Wookiefoot is a band, a 501C3 Non-Profit Charity Organization, a circus, a philosophy, and a community of globe trekking bliss junkies and believers that are the fuel to keep this Tribadelic Spaceship going! Their charity organization (with the support of their community) has donated over $500,000 to third world relief efforts. Wookiefoot’s live sets are an always inspiring and entertaining barrage of sonic and visual stimulation. The fast-paced circus-like set has been called “Short Attention Span Musical Theater”. These live performances are a one of a kind experience that mixes Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk, Rock & more with a large band featuring everything from a vintage Hammond Organ to Bag Pipes! Combine that with a mind-blowing stage show that may include anything (such as a light show, projection, costumes, fire, dancers, aerialists, magic, clowns, puppets, etc)… and you better buckle up!
Fortunate Youth is an American reggae rock sextet from Hermosa Beach, California. Its current lineup consists of Dan Kelly (vocals), Travis “Travi Bongo” Walpole (percussion), Jered Draskovich (keys/bass), Greg Gelb (bass, guitar), Corey Draskovich (bass, guitar, keys), and Revelation (drums). The band has incorporated a wide variety of influences, including blues, ska, rock and punk into their sound, and cite acts such as Bob Marley, Katchafire, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead as various influences. The lineup has no set designated musician, and all members rotate positions within the band during live performances.
Born in the burgeoning, artistic city of Athens, OH, the quintet now calls another creative community, Asheville, NC its home. Little time is spent nestled up in the blue ridge mountains, though, as Papadosio spends much of the year on the road, crisscrossing the united states ceaselessly. in addition to headlining shows in every region of the country, their high-energy, technologically perplexing, and utterly engaging stage show has made the five-piece a staple on the festival circuit, with scene-stealing sets at Summer Camp, Sweetwater 420 Festival, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Peach Festival and many more they are an inspirational confluence of music, art, nature & technology. With more than 150 performances a year, the band remains prolific by passing the endless miles between cities; composing new material & fusing the earthly with the organic. combining technological innovations with progressive sonic structure. planting Papadosio’s roots firmly in the past and present with an eye turned towards the horizon.
Satsang is a conscious music collective. Creating a unique blend of soul, folk-rock and hip-hop, Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection. The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep everyone on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change. Satsang has toured all over the country and has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Chris Berry, Mike Love, Jon Wayne and the Pain, Tubby Love, and many more.
The shift in Jah9’s world and story, began at an early age of 9 when she moved from her home in Falmouth, to live in the urban wilds of Kingston. Born Janine Cunningham, she later came to accept the childhood nickname Jah9. The powerhouse vocalist we have come to know and love, only emerged from her musical cocoon post initiation into the literary world through poetry. Her love for the written word helped her to channel some of the dynamic thoughts she began to have later on in her life, during her tenure at the University Of The West Indies. Here, she was able to nourish the growing consciousness instilled in her by her father the preacher and her mother, the social worker. She found kinship in the like minds of the Rastafari brethren she came to know during her time there, where she developed a keen reverence for Haile Selassie I. She became a staple in the underground poetry scene by 2009, where she also fell in love with the hypnotic sounds of dub in roots reggae music. She started to write songs to these instrumentals where she felt confident her words would have room for digestion, and they found eager encouragement. Her first demos were recorded with keyboardist Sheldon Bernard, and caught the attention of the legendary Beres Hammond who later helped to develop her recording technique. 9 recorded her first two singles with the help of Donovan Bennett of Don Corleon Records in 2010 to critical acclaim. She would later release her debut album titled “New Name” in 2013, produced by iconic selector Rory ‘Stone Love’ Gilligan, which spoke to the core
of her philosophy as a human being and artist. There she was able to project the messages she unearth throughout her spiritual journey. “New Name” was voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com, warmly described as “the superb sum of its parts: a straight cultural roots album”. 9 has performed with her band, the Dub Treatment, on stages and music festivals all over the world since then and even incorporates her popular rhythm based experience called Yoga on Dub, to supplement. Her words are a reflection of her life and the ways she chooses to direct her energies. All her pursuits, whether music or otherwise, culminate into a livity, a mission to heal, nourish and grow through her powers as a woman, yogi, poet, artist and activist. In 2016 Jah9 released her follow up effort titled simply “9” which cemented her innovative Jazz on Dub style. 9 continues to push the boundaries of the world she was born in as she forges her path. The next steps in her journey are currently being curated for the staging of her next great body of music.
Bumpin Uglies spawned from an Annapolis, MD scene awash in musical history over a decade ago. They are rooted in East Coast ska, punk, and reggae, making their mark up and down the Eastern Seaboard. In the past ten years, Bumpin Uglies have worked to carve out their path by relentlessly touring, and releasing one album after another. With each release came more focus, more creativity and more desire to always experiment and try new things with their music. The band is psyched for their latest EP, Buzz, which released on March 22 via Ineffable Music Group based in Oakland, CA. Ineffable is a name synonymous with the likes of Collie Buddz, Stick Figure, The Movement, and many other prominent artists.
Their last album, Beast From The East, is proof positive that Brandon, Wolfie, Chad and T.J. have meshed into a dynamic quartet as the album topped reggae charts, drawing interest from Billboard’s editorial team for their debut in the pole position. With fellow Maryland rocker Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! working on the production, the alchemy was right for their breakthrough release, so naturally they are keeping that intact with their current album, Buzz, while continuing the trend of evolving their sound, always experimenting in bold ways that keeps everything fresh from beginning to end.
Their climb hasn’t always been easy and as Bumpin Uglies have grinded their way to their current place in the music scene, they’ve shown that hard work pays off and by putting your heart and soul into it and by taking risks, you can achieve great things. It’s why they’ve springboarded from The Whiskey in Annapolis (RIP) to slots at major festivals like Firefly, Peachfest, and Reggae Rise Up, and are selling out several markets around the nation. Bumpin Uglies are also proud to have announced the return of their own Headlining Festival, Weekend at Wolfie’s, set for June 11-13, 2020 in Bedford, PA.
As a band they are clearly intent on doing things their own way, it’s how it’s always been done. This philosophy has grown Bumpin Uglies into a prolific music-making beast, has devoted fans tattooing Brandon Hardesty’s poignant lyrics on their bodies and has them growing into a nationally recognized touring headliner. Bumpin Uglies is on fire with no end in site.
YAIMA is a Cascadian Elemental & Alchemical Electronic Music Duo based in Seattle WA. Creating a deeply captivating and finely tuned container for their audiences- YAIMA (Mas Higasa and Pepper Proud) allow the listener the opportunity to Journey through Sonic Soundscapes traversing sensually stimulating and heart centered compositions deeply inspiring each listener to return to their truth. Their music is reminiscent of well known music groups such as Purity Ring, Massive Attack, Bjork, Portishead, Wildlight, Emancipator and Lulacruza.
YAIMA’s music is interwoven with intention and acknowledgment for the elementals. As the earth transmutes through fire, the winds move the water, the water falls and replenishes the earth- the cycles of gratitude and reciprocity is what weaves these harmonies and deeply pulsing rhythms into a unique and balanced sensational journey.
The story of Indubious is not for the faint of heart. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Indubious was forged in the fires of pain and destruction. Evton and Skip, brothers and bandmates born with Cystic Fibrosis and convinced by doctors of their impending death from an early age, have emerged as a powerful force for change and the future of conscious music. Their only choice has always been mind over matter, and time has proven that their unbending positive outlook, combined with an inspiring message of love and hope, has not only helped them overcome personal hardship, but catapulted their music onto the world stage with an unstoppable momentum.
The Reminders are a rare and remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. The group consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/ vocalist Aja Black, a collective creative force that’s hard to beat. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black’s confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages; the couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for almost a decade.
Releasing their debut album ‘Recollect’ in 2008 and their latest “Born Champions” in 2012, the Reminders have been recognized and applauded for their work internationally through concerts, tours, music awards, TV and radio appearances, and their incredible and dedicated fan base. Having shared the stage with artists such as Les Nubians, Snoop Dogg, Fishbone, Barrington Levy, Nas, Mos Def, Big Boi, KRS-One, Rakim, K’Naan, and others, the Reminders have established a firm place in today’s ever-evolving music scene, garnering international acclaim while paving a path all their own. Beyond performances and appearances, the duo is constantly and actively engaged with community organizations, schools, and universities delivering workshops, talks, and specially catered performances.
More than a shade of the same color that we see time and time again, The Reminders transcend the bounds of what is expected. Their stage presence and high energy shows leave crowds in awe the world over, allowing the duo to uplift and entertain all at once. Their unique mashup of razor sharp rhymes; raw, soulful vocals; and reggae-tinged hip hop beats form the perfect backdrop for their relevant and inspiring themes, leaving a lasting impression on listeners with audiences always wanting more. The Reminders take their hip hop foundation and move it beyond genre, time, and space to create a global musical experience that is classic and speaks to all those willing to participate.
Megan Hamilton is a producer/vocalist out of Minneapolis. With a debut on Bristol’s Ghetto Funk, Hamilton brings a European influence to funk in the US. After several releases this year with Buygore, Westwood, Mixmash, Ghetto Funk, Audiophile, and more, Hamilton is spanning genres in high demand. Her recent releases have been supported by moguls like Benny Benassi, Oliver Heldens, Borgore, Stickybuds, Slynk, Funk Hunters, Zoogma, Aaron Jackson, and more.
Jonny Wayne, lead singer of Jon Wayne and The Pain spent the last year in Asia writing and recording new music. This year brings us his new project to Shang taking things back to the acoustic and reggae roots the caught on in the beginning. This should be a crowd favorite for the old school JWP fans as well as the new family. Cheers!
Paul Izak was born and raised on the Hawaiian Islands and currently lives it up on the Island of Oahu. Paul has been discovering his own voice and unique sound as a singer/songwriter since 2004. As a young boy, Paul was no stranger to the main stage, performing as a vocal soloist in choruses since 2nd grade. He then became an impersonator of famous artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Louis, and Neil Diamond. He performed around the island with the Honolulu Boys Choir. Through intermediate and high school years, he began to shift interests towards acting, photography, sports, & film production, his vocal talent was put aside. During these years, he began to find a new voice through his harmonica. His inspiration came from his uncle Brian, a local blues harmonica player, and other blues musicians around the island. He quickly found a new sense of freedom through the harmonica.
During his first year of college, Paul began learning guitar and finding his own sound, which can best be described as a Folk, Blues, Rock, Reggae combination. In 2006, while living on the Island of Lana’i, Paul began playing hand drums. This later led him to establishing a drum circle on Kailua Beach for three years. These drum circles allowed Paul to connect with the community through the freedom of unlimited creative expression weekly. Bringing together the community in a conscious way led to the monthly Yogarden Music Gatherings, an all ages, artistic/music event. Paul’s passion for yoga, gardening, and music set the foundation for these gatherings.
His love for music continues to grow, just like his garden. Representing a healthy and simplistic life, Paul is a believer in honoring yourself as an individual so that you may better contribute to your community through healthy sustainable practices. This is the message you get through Paul’s music, as he practices what he preaches.
For seven years, TreeHouse! (Myrtle Beach, SC) has spent the majority of their days blazing sprawls of highway and their nights playing an unapologetic enthusiastic blend of psychedelic reggae jam rock they are known for in venues across the nation.
TreeHouse! songs resonate in your soul with lyrics of rising above adversity, the power of gratitude, and the importance of unity. For every setback, there’s a step up waiting for you if you keep your focus. For every day, there’s a blessing to count and for every event, we must recognize we are a part of it all. It’s this kind of message that makes the most recent studio album, Lifted, their strongest release to date.
In 2010, singer/guitarist Jeremy Anderson and drummer Trey Moody formed the foundation of American Reggae Jam Rock band TreeHouse! With a vision and a dream, they jumped into a van to travel the country and share their good vibes. Along the way they picked up fellow band members, Joe Harley on Keyboards/Theramin/Vocals and Chris Hat on the bass.
A two-piece outfit hailing from Denver, CO is being praised as one of the most “unique live performances in dance music”- 303 Magazine. Since the successful release of their 2019 Debut LP “Destination” the Duo has made appearances at world renowned music festivals such as Lightning In A Bottle, Shangri-la, Sonic Bloom, and many others. The groups ability to blend their live instrumentation alongside mind-blowing drops make for an irresistible dance party and an highly-stimulating live experience! Members Michael Mahan (Producer/Guitar/Synths/Vocals), and Jessica Borth (Violin/Keys/Vocals) work in unity gripping the crowd for a show that is both mesmerizing and captivating from start to finish. Spectacle prides themselves in bringing their audience through an innovative and dynamic journey show, after show, after show…..
Nirvana a.k.a Vana Liya grew up outside of New York City. Being of Caribbean descent, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall and reggae music. Vana’s mom gave her a ukulele for Christmas and a few years later she began covering songs by some of her favorite artists. The combination of the ukulele and her soft voice put a unique twist on some reggae-rock staples. Artists like 311, Rebelution, Stick Figure and SOJA shared Vana’s covers across social media platforms, which was the beginning of Vana finding her audience. After gaining traction, in early 2018 Vana Liya signed with Pepper’s LAW Records becoming the first female and first solo artist. Subsequently she released her debut single “Show Me”. Later that year, Vana visited Stick Figure’s Great Stone Studios in Oakland, CA. She recorded “Go For It” with Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure. Cosmic signed on to produce her debut album, which is scheduled for a 2020 release. She says “Working with Cosmic has helped me find my sound – there’s a new feel behind this album.” Vana has shared the stage with bands like SOJA, Pepper, The Expendables & The Movement. In late 2019 Vana moved from New York to Santa Cruz, CA to continue her career with a backing band.