LBP and Ineffable Music Group present
Memorial Weekend in Pozo featuring SOJA
Bone Thugs N Harmony, J BOOG, the Jacka, Husalah, Cris Cab, Radical Something, The Holdup
90 W. Pozo Rd.
Doors 12:00PM / Show 12:00PM
This event is all ages
Mention folk music to the average listener and the list of usual suspects come to mind: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Woodie Guthrie, etc. Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and you'll walk away with a different perspective. "To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu -Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley – they're all folk artists," he says. "There's no difference between Raekwo...n saying, 'I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no jive,' to Bob Marley saying, 'Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, too,' to Johnny Cash saying, 'I know I had it coming, I know I can't be free, but those people keep on moving (around) and that's what tortures me.' Folk is all about storytelling and passing on a legacy. It's timeless, it's limitless and it crosses all boundaries. That's what this band is striving for. It's a tall order," he laughs, "but we're making our way."
They're raising the bar with Strength to Survive, their fourth full-length album, an intoxicating mix of hot-rod reggae grooves and urgent, zeitgeist-capturing themes. The album, produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, O.A.R.), will be the band's first for ATO, the label co-founded by Dave Matthews.
Hemphill says the album was greatly inspired by Bob Marley's Survival. "That's the greatest reggae album ever made," he says. "It has the best basslines and the best lyrics ever heard on one record. Marley wrote it after he went to Africa. I was 13 or 14 when I listened to it for the first time and it triggered all these long-forgotten memories of when I lived in Africa as a kid. My dad was an IMF res rep in Liberia in the late 80's. I remember when the coup first started --- my family had to hide in these iron bathtubs for 3 days because the military was shooting at everything. I was 7 and that was one of my first memories. We made it out on the last flight. So Africa was always a big part of our lives --- it defined our family, in a way. Music came right after that, so, for me, music was always tied to Africa and music was always something powerful."
Shortly after returning from Africa, Hemphill met Bobby Lee (bass) in the first grade in Virginia. The two instantly became best friends, finding common ground through their love of hip hop, rock and reggae which they performed together at their middle school talent shows. Throughout high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Kenneth Brownell (percussion) and Patrick O'Shea (keyboards) and together formed SOJA. The band gigged locally in the DC area while a couple of the guys finished school, all the while making plans to hit the road after graduation. They actually wound up owning the road.
Over the course of the past few years, SOJA has sold more than 150,000 albums, headlined large theaters in more than 15 countries around the world, generated over 20 million+ YouTube views, amassed more than a half-million Facebook fans, and attracted an almost Grateful Dead-like international fanbase that grows with each tour, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. Most impressive of all, they've accomplished all this on their own. This 7-piece band has spent the past year and a half grinding it out from venue to venue, playing more than 360 dates, including headlining sold-out tours of North and South America, as well as opening for O.A.R. and sharing stages with everyone from Dave Matthews Band to Matisyahu.
With Strength to Survive, the band makes an impassioned call for unity and change with universally relatable songs about faith, hope and love. "I could go on and on about the horrible damage we've done to the earth or the problems that arise when countries compete for money over an imaginary border, but the album has one central theme," says Hemphill, "and that's our hope for the world to be one family."
It's a concept best exemplified in the song "Everything Changes." "People out there with no food at night," sings Hemphill, "And we say we care, but we don't, so we all lie/But what if there's more to this, and one day we become what we do, not what we say/Maybe we need to want to fix it. Maybe stop talking, maybe start listening/ Maybe we need to look at this world less like a square and more like a circle."
Among the album's many highlights is the ethereal "Let You Go," about the road not taken, "Mentality," the disc's hard-hitting opening track, and the one-two punch of "Be With Me Now" and "When We Were Younger," the latter bringing together the macro and the micro with the simple yet resonant line, "All of my answers, now that I'm older, turn into questions."
Hemphill says the band's simple and honest approach to music is what's enabled them to break through obstacles of language, distance and culture in amassing an international following. "What's the alternative – pop music?" he laughs. "Pop music—especially American pop music, is about having money, sleeping with models, living in mansions, spending all of our time in clubs and generally being better than the rest of the world. It's funny, 'cuz everyone here is broke. We sing about different things—things that actually matter. I think our fans appreciate that."
"When I look out in the audience and I see these kids with tears in their eyes, not because I'm singing a love song, but because I'm singing about how the world is dying and we're the only ones who can stop it, that is huge. I live for that. We played a festival in Brazil in front of 80,000 people, and everybody was singing every word—in English. After one of the songs, I told them, 'We're on the road a lot, and people always ask me, "Don't you ever get homesick? Don't you miss your family?" I said, 'It took me awhile to realize this, but this is my home, and you all are my family.' The place just blew up. It was amazing. But it's the truth—those are my people and I always want to do right by them. It's is the only game in town for me."
Bone Thugs N Harmony
They sold more than 15 million records. They recorded with The Notorious B.I.G. They recorded with 2Pac. They won a Grammy. They redirected hip-hop's sonic direction.
Only one rap group has these impressive feats on its extensive resume:
Bone thugs-n-harmony. Simply put, the Cleveland quartet is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history; breaking down doors for other Midwestern rappers; launching their successful Mo Thugs record company and introducing mind-splitting, rapid-fire rapping and angelic harmonies with melodic production to the genre.
With their newest and most intense album to date, "Thug World Order," Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone and Bizzy Bone come full circle with an idea they've been cultivating since their formative years in Ohio.
"It's basically what we've been trying to organize ever since we came out," Krayzie says of the mission for the group's new album. "We wanted to have a following of a whole lot of thugs and if you listen to what is going on in the industry today, that's all people are talking about and claiming to be, thugs. You haven't heard nothing about gangsters. We were trying to create a Thug World Order that we'd be running. We aren't finished with it yet."
The group's latest musical masterpiece, "Get Up & Get It," features R&B sensation 3LW on its heavenly hook. As has been the case with several other Bone singles, "Get Up & Get It" will have listeners striving to get the best out of their lives, regardless of how bleak things may look.
"It's going to inspire everybody," Wish says. "If you are looking at yourself in a messed up situation and you want it to be better, if you listen to this song, it will motivate you to want to do something." Adds Krayzie: "It's one of those songs where you wake up, hear it and you want to get up and get outside because you think you're missing something."
Throughout the group's tumultuous career, which has been marked by the AIDS-related death of mentor Eazy-E and well-publicized feuds with their recording home, Ruthless Records, Bone has remained strong and focused on its mission to deliver strong, positive messages to its fans, which number in the millions.
On the stirring, gorgeous "If I Fall," the group pulls on emotions like no other rap outfit can. Wish, in particular, stresses that giving up is not acceptable, that each of us is blessed in our own way and that God can help with any problem we may encounter.
"It's nothing that we plan to do, write a song that's going to touch people to the heart," Wish explains. "We just heard the beat and that's what came out. It's a beautiful song and it's something that people can feel."
As the members of Bone know all too well, life sometimes brings stressful situations that cause people to test their faith. They address such trying times on "Home," which features a well-placed sample from Phil Collins' "Take Me Home".
Much like Collins' music, Bone hopes people use this song as an escape, something fans can use to ease whatever stressors are causing them strife. "Sometimes things drain you," Krayzie says. "You get tired of the bullshit, of arguing, of being tired of shit that you shouldn't even be fighting for. Sometimes you just want to get away, go home and just chill, disappear."
"There was a time when we were back up in Cleveland in our Mo Thugs office," Krayzie recalls. "This was something that Cleveland people weren't used to, young, black dudes our age pulling up in the hood in new Mercedes-Benzes. We had houses and an office in a white neighborhood. Of course the police, by not knowing what business we're in, they're going to get on us. They had Mo Thugs Records up under investigation, but we were all about the music. That's one of the reasons we had to bounce from Cleveland. It was hot. We couldn't trust anybody. People down there tried to set us up. We didn't want to get back into that bullshit no more."
But the drama Bone endured wasn't limited to people who wondered about their line of business. Each of the Bone members has endured stressful and painful encounters with women fraudulently claiming a member of the
multi-platinum rap group impregnated them. Bone addresses the situation head-on with "Not My Baby," one of "Thug World Order's" most searing selections.
"When we were young, everybody wanted a piece of us," Wish says. "They'd never seen it like we did it when we made it in Cleveland. We were some damn fools. You get more and more girls and every girl we ran into was like, "Oh, I'm pregnant. They wanted money but we came to find out they were lying."
Even when the truth was known, the women didn't even apologize for putting the rappers through the legal wringer. They were like, "Oh well. Thank you for the money you were paying," Krayzie says. "We had to say something on that because we love the ladies and everything, but there should be something out there to protect the fellas. Once we go into court on that, it's over."
Even with all this hometown drama, Bone still has love for its city. With "Cleveland Is The City," the group shows its loyalty and gives its hometown major love. "You can't ever forget where you come from," Wish says. "Sometimes people where you come from believe that you have forgotten. It's just a little reminder that we're appreciative and that we love where we come from. We're never going to forget that." With its heartfelt lyrics and varied subject matter, "Thug World Order" makes bold creative statements. The same can be said for the collection's crushing beats, which were handled by LT Hutton, DJ U-Neek and the Platinum Brothers.
The anger nearly palpable on each song's lyrics also comes through on the album's music, which has a menacing, intimidating feel. Once the producers heard the lyrical direction Bone was pursuing, they created dark soundscapes to match the words flowing from each of the Bone's mouths.
Although Bone thugs-n-harmony has been releasing albums for nearly a decade, they still sound hungry and driven on "Thug World Order." Whereas other rap crews home in on a signature sound or outlook, Bone has consistently updated and refined its approach since releasing the independent album "Faces Of Death" in the early 1990s.
Since then, their albums--- 1994's "Creepin' On Ah Come Up" EP, 1995's "E. 1999 Eternal," 1997's "The Art of War" and 2000's "BTNHResurrection"--- have earned them critical acclaim, millions of record sales and have inspired a throng of imitators.
They also picked up a Grammy for their breakthrough hit, " Tha Crossroads," along the way. Krayzie, Layzie and Bizzy have all released critically acclaimed solo albums and the entire crew will appear in "Ghetto Cowboy," a film named after a song from one of the crew's three successful Mo Thugs compilations.
Bizzy and Layzie have established themselves as actors in well-received independent films and upcoming solo albums from each group member, as well as additional Mo Thugs compilations, are also in the works. Now, with "Thug World Order" ready, Bone thugs-n-harmony is set to change the game once again, reminding the world where rap got its "Thug" fascination and delivering some of the most advanced music the genre has to offer.
"We're just getting a handle on this whole "Thug" persona going through the game," Wish says. That's us and if you aren't part of our "Thug World Order‚" you shouldn't be screaming "Thug". Watch your mouths…Bone is coming. Again.
J Boog is a man of many influences. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, California. Growing up in the rough streets of Compton, the strong sense of tradition and culture that J Boog absorbed from his family was instrumental in his path to stay off the
streets and begin a successful music career.
At the age of four, after hearing his older sister playing the piano, he developed an interest and started watching her and learning about music. Soon, J was singing along to the notes & melodies he heard his sister play. A while later, she brought home a Bob Marley song book. Even at this young age, J knew Bob's name and his music. Upon hearing his sister begin to play, something clicked inside J. He hasn't been the same since.
The first time J Boog performed in front of an audience, he was nine years old. It was a large family reunion at a church and there were about 200 people present. J's mother and sister insisted for him to sing Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" and J obliged them. Though he was nervous, it went quite well.
J Boog's music career became serious in 2005, when a couple of brothers from his neighborhood brought him to one of J's favorite artists, George "Fiji" Veikoso". The two began working together immediately and J ended up moving to Hawaii in 2006 to continue developing his craft. After releasing his debut album "Hear Me Roar" in 2007, he joined the musical family Wash House Music Inc, a record label based in Hawaii and San Francisco.
A year later, in 2008, J Boog met Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage and there was an instant chemistry. Gramps was keen on working with J, and set out to make a way. Shortly after, Gramps, J Boog and other Wash House family members were in Jamaica recording in such prestigious places as Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong" Studio, Don Corleone's "Hit Maker", Bobby Digital's "Digital B", Shaggy's "Big Yard", Sugar Minott's "Youth Man Promotion" and more.
The results are apparent when listening to Boog's new music. It is authentic Island Music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog's writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.
These days Boog is either in a studio, on a stage or catching a flight. Radio interviews have become a daily thing and it's a little overwhelming for the young artist, though he has been smart enough to keep his humility. He has a great sense of humor and an even better sense of reality. He can be overheard saying how blessed he is on a daily basis. It's easy to see why J Boog has been winning over fans when you meet him. He has the right spirit and attitude to carry him to the next level.
J Boog's new album, "Back Yard Boogie" released on September 27th 2011, debuting at #1 on the iTunes & Billboard Reggae Charts. The album features guest performances from the likes of Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Fiji, Spawn Breezie, Jah Maoli, and Jacob Hemphill of SOJA.
He began his career with the Pittsburg group Mob Figaz, their first album, C-Bo's Mob Figaz, was released in 1999 and was a minor hit on the Billboard Hip Hop chart entering in at #63 but it sold fairly well making 160,000 units sold. His first solo album entitled Dope, Guns, and Religion was released in 2006 was one of the most anticipated albums in the bay at the time.
My name is Cris Cab and according to my mom, I've been singing since I was born. I'm seventeen now and music is my passion. My favorite artists and bands include Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Sublime and Cold Play. I also listen to a bunch of hip hop which influences the music I make as well.
Miami is my home town and I can't think of a better place to live than this sunny, warm paradise with all its great beaches and beautiful, interesting people.....heaven on earth.
#NoSweat EP drops #Feb26 http://NoSweatEP.com/
The Holdup formed in early 2008 when drummer Danny Flores and lead vocalist Mike Garmany recruited local bassist Kyle Christensen. They began writing songs and performing small local venues around town. It wasn't long before a fanbase gathered and the request for an album began to spread. Not having any recorded material the band decided it was time to hit the studio to record theer first EP. Later that Year, the band recruited Clev Stiles as DJ/Band Manager, the chemistry and fit were undeniable and The Holdup was finally complete.
The Holdup released their first EP in the summer of 2008, and instantly sold a thousand copies. The EP was a huge hit and got the attention of the local independent record label, Dub Rock Records. A few weeks later, The Holdup signed exclusively with Dub Rock and began recording their first full length album "Stay Gold". In March 2009 the long awaited album "Stay Gold" was finally released on Dub Rock, and debuted at an impressive number 34 on the Top 100 Reggae Albums on iTunes. The Album's success on iTunes helped launch "Stay Gold" on to the iTunes "What's Hot" List for 6 weeks and even made the top Reggae Albums on CD Baby.com. Since its release "Good Times" the Single off the "Stay Gold" album has seen been on rotation on multiple college radio stations such as KSCU 103.3FM and even landed on the Bay Area's biggest Alternative mainstream Rock Station Live 105.3FM
The Holdup creates a new style by blending multi genre influenced production into each song. From Hip Hop, Reggae, Dub, Soul, Pop and Rock, you find each song different from the next with its own unique sound. With hit songs like, "Hunnies", "Sometimes" and the ever growing popular hit, "Good Times, The Holdup's music is destined to be heard over airwaves and venues across the world. Combine a distinctive combination of music with ear catching melodic lyrics, and you get The Holdup: An energetic, hardworking group that defines a new unique style of Music.
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