2018 Line-Up

2018 Line-Up

Jah9 & The Dub Treatment

“Inspired by the fearless truth-telling of Nina Simone, and projecting the ethereal aura of early Erykah Badu,” according to billboard.com; Jah9 has become a femiNINE icon of a movement based on universal consciousness. Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry and dub of Jamaican roots reggae. Her philosophy– profoundly spiritual, and her style – “Jazz on Dub”.

Born Janine Cunningham, Jah9 spent her first 9 years in Falmouth, Trelawny, on the rural western edge of Jamaica before moving into the city of Kingston, where she ventured inward and found an outlet for her feelings in the words that she wrote… Jah9 became a staple on Jamaica’s underground poetry scene by 2009. The empty spaces of instrumental dub allowed a young Jah9 to find her voice, and her demos caught the attention of the legendary singer Beres Hammond as well as popular producer Don Corleon; meanwhile the passion in her live performance and her love for live music caught the attention of her peers and assisted in jump starting what is known to the world as the ‘reggae revival’

Jah9 has gone on to successfully release two albums; ‘New Name’ (2013) & ‘9’ (2016). Her debut album, ’New Name’ produced by pioneer selector Rory ‘Stone Love’, was voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com and brought forth the playful hit, ‘Avocado’. In that same year Jah9 released the single “Steamers A Bubble” which has become an anthem for herb users worldwide. ‘9’ album represents Jah9’s shifts in energies to unveil a deeper more personal development of her ‘Jazz on Dub’ sound. The album was voted #2 Reggae Album of the Year by billboard.com.

Described as "black magic," Jah9 and her dub inspired band, The Dub Treatment, is a staple on European and American reggae and world music festivals having performed at Boomtown (UK), Roskilde Fest (DE), Paleo Fest (CH), Rototom (ES), Caliroots (US) among many others.  A certified yoga instructor trained in Kemetic, Ashtanga and Iyengar methods, Jah9 has been known to compel her audiences during her live set to pause, breathe deeply and feel empowered. Intimately engaging with her fan base, Jah9 also curates an organic music-based yoga experience she calls ‘Yoga on Dub’.

Jah9 is rooted in her African heritage and driven to serve. In 2015, while on tour in Italy and Malta she was intent on engaging with African refugees, sharing with them insight on the new environment they would face, natural wellness as well as yoga/breathing as healing therapy.

Jah9 is currently working in studio with legendary producer Clive Hunt on her follow-up to 2016’s ‘9’ album. So far two singles have been released; “Love Has Found I” and “ Feel Good”. They will be both be featured on an exclusive vinyl EP dubbed “Feelings” to be released in the summer of 2018.


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Organically Good Trio

Organically Good Trio is a Hammond organ driven roots instrumental group out of Boston. Founded by Slightly Stoopid keyboard player Paul Wolstencroft, the band has a sound reminiscent of the great organ trio albums of the late 60's Mixed with a reggae organ trio style. Hailing from Boston, the band has created a new sound among organ trio music.  A mixture of reggae, soul, and boogaloo the band is forging a new path forward both in live shows, and in the recording studio.


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The Mallet Brothers Band

"...OVER FIVE INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED LPS—THE SIXTH, VIVE L’ACADIE! IS DUE JUNE 15—THE MALLETTS REFINED THEIR SOUND, BRINGING IN FIDDLE, DOBRO, MANDOLIN, LOTS OF TELECASTERS AND A LITTLE BIT OF TWANG TO CAPTURE THE “FRONTIER MENTALITY” THAT NOT ONLY RUNS THROUGH MAINE BUT ALL OF AMERICA’S WIDE-OPEN SPACES..." - RELIX MAGAZINE

The Mallett Brothers Band's busy tour schedule over the past seven years has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that can range from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds. Texas Hill Country Explore Magazine calls them “New England’s wildly eclectic crew of genre rebels.” Bill Copeland Music News says “Combining their authentic roots rock sound with a reflective lyrical style that perceives stories on the level of epic myth, it’s like William Faulkner has been resurrected with an electric guitar in hand.." While remaining fully independent, The Mallett Brothers Band has performed at some of the country’s top venues and festivals, including Austin Texas’s famed Continental Club; Alexandria, Virginia’s Birchmere (sharing the stage with Oklahoma red-dirt rockers The Turnpike Troubadors), New Hampshire’s Meadowbrook Pavilion (opening for The Allman Brothers Band, and again opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd); Nashville’s Bluebird; and Little Rock’s The Rev Room, to name a few. Festival appearances include FloydFest (Virginia), Hop Jam (Vermont), Nateva (Maine), The New England Country Music Festival (New Hampshire), Eastbound Throwdown (New York), and many more.


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Jahdan Blakkamoore

Born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist - both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message.” Jahdan’s sense of melody, superb song writing skills and ability to effortlessly cross over genres has solidified his status as a relevant artist in the music industry.

 

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Asadenaki Wailer

ASADENAKI is one of Reggae music's emerging gems continuing a rich musical legacy he inherited from his father who also gave him his unique name, which means "enigma". Singer, songwriter, composer, percussionist and guitarist, Asadenaki was also trained in film and video production at Clayton State University in Georgia, USA. Being true to his name, he describes himself as "a creator inspired by The Creator".

Born and raised in Kingston 20 at the historic house of Solomonic Productions; the home office of his father Ska/Rocksteady/Reggae pioneer, Hon. Bunny Wailer, Asadenaki was always surrounded by music. In his early years however, he was more fascinated with athletics mainly football (soccer) and was a part of the Meadow Brook High School football team for just one year. He migrated to the United States of America to live with his mother; a designer and passionate Pan-Africanist after his caretaker Junior Braithwaite, original member of the wailers, was tragically murdered in Kingston 20. He was reintroduced to the arts with his enrollment in DeKalb School of the Arts, a performing arts high-school which led to his training in music and media. While continuing his schooling, Naki played football to the level of receiving a college scholarship. During university Asadenaki increasingly found himself penning lyrics as he sought a way to express his understanding of life, giving in to his true calling. He was able to hone his skills in the family's home studio while working with his sister, Cen’C Love on her groundbreaking album, Love Letter.

He returned to Jamaica on a musical mission and joined forces with Yezer Root a 'yanter', bassist/guitarist and keyboardist and crooner, Narry Berry to form "The Tuff Gang". With this newly created unit, Asadenaki developed his singing and performing skills while holding the ever-important rhythm-guitar section in the band. “Asadenaki and The Tuff Gang” released their debut EP entitled 'Freedom Seeds' in July 2015 and did the local reggae circuit including performances at Jamnesia, Inner City Dub, Sankofa Sessions, Bob Marley Trenchtown Concert, Peter Tosh Memorial Concert, Wickie Wackie Music Festival, Bourbon Beach and The One Love Concert series in Negril, Jamaica.

Asadenaki, stepping out as a solo artist, is driven by his deep love for music ranging from his native Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae to the influences of Hip-Hop, R&B, Country and Soul inspired by the wise teachings of his ancestors. Known affectionately as a 'Music Man', Asadenaki relishes his role in all aspects of music, from instrumentalist, producer, singer, songwriter to disc jockey. He can be heard spinning tracks, toasting and entertaining a loyal and growing following of Jamaican masses and the diaspora on his weekly 'Culture Classics' radio show on RJR94FM, Jamaica's world re-known radio station.

Asadenaki's love and passion for music is highlighted in his creatively poetic lyrics reminiscent of Super Cat paired with the soulful sounds of The Wailer’s aimed at uplifting and empowering his audience. With new music ready for release, he intends to share his brand of Reggae with lyrically charged messages of unity, self-awareness and diligence with the souls of music lovers across the world. His label “Tuff Gang Collective” is an ancestral call, a reclaiming of a heritage, for him and the Wailer’s family of “Tuff Gong” that was originally “Tough Gang”.

Through divine guidance from the Most High, ASADENAKI aims to empower the masses and sing for peace, justice and equality through Word, Sound, Power!

 

Satta Sound

Satta is a Live Dub Soundsystem, Conscious Artist Promoter, and Cultural Event Producer... a true Rebelutionary Sound filled with Conscious, Positive & Uplifting Messages.... Embedded in Riddims that will Move One & All!

Satta has been blessed to share stages with some of the greatest names in music... including Midnite/Akae Beka, Toots & the Maytals, Sizzla, Freddie MacGregor, Jimmy Cliff, Culture, the Abyssinians, Dezarie, Queen Omega, Anthony B, Collie Buddz, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Amandla, I Grade, Burning Spear, the Rza, and beyond....

Their Soundsystem style delivery blends 'Ital Music' coming from the Virgin Islands, Trinidad, Jamaica, Africa, Europe, NYC, Cali, VT and Conscious Artists Worldwide! Each tune is selected, mixed and Dubbed by Selecta Machu with an aim to Cultivate and Manifest a Global Unity through Word, Sound & Empowerment to the Dancehall, the Listener, and the artist themselves... ultimately bringing each member of our audience to new heights.

Alongside Machu are his family of SATTA SOUND singers and players, (aka Satta SoundSystem) who alongside Machu, will mix, sample, sing, chant and freestyle over the tracks, providing the audience with live, exclusive, never been heard before sounds!

Satta Sound has also been known to perform with live African Drums, Melodica and Bass. Horns have also been used to give the audience the full treatment. SATTA SOUND is a mobile force of Jah Works... Internationally INI Ready for Spiritual Battle .. And RastafarI Music is our Weapon!

 

Gorilla Finger Dub Band

Gorilla finger is a 6 piece reggae band from southern Maine. The groups sound is a aggressive take on roots reggae but maintain's a a very relaxed atmosphere. Originally inspired by the late Bob Marley the band quickly fell into it's own releasing an original record titled cool it down. Over the last 6 years the band has shared the stage with many top ranking acts earning them a solid status in the Maine reggae scene.


Green Lion Crew

At the controls of a potent dancefloor experience that draws from reggae dancehall, hip hop and the synthy beats of urban electro, producer/DJ Green Lion is a sonic craftsman at home both on the decks and in the studio. Honed in the heated atmosphere of Jamaican sound system culture and a constant schedule of live club and concert dates in the United States, all Green Lion productions–on record, over the air or live and direct–are energetic affairs designed to set bodies in motion.


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El Grande

Attitude fueled by rock and roll and punk ethics gives life to El Grande‘s original brand of ska. A fixture in the talented Portland, Maine music scene, El Grande has been playing shows throughout the Northeast for the past decade, winning over ska purists and skeptics of the punk scene. The group delivers high energy concerts and tight songs in their live performances, always proving to be memorable and unpredictable.

Combining muscular vocals and lyrics that touch on personal triumph, relationships and social messages that speak to everyday people, El Grande’s songs range from fast, upbeat soul shouting ska to crooning rocksteady and lovers rock reggae. The band’s diverse sound combines early two-tone rhythms and third-wave ska to produce a big sound and prominent horn section melodies.

With major ska influences including The SlackersThe Aggrolites and The Pietasters, El Grande also reaches into the rock and roll breed with echoes of The Rolling Stones, J. Geils Band and The Clash.


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Roots, Rhythm & Dub

Roots Rhythm & Dub, an alternative reggae band, fuses traditional rock influences with a progressive reggae sound. Originally formed in 2006 by Kevin Kareckas and Josh Routhier-Fenton, the band found a full and consistent group in the Fall of 2012 in Portland, Maine. Their appeal draws from an eclectic musical background where each member contributes their own unique flavor. The group became under the direction of Routhier-Fenton who added current bass player and vocalist Josh Hunnefeld in 2008. The two released 2010's "B Side" and 2012's "The Getaway EP", which led the band to play many spots around New England and established them as a prominent part of the Dover, NH and Portland, ME music scenes. 2015's "Patience" solidified the band as a solid New England Reggae outfit, opening for such groups as Badfish, New Kingston, The Movement, and Roots of Creation. Filled out by Tom Menzie (Guitar/Vocals), Sam Yawdik (Drums/Vocals), and Adam Vinciguerra (Percussion, Vocals), Roots Rhythm & Dub has created one of the freshest forms of Reggae around. The momentum continues on their new record, "Weather The Storm", released in November 2017.

No Wolfpack & The Professah

Heavy Manners Sound

High grade reggae dancehall music.

2018 Artists

Jah9 & The Dub Treatment - Jamaica Organically Good Trio - Boston The Mallett Brothers Band - Maine Jahdan Blakkamoore - Brooklyn & Asadenaki Wailer - Jamaica alongside Satta Sound - Vermont Gorilla Finger Dub Band - Portland King MAS - Boston Green Lion Crew - York County El Grande - Portland Roots, Rhythm & Dub- Portsmouth, NH The Midnight Riders - Knox County No Wolfpack - Portland Heavy Manners Sound - Western ME I-Ganic Soundsystem - Western Mass Cognizant Sound - Cumberland County The Professah - Portland