Bootleg Theater Presents
Malia, Alexandria, HOUNDS (Feat. KinG!)
2220 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90057
This event is 21 and over
Kona, an Atlanta raised, singer songwriter now living in Los Angeles California is a culmination and rebirth of her musical influences. With a musical knack she developed at an early age as the daughter of both a jazz singer & soul DJ. Kona, who as at the start of her music career delivers a refreshing take on soul that has already resulted in an impressive online following and creative collaborations. Some names include Father, Matt martians and Steve Lacy of the The Internet and more. As a singer songwriter of only two years, Kona has garnered much local success, playing venues around Los Angeles and the attention of blogs like, Noisey/Vice, Saint Heron, Hypetrak and Nylon Mag. Her highly anticipated project Uncanny, scheduled to release in April will serve as her debut LP. All in all Kona is a talented musician with a live show as authentic, true, and heartfelt as the music she makes.
She wasn’t raised in a musical family, but knew at an early age what she loved. Nestled in the suburbs of Seattle WA, Malia grew up with her mother and older brother. Although extremely shy, she loved to sing, and alongside participating in choir throughout her school years, she learned to play piano and trombone.
Although she knew her passion and love resided in music, Malia was most often times crippled with the fear of insecurity and self-doubt.
“For some reason I didn’t allow myself to dream musically, I always told myself that being a singer was too far fetched and I wasn’t good enough anyway.”
So she put her passion aside, and after highschool, decided to continue her education. She left home and moved to California to attend college, where she would ultimately graduate with honors, while obtaining a BA in Political Science.
“I just went though the motions, I never did anything with music throughout those years. I just told myself I would go to Law school and become a lawyer.”
A few years later, while enduring several short-term, unfitting jobs, she found herself living in LA, and at a pivotal point in life.
“I was so unhappy and realized that everything about my life had to change," she recalls.
“That’s when I sat down and had the first, honest conversation I’d had with myself in years. I asked myself, "What makes you truly happy, fears aside?"...and I knew the answer was and always had been music. I had been running from my happiness for years, in fear of what people might say, and just thinking I was not good enough.”
From that point she changed her mindset and started to focus on her joy again. She bought a guitar and began to self-teach.
“I sought out people to jam with and learn from. Now I’ve been practicing for over a year, I’ve performed in places like House of Blues Sunset, I have my first EP coming out soon, and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been! I finally learned self-love and I’m embracing my confidence daily. My goal is to spread good vibes via my music and make people feel good.”
Songstress/Songwriter under Awful Records based in Atlanta, Ga.
HOUNDS (Feat. KinG!)
HOUNDS (feat KinG!), a trio based out of Los Angeles is the creative brain child of three musicians with a wide range of musical styles and genres. Fronted by Sherwin Keith Rice II (KinG!) on vocals/ rapping and guitar; Drumming and triggering by Joey Lefitz and keyboard and bass by Rob Finucane. The three come together to create a blend of rock, folk, soul, funk, hip-hop, jazz and blues.