You may remember when we first announced reggae rockers SOJA were rolling into town to play Marathon Music Works on Nov. 11 with J BOOG, but now they’ve bolstered the bill with a third act, Gramps Morgan. Also noteworthy, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the show, but only if you’re the chosen one. For the rest of you, tickets are currently available for $18-$20. To fully understand why this is a cannot miss night of badass reggae rhythms, read on after the jump, and don’t forget to enter for a chance to win tickets!
Soldiers of Jah Army, or just SOJA for short, have amassed an impressive body of work since their inception in the late ‘90s, and have already worked with big names in the game like Damian Marley and Supa Dubs. Founded on life long friendships between frontman Jacob Hemphill (vocals, guitar), Bob Jefferson (bass), Ryan Berty (drums), Patrick O’Shea (keyboards), and Ken Brownell (percussion), the band self-released their debut cassette, Creeping In, and haven’t looked back since. Their now eight member barrage of sound is every rock tinged reggae fan’s wet dream, and their latest release, Amid the Noise and Haste (ATO Records), may be their strongest effort to date, reaching number one on the Reggae Charts and number twenty on the top 200 in 2014. For fans of Music City’s local reggae scene (read this post and this post), going to this show is a must, and if you’re just looking for some good vibes on a Wednesday night for under twenty bucks, get tickets early and catch the island rhythms at Marathon Music Works.
Born Jerry Afemata, J Boog has been laying down his smooth reggae laced R&B vocals over rock arrangements since his 2007 debut, Hear Me Roar. A native of the Long Beach/Compton area, J has created a unique sound and vibe with his touring mates, The Hot Rain Band, and now calls Hawaii home. Opening up for big name acts like Damien and Ziggy Marley, The Green, Rebellion and now SOJA, it’s seems that Boog’s star is only rising. Throw in a number one Reggae Charts record, Backyard Boogie, a few years back, and you can understand what all the buzz is about. Of course you can just see it all firsthand, when you check him out live and in concert.
Gramps Morgan’s lineage flows through the story of reggae since way back when. The son of legendary reggae artist Denroy Morgan, Gramps has developed into his very own type of reggae singer that has captured the attention of fans all over. After some accomplished work playing keys and singing as part of a band made up of five of Denroy’s children, Gramps has since broken off on his own and released two solo albums worthy of note. Get to the venue early to check him out and to get the most reggae bang for your buck!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend, per show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
A winner will be announced Monday, Nov. 9 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
SOJA, J Boog and Gramps Morgan will perform Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $18-$20.