004 in Trinidad and Tobago and rapidly became a hit in the United States, Africa and Europe. The 7” record was pressed and released through Ambassador Records in Brooklyn and became the stores HIGHEST single seller in over 10 years. The “Ganja Farmer” was the lead track on the Greensleeves Reggae One Drop Anthems 2006 and continues to be the highest downloaded song from the singer on Itunes. In 2007, David Arquette included the Ganja Farmer for his directorial movie debut “The Tripper”. On November 1st, 2007, Marlon Asher took home the COTT Award (Copyright Organization of Trinidad & Tobago) for best Reggae/Dancehall Artist. It was Asher’s second nomination but his first win. The COTT award was the first award of recognition for his musical success by his country. In 2008, Marlon was also nominated a third time for his video “Shorty”.