Higher Grounds Music Festival

WIZ KHALIFA

“Being out in front of people and just being ‘The Man’” might sound like a vague and ridiculous dream to have, but for Cameron Thomaz it might be the most appropriate thought to cross any mind. Better known as Wiz Khalifa, the son of two military parents has always had his eye on being a new standard by which cool is measured. Rapping since the third grade and starting to record music at 14 was probably a step in the right direction. The next best move? Inking a deal to Rostrum Records after a meeting with Benjy Grinberg.

Fresh out of high school, it was time to either sink or swim. In 2005 Wiz released his first mixtape, “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania.” The mixtape was quickly accepted by the local scene and began to gain buzz outside of Pittsburgh. With that excitement growing by the day, it was the perfect time for a proper commercial album. Wiz soon dropped “Show and Prove,” which Okayplayer.com claimed was “arguably the best album of the year.” The accolades began piling up and Khalifa was receiving significant co-signs from XXL, Rolling Stone, and VIBE, alike. A deal with Warner Bros. Records soon followed.

WIZ KHALIFA

“Being out in front of people and just being ‘The Man’” might sound like a vague and ridiculous dream to have, but for Cameron Thomaz it might be the most appropriate thought to cross any mind. Better known as Wiz Khalifa, the son of two military parents has always had his eye on being a new standard by which cool is measured. Rapping since the third grade and starting to record music at 14 was probably a step in the right direction. The next best move? Inking a deal to Rostrum Records after a meeting with Benjy Grinberg.

Fresh out of high school, it was time to either sink or swim. In 2005 Wiz released his first mixtape, “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania.” The mixtape was quickly accepted by the local scene and began to gain buzz outside of Pittsburgh. With that excitement growing by the day, it was the perfect time for a proper commercial album. Wiz soon dropped “Show and Prove,” which Okayplayer.com claimed was “arguably the best album of the year.” The accolades began piling up and Khalifa was receiving significant co-signs from XXL, Rolling Stone, and VIBE, alike. A deal with Warner Bros. Records soon followed.

The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration's sound they are home to all of its members. Iration was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. Iration is best heard in a live setting where you can truly experience the full spectrum of their range. They have proven to truly have an understanding of modern and traditional performance techniques that keep crowds of fans', both younger and older, hands in the air and heads bobbing, along with those females' hips gyrating. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge (surf) culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music.

In 2007, they recorded and released their first full length album, No Time for Rest, at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, Ca, which featured one of the last recorded performances by reggae legend Mikey Dread, who produced accomplished musicians such as The Clash and UB40. Their single "Cookie Jar" reached number one in Hawaii on 93.9 DaBeat and was featured on Fuel TV's Triple Crown of Surfing recap. Their music was also featured on MTV shows Maui Fever and Living Lahaina.

In the spring of 2008, Iration embarked on a national tour titled "Playboys in Paradise" in support of the band Pepper. They traveled 16,000 miles and played in front of numerous sold out crowds at venues such as famed Stubb's BBQ in Austin, House of Blues Dallas, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. They continue to tour extensively and look forward to bringing their sound to even larger audiences as they have playing shows such as "West Beach Music Festival" with legends Ziggy Marly and George Clinton, along with Jason Mraz, in Santa Barbara and "Back to School Orientation" with Sean Kingston and Shwayze in San Luis Obispo. On October 3, 2008, Iration officially released their latest collection of recordings on their SAMPLE THIS EP – Sample This, is a four song EP featuring two songs, "I'm With You" and "Electricity," which were co-written with a fellow local Hawaiian musician, songwriter, and Grammy winning producer Charles Brotman of Hawaiian recoding company Palm Records. The EP also features their new smash hit "Falling," which has already been added to several radio stations in Hawaii and Guam – as well as rising favorite, "Wait and See." These few tracks have a newly focused emphasis on capturing a popular sound along with their norm rock-reggae feeling. The Sample This EP debuted at 3 on iTunes top reggae albums - "Falling" was the 22 top reggae song on iTunes as of October 7, 2008 and 28 as of Dec 1, 2008. It was released by Michael Harlan music distribution through INgrooves. Iration has been Myspace's #1 top unsigned reggae artists for almost all of 2009. KUCD, Hawaii's alternative music station added "Falling" which peaked at #3 in November 2008. "Falling" currently has over three and a half million plays on Myspace, Iration has over seven and a half million.

In 2009, "Falling" was added to Santa Barbara's modern rock station, KJEE FM, and begun to receive specialty plays on XTRA FM, San Diego's alternative rock station 91X (as well as No Time For Rest's "Cookie Jar"). In the beginning of '09, Iration accomplished sell out shows at San Luis Obispo's Down Town Brew, West Hollywood's famed the Roxy Theater several times, and San Diego's House of Blues with over a thousand in attendance. Iration also performed at KJEE's Summer Round UP at the Santa Barbara Bowl with radio's hottest band, Kings of Leon, and The Airborne Toxic Event – as well as headlining San Luis Obispo's annual Beer Fest at Avila Beach before heading back to the studio to finish their Time Bomb album. The second half of 2009 was all about touring. Iration kicked of their summer touring in August by supporting the band Rebelution's national "Bright Side of Life Tour," spanning from San Diego to New York to Dallas. In the fall they performed at Los Angeles' Sunset Strip Music Festival, headlined San Diego's Paddle for Clean Water Festival presented by 91X FM, and supported Pepper's national "In the Trenches Tour," leading them from California all the way to back to New York. Iration continued touring through the fall supporting 11 dates with jam band legends Umphrey's McGee. They will ended the year with four very special California headlining dates at House of Blues San Diego, House of Blues Anaheim, San Luis Obispo's Downtown Brew, and San Francisco's famed Great American Music Hall.

For Iration, 2010 started off with big bang! By supporting 47 shows in 52 days on The Expendables' "Winter Black Out Tour," the Hawaiian bread boys proved they could hang touring even tin he harshest of conditions. On March 9, Iration released their highly anticipated album Time Bomb via an iTunes exclusive one week pre-release, at which time peaked at #40 on iTunes' music chart, and "Falling" was iTunes' "Discovery Download" of the week. Time Bomb is currently #1 on the iTunes reggae music chart (as of 3/11) and the title track "Time Bomb" has been as has high as #12 on the iTunes reggae single chart. "Get Back to Me," "Turn Around," and "Dream" have also been favorites maintaining their positions in the top fifty songs on the iTunes reggae singles chart (as of 3/11). March 16 marks the album's official domestic digital/physical and international digital release.

Iration has toured with Pepper, Rebelution, The Expendables, Umphrey's McGee and performed with acts such as: Kings of Leon, Airborne Toxic Event, White Lies, Far, Sean Kingston, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marly, Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Shwayze ft. Cisco Adler, Soja, George Clinton and P Funk, Fishbone, as well as many others.

Formed in 2009 on Oahu, Hawaii, The Green blends roots reggae with traditional Hawaiian vibes. Their new single "Liar" is out now on Easy Star Records. The Green's sophomore album Ways & Means spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Reggae Chart. Their self-titled debut album was named iTunes Best Reggae Album of 2010.

"The Green's powerful sonic identity fuses late 1970s-era dub-heavy roots reggae (reminiscent of English bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse) with strands of contemporary rock/pop/R&B and sporadic indigenous Hawaiian musical and lyrical references. That appealing synthesis has catapulted The Green to the forefront of Hawaii's thriving reggae scene." – Billboard

Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music, and the all-Maori band Katchafire has become its foremost advocate today. A family affair from day one in 1997, founder and lead guitarist Grenville Bell and sons Logan (lead vocals) and Jordan (drums), remain the core of the band. Transcending their origins in a Hamilton garage as a cover band, Katchafire took their Marley-inspired original music to the bars and clubs, building up a fan base of thousands. Their exceptional debut album, the prophetically named Revival, sold in excess of 45,000 copies (more than double platinum in New Zealand) and they scored massive hits with songs like Giddy Up, the nation's biggest selling single of 2002-3.

After building on that success at home with the platinum follow-up "Slow Burning", Katchafire took a major step forward when New Zealand foreign exchange students Introduced their Kiwi reggae vibes to the fertile soil of the Hawaiian Islands. Underground popularity soon exploded onto the airwaves, and by the summer of 2006 Katchafire was topping the sales charts in the Aloha State and headlining at the 10,000 capacity Waikiki Shell. That's when
the band started giving their passports a considerable workout, from festival appearances all over Europe to increasingly successful mainland U.S. excursions. They now draw huge
crowds all over the Pacific, from Australia to Guam and Saipan.

On record, Katchafire reached a new level of musical depth and maturity on 2007's "Say What You're Thinking". With jazz, pop, rock and even hip-hop influences enhancing a solid roots foundation, they scored their greatest American chart success to date with a #6 showing on the Billboard Reggae chart. Katchafire is well known for trading instruments among themselves during their marathon live shows. That versatility is demonstrated as never before on this album, with no less than five bands contributing songs and sharing lead vocal duties. Front man Logan Bell contributes four tunes including the instant classic love song "Meant to Be". Jamey Ferguson contributes his unmistakable raspy leads on four more, including the thoughtful title track and gospel-tinged "Doesn't Anybody". Percussionist Leon Davey shows off his vocal skills on "Now Girl" and "Love Letter", as does drummer Jordan Bell on "J. Dubb" and keybooardist Haani Totorewa with "This World".

The last several years have found the boys supporting this landmark release with an increasingly hectic tour schedule, featuring stops at the Big Day Out Festival at home, Raggamuffin tour of Australia, and new island conquests like Fiji. And each U.S. tour is bigger than the last, with stops at SXSW, Reggae on the River, House of Blues and many more. With a long-awaited fourth album due this fall, combined with their relentless work ethic and phenomenal live shows, It looks like only a matter of time before the whole world is Katchafire country.

"Though he is always repping his Gang, Chevy Woods is ready to step into the spotlight himself. XXLMag.com would like to make the formal introduction.

Age: 29
Reppin': Pittsburgh, PA
Notable Releases: Mixtapes as Kev Tha Hustla; The Corner's Correspondent, Animal; as Chevy Woods, Pilot Shit, Red Cup Music
Accomplishments: "Getting away from the streets," touring the country with Wiz Khalifa.
Hometown Love: "They support me, through Twitter, Facebook. When I'm gone [on the road] I see all of Pittsburgh reppin' for Chevy Woods." - XXLMag.com

Wheeland Brothers

The Wheeland Brothers are surfers making music for surfers. It's the Newport Beach shortboarder/Sublime attitude colliding with with the San-O chill-out longboarder/Jack Johnson vibe. We describe our music as acoustic beach rock and ukulele hip hop reggae. Our songs cover a full spread of punk reggae, acoustic hip hop, and ukulele bonfire jams, and hit all sides of the Southern Californian beach culture flavor.

Vokab Kompany

"Vokab Kompany is another act that refuses to be pigeonholed. Two MCs might lead you to believe that it's hip hop, but that doesn't begin to tell the story. The seven-piece band from San Diego played for more than an hour, a set that was at times funky, jazzy, heavy, bouncy, even bluegrassy...And it all made sense. Through it all, the crowd was treated to microphonic gymnastics of the dueling MCs, Rob Hurt and Burkey. The group is legit; see them" Lindol French-Sacramento Press

With relentless drive they have worked to combine high energy stage performances, 7 piece live indie electro hip-hop (w/ a violinist to boot), with catchy hooks, and rhythm based harmonic vocal delivery to find themselves emerging from an underground electronic scene that primarily embraces the DJ.

While they still have an edge and integrity in their writing process and production, their songs have mass appeal. It's a sound that has deep indie roots, with forays into soul, funk and fresh west coast hip hop laced over a unique sound, all performed live!

$30.00 - $75.00

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