Inity Weekly & Mountain Lion Present
Etana & Rootz Underground w/ P-Nuckle
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 16 and over
my mom used to play.”
Etana’s family relocated to South Florida when she was nine and it was there she began her music career, almost
by accident, while studying nursing at a local community college. “I had no interest in being an artist,” Etana
declares. “I was just bored and a friend of mine told me that there was a request for a black female to join a girl
group in Miami. He brought me to the audition, and that was it.”
It wasn’t long before the proud and independent-minded singer realized that being in a prefabricated group wasn’t
for her. Objecting to the group’s presentation during a music video shoot involving skimpy clothes and invasive
camera angles, she quit on the spot. It was at this time that she decided to return home to Jamaica with plans of
opening an Internet cafe. However, music would find her there as well, when she was recommended by a friend to
fill in as a backup singer for reggae star Richie Spice.
“Being on the road with Richie Spice, I was very comfortable being myself, wearing what I wanted to wear,” Etana
recalls of her time touring with the “Earth A Run Red” singer. “Nobody had a problem with my afro.” The gig
turned into an unexpected opportunity when Etana was asked to warm up the crowd at a show where Spice was
running late. “It was nothing rehearsed, just covers,” states Etana. “But people started to ask: ‘Who was the girl?’
Management for Richie Spice kept asking me to do a song, and ‘Wrong Address’ was the first song that I wrote.”
Inspired by a true story experienced by her own aunt, “Wrong Address” detailed job discrimination as faced by
residents of poor communities such as August Town. The song resonated deeply in Jamaica, establishing Etana as a
powerful new voice with a distinct point of view rooted in the realities of working-class life.
From the beginning, Etana found she had an uphill battle to fight as a woman in reggae. She and her management
consciously set about creating a change. “It seemed like females were never dealt with fairly,” Etana reflects. “They
were still paid less than men, disregarded as not being important on the flyer. The mission was to teach [people in
reggae] how to treat a female artist.”
The world’s largest distributer of reggae music, VP Records, recognized Etana’s talents. In 2008, the label released
her debut LP, The Strong One. The album, which combined Etana’s reggae sound with aspects of R&B and world
music, was embraced by fans as well as the music industry, landing the singer a nomination in the “best reggae”
category at the MOBO Awards in England.
After several years touring around the world, Etana returned in 2011 with her second album Free Expressions. The
album consisted of production from Kemar “Flava” McGregor, Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, Steven Stanley and the
late Joel Chin. The set included the hit “People Talk,” which detailed Etana’s own experiences facing skepticism as
a woman in the music industry, as well as favorites like “Free,” “August Town” and “Heart Broken.” The latter song
topped Natty B ' s chart in the UK for three consecutive weeks. 2011 also saw Etana return to her country roots
with a cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” on the VP Records compilation Reggae Gone Country. Her rendition of Cline’s
country classic was praised as one of the standout tracks on an LP that featured such reggae luminaries as Beres
Hammond and Luciano.
In 2013, Etana partnered with Jukeboxx Recordings producer Shane Brown (Busy Signal, Tarrus Riley) for her
third LP, A Better Tomorrow, recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios. The album brought Etana back to
reggae’s foundation via vintage sounds and one-drop rhythms, earning praise from the Associated Press for its
“mature and confident sound,” “top-notch lyrical content” and “unique vocals.” “Shane Brown automatically would
go to my vision as if he was in my mind,” Etana remembers of the process behind A Better Tomorrow. “He would
finish the stories for me. It was as if he heard every word out of mouth as far as I wanted the sound to be.” The
same year, Etana held her own at the IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) in Coral Springs,
Florida. She hosted the annual ceremony and took home the award for Best Female Vocalist. Marcia Griffiths,
Queen Ifrica, Allison Hinds, Patrice Roberts and Nkulee Dube were also nominated in this category.
Now in 2015, Etana continues her forward movement becoming the first female to achieve a Reggae Billboard #1
in seventeen years with I Rise, album produced by Jamaican luminary Clive Hunt (Peter Tosh, Rolling
Stones, The Wailers, Chaka Khan, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff). The album reflects the singer’s ongoing maturity while
maintaining the R&B-inflected take on reggae that she’s come to be known for, showcasing the diversity of a true
musical Renaissance woman. “Trigger,” which tells the story of an educated but underemployed young man driven
to desperate measures in order to take care of his cancer-stricken mother, is the album’s lead single and a follow
up of sorts to “Wrong Address.” On the complete opposite spectrum is the album’s second single “Richest
Girl,” a reggae love ballad with sweeping strings and jazzy horns over a classic one-drop riddim. “Emancipation” is
a spiritual anthem with an uptempo dance beat and dub effects that sounds like it could have been recorded
during one of Sly and Robbie’s classic sessions at Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios in the 1980s. Speaking
of Sly and Robbie, reggae’s legendary Riddim Twins supply the backbeat and their unmistakeable vibes on “Ward
21 (Stenna’s Song),” a dub-inflected track detailing a man’s descent into madness. What does each track on the
diverse set have in common with the next? They all have a message. "I RISE" is classified as Etana's best album to
date by many and listed as the number one album of 2014 and also in the top five of thirty albums that were
released in said year. Etana plans to continue to tour "I RISE" for 2015 and is very grateful for all the love and
support from her fans.
“I Rise says a lot,” Etana says. “Over the years I’ve learned a lot and in the learning process came a lot of pain and
struggle. And to see the growth and see hard work pay off, felt really really good. Each time I go through a hard
day or any kind of struggle and obstacle, I get up that next day and I rise out of any kind of bad mood or energy,
and move on in a positive direction. My hope is this album will be inspirational and be like medicine for those in
Inspiring others is nothing new for Etana. From the outset of her career with “Wrong Address”—a track which
led many to re-evaluate how they look at others from different socio-economic backgrounds—she has been
instigating change. Four albums into her career, Etana has become a role model in Jamaica with her message and
Rootz Underground represents Jamaica's most recent contribution to the International Reggae & World Music scene. While undeniably rooted in reggae the six-member outfit uses their collective passion to create a sound that pushes boundaries and defies being boxed into a single genre. Electric yet organic, gritty and soulful; the band manages to harness the essence that the reggae aficionado was captivated by in the 1970's while connecting the youth to the pure messages of Rastafari with explosive live performances that are a positive and emotional musical journey.
With over a decade sharing the stage together, along with the release of both studio albums "MOVEMENT" (2008) and "GRAVITY" (2010) they have managed to build a strong International fan base that spans across and beyond the 22 countries they have visited in not just reggae but also rock and jamband circles. At home in Jamaica Rootz Underground has made their mark with performances ranging from foundation festivals such as Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute and Welcome to Jamrock to mixed format shows such as The Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. They have also managed to maintain their popularity in the underground music scene with regular appearances as they mould their touring shows against Kingston's discerning audiences.
With the continued rise of reggae music across the world being played and embraced by all cultures Rootz Underground ensures an undiluted dose of what is happening at the root, transporting audiences to Jamaica from a half-a-world away. They have toured heavily in both North America and Europe for many years gracing events such as Summerjam, Reggae Sunska, Roskilde, Garorock, Ostroda Reggae Festival, Reggae on The River, The Raggamuffins Festival, Earthdance, Harmony Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival to name a few. Rootz Underground has also been blessed to have toured and performed with a variety of amazing masters of music in all genres however within reggae most notably are Gregory Isaacs, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Israel Vibration, The Wailing Souls, Alpha Blondy, Toots & The Maytals and the list goes on. With a firm grasp on the foundation as well as influenced by the resurgence of the band format out of Jamaica, Rootz continues to grow consistently building on every show.
Moving forward you can expect only positive energy from Rootz Underground. Lyrically conscious and aware of the blessing of the musical life, the band strives to create songs that uplift energized by grooves that engage and melodies that connect. The upcoming year will see the release of their third and most anticipated studio album as well as all the global touring that should be involved with spreading the message. You can always keep track by following online via Twitter, Facebook & Youtube as they are always in the lead when it comes to bringing their fans along for the ride and sharing the experience.
Sometimes the moment of clarity becomes something continual, rather than an instant. For Denver rock reggae/ska outfit, P-Nuckle, that evolution is about to be more apparent than ever. A matured sense of lucidity, coupled with the experience of a musical career spanning over a decade, has the group poised and ready for national ascent. Known for a dedicated passion for delivering messages of hope and triumph over adversity has allowed the band to cultivate an extremely loyal fanbase; one that is sure to grow with the release of the band's fourth studio album, "Stand Up and Bitch". Slotted for a release this fall, the album will give fans a direct glimpse of a full-grown set of ideals from one of Colorado's most recognized bands. With eclectic musical influences ranging from Dancehall Reggae to straight ahead punk rock, P-Nuckle has always created a memorable live experience. While their next album may be a bit more mature, don't expect any less intense of a live show. The band is ready to celebrate the journey that has created this album with a beefed up tour schedule. The national P-Nuckle family of fans, affectionately known as "Nuckleheads" will get the chance to see more of the band, then they have in the past year, and have every opportunity to be a part of the vibe of a P-Nuckle show. There are some bands that are a part of the times, and then there are some bands that create the times. Get ready for P-Nuckle!!!
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