* 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.

Bumpin Uglies

Bumpin' Uglies are a polished three piece hailing from Annapolis, MD. Known
for their focused approach to not taking life too seriously, Bumpin' Uglies have
earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the land, constantly
touring and perfecting their distinct sound. They also have a knack for poking
fun where fun should be poked, conjoined with a musical earnestness that is
clear all the way through their catalog full of honest songs that cut right to the
grit, humor and reality that is life. Critics and fans agree that their special brand
of East Coast White Boy Reggae is among the finest on either side of the Mississippi.

Tags aside, lead man Brandon Hardesty is known for his natural gift for crafting songs and lyrics that stand out from the pack. White boy reggae is the styling, but it's only a humorous veil over the diversity of sounds and styles that makes Bumpin' Uglies music utterly unique. TJ's drum skills and Dave Wolf's thunderous bass round out their undeniable and original signature sound.

Hard work and dedication, thousands of miles delivering their medication, and Bumpin' Uglies continue to seek and find their path to greatness. Already lapping the Nation on three separate tours, the trio have survived the harsh weather, miserable roads and dangerous mountain passes that come with coast to coast touring, which mentions nothing of their tolerance for the overwhelming stench of each other's... intellect in that cold, cramped and underpowered tour van.

Tsunami Rising

Tsunami Rising formed in the winter of 2003 as a three piece act playing punk, reggae and ska around the Jersey and Philly scenes. A new singer in 2005 brought new energy and influences of rock and hip hop to the group and the evolution of their sound has been evident since. The band began to develop their niche in the local music scene playing Atlantic City and Philadelphia regularly while expanding to New York's the Knitting Factory, Asbury Park's Stone Pony, Philly's North Star Bar, Trocadero and more. In January 2007 Tsunami Rising organized their first East Coast tour to promote 2 self released albums and has been hitting the road often since. Since, the band has toured both coasts and is continuously playing regionally.

The addition of a new guitarist in 2009 has added a progressive touch to the Tsunami style.

Tsunami Rising continues to grow as individuals and as a band bringing their style of conscious reggae-rock along with their strong message to listeners all over.

Little Bird

A four piece band without a genre to call home, Little Bird is energetic and unpredictable; a group of guys that, while stepping outside the box, still keep the roots and basics of good-tasting music. A blend of funk, blues, and contagious grooves to make you move, known as "Annapolis Rock." Little Bird started in 2009 with Jay Hurtt from Lothian, MD. He self-recorded and released 2 projects of his own. Four years later he meets James Rubush, Mike Ware, and Chris Elvidge. The full band portion of Little Bird had their debut performance January 2013.
The band released their first demo on July 4, 2013, entitled "American Spirits LP," they led a small tour throughout the east coast over the summer and fall months playing with the likes of Long Miles (Philly), Dangermuffin (North Carolina), Rob Perna Band (Philly), and Bumpin Uglies (Annapolis) as well as local aritist such as Skribe, Pressing Strings, Harrison Cofer of the Dirty Names. More importantly, they want to remind people that music can still be fresh and different while also being organic and pure.
As they start to write new material for 2014, Little BIrd is aiming their vision towards new and innovative song structures with the focus on incorporating rhythm and melody in a loose and colorful sound.

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.

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* Fortunate Youth * with Bumpin Uglies, Tsunami Rising, Little Bird, True Press

Wednesday, April 9 · Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM at Baltimore Soundstage