Fortunate Youth with Mike Love

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Fortunate Youth with Mike Love
Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:30 PM
Mystic Theatre & Music Hall, Petaluma, CA
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  • When: Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 8:30 PM (Doors open at 7:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $23.00 - $28.00
  • Door Time: 7:30 PM
  • Show Type: Reggae
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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Cali Roots Presents: 

Fortunate Youth 

with Mike Love

Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:30pm 
Price: $23 in advance / $28 day of show
Fortunate Youth: Fortunate Youth is a collective of six outstanding musicians/producers who have taken the worldwide music scene by storm. Spreading inspirational messages of Peace, Love, and Unity, Fortunate Youth connects music lovers from all over the world, creating a global family of positivity and progressive ideals. FY was born in Hermosa Beach California, a popular beach town in Los Angeles County. Four members attended high school together (Jered Draskovich, Corey Draskovich, Travis Walpole, and Greg Gelb) linking with Mississippi transplant Dan Kelly (singer). The band has toured heavily since 2009 with over 27 tours nationwide and abroad. Fortunate Youth has released 4 full length studio albums, Three of which hit #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. “It’s All A Jam” (2013), “Don’t Think Twice” (2015), and "Fortunate Youth" (2017)

Fortunate Youth just finished their West in Peace Fall Headline Tour w/ The Movement & Josh Heinrichs and will be joining Slightly Stoopid for a few dates in Hawaii to start off 2019/ 

In 2011 they supported Tribal Seeds on their nationwide Tribal Youth Tour to spread their conscious music to the nation. F.Y. linked up The Green, from Hawaii, for a Midwest/Westcoast run before jumping back in the studio to record. They have hit the masses promoting only their 6-song EP titled "Up-Lifted EP" and just released their full-length album, "IRIE STATE OF MIND" on July 1, 2011. Fortunate Youth will also be touring very heavily through 2011 including a Naitonwide CD Release Summer Tour.

Upon Releasing their full-length album they quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and also locked in a #13 position on Billboard Top 100 Reggae Albums. Receiving great praise for early success Fortunate Youth strives to spread their interpretation of Reggae music to Music Lovers worldwide.

Fortunate Youth toured very heavily in 2012 supporting Headliners such as The Expendables and Tribal Seeds. FY also headlined their own Nationwide Summer of Sweet Love Tour proving they can pull their own weight. Making their first international departure, Fortunate Youth played 4 shows in Costa Rica spreading the love of reggae music internationally.

2013 release, "It's All A Jam", hit numerous charts including #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts, #10 Billboard Pacific Heatseekers Chart, #23 Billboard National Heatseeker Chart along with #1 on iTunes Reggae Charts and #46 iTunes Overall Charts. FY followed the album release with a 55-Show nationwide Spring Headline Tour seeing great response from the album's successful release.

Fortunate Youth just finished a Spring 2014 Headline Tour and are gearing up for their Fall with Friends Tour which boasts a solid lineup of support bands including: New Kingston, The Expanders, The Steppas, Ease Up, Thrive, Ashes of Babylon, and more. 

Fortunate Youth released 'Dont Think Twice' in 2015 and followed it their "Dont Think Twice Spring Tour" with Hirie and Sensamotion Band. In 2016, they released their "Love is the Most High" compilation of Love Songs near Valentine's Day and then quickly released 'Cub Collections, Vol. 1" 

Fortunate Youth supported Stick Figure on their 'Set in Stone' Album Release Tour which over 80% of the shows Sold Out! They followed up with another Summer Support Tour with Slighty Stoopid, SOJA and Grouch & Eligh and went directly into Fall with Slightly Stoopid heading back down the West Coast.

Fortunate Youth released their self-titled album in February of 2017 and followed it with another Nationwide - Headline Tour w/ Josh Heinrichs and Iya Terra as support! Fortunate Youth's self-titled album hit #1 on Billboard & iTunes Reggae Charts and remained in the top 10 for 5 weeks. FY then released their ‘Dub Collections, Vol. 2’ in October of 2017.
Mike Love:

In this modern age of music, genres blend together as naturally as the river flows into the sea.  With the expansive library of all the music of the world from every time period at our fingertips, creative artists seem to be more and more liberated from the archaic mentality of being pigeonholed into one genre or demographic.  Mike Love is at the forefront of this movement.  With a foundation rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of Reggae and Rastafari, he blends the sounds of progressive and classic rock, pop, R & B, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz and so much more.  Healing is at the core of his music.  With ever evolving live performances, Love keeps his organically grown fanbase returning again and again to witness the evolution of tried and true fan favorites, and the ever-expanding repertoire of new music that is constantly surfacing.  Fans often leave live performances remarking about how they have just been to church, or had a bad day turned around.   

Born and raised on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i, Love was brought up in an environment surrounded by musical influence and the inspiring natural landscape of his island home.  Forging a deep connection with nature, his message of returning to a more natural and spiritually grounded way of living was solidified at an early age.  Growing up under the musical guidance of his father and grandfather, both composers, as well as his steel pan instructor Frank Leto and piano teacher Beth Uale, Mike's natural musical instincts towards melody and harmony were shaped and deepened.  Mike started playing the guitar at age 15 and played in multiple bands throughout his teenage years, playing his first live gig with a band at age 16.

It wasn't until he joined forces with local musicians Tavana, Brad Watanabe (currently of The Green) and longtime collaborator and current drummer Sam "Ites" Gonsalves to form the band Melodious Solutions, that his musical vision started to take shape.  Furthering his talents as a composer/lyricist and arranger, Love subsequently fronted the 10-piece band Dubkonscious for a few years, entering into his first studio experience as producer as well on the band's album "At the Foot of the Mountain". 

In 2008, he started a solo weekly residence, performing at a local Irish Pub on Mondays.  During his long four-hour sets there, he developed a unique one-man-band style, using looping, multiple instruments, and an array of different vocal techniques and musical styles.  As his creativity and delivery in a solo format blossomed, so did his audiences.  Slowly and organically, this became his main project and his solo career was born.  In December of 2012, Love released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed fan favorite "The Change I'm Seeking".  With instant classics like "Permanent Holiday", "Barbershop", and "Human Race", his fanbase rapidly grew, worldwide, with the success of a handful of viral videos on YouTube.  Love also delved into more passionate subjects on the album, with tracks like "Earthlings" exhibiting his desire to "Veganize" the world and wake people up to the injustices of animal cruelty, and "No More War", a call to "bring the troops back home" from these "wars that no one really wants".  It was clear that finally Love had found his voice and was ready to share his music with the world.
He began touring that year with best friend and musical soul-mate Paula Fuga, playing shows to enthusiatic crowds in the western U.S. supporting bands like Groundation and Nahko and Medicine for the People.  As the buzz spread, so did the reach of Mike and his band.  The next year brought them all over the U.S. playing club shows and festivals alike.  Love supported Trevor Hall and Xavier Rudd on major tours throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, winning over many fans in the grassroots style he had become accustomed to.  You'll often catch Mike saying "I just keep playing the music, and this thing just keeps growing.  It has a life of its own and I'm just grateful for it."  International touring soon followed, with warm and enthusiastic receptions across Europe, Central America, Australia, Polynesia and more. Throughout it all, Love has remained humble, citing the healing power of the music that comes from a larger place as the sole reason this all has been possible.

With the release of his second album "Love Will Find a Way" and follow-up companion album "Love Overflowing" featuring sing-along tunes like "I Love You" and "No Regrets", he solidified the bond with his fans and exhibited the evolution that lovers of his music had come to expect.  Returning to the studio with road-tested material and a more intimate connection with a worldwide audience had obviously resulted in a more refined and focused sound and ideology.

Currently, he has formed a super-band, hand-picked from all of the top musicians he's worked with over the years, dubbed aptly, Mike Love and the Full Circle.  They have honed their skills and come together as a tight unit at home on O'ahu and have now begun to tour, taking Love's music to even greater heights.  As they prepare to return to the studio in 2018, we can anticipate that the new album they are concocting will be the most dynamic, heartfelt and spirited offering yet.  In the years to come we can only expect more growth, more innovation, and of course, more Love.