The Rialto Theatre Presents
318 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
J Boog is a man of many influences. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, California. Growing up in the rough streets of Compton, the strong sense of tradition and culture that J Boog absorbed from his family was instrumental in his path to stay off the streets and begin a successful music career.
At the age of four, after hearing his older sister playing the piano, he developed an interest and started watching her and learning about music. Soon, J was singing along to the notes & melodies he heard his sister play. A while later, she brought home a Bob Marley songbook. Even at this young age, J knew Bob's name and his music. Upon hearing his sister begin to play, something clicked inside J. He hasn't been the same since.
The first time J Boog performed in front of an audience, he was nine years old. It was a large family reunion at a church and there were about 200 people present. J's mother and sister insisted for him to sing Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" and J obliged them. Though he was nervous, it went quite well.
J Boog's music career became serious in 2005, when a couple of brothers from his neighborhood brought him to one of J's favorite artists, George "Fiji" Veikoso". The two began working together immediately and J ended up moving to Hawaii in 2006 to continue developing his craft. After releasing his debut album "Hear Me Roar" in 2007, he joined the musical family Wash House Music Inc, a record label based in Hawaii and San Francisco.
A year later, in 2008, J Boog met Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage and there was an instant chemistry. Gramps was keen on working with J, and set out to make a way. Shortly after, Gramps, J Boog and other Wash House family members were in Jamaica recording in such prestigious places as Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong" Studio, Don Corleone's "Hit Maker", Bobby Digital's "Digital B", Shaggy's "Big Yard", Sugar Minott's "Youth Man Promotion" and more.
The results are apparent when listening to Boog's new music. It is authentic Island Music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time - truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog's writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.
These days Boog is either in a studio, on a stage or catching a flight. Radio interviews have become a daily thing and it's a little overwhelming for the young artist, though he has been smart enough to keep his humility. He has a great sense of humor and an even better sense of reality. He can be overheard saying how blessed he is on a daily basis. It's easy to see why J Boog has been winning over fans when you meet him. He has the right spirit and attitude to carry him to the next level.
His breakthrough album, Backyard Boogie, was released in September 2011, featuring Tarrus Riley, Jacob Hemphill (of SOJA), Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage), Fiji and others.
Leading up to the 2014 release of his next album, J Boog released the Live Up EP in July 2013.
This show is general admission w/ festival seating: A few rows of seats are available in the rear of the theatre, but not enough to accommodate all tickets sold. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich & Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay
Area on the frontier of a new Latin urban sound. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae and
dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-
Prolific peddlers of remixes and mixtapes since 2006, it wasn't until 2010 that Los Rakas had their
breakout year. Along with being the first urban group to win Latin Alternative Music Conference's (LAMC)
"Discovery Artist" prize, Los Rakas were hand-picked to perform alongside Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu,
and Manu Chao at the Smoke Out Festival. In the ensuing years, Los Rakas have become a sought
after act on the festival circuit with credentials that include SummerStage , X-Fest, A3C Hip-Hop
Festival & Paid Dues in the US, as well as Festival NRML and Festival Corona Capital
Even before the release of their 2011 debut EP, " Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada ," Los Rakas had
received high praise from a variety of outlets - from Complex Magazine to The FADER to NPR's All Things
Considered and National Geographic . With top-notch produced and globally-circulated music videos –
underground anthems like 2006's "Mi Barrio " and 2009's "Abrazame" ft. Favi (Uproot Andy Hold
Yuh) and 2010's "Soy Raka " – "Chancletas " was no different. Videos for the tracks "Ta Lista " and
"Cueria " received wide coverage across the blogsophere as well as homepage feature placement on
Youtube. "Chancletas " hit #1 on the iTunes' Reggaeton/Hip-Hop and #2 on the overall Latin chart.
Los Rakas forthcoming release is a double release, " Soy Raka presents: 'El Negrito Dun Dun' &
'Ricardo'" - solo efforts from Raka Dun & Raka Rich presented together. Another project, " Raka Party"
will be out sometime in 2013, showcasing the group putting their "Raka" twist on the EDM world. The
first single is an anthem for the women of Latin America entitled " Miss Latina." Raka Rich & Raka Dun
also worked on a dance-centric single with Diplo and Dutch producer The Flexican called " Desorden"
which is set to see release on Mad Decent. The group is also working on their third mixtape, " Panabay
Twist 3: De La Noche A La Mañana."
Los Rakas make music born of migration and tradition, critique and celebration, joy and pain. They
make New World music. American music. Panamanian Jamaican Californian music. Music for b-boys and
rude girls, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike, which continues to
bubble one "Raka" at a time.