Silver Wrapper Presents
Akasha, Lion Heights
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Born in Bermuda and raised in the Caribbean, Mishka is a traveler and a sailor at heart. A free spirit, whose lyrics melodies and grooves, are reflections of the roots and culture in which he grew, Mishka's music is Caribbean at the core, and yet it's an eclectic sound that contains many elements and genres. From bass heavy roots reggae, to mellow acoustic ballads, songs of love, songs of social justice and consciousness, you have to hear for yourself and experience the music.
Mishka's new release, the "Ocean Is My Potion" EP, is a journey back to his musical roots. Like Mishka himself, the album is imprinted with the sounds and emotions of the islands, with influences that range from the heavy bass of Reggae to the gulf and western stylings of Jimmy Buffett.
Mishka's journey has taken him full circle, from an independent singer songwriter, then signed to big record labels like Creation and Sony, through the bright lights of Hollywood working with Matthew McConaughey and his jk livin label and finally right back home, where he is at his best, in the Islands, creating his own brand of music, in total artistic control of his songs and his life.
Mishka, who recently toured over 40 North American venues with Maui born Female Hawaiian Superstar Anuhea has performed with a wide cross-section of top acts including Dirty Heads, Michael Franti, Matisyahu, John Brown's Body, Burning Spear, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Luciano, Xavier Rudd, Sly and Robbie, The Roots, The Cat Empire, Gregory Isaacs, Donovan Frankenreiter, Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown & many more.
Mishka has released four full length albums to date including the eponymous Mishka in 1999, One Tree in 2005, Above the Bones in 2009, and Talk About in 2010 all of which have received critical acclaim around the world. Mishka's releases have charted around the globe including his last three releases reaching the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine's Reggae chart. Mishka continues to tour extensively both solo and with his band playing clubs, theaters, and festivals all over America, Canada, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Japan.
Akasha: the best of roots reggae grooves and rich vocal harmonies. Stylistically, Akasha sounds like they stepped out of a 1972 session at Studio One. Their reggae is powerfully authentic but also is accessible to the contemporary ear. Akasha’s distinct approach is refreshing and earnest. They are courageously trailblazing a path for a new generation to receive the gifts of the Jamaican musical canon. The Akasha sound gives birth to an unmistakable variety of heavy, raw grooves reminiscent of The Skatalites, The Maytals, Desmond Dekker and The Wailers.
Akasha excels at conjuring up memories of reggae’s heyday, hewing close to its stylistic conventions while stretching out enough to incorporate many of its various strains and mutations. – Time Out Chicago dot com
The Mighty Akasha Crew:
Cosmos Ray :: voice, guitars
Scott Moss :: guitars, voice
Doug Bistrow :: upright bass, voice, keyboards, percussion
John Barbush :: drums
Shane Jonas :: keyboards, trumpet, voice
For the past 5 years, the members of Lion Heights have been backing up reggae acts locally and throughout the country. Although they are young, they have over 30 combined years of experience playing and studying music. Dane Foltin, Jeremy Carlson, and James Campbell met while studying at Columbia College Chicago and continued to play together in various reggae groups around the city before hooking up with singer Zion.
In 2008, Foltin founded The Roots Rockers Club which Carlson and Campbell later joined. This group reached over 68,000 international viewers after being featured on the Bob Marley Facebook page (1). They also recorded an album which was released under their own DIY label- Dangerous Sound- entitled "Rise Up" (2).
Alongside their work with the RRC, members of Lion Heights have also backed up local artists such as Rasta Kelly (3) and Yabba Griffiths; the latter of which they backed for a 2 month tour across the northwest this past summer. With Yabba, the group recorded, mixed, and produced a live album which was also released on the same label (4).
Combined, the band has opened for and performed with international acts such as The Wailers, Sizzla, Gramps Morgan, Bushman, Steel Pulse, Big Youth, Ken Boothe, Yellowman, and Chaka Khan. Earlier this year in February, Foltin, Carlson, and Campbell had the opportunity to back Jamaican singer Dawn Penn under the name The Mixx (5).
Their hard-hitting reggae has touched Chicago venues such as Lincoln Hall, The Metro, The Shrine, Double Door, Evil Olive, Tonic Room, Elbo Room, Reggie's Rock Club, Kinetic Playground, Subterranean (residency), Wild Hare, Exedus II (residency), Cubby Bear, Underground Lounge, Stereo Nightclub, and has been heard at such Chicago festivals as the Festival of Life, the Taste of Latin America, Pilsen Music Fest, and Lincoln Park's Carbon Day Festival.