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DIRTY HEADS and SOJA with special guests THE GREEN and RDGLDGRN

Cabooze, First Avenue & Rose Present:

DIRTY HEADS and SOJA with special guests THE GREEN and RDGLDGRN

The Green, RDGLDGRN

Sat, July 1, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 5:30 pm

$30 - $35

This event is 18 and over

Dirty Heads
Dirty Heads
Dirty Heads: “Sound of Change”

The Sound of Change can’t come from external forces, it has to emanate from within. For Dirty Heads,
evolution beyond their reggae-rock roots has developed over time and is manifested on their new album “Sound
of Change.” Due out summer 2014 via Five Seven Music, the album boasts some of the groups’ most diverse
and ambitious work to date. “Sound of Change” takes a literal meaning with the production of this album, as the
band links up with Grammy award winning producer Supa Dups (Nina Sky, Bruno Mars), Buddah Shampoo
(Ty Dolla $ign), Niles (of hip hop duo, The Cataracs), Ward 21 (311, Major Lazer reggae collaborators) and
long-time friend and collaborator, Rome (Sublime).

The feel-good vibe associated with their sound was not forgotten. Sonically, “Sound of Change” amps up the
groundwork laid by previous albums. Fine-tuned alternative choruses work harmoniously with hip-hop
influenced production that seams the songs together. Universal themes of compassion, reflection and happiness
are at the core of “Sound of Change.” “We wanted the songs on this album to touch on the things we deeply
care about and the people we are inside” front man Jared (Dirty J) Watson asserts, “but then we want to
address the other side - when the weekend comes and we need to let go and just rage.” Who can’t relate to that
feeling?

Vocalist/Guitarist Dustin Bushnell (Duddy B) is constantly looking to connect the dots between the live show
with the album tracks, often mentally mapping out the live elements as the songs are being recorded. For the
touring cycle surrounding the release “Sound of Change” the band plans to bring a live show that will
energetically compliment each new track. Dirty Heads have racked up their miles bringing that live experience
to fans across the globe for over a decade. “Now that our lives are touring we get to see the world,” both
Watson and Bushnell agree, “we’re taking stories and vibes from around the world and making this album is the
culmination of that.”

The band’s breakout 2008 album “Any Port In The Storm” included the chart-topping hit track “Lay Me Down”
which features current Sublime frontman, Rome. The track had an incredible run for eleven weeks at #1 on the
Billboard charts, laying a solid foundation for their follow up sophomore album “Cabin By The Sea” which was
released in 2012. Dirty Heads then began their musical metamorphosis with their 2013 acoustic album “Home -
Phantoms Of Summer,” allowing time for their metamorphosis embodied in “Sound of Change.” Their
previous work featured contributions from talent such as Del The Funky Homosapien, Matisyahu, Rome
(Sublime) and guitar legend Slash.

“Sound of Change” is a melting pot of all the band members’ experiences and musical persuasions, addressing
both serious and lighthearted subject matter in their signature way. On the lighter side of the spectrum, “Burn
Slow” (Produced by Rome, featuring rapper, Tech N9ne) showcases the hip-hop oriented side of the band.
With anthemic choruses and a feel-good aura, Watson boasts the song is the perfect soundtrack for those times
when you’re “having a good time, going out with friends and realize that sometimes you just need to chill.” The
retro sound and sexy lyrics of “Hear You Comin,” highlights Watson’s soaring vocals in its hook. The first
single, the metaphorical “My Sweet Summer” (produced by Niles from The Cataracs) is, in reality, a song
for all seasons. An undeniable groove underlines the lyrical lament. The title track “Sound of Change” is the
key manifestation of the artistic maturation of the band. “The world is always changing political and social
outlooks and on a broader scale, look at the changes within yourself” Watson reflects, “the song is about
embracing the change life is going to bring no matter what, because that change is inevitable.” Though there is
diversity on “Sound of Change,” as a body of work, it is cohesive in a way only Dirty Heads can achieve.

As a full six-piece unit, frontmen Watson and Bushnell are joined by keyboardist/vocalist Shawn Hagood,
percussionist Jon Olazabal, drummer Matt Ochoa and bassist David Foral. This lineup is hell-bent on
grabbing new ears with “Sound of Change.” Their own journey can be heard within the album– all you have to
do is sit back and listen.
SOJA
SOJA
Jacob Hemphill (lead vocals & guitar) met Bobby Lee (bass) in the first grade in Virginia, shortly after Jacob returned from living in Africa with his family. The two instantly became best friends, and in middle school found a common love for hip hop, rock and reggae music. Throughout middle and high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Patrick O'Shea (keyboards) and Kenneth Brownell (percussion). Together they formed SOJA. In the formative years the band gigged locally in the DC area while a couple of the guys finished school. All the while making plans to hit the road after graduation...

In 2005 the band hit the road... and they hit the road hard. Often dubbed "road warriors", SOJA has brought their unique sound and stage show to nearly every city in North America, as well as many cities throughout Europe, South America, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. While touring in Puerto Rico the band linked up with sax player Hellman Escorcia & trumpet player Rafael Rodriguez. These two exceptional musicians earned their position as SOJA's mainstay horn section by helping further develop the band's eclectic sound.

With no signs of slowing down. SOJA is planning a world tour for 2011/2012 in support of their upcoming album release. It's all about the message in the music for this band. "People think we write music about the earth for the earth's sake, but its not really like that. If we harm the earth, it will reject us. For all we know, its happened one hundred times before. This place gets too hot, that's it. Reset button. That's why I sing what I sing - to pull us all in the same direction, the same future. Without that, were finished (Jacob Hemphill)."

There is no doubt about it. This band is on the forefront of a Revolution with hopes to bring about positive change: environmentally, politically and socially. "Maybe we need to WANT to fix it. Maybe stop talking, maybe start listening. Maybe we need to look at this world less like a square and more like a circle. Maybe just maybe God's not unfair, maybe we're all his kids and he's up there. Maybe he loves us for all our races, maybe he hates us when we're all so racist. Maybe he sees us, when we dont care, that its heaven right here, but its hell over there. Then maybe the meek will inherit this earth, cause it was written before... so..." Everything Changes - SOJA.
The Green
The Green
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. Following The Green's usual modus operandi, the album was written by the group's five separate songwriters (Kennedy, guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson, vocalist Caleb Keolanui, keyboardist-vocalist Ikaika Antone, and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Brad Watanabe); the band's four singers (Kennedy, Thompson, Keolanui and Antone) take turns on lead vocals, sometimes trading off with each other within a song. Once you listen to this record, there is little doubt that the chant served its purpose, as the results show the band has been righteous in their hard work.

The Green formed on O'ahu, Hawai'i, in 2009. The group began as a vehicle for six different members of Hawai'i's tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have a bit of fun along the way. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2010, earned both critical and commercial acclaim, and was awarded iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year.

Afterwards, the band jumped on a plane to the mainland and started a heavy touring cycle. 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. They also played at acclaimed festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival.

Despite all the time spent away from home, Hawai'i never left the band's day-to-day life on the road. In almost every state, the band met Hawaiian ex-pats, driven away from their home state for reasons both economic and social. The Green's concerts became a place where Hawaiian natives could gather and for one night, share a bit of Aloha spirit from the Pacific islands they call home.

"Hawaiians living on the mainland will come to our shows and say 'I haven't been home in years! You remind me so much of home,'" says multi-instrumentalist-songwriter Brad "BW" Watanabe. "I feel like that's our service in some way."

In early 2013, The Green retreated to Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa, CA, to record their third album with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson), the band's first outside producer/engineer, at the helm. In addition, the group brought in Joe Tomino, drummer from Dub Trio (who also double as Matisyahu's backing band), to handle the drums for the sessions.

"We were worried about it because we always recorded everything ourselves," Kennedy admits. "But when we added Danny Kalb to the mix, and Joe on the drums, they just brought so much to the sound of the songs."

The addition of an outside ear helped sharpen the band's direction, and the 13 tracks on Hawai'i '13 sound focused and pointed, despite the group's many different songwriters. "All of us contribute to the creation of a song," says guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson, "whether it's lyrics or music, it's always collaborative."

"Everyone respects each other's opinions," Thompson continues. "Everyone has their place and everyone makes room for it to work."

The album's songs span soulful lover's rock ("Striking Up A Love," "Take Me On"), heavy roots workouts ("Good One," "Forgive Me"), smooth R&B ballads ("Chocolates & Roses"), roots reggae-pop hybrids ("Power in the Words," "Good Vibe Killah"), and herb anthems ("Hold Me Tight").

The Green hit all the right notes with their first two albums, but the band members are still coming to grips with the personal toll of success. Bands from the mainland may be used to touring from state to state, but that's no small step for a group from a small island in the South Pacific. "While I face a dozen spotlights, you're crying at home," goes "Something About It," one of the lead singles from Hawai'i '13. "Sit by the phone. You think I'm alone, wishing I could be there. But the music's got me traveling on."

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.
RDGLDGRN
RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.

Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains.

What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.

The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called "I Love Lamp" on YouTube- a way for friends and local fans to listen to their music. They had no idea that within just a few weeks, the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere.

Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN's debut, also signed them to his label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records.

Upon entering the legendary Sound City Studio in Van Nuys, CA, a studio where Fleetwood Mac recorded 'Rumours' and Nirvana recorded 'Nevermind', RDGLDGRN were fortunate enough to have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man, and hometown hero, Dave Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.

It wasn't just rock royalty that took notice of RDGLDGRN, the hip-hop community was also taken by the band's unique sound. Genre-bending artist, producer, and designer, Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track "Doing the Most", lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album that showcases Green's undeniable talent for rapping and singing infused with Pharrell's style of unusual beats and musical wit.

The result is a debut that truly demonstrates the group's ability to straddle genre lines, to combine musical polarities and unite both artists and fans over music that's multifaceted.

However, it's not the musical intricacies, or the obscure combination of influences, that make RDGLDGRN who they are. It's their ability to create something entirely fresh and new, something that's often overlooked in this state of the industry where musicians try to stay afloat by following trends. If you ask RDGLDGRN who their biggest influences are, they'd tell you the Beatles and Bob Marley. And while RDGLDGRN don't exactly sound like those legendary artists, they do share in common something less tangible- they all have made it a point tocarve their own path by creating something entirely unique.
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