The Lions

The Lions (11:30 PM)

Simple Citizens (10:35 PM)

Solutionaires (9:40 PM)

Arise Roots (8:45 PM)

Sat, January 21, 2012

8:00 pm

adv tix $15.00 / day of show tix $18.00

This event is all ages

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The Lions - (Set time: 11:30 PM)
The Lions
The LIONS are Los Angeles’ premier all-star reggae band. The result of an impromptu recording session by some of the scene’s most soulful and notable musicians and singers, The LIONS created grooves that went beyond Jamaican music by combining new and traditional rhythms, and dub mixing mastery with the global sounds of Ethiopia and Colombia resulting in their freshman LP Jungle Struttin’ (Ubiquit...y Records 2008).

Since the Ubiquity release a series of 45's have been released on their own Lions Bread label garnering accolades from fans like KCRW's own Jeremy Sole who says: ""Like Daniel, I would step into The Lions' den for this sound! Yes they are fierce - the kings of the jungle when it comes to skank and riddim inna classic fashion. The Lions' new record marks a sweet revival of Dub, Rocksteady and perfect 3-part harmony that would make the legendary rootsmen proud."

Given the popularity of the last year’s 7” 45 vinyl single “This Generation” b/w “New Girl,” The Lions have released a second 45 "Roll it 'Round" b/w "Pieces of A Man". The combination of MC/actor Black Shakespeare and crooner Malik Moore shine once again on “Roll It ‘Round,” while singer/actor Alex Desert rides the rocksteady rhythm on “Pieces of a Man.” This vinyl will also be available in limited quantities at Joshua Tree Music Festival until the new LP This Generation drops in July 2011.

With four vocalists backed by eight (and sometimes nine) musicians, their live set transcends any particular genre but is best described as a healthy mix of vocal and dub tracks, balancing classic reggae and soul cuts as well as a healthy portion of originals. The LIONS live is like the best summer party you can barely remember.

The LIONS have shared the stage with Gregory Isaacs, Sly & Robbie, Bunny Wailer, Distant Relatives (Nas and Damian Marley), Michael Rose, Horace Andy, The Abyssinians, Tarrus Riley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Antibalas, The Heptones, The Aggrolites, Bedouin Soundclash, Breakestra, Connie Price & the Keystones and Dengue Fever. The Lions repertoire has been heard on USA’s hit series Burn Notice (“Hot No Ho”, “Thin Man Skank,” “Givin Up Food For Jah”), the Funk Aid For Africa compilation (“Jungle Struttin’”) and the Box of Funq compilation (“Hot No Ho”).
Simple Citizens - (Set time: 10:35 PM)
Simple Citizens
Hailing from Los Angeles, Simple Citizens are one of the few modern-day live hip-hop groups who's instrumental make-up and on stage energy more closely resemble a 60's soul/jazz combo than anything else in the contemporary hip-hop scene. With a small musical arsenal and just one MC, the Citizens are able to incorporate not just hip-hop, but heavy doses of soul and jazz that resonate seamlessly with lyrics creating a fresh sound that holds true to the early 90's hip-hop aesthetic.

In 2008 the Citizens released "Early Morning" which quickly gained them recognition not only throughout the LA scene but internationally. Select cuts from the album became favorites among college radio dj's across the nation, not to mention local attention receiving airplay on KXLU, KPFK and KCRW. The underground success of "Early Morning" quickly prompted numerous North/West and South/West tours and countless numbers of Southern California dates providing direct support for Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Orgone and Breakestra.

From 2010 to the present, Simple Citizens have been expanding and progressing both as a band and as an in-demand rhythm section. Recently the Citizens were not only recruited to open for Del The Funky Homosapien, but also to serve as his backing band for an on going live hip-hop series at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco.
Individually throughout the year (aside from writing and recording tracks for a new album) different members of SC have also been busy recording and touring with LA based groups Orgone, Jeremey Sole's MUSAICS, Emily Wells and Bei Bei as well as the Citizens' new instrumental soul outfit The Rugged Nuggets.
Solutionaires - (Set time: 9:40 PM)
Arise Roots - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Arise Roots
ARISE was formed with the goal of producing quality roots reggae music for the masses. Their intense sound is fresh, inspirational, organic, and soul-driven. In these times of social, political, economical and environmental strife, ARISE offers a positive classic roots sound with a modern feel. Based out of Los Angeles, California, ARISE is proud to be a product of a growing reggae movement.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change