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I Grade Family Tour - The Grad in SLO - March 18

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I Grade Family Tour - The Grad in SLO - March 18
March 02, 2006 07:49PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

I Grade Family Tour
Featuring the hottest artists to come out of St Croix including:
Army, Abja & NiyoRah – all backed by the Red I Band
Plus local roots reggae favorites, Resination

Saturday, March 18
The Graduate – 990 Industrial Way San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
$10 advance / $15 door
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
18 & over

For more show info go to www.goodvibezmusic.com

Advanced tickets available at all Valltix locations, by calling 888-825-5484 or go to www.valltix.com
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The I Grade Family Tour is arriving at The Graduate in SLO on Saturday, March 18! This tour features the finest talents coming out of the US Virgin Island of St Croix including Army, Abjah amd NiyoRah, all backed by the Red I Band, plus local favorite, Resination.

These vocalists are the latest artists to emerge from the small Caribbean Island following the recent success of Midnite and Dezarie, who have taken the International Reggae scene by storm. In the early 70's, Jamaica was bubbling with an incredible amount of untapped musical and vocal talents. That same level of energy, enthusiasm and potential is present today in the Virgin Island of St. Croix.

This tour surrounds the release of two new albums from the I Grade Label featuring Abja’s second effort, “Mahogany Road,” as well as the second album for NiyoRah titled “Purification Session..” These new works have been well received by Reggae DJs and fans across the globe and are currently climbing the charts in the U.S. and Europe.

Army is to be counted among the many conscious singers and players of instruments from St. Croix who are worthy of international recognition. Army (Fritzmaurice Williams) was born and raised on St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands. He began his musical journey at the age of five as a member of the youth choir at the church his family attended, laying the foundation for what would become a very promising musical career. After relocating to the New York City, completing his education, and serving in the US Army (which is how he got his name), Army returned to St. Croix and became deeply involved in the local reggae scene.

In 2000, Army's first album -”Yesterday's News” - was released on Glamorous Records, with production provided by Dean Pond. In 2002, Army linked up with Dub Rise Records who released his second album, “Struggler”, along with a re-release of

“Yesterday's News.” 2003 saw Army releasing the single “Calling Jah Army”, a powerful duet with Luciano.

With this solid foundation of tunes under his belt, Army embarked on the recording of his highly anticipated third album on the I Grade Label, “Rasta Awake.” Largely produced by legendary guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tuff Lion (of Midnite and Bambu Station), the album is a masterpiece of all-live instrumentation roots reggae.

Army is firmly committed to using his music as a weapon in the war for spiritual renewal and justice for all peoples. As Army describes: “I want to send positive universal messages to people through my music, without the commercialism we see so much today… For me the music is a healing.”

Abja is a multi-talented singer, singjay, songwriter, and producer hailing from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. While “Inna Red I Hour” (I Grade 2004) is Abja's first full-length release, he has been polishing his studio skills and sharing his gifts with audiences in NYC for several years, as a former vocalist and producer with the Survival Soundz crew out of Brooklyn. Abja is a powerful performer whose spirit and energy transmits to everyone around him. He sings with a strength of purpose, with a dynamic and confident, yet humble, stage presence.

Nigel "NiyoRah" Olivacce was born on October 9, 1980 in the coastline village of Pointe Michel, Dominica. At age 4, he moved to St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. By age 16, NiyoRah began chanting on the streets about the life experiences of the Savan ghetto in downtown Charlotte Amalie, and at 18, NiyoRah decided to pursue a career in reggae music. He took on the name NiyoRah - a combination of his nickname growing up and out of respect for the omnipotent power of the sun. In 1998, NiyoRah joined with six other reggae artists to co-found the group Star Lion Family. His voice can be heard on Star Lion Family's EP Brighter Days released in November 2003. The songs on NiyoRah’s debut LP “A Different Age” delve into a wide range of issues, including cultural living, love for nature, strengthening of all peoples, especially Africans, and spiritual growth.

For more show info go to www.goodvibezmusic.com
Advanced tickets available at all Valltix locations, by calling 888-825-5484 or go to www.valltix.com

For press inquires, please contact Amy Shapas of So You Can at 831-479-0711 or soyoucan@sbcglobal.net
Re: I Grade Family Tour - The Grad in SLO - March 18
March 03, 2006 02:54AM
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