From the St. Johns County Cultural Event Division
St. Augustine, FL – Roots reggae heroes Rebelution return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with guests The Green and J Boog, Stick Figure and Through the Roots with guest DJ Mackle spinning in between sets on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Tickets for Rebelution with guests The Green and J Boog, Stick Figure and Through the Roots are still available.
Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, Rebelution’ s strong DIY mentality, relentless touring and deep connection to their fan base via social media, has led them to being one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet. Since the 2007 release of Courage to Grow, the band’s first full-length album, Rebelution’ s music has been praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship.
Courage to Grow was selected as the iTunes Editor’s Choice for Best Reggae Album, went to #4 on Billboard’s Reggae charts. Bright Side of Life, the band’s second album (2009), took the #1 spot on iTunes in the Reggae music genre, charted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums, and #54 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums charts. With the band’s 2012 album Peace of Mind having debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae and Independent charts, and at #13 on the Top 200 Albums chart, Rebelution followed up with Count Me In, their fourth full-length release.
Count Me In debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #14 and marked the band’s third consecutive #1 Reggae album. “Too blessed to be stressed,” is one of many key song lyrics from Count Me In. And while surely every band has its share of stress, Rebelution feels they have been “too blessed” to have much time to worry about it. Said guitarist/singer Eric Rachmany about the band in its decade milestone, “we still have the same energy as we did as a young band, if not more. The more experience we had doing this, the more inspired we became.”
The Green’s latest album, Hawai‘i ’13, opens with a chant. “From the times of ancient Hawai‘i and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture,” says JP Kennedy, guitarist, vocalist, and one of the band’s five songwriters. “It’s a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge, and guidance so that we can be ‘pono’ or righteous in whatever we do.” The chant of “He Mele No Ku‘u Hawai‘i” prepares the album’s listener as much as the band. Hawai‘i ’13 dances through roots reggae, soul, and R&B. The album charts a journey through Hawaiian life and music in 2013, reflecting The Green’s musical upbringing as much as their vision for the future of Hawai‘i and its musical output.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 2010, earned both critical and commercial acclaim, and was awarded iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year. On the strength of their debut album, The Green struck a record deal with ground-breaking independent reggae label Easy Star Records to record their sophomore album, Ways & Means. Ways & Means hit #1 on the iTunes and Billboard Reggae charts and the band embarked on more intense touring; supporting acts like Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley. The Green struck the reggae community hard with their debut in 2010. Their sophomore LP Ways & Means solidified their status as a force in reggae music. With Hawai‘i ’13, the band aims higher. The album collects 13 stellar tracks by a group with an insatiable urge to push their music onto the global stage. Some songs punch and some songs sway, but ultimately they all blend to form a new shade of Green.
Special guest Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, was born in Long Beach and was raised in Compton, California. Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry. Nicknamed “Boog” by his siblings because he could never sit still for long, J Boog is currently living and traveling between Hawaii and California. J Boog has not taken a break since the release of his debut album Hear Me Roar in 2007. His 2011 album Backyard Boogie topped the US Billboard charts and iTunes charts in numerous countries.
Featured hits were “Let’s Do It Again”, produced by legendary Don Corleon, and “Sunshine Girl”, produced by Gramps Morgan/Dada-son and featured Morgan Heritage front man, Peetah Morgan. The success of Backyard Boogie earned J Boog the Best New Entertainer Award at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards held in Chicago. In July of 2015 he released the EP Live Up! on Washhouse Hawaii, which reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart and #4 on Top Reggae Albums. He has also worked on a mixtape release of his tracks called My Diamond Life for fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co.
Launched in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. Stick Figure’s music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Often referred to as the “one man band,” Scott single-handedly created 4 full length albums from 2006-2012 (a fifth album, Reprise Sessions, was recorded with a full band and released in 2010), and has sold over 50,000 albums worldwide. Each of Stick Figure’s songs are created by recording instruments individually, layering tracks on top of one another in unison. As with his previous releases, the most recent Stick Figure album Set in Stone was written, produced and recorded by Woodruff, a self-taught musician.
Tickets for Rebelution with special guests The Green and J Boog, Stick Figure and Through the Roots will go on sale Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the Box Office, walk around the venue to scout your potential seat and have first pick when tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available at ticketmaster.com, all authorized TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Go to staugamphitheatre.com
IF YOU GO
- SHOW: Rebelution with special guests The Green and J Boog, Stick Figure and Through the Roots
- VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
- DATE: Thursday, June 23, 2016
- TIME: Doors 4:20pm / Show 5:20pm
- ADMISSION: $32.50 –Advance Standing Pit, Level 100, Level 200, Level 300 and Obstructed View; $38.00 – Day of Show Standing Pit, Level 100, Level 200, Level 300 and Obstructed View
- WEBSITE: www.rebelutionmusic.com; www.jboogmusic.com; www.stickfiguremusic.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com