SOJA

SOJA (10:30 PM)

Murs (9:30 PM)

Sonna Rele (9:00 PM)

Tue, August 19, 2014

8:00 pm

$35.00

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This event is all ages

Every ticket purchased to SOJA's album release show includes the digital delivery of SOJA's new album "Amid the Noise and Haste" plus 5 bonus tracks (18 tracks in total!)

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SOJA - (Set time: 10:30 PM)
SOJA
“I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Jacob Hemphill says. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.”

This is the philosophy behind SOJA’s music, a simple statement that has driven the D.C. area band, who blend reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop. Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world since. In the years following, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over three million Facebook fans, and 65 million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. After the release of their 2012 album Strength To Survive, the musicians started writing material for what would become their fifth full-length album, Amid the Noise and Haste.

For Hemphill, who pens the lyrics, chords and melody, each song starts with an experience: meeting someone, reading something, experiencing something that seems pertinent to the human condition. On this album, the songwriter is suggesting that "all of life’s problems, and all of life’s answers are within us. We’ve been conditioned to accumulate, compete and break others down around ourselves – not inherent to the human condition, but rather taught. Those things can be untaught. The real us is in there, somewhere.” All of this is translated into short, sweet packages of music.

The writing and recording process for Amid the Noise and Haste stretched out over a year and a half, mostly because the musicians kept finding new collaborators and new ideas along the way. The aim was to engage as many guest artists as possible, with each working on a song that had a legitimate connection to them. The album was produced by Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and recorded at Circle House Studios in Miami and Lion & Fox Studios in Washington D.C. throughout 2013. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley appears on “Your Song,” a buoyant, hopeful number that asks fans to remind the band why they got into music by singing along, while “I Believe” brings Michael Franti and Nahko together to offer thoughts on how to control your own destiny. Collie Buddz, J Boog and Anuhea are also featured on various tracks. “We wanted to bring together people who would help demonstrate each song,” Jacob says. “We wanted people who could either relate to or convey the message. The whole album is about the human race relating to itself and connecting with itself.”

For SOJA, whose live show is an explosion of energy and positivity, music is a means of helping people relate in a more affirmative way. It also asks people to look inside themselves and really ask what it is they want to do with their life and how they can be happy. SOJA’s music is about finding that happiness and peace we all deserve and helping others do the same, something Amid the Noise and Haste aptly conveys in its songs.

“I put words in my songs that I believe to be true,” Jacob says. “The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”
Murs - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Murs
Everyone knows Murs! Over 15 years in the game, 20 plus tours spanning 5 continents, 11
solo albums, and a seemingly infinite list of collaborations. There’s not a space he hasn’t
touched as an MC. He’s thrived at every level of the game from extreme DIY
entrepreneurship in dubbing and selling tapes out of his car, to helping establish indie rap
giants like Rhymesayers and Def Jux to signing solo deals at Warner Brothers and Strange
Music. Murs’ journey has been documented by almost every music publication and blog,
including Rolling Stone, Vibe, Pitchfork and HipHopDx. His music video catalog has
garnered several million views on his Youtube channel and has been showcased on several major television outlets such as MTV, Fuse, BET, Revolt TV and VHI Soul. His music has been licensed by multiple video games; Madden, NBA 2K, Tony Hawk and has also been used in several television programs and films including the blockbuster film
21Jumpstreet. Musically he’s collaborated with underground legends such as Atmosphere, 9th Wonder, and members of the iconic group Bad Brains. MURS has also collaborated with mainstream superstars like Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Will.i.am..

His biggest contribution to hip hop culture outside of his music is Paid Dues, an independent hip hop festival he founded with Guerilla Union in 2005. From its humble beginnings of one stage, 12 acts, and 3500 attendees, to 2013’s festival which boasted 3 stages, over 40 acts and 27,000 in attendance. The festival has grown in attendance every year and has been profitable every year since its inception. Paid Dues leads the way for him to musically connect with new and untapped talent. Outside of hip-hop, Murs has starred in and produced 3 short films. He’s just recently finished shooting his first feature film, Maul Dawgs. He co-wrote, executive produced, and starred in this PG rated comedy with supporting talent /artists Tabi Bonney and Dee-1. His Hip Hop Trivia app, the first of its kind, was released in Spring 2014 and charted #1 on Itunes its first week of release. He has co-authored two books with respected hip hop journalist Soren Baker and has released a 100 page, full color graphic novel with indie comic publisher Devil’s Due.

MURS signed a new recording deal with independent powerhouse label Strange Music in
January 2014. His first collaborative project entitled ¡MURSDAY! with label mates
¡MAYDAY! was released June 10 and debuted #4 on Billboard's independent rap charts.
He’s currently in the process of recording his long-awaited solo project “Love & Rockets 2”
expected to be released in spring 2015.

Through the years MURS has maintained a theme of positivity, peace, and love in his music. In the past decade that message has been brought to life through his various philanthropic efforts. He has worked with Habitat For Humanity, Ordinary Hero and Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) to name just a few. He not only gives financialsupport, he makes time annually to be hands-on with most of these organizations. Whether it’s getting together with his fans to build a home for a family in need, being a camp counselor for teens with autism, or making a mission trip to Ethiopia, MURS makes a continued effort to shirk the negative stigmas of greed and violence that surround most rappers. He and his wife recently became parents of two boys via separate adoptions. Now having the family and solid foundation he’s always dreamed of MURS is looking to expanding his empire. His number one focus is his music solo career and filmmaking.
Sonna Rele - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Sonna Rele
Sonna Rele is a London based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist signed to Motown Records by 3x Grammy winner, NE-YO. After discovering Sonna while perusing her captivating and heavily followed ‘Music Monday’ video clips on Facebook, he immediately brought her to the renowned music label. “There is a quality about Sonna’s voice that lingers in your ears after she performs a song. Her musicianship is refreshing and undeniably authentic”, said NE-YO.

Sonna’s musical influences point to a wise head on young shoulders with Stevie Wonder and the Beatles sitting alongside Nelly Furtado and Michael Jackson. With the inspiration of her parents, both professional musicians, never far from the surface, Sonna describes her sound as “stripped back acoustic-based songs mixed with the sound and pulse of a world-beat underneath it”. Sonna has performed across the globe with acts ranging from John Legend to Maxi Priest and collaborated with such artists as her mentor NE-YO, Matisyahu, Wyclef Jean and most recently Michael Franti on his inspirational new single, “11:59″.

As a Londoner, Sonna adores the city and its culture. “I travel and spend a lot of time away from home, but nothing beats a good cup of tea!”. Sonna also admits to keeping a book of quotes from people she meets. “Some people keep autograph books but I collect quotes, I’ve got thousands. I am constantly blessed in meeting some very amazing people that say the most profound or funny things, so I keep my quote book for posterity and inspiration”, smiles Sonna.

An excited Sonna shared, “I’m very humbled that NE-YO believes in my music and has brought me to Motown Records, it’s an absolute honour. I’ve been working hard for this moment and I’m truly grateful for this opportunity. It’s going to be an amazing journey ahead”.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change