J Boog Returning to Mateel May 25
This is a press release from the Mateel Community Center:
The Mateel and Ineffable Live present Grammy nominated Island Reggae artist J Boog with special guests I-Octane & Westafa, Friday, May 25th at the Mateel Community Center, 59 Rusk Lane in Redway. Doors are at 8pm, show time is 9pm for this all ages show. Tickets are on sale now at mateel.org for $30 in advance, $40 day of show. Tickets are on sale at regional outlets; Mendo Trim Tools in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, People’s Records in Arcata, Redway Liquor in Redway, The Works in Eureka, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville and SHC in Garberville. For more information visit mateel.org or call 707-923-3368.
Part of the next generation of Reggae from outside of Jamaica, J Boog comes originally from Compton, California and his Samoan cultural background influences his Pacific Island Reggae sound. Performing some of the most soaring, perfectly pitched vocals and intricate phrasing on the scene today along with the support of the mighty Hot Rain band, his release Rose Petals was nominated for a Grammy in the Reggae category for 2016. Well-produced originals showcased the more soulful side of his music on the set, evoking the style and arrangements of Stevie Wonder. J Boog’s latest single is “Break Us Apart” released in August, 2017.
Since his debut EP 2011 release: Backyard Boogie produced by Jamaican hitmaker Don Corleone, his distinctive tone and songwriting have taken him to stages around the globe, garnering him an ever growing fanbase of listeners. A frequent collaborator with other artists and producers in the industry, his vocals can be found on tracks by Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Fiji, SOJA and more.
Songs like “Sunshine Girl” with Peetah Morgan, “Waiting On the Rain” “Every Little Thing” as well as his first boomshot hit “Let’s Do It Again” explore romance from the male perspective. Heavier topics are covered with an ear to the street and his real life experience growing up combined with a sincere sense of justice on songs like “Let It Blaze” and “Low the Gunz”. His most recent full length album Wash House Ting came out in late 2016. J Boog appeared at the 2017 staging of Reggae on the River, his third time at the iconic Humboldt County event.
Support act I-Octane hails from Jamaica and represents the next generation of singers, getting his start in 2012 with his breakout album Crying To the Nation that featured conscious lyrics and modern dancehall rhythms on hit songs like Lose A Friend and Missing You. Combining the sound with a high energy live performance that inspired the artist’s stage name, I-Octane is poised to reach an ever-widening audience.
Westafa is a DJ who has toured the world with J Boog and many other reggae artists, warming up the audience with roots reggae, dancehall and hip hop, he divides his time between California and Hawaii when not on tour.