Reggae On The Way, J Boog, The Green, The Expendables, Leilani Wolfgramm, Dubtonic Kru, Jah-Sun, Tatanka, Power Laces, Mighty High, High Ceiling, Dub Lounge International, P.O. Boxx
5406 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA, 98409
This event is all ages
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Reggae On The Way
Reggae on the Way is an all-ages block party style festival held on South Tacoma Way, spanning from 52nd to 56th Street. This year expect amazing talent, a massive stage, high-end sound and lighting production, vendors, beer gardens, food trucks and more!
J Boog (Jerry Afemata), a reggae singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, CA. He is the youngest of seven brothers and one sister who come from hard working parents that relentlessly instilled a strong cultured household.
Currently residing back and forth between Hawaii and California, J Boog has been working incessantly since the release of his debut album "Hear Me Roar" (2007). He followed that up with his sophomore album "Backyard Boogie" (2011) which topped the US Billboard Charts and iTunes charts in numerous countries.
J Boog has shared his craft & has toured around the world: Europe, Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, The US & Japan all have felt the authenticity of J Boog.
Jerry helped pave the way for many Polynesian artists with the help of island music pioneer George "Fiji" Veikoso. The two met in 2005. They immediately clicked and created a sound that opened many doors for the Polynesian community. In 2008, J Boog joined Hawaii/San Francisco based recording & record label, Wash House Music Group Inc. Together they've been on a journey thats most promising with endless limits.
Shortly after that, J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo & Gramps Morgan of reggaeʻs royal family, Morgan Heritage. They embarked on a journey to have J Boog witness the culture of Jamaican music & history. This being Jerry’s first visit to Jamaica, he was completely overwhelmed & found himself working in historic studios: Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong Studio", Don Corlean's "Hit Maker Studio", Bobby Digitals "Digital B Studio", Shaggy’s "Big Yard Studio" & Sugar Minotts "Youth Man Promotions". All very prestigious recording artists & compounds. He was constantly surrounded by several artists he had been influenced by and many of these artists where featured on his 2011 release Backyard Boogie. Backyard Boogie entertained a wide spectrum of reggae fans, old & new. It gave a variety of roots, r&b, lovers rock and good vibes. Hits included: Let’s Do It Again produced by Don Corleon and Sunshine Girl produced by Gramps Morgan featuring Morgan Heritage front man Peetah Morgan.
The success of Backyard Boogie earned J Boog Best Entertainer Award at the 2012 Irawma Awards held in Chicago, IL. A year later, he dropped a 5 song EP called "Live Up" & a mix-tape collaboration with fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co. His most recent EP "Rose Petals" (2016) peaked the US Billboards & iTunes Charts at #1 & was nominated for Best Reggae Album of the Year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. It featured hip hop mogul Snoop Dog & six time Grammy Award winner Stephen "Ragga" Marley. The Rose Petals EP was just a little foreplay to what would become his next full length album called "Wash House Ting".
A true student of music; you can catch J Boog on worldwide tours across the globe, on radio interviews or in the studio working on new material. His humility has gained him true fans everywhere he goes while exercising, MUSIC IS THE ONLY UNIVERSAL TONGUE. Stay tuned....
Since forming on O’ahu, Hawai’i, in 2009, The Greenhas become one of the most successful and beloved bands in the reggae genre. During their relatively short career, the band has been awarded a Best Reggae Album nod from iTunes(2010, for their self-titled debut), fourcoveted Na Hoku Hanohanoawards in their native Hawai’i (2011 and 2014, including Group of the Year, two different Reggae Albumsof the Year and Entertainer of the Year), and two #1 BillboardReggae chart debuts, along with charting on the BillboardTop 200. Not bad for a band that was formed by six members of Hawai’i’s tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have some fun. The Green was one of the first Hawaiian reggae bands to tour extensively onthe mainland, as well as going further afield to New Zealand, Japanand other locales. Before becoming a headliner on their own, the band supported bands like Bruno Mars, Rebelution, Michael Franti, Iration, SOJA, and Damian Marley, as well as performed at acclaimed festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and California Roots Festival. The Green’s fourth studio album, Marching Orders, comes out October 20, via longtime label partner Easy Star Records. It continues the group’s steady march to the top ranks of their genreand beyond, with early reviews already calling it “innovative” and “imaginative.” The Green has a winter headlining tour lined up and recently announced covering much of the U.S., with further touring plans expected to be announced for a busy 2018.
A reggae/rock band from Santa Cruz, California.
Imagine heavy basslines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics.
Now imagine roots reggae, imagine dub, rock…
Put them all together and you get a new breed of Jamaican music called DubTonic Kru.
Like their style of music, Dubtonic is a mixture of the two words "Dub", relating to the heavy drum and bass aspect of reggae music, and "Tonic", referring to medicine. The eclectic blend of music and musicians are certainly medicine to one’s soul, and after listening, you simply just want more of this tonic.
It's then no surprise, the level of positive energy that is shared through music between Dubtonic Kru and their listeners everywhere they perform.
Their versatility and capability in being able to serve the right dosage to their varying audiences was the edge they had over their counterparts when they were voted “BEST NEW BAND IN THE WORLD" 2010 - 2011 at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malyasia in February 2011. After a fierce musical showdown of different genres that involved national finalists from numerous countries, the Executive Judges made the unanimous decision that awarded Dubtonic Kru top honours.
The founding members of Dubtonic Kru are “Jubba” and “Stone”, a dynamic Drum & Bass duo, who over the years contributed to the development of modern Roots Reggae with their unique sound and approach that intertwines Jubba’s mesmerizing Reggae/Jazz fusion drumming with Stone’s groovy, yet pulsating bass lines. The Duo has gained about a decade and a half of experience from touring and recording with the legendary likes of Max Romeo, U-Roy, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds, as well as modern day artistes such as Bushman, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice, and Lutan Fyah. A significant milestone in their careers was the composition of the “I Swear” rhythm that took the Reggae arena by storm, featuring artistes such as Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda, and Sizzla, among others.
With the addition of longtime friend and versatile guitarist Jallanzo, who added his strong vocal ability and the young, talented Luke Dixon on work stations, Dubtonic Kru became a more complete music machine. Another turning point of the group’s dynamic came with the addition of a very unique and powerful singer to round out the already electrifying dub compositions with spoken words and song writing by Jubba and Jallanzo. Kamau, “the quiet warrior”, also brought a revolutionary voice to the Kru. Their songs and spoken words are consciously thought provoking, while their rhythm/dub section walks through the passage of time with a gritty sound that rolls stones and breaks fences. Some of their popular numbers like Sunshine Girl, Born Jamaican, World Crisis, Balance, and Natty Dread, are testimony to the group’s versatility.
2010 could be comfortably dubbed their year as they were also honoured by the United States House of Representatives and were presented with a Congressional Proclamation by Congress woman Yvette Clarke for their contributions through music to varying communities. The same year, they were awarded the Simba Award by CPR (Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music). Certainly, their successes have given rise to a resurgence of bands on the local scene in Jamaica and they were once again honoured with the Jamaica Star’s "People's Choice Award" for the "Band of the Year".
The Kru continues to give medicine to audiences through remarkable performances locally and across the world, and solidifying their place in the global music scene. They are dedicated and poised to raising the bar and keeping it interestingly spontaneous! Dub and tonic, the Dubtonic Kru is dedicated to keeping bands and Reggae alive… Stick around for the ride.
When two become one.
Former members of The Hooky's and The Approach were long time friends in the music scene prior to forming the group Power Laces.
Interesting enough adding an electronic feel with synthesizers, talk box and heaps of delay embellishes this new refreshing sound. Combining deep bass tones and edgy drum fills leave the group limitless. Forming in beautiful Tacoma Washington the group pushes forward with past experience and new outlooks of the music scene. Influences of artists include A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5, Lettuce, The Motet, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad to name a few. Performing in such venues as The Nectar Lounge, White River Amphitheater, Temple Theatre, Cheney Stadium and much more Power Laces strives to find diverse and dynamic atmospheres for their ever forward moving sound.
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