REBELUTION (Night 1)
J Boog, Hot Rain
Thu, March 14, 2013
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pmVentura Theater
$20.00 - $25.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.venturatheater.net/event/192147/
Eric Rachmany - Vocals / Guitar
Rory Carey - Keyboards
Marley D. Williams - Bass
Wesley Finley - Drums
Hailing from Santa Barbara, California, Rebelution has developed into the front runner for grassroots, independent and touring driven music groups representing the Cali-Reggae scene. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals / guitar,) Rory Carey (keyboards,) Wesley Finley (drums,) and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution’s future would be planted-- and would instill their kick back, “worry free” vibes, catchy refrain, and optimistic, inspiring, and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.
Throughout 2004-05, Rebelution began to build momentum through consistently playing local shows and by independently releasing an EP. Before they knew it, they were one of the biggest drawing bands, not just in the reggae genre, but in the entire area. “It definitely went to the next level when we literally had thousands of people watching us perform in Isla Vista on Friday nights,” shares Rachmany. The band’s upbeat, highly danceable grooves were charting a direct course for bigger and better things.
Rebelution released their first full-length album “Courage to Grow” in June 2007, which would become the breakthrough album for the band. The album was praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics, and savvy musicianship. Rebelution quickly became known for sticking strongly to the roots of vintage reggae sound, all while appealing not only to reggae listeners, but also to music fans of all genres.
“Courage to Grow” went on to garner mass downloads and radio play on monster stations such as San Francisco’s Live 105 where their single “Safe and Sound” was played on heavy rotation, with spins on San Diego’s 91X, and Los Angels’ KROQ. The album hit an all time high when it was selected as iTunes Editor’s Choice for Best Reggae Album of 2007. In addition, “Courage to Grow” has been in the top 10 iTunes Reggae album sales since its release two years ago. It remained in the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart for 36 weeks, and peaked at 4.
Growing up in a large family, he was always surrounded by lot's of people and music.
J's father is the chief of the family village in Aloa, Samoa. Boog was raised with a strong sense of that tradition and culture and
he proudly carries it with him today and always.
One day when J was 4, he heard his sister practicing piano and started to watch & learn 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 song book. 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 sang for a crowd, he was 9 years old. It was a large family reunion at a church and there were nearly 200 people there.
J's Mother and sister insisted he sing a Whitney Houston song and J obliged them. Though he was nervous, it went quite well.
The song was One Moment In Time.
J met his favorite artist, George “Fiji” Veikoso in 2005 and began to work with him on music a short time later.
In 2006, J moved to Hawaii to continue developing his craft. J Boog released his debut album 'Hear Me Roar' in 2007.
In 2008 J Boog joined a family and company called Wash House Music Inc, based in Hawaii and San Francisco.
In 2008 J Boog met Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage. There was an instant vibe. 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. They worked 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 album. It is authentic Island Music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. J's new album features some reggae giants like Richie Spice, Tarrus Riley and Morgan Heritage.
There is a natural theme to Boog's writing, love. It recurs through out his work and never once seems contrived.
J says he writes what he feels and knows. When you listen, you'll feel he truly knows matters of the heart.
His new album, "Back Yard Boogie" is slated for release in 2010 and features J's new hit "Let's Do It Again" produced by Don Corleone.
J Boog is excited about the future and all the amazing progress he's seen in such a short time.
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. 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.
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