Junior Toots

Junior Toots, born Clayton Anthony Hibbert, began singing as a youth in his hometown church. As his father toured extensively, young Clayton lived with his grandparents in the mystical mountains of Jamaica's countryside parish St. Mary. As he grew older, he ventured into Kingston to take up residence with his father, living legend Toots Hibbert, of the Toots & The Maytals. While in Kingston, he was witness to the harsh realities of city survival.

After experiencing the daylong rehearsals of his father’s band, the Maytals, young Junior Toots was struck with an insatiable longing to entertain people. Already beginning to develop his voice, his attendance at these rehearsals provided him with a living classroom only few musicians can say they have attended. In High School, Junior Toots migrated to the United States to live with his mother. Other skills he developed were running track and dance/choreography. He appeared regularly on MTV.

Vocally, Junior Toots worked on both his rapping & singing skills, releasing his first single "Praise Jah" (in 1989). Four EP's soon followed including: "Harder and Harder," "Dangerous Living," "Poor People Feel It," and "Nothing to Gain." In 1997, Junior Toots recorded with Everton Blender, Mikey Spice and Jack Radics on the acclaimed "Reggae Mood Swingz" compilation. He went on to win NYC's FM92.3 (The Beat) Home Jams, which gave him the opportunity to open for Biggie Smalls. From 1997 until 2004, Junior Toots toured with Toots and the Maytals, opening shows with his "Holding Firm," "Jah Give Us Victory," and other tunes. He continued touring on and off with Toots and the Maytals, as well as working on compilations with various musicians in California and recording Reggae/Hip Hop singles with Toots in Jamaica.

After years of touring, Junior Toots decided to take time to develop and define his own style and launch his solo career. This began with the album "Living Roots" in 2006, which introduces his powerful roots message of righteousness and goodness with upbeat dancehall style original rhythms. The same year, he released the single “Dangerous” with Northern California Hip Hop/Reggae artist Wisdom, which blew up on the underground scene, and the single “Jah is Real,” which went number one on many stations including KLRN in Miami, Florida.

Intent on taking his career to the next level, Junior Toots established his own independent record label, Crown of Fire Records, on which he released the album "Crown of Fire." For a couple of years he toured on the West Coast & worked on the next album, "Reggae Got Soul," which was written for Black History Month and includes singles “Herbsman,” “Keep Jah by Your Side,” and “Reggae Got Soul.” Although the album was finished in 2008, it was not released until 2010.

After years of training and then finding his own artistic expression, Junior Toots has now released his latest (and perhaps greatest) album: “A Little Bit of Love” in March of 2012. This album sets into motion the upful message so many are searching for & delivers this positive light with high tempo, conscious, roots Reggae, Ska, and R&B - all together in one package. The music of Junior Toots makes you want to dance, move, be aware, think, and do well for others at the same time.

"Reggae music & music business in general was impacted by the recession. So I was inspired more than ever to reincarnate the spirit & the feeling of good Reggae music and up-tempo Ska and to include lots of crowd participation at live performances. My father's contribution to Reggae music has been a great inspiration. I want to be an inspiration for the next generation of Hibberts." - Junior Toots

Sol Seed

Sol Seed brings a distinct sound combining the best elements of Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop and Psychedelic Jam to form a positive musical fusion that is uniquely their own. With conscious, thought-provoking lyrics, infectious reggae-laden grooves and high-energy, impressive live performances, Sol Seed creates an unforgettable live-music experience for people of all ages to enjoy.
Since transplanting to Eugene from Southern Oregon just over two years ago, Sol Seed has swiftly gained powerful momentum in the NorthWest music scene, creating a diverse and loyal fan base all over Washington, Oregon and California. They were awarded Eugene WOW Hall Awards "Best New Act" 2011 and "Favorite Local Band" 2012, in addition to "Eugene's Best Band 2012-2013" by Eugene Weekly readers. Dominating the NW summer festival circuit including Oregon Country Fair, North West World Reggae Festival and Jefferson State Hemp Expo, Sol Seed has also shared the stage with national acts such as Ziggy Marley, Slightly Stoopid, The Expendables, Pacific Dub, Nappy Roots, Heavyweight Dub Champion and many more.
After a number of small EP releases, the group released their first full-length album "Grown Deep" in September 2012, which immediately gained air-time on a number of radio stations all over the West Coast as well as the Hawaiian islands.

This Oregon based band got their start in early 2010 when songwriters Michael Lennon and Michael Sorensen joined hands with fellow friend and musician Benny Pezzano through a Southern Oregon open mic. An undeniable synergy was all but tangible as their creative forces coalesced, and they immediately began to grow a diverse collection of original music. They soon joined with Native American Award winning guitarist, Kenny Sequoia Lewis, and in October 2010, transplanted to Eugene to pursue life and music, where soon after they linked up with MC, Didgeridoo player and percussionist Sky Guasco, and finally Saxophone player Graeme Pletscher in late 2011. With 6 members, each member boasting very different influences and skill sets, Sol Seeds depth and volume of sound increased exponentially.
With an infectious enthusiasm for life and an unequivocal knack to communicate its beauty, the group shares their message of perspectivism and unconditional love through uplifting music rooted in the soul. Sol Seed has certainly dug their roots. Coming to a city near you!

IrieFuse

In June of 2011, Counter Culture hit the music scene hard, flooding Northern California with numerous live shows on college campuses and at bars, restaurants, private parties and even a local TV appearance. Their youthful energy brings an engaging and entertaining show proven to be popular with audiences of all ages, and the band has already shared the stage with such artists as Anthony B, Junior Toots, Paapa Wastik, King Hopeton, Ras D, Trevor Lyon, Ras Indio.

Their grooves can be compared to artists such as Sublime, Rebelution and Iration, blending influences from roots, island & dancehall reggae, ska, dub, rock, punk and hip-hop.

With the highly anticipated release of their debut album and dates backing Ras Indio in the spring of 2012, the Counter Culture grass fire has been set ablaze, and shows are booking up fast! Listen closely, because Counter Culture and is sure change the landscape of reggae music in Northern California forever!

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Thursday, September 19 · 9:00 PM at 19 Broadway