Fortunate Youth

Fortunate Youth

Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 7-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.

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.

Sidereal is a Pop-Alternative Reggae / Rock band based out of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; featuring rich harmonies reminiscent of The Green along with musical versatility influenced by various Artists & a collective of different musical backgrounds.

The band is currently four members featuring varied instrumentation including guitars, ukulele, saxophone, melodica, keyboard, drums and bass.

In the last year Sidereal has played in front of sold out venues, performed in the House of Blues and music festivals across the nation. As well, Sidereal has shared the stage with many national acts including the Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, and Less Than Jake.

True Press is a Los Angeles based band determined to bring their progressive reggae sound to new audiences. The message is simple: bring together rise up for unity and enjoy life. Grooving warmth and positive vibrations.

Years ago in an abandoned house in Los Angeles 3 young guys were running electric cords through a neighbors yard in order to power up their amps to jam. Intrigued by the vocal harmonies of old school R&B, empowered by reggae and ignited by the reality of life around them, True Press was formally born in 2009.
The band is focused on positively influencing the lives of others through their musical message. They are using their passion for music to spread love, positivity and inspiration. Their message is to inspire listeners to keep pressing on to overcome obstacles and reach their goals in life. People are drawn to True Press by the dexterity of their harmonies, which differentiates them from other SoCal reggae acts. In the words of Gyl Bonus the band's lead guitarist, "What had caught my ear was the vocal dynamics between Pedro and Kenny with fat bass lines from Johnny...what caught my heart was the message they were giving."
True Press has played a various range of festivals and venues like the California Roots Festival and House of Blues, headlining as well as opening for roots acts like Don Carlos, Midnite, and Israel Vibration to the New Generation like Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid and The Green. Their show starts with a good energy on stage and makes people feel the music is coming from a real place. The set flows with good vibes and smooth transitions; the message is consistently delivered with no lulls or downtime. The fans are energized from start to finish.
True Press has recorded two EP's "Article 1" and "Sweet Reggae" and also released a few singles, "Soul Rebel" and "Wake Up Cry". The band is currently in the process of recording their first full length self-titled album scheduled to release early 2014.
Embarking on their first coast-to-coast tour to promote their upcoming album release, this is just the beginning for True Press to reach fans world-wide. And as long as they can continue making music that is good for the soul, it's no where near the end.

I-Resolution

Based out of Orlando, Florida I-Resolution is quickly taking the reggae scene by storm. There mix of Roots / Dub / Dancehall reggae music combined with there high energy live show has central Florida screaming for more. I-Resolution are led by vocalist Ali Rebel. With a strong musical backround growing up in Jamaica Rebel's brought true Roots / Dancehall Reggae music to central Florida. His amazing stage presence and conscience lyrics have fans mesmerized. With heavy Dub and Roots influence Drummer Alex Petrone and Bassist Mark McPherson bring powerful riddims to match the Soulful / Roots Guitar playing of Jake Jones for a sound in which Orlando has never heard before.

Having graced the stage with some of the top reggae artist in the industry. I-Resolution continues to gain respect and fans within the reggae community. What makes them stand out from the rest is there unique sound. Take Dancehall artists Sizzla and Capelton mix them with King Tubby along with some Ernest Ranglin and you have the next big thing in reggae, I-Resolution. A live show and sound you have to see and hear for yourself.

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Fortunate Youth with Sidereal, True Press, I-Resolution

Wednesday, March 26 · Doors 7:00 PM at West End Trading Company