Sammy J with Eki Shola

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Sammy J with Eki Shola
Saturday, August 3, 2019 8:30 PM
Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $18.00 - $23.00
  • Door Time: 7:30 PM
  • Show Type: Reggae
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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Cali Roots Presents: 

Sammy J
with Eki Shola

Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm
Price: $18 in advance / $23 day of show 
Sammy J:
Australian native, Sammy Johnson (a.k.a Sammy J) embraces his Maori and Polynesian roots to create positive and uplifting music. Blending together island reggae, soul and jazz vibes with heartfelt lyrics, Sammy's sound is exhilarating and intoxicating. Now based in the U.S., Sammy has seemingly exploded on the market selling out venues across the west coast and Hawaii.This can be attributed to his relentless hard work and dedication to his craft. 
 
Sammy Johnson has been waving the flag for the Pacific Island sound and has quickly become a leader of the scene alongside new school artists like J Boog and veterans like Katchafire. The Native-Kiwi-now-Los-Angeles-resident, Sammy J, got his big break via Youtube after his video for "Don't Say Goodbye" became a viral sensation, racking up over 10,000,000 plays. Sammy who was working as a social worker at the time, made the decision to pursue music full-time following the newfound popularity of the song that soon become a staple of modern era Island Sound. Not too long after, a Hawaiian-based producer contacted him to work on an album and was offered a record deal with Island Empire Records, home to groups like Common Kings,Tenelle and Fiji.
 
"Opportunities like that don't happen to everyone," Johnson said. "I'm lucky enough it happened to me. Being Polynesian, a lot of Polynesian cultural stuff is done with reggae and I always had a passion for the old stuff, like Peter Tosh (of The Wailers).
 
"With his music spreading like wildfire, Johnson said his move to California in 2014 and musical quest to spread positive vibrations across the country has gone beyond what he could have ever imagined. Sammy J has released two full-length albums, his debut "Prelude' in 2013 and an self-titled album in 2014. In 2016, he returned with a brand new EP entitled "Lion Roar" onIsland Empire, which debuted on the Billboard Reggae charts in America. Sammy quickly capitalized on the success by embarking on a sold-out tour across the country with labelmates,Common Kings. With a powerful fan following, Sammy Johnson returned to New Zealand at the tail end of 2016 as one of the headliner's of One Love Music Festival and captivated the crowd of over 15,000 in attendance.
 
Sammy is putting the final touches on his new album, set to release in early 2018 on IslandEmpire Records. He will soon join Anuhea for the co-headlining Mixed Feelings Fall 2017 Tour

Eki Shola:
Eki Shola’s vibrant career in music and medicine can be described best by the artist herself, “I create music not only for myself, but to generate a space for the listener. Music is healing.” A talented vocalist and pianist, Eki Shola’s music transcends genre, as she seamlessly draws from jazz, electronica, world, and new music to create a sonic landscape all her own. Her music has been described as  “…sound art to be used to trigger thought and encourage love and beauty through rhythm and unique composition.”
 
Born in London to Jamaican parents, Eki Shola was raised in a musical family. She emigrated to New York in the late 1980s and later as a pre-med student at Cornell University, she played in the jazz ensemble performing with legendary musicians such as Steve Turre and Dr. Donald Byrd. Now living in Northern California, Eki Shola released her debut album, Final Beginning, in 2016 and the album has been reviewed, charted and aired around the world. In both 2017 and 2018 Eki Shola was awarded the NorBay Music Award for Best Electronica Artist. She has played across the San Francisco Bay Area, London, and New York City and along with sharing the stage with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Lucky Otis, she has been asked to open for renowned artists such as Kitaro, Bebel Gilberto, DakhaBrakha, Baraka Moon, and Habib Koité. Eki Shola and her family narrowly escaped the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires. Driving through the flames and subsequently losing everything including her music studio and the clinic where she worked as a physician, writing music became a healing necessity for Eki Shola and within less than a year, she wrote and produced a trilogy album to be released this year. The first album in the trilogy, Possible, was released on February 22, 2019, making placement on WCBN and Muzooka charts within weeks. After submitting her song “Dreaming”, filmed among the ruins of her incinerated home, Eki Shola was selected to perform at the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Her 2019 entry was featured in the Tiny Desk Contest community supercut video. Honoring the one-year anniversary of the wildfires, her personal story continues to be featured in a PBS TV special, “The New Normal: Visions of Healing”.