9:30 Club presents at U Street Music Hall. - Early Show
Iration’s Automatic Tour
Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth, Micah Brown
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Iration’s Automatic Tour
Iration is an alternative/reggae group of musicians formed in Isla Vista, CA. The group is made up of members Joseph Dickens (drums), Joseph King (Engineer), Cayson Peterson (Keyboard/Synth), Micah Pueschel (Guitar/Vox), Kai Rediske (Vocal/Percussion) and Adam Taylor (Bass). All members met while growing up in Hawaii but formed Iration after reconnecting in Santa Barbara, Ca. They have since released two fulllength albums, Time Bomb (2010) and No Time for Rest (2007), as well as three EP’s, New Roots (2006), Sample This EP (2008) and Fresh Grounds (2011). Time Bomb, which has sold 30K+ copies, hit #1 on the iTunes reggae album chart and remains within the top 20 on Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart to this day. Time Bomb included: “Turn Around” (which spent 11 weeks at #1 on San Diego’s 91X, hit #1 on Riverside’s KCXX and on Santa Barbara’s KJEE, was in rotation at Honolulu’s KUCD and Sacramento’s KKDO, as well as being streamed on LA based KROQ), “Time Bomb”(which reached #1 on Santa Barbara’s KJEE), and “Falling”(the single that has moved 70K units since inclusion on Time Bomb and Sample This EP, was an iTunes Discovery Download, also reached #1 on Santa Barbara’s KJEE, and #3 on Honolulu’s KUCD). Their most recent release Fresh Grounds which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseeker’s Chart and #114 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The single from their Fresh Grounds EP “Summer Nights” reached #2 on the iTunes reggae singles chart. Combined, Iration has sold hundreds of thousands of singles from their recording catalog. The true essence of Iration is best captured live where they are able to fully demonstrate their original brand of soulful, melody driven reggae, pop and rock.
They recently finished recording their 3rd fulllength album Automatic. The album combines elements of reggae, rock and pop to create a truly unique listening experience. Automatic includes production and instrumentation from Lincoln Parish, the guitarist from Kentucky's band Cage the Elephant, as well as the band’s previous studio, partner JP Hesser. The album also includes guest appearances by keyboardist Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters) and Jessy Greene (Foo Fighters, Wilco, Atmosphere) on strings. The first single from Automatic, “Porcupine,” was released September 11 2012 on the band’s own 3 Prong Records and has since been in rotation on multiple radio stations in Southern California, CO Springs, and AL. Iration's full length version of Automatic is due out in 2013.
Iration have been touring nationally since 2008, have performed at festivals such as: Lollapalooza , Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival; and headlined several successful national headline club tours that have included multiple sold out shows throughout the country. In an effort to begin promoting new music, this winter 2013 Iration will embark on a US western regional headline tour with support from east coast friends Passafire and So Cal's Pacific Dub. These Hawaiian-raised musicians look forward to spreading their original sound and aloha spirit as far as possible while never forgetting to get a surf in when possible.
Through the Roots
ormed in the Summer of 2008, San Diego based band Through the Roots have been covering ground and making waves across the United States. Fusing rock and electronic elements with a strong roots reggae foundation, Through the Roots have developed a unique sound and experience that captivates audiences during their live performances.
2011 proved to be a very successful year for Through the Roots. The band released the EP "Here to Stay" in the Spring that debuted at #2 on the iTunes Reggae Chart. On top of the EP release, Through the Roots hit the road hard playing over 140 shows in 38 of the nations 50 states. They supported nationally recognized artists such as Iration, Tribal Seeds, and The Green on their respective national tours. This all culminated to the band being nominated for and winning Pier Magazine's award for 2011 Breakout Artist of the Year.
Feeding off of the success seen in 2011, Through the Roots already has big plans for 2012. In February, they will be linking up with The Expendables for their 2012 Winter Blackout Tour. Also, a new studio album is already in pre-production with an expected release date sometime during the Spring. Be sure to keep an eye out for them as the year progresses.
Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 6-piece masterpiece bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and unique bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and heavy keys separates Fortunate Youth from every other mainstream reggae band. With their high energy approach and positive stage presence they provide an unforgettable show to every music fan. Fortunate Youth's objective is to ensure a performance that leaves you feeling euphoric and curious of what might happen at the next show.
In 2011 they supported Tribal Seeds on their nationwide Tribal Youth Tour to spread their conscious music to the nation. F.Y. linked up The Green, from Hawaii, for a Midwest/Westcoast run before jumping back in the studio to record. They have hit the masses promoting only their 6-song EP titled "Up-Lifted EP" and just released their full-length album, "IRIE STATE OF MIND" on July 1, 2011. Fortunate Youth will also be touring very heavily through 2011 including a Naitonwide CD Release Summer Tour.
Upon Releasing their full-length album they quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and also locked in a #13 position on Billboard Top 100 Reggae Albums. Receiving great praise for early success Fortunate Youth strives to spread their interpretation of Reggae music to Music Lovers worldwide.
Fortunate Youth toured very heavily in 2012 supporting Headliners such as The Expendables and Tribal Seeds. FY also headlined their own Nationwide Summer of Sweet Love Tour proving they can pull their own weight as well. Making their first international departure, Fortunate Youth played 4 shows in Costa Rica spreading the love of reggae music internationally.
2013 release, "It's All A Jam", hit numerous charts including #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts, #10 Billboard Pacific Heatseekers Chart, #23 Billboard National Heatseeker Chart along with #1 on iTunes Reggae Charts and #46 iTunes Overall Charts.
FY followed the album release with a 55-Show nationwide Headline Tour in which many shows were sold out including the amazing Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, CA.
They have had the honor to share the stage with bands such as Groundation, Toots & The Maytals, The Green, The Wailers, Katchafire, Tribal Seeds, The Expendables, Pepper, Dirty Heads, Natural Vibrations, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Sashamon.
(Photo Credit: Mike Davids)
Micah Brown's music derives from the blues, rock-n-roll, and outlaw country that drenched the garage while wrenching with dad growing up. Micah has quickly made his ever-broadening audience take notice of his brash and unique, dexterous way around a fretboard. He's also become known for his milky smooth, deft command of his voice, using it to express passion, emotion, and positive inspiration.
Amongst his peers, the recognition has included 2012 & 2013 "Best Folk Winner" and 2011 "Best Live Acoustic Winner" the past three years at the Orange County Music Awards in Anaheim, CA. Micah is also a two-time Pier Award nominee.
Micah's sophomore release, 'The Isle of Her' has received multiple Album of the year nominations, quickly garnering an underground following of passionate, grass-roots fans.
"Brown definitely has a deeply ingrained star quality that is evident to all of his loyal fans." (Nadia Noir - KROQ.com)
Over the past 18 months, Micah had the enormous honor of playing shows with a variety of renowned bands. He joined the Dirty Heads for appearances at the 2012 KROQ Weenie Roast and SmokeOut Festival, alongside legends such as Coldplay, Incubus, Pennywise, The Offspring, and Sublime with Rome.
Micah's solo career included performances at Doheny Days, SxSW in Austin, and California Roots Festival last year, on billings with Weezer, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, CAKE, Donavon Frankenreiter, G. Love, SOJA, The Expendables, Iration, and many more.
"Micah Brown is an avid player in putting Orange County on the map as an acclaimed music haven. He is a singer-songwriter who never disappoints with his unique approach to folk and blues." (Ben Kashuk, unEARTH Music Hub)
Micah blends rootsy americana, folk, and blues, with rock, soul, and even a little reggae thrown in for good measure. He can perform a standout acoustic solo set, or bring the band along to create a more full, driving musical force on stage, which features his platinum-award-winning engineer/producer Lewis Richards and professional surfer/violinist Jennifer Argenti.
"Although Brown has a modern, almost-folksy vocal styling, he balances out the well-pitched cool of his voice with scorching-hot guitar riffs reminiscent of Delta Blues greats Robert Johnson or John Lee Hooker." (Noir/KROQ)
On the heels of a critically-acclaimed full-length release and two North American tours, Micah has been busy in the studio working on new material, preparing for a new release and more U.S. tour dates later this summer and fall.
Both of Micah's albums were conceived at 17th Street Recording Studio, where they received a dose of pop-surf-tinged production from Richards. "The Isle of Her", released this past August, and his debut EP release, "Down Like Hail", are available digitally everywhere.
Brown has been turning heads and drawing lofty comparisons on the heels of his debut release "Down Like Hail" in January, and is creating quite a restive anticipation of what's to come next.
His latest accomplishment would be taking home the 2011 OC Music Awards Best Acoustic title this February.
"Brown definitely has a deeply ingrained star quality that is evident to all of his loyal fans. No matter what Brown decides to do with his music, I have a feeling he is going to be hugely successful." (Nadia Noir - kroq.com)
Micah's music blends his early influences of blues and folk and fluidly invokes the sounds of SoCal that he was raised amongst and combines them with his love for Americana to create a unique, fresh, eclectic twist on the singer-songwriter sound.
"Although Brown has a modern, almost-folksy vocal styling, he balances out the well-pitched cool of his voice with scorching-hot guitar riffs reminiscent of Delta Blues greats Robert Johnson or John Lee Hooker." (kroq.com)
Micah co-produces and releases his solo project of original music with producer Lewis Richards (Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads) from 17th Street Recording Studios in Costa Mesa. Mature beyond his years, Micah is an old soul and it is apparent in his heartfelt, genuine music, made for no better reason then to evoke a feeling and invite people into the moment. When Micah's feeling it, everyone's feeling it.