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I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16

Posted by iriea 
I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 07:53PM
For Immediate Release from Oneness Productions:

Thursday, March 16

I Grade Showcase
Featuring the hottest artists to come out of St Croix including:
Army, Abja & NiyoRah – all backed by the Red I Band
Plus Donnie Dread

Nevada County Fairgrounds – Northern Mines Building – 11228 McCourtney Grass Valley
$15 advance / $18 door
Doors 7:00pm
All Ages

For more show info call 530-613-7129 or email onenessproductions@yahoo.com
Advanced tickets available at Briarpatch Coop (Grass Valley), Love Shack Records (Nevada City), Cherry Records (Auburn)
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The I Grade Family Tour is arriving in Grass Valley at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (the Northern Mines Bldg) onThursday, March 16! 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 Donnie Dread. This community event is all ages so bring the whole family to enjoy the music plus craft vendors & Ital food and drinks from Kat’s Kitchen!

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 call 530-613-7129 or email onenessproductions@yahoo.com
Advanced tickets available at Briarpatch Coop (Grass Valley), Love Shack Records (Nevada City), Cherry Records (Auburn)

For press inquires, please contact Amy Shapas of So You Can at 831-479-0711 or soyoucan@sbcglobal.net
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 08:21PM
I have heard some prerelease cuts and many of the new tunes live, but have these two albums been released? Are there really fans across the globe who have heard these new works and are they already climbing the charts in the US and Europe.

I don't see any info on release at viroots.com or Ernie B's.

icharlie

"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."
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 08:42PM
I Charlie,

Both releases will be available soon through VIroots and ernie b's.

On the interview this morning, Niyorah said he expects the album to drop in April.

Don't worry yourself. Respect, MK

Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 09:35PM
Yes-I Trinity,

no worries, just wondering where these words came from...

"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."

ic

enjoy the shows MK, et. al, Annaly to Mahogany Rd.....in this tune Abja sings through the veil of the STX "rainforest". More like a "wet-side", Mahogany Rd cuts right thru the heart. One path leads to a cultural cool-out spot we call Annaly Bay. Old timer's have told I of taking the donkey cart to Annaly Bay, staying with the family for a week while the same pod of dolphins were in the same spot all week (mommy raising pickney). Currently, the area has been sold to developers. They are planning a 1/2 billion $$$ resort compound. Check online for the controversy. Listen for the lyrics when Abja come to town. Hail all the Red-idren, from ic. Bless.
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 09:43PM
>just wondering where these words came from...

Those words were left in from the previous press release created for last summers tour, discussing the debut albums from Niyo (A Different Age) and Abja (Inna Red Eye Hour).

Sometimes these things happen when writing press releases. Its nice to know someone is actually reading them.

I will look out for Abja to drop the tune you mention, and your recordings should reach you in the near future. Respect, MK

Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 09:46PM
imho it's kinda wack for record promotion to say a recording that hasn't yet been released is 'climbing the charts'.
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 09:58PM
Thats not the record label, that was an oversight on my part when providing the verbage for the author of the press release. I apologize to anyone who is offended at my wackness.

Respect, MK

Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 10:15PM
MK, I was thinking "propaganda, propaganda, propaganda" but will always take an honest apology. Forgiveness is a righteous virtue. Thanks for clearing that up.

Sometimes when I hear vi artists, I wonder how biased am I? I live here and have cought some irie liveness with few in attendance. I wonder if I am one of a choosen few! So when I read about the US and Europe charts rising with these new works, I do read and absorb the words. Again, thanks for the clarity.

As for recordings, please press these brethren for freedom to record the shows and spread to the masses. InI would love to hear what agwan. I read here of Donny Dread in attendance, Resination Band, etc.. and recently while opening for Luciano, Ras Attitude came to open. Nice Olive Tree I hear. Unless we preserve the moment it is lost to so many "eyes" that wanna "hear". If recordings fall in I hands, they hit the youths of STX quickly! Just planting a seed....
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 10:26PM
No propaganda..just a crew of local reggae family stepping up to bring forth artists that would not otherwise be coming through.

We try hard to get everything straight, but sometimes mistakes happen as we are human.

The VI vibe is spreading worldwide as is evident with the warm reception recieved by Midnite in France, Bambu in Israel, and the I Grade Crew in Venezuala. Rest assured that you are not biased, just blessed to be living in that corner of the world during these crucial times. Respect, MK

Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 10:29PM
all InI, much love, props for the promotions and enJOY the vibez..

ic (blessed all ovah)
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 02, 2006 11:27PM
thanks Mike for keeping up - I've been cranking press releases out the last couple days for a bunch of different people and I didn't proof as well as I could have. sorry folks!
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 12:21AM
No prob. mike & amy, sometimes the 'charts' themselves are just as wack, but at the same time you don't want your artists' integrity to be called into question from miscues like this...just want the best for reggae artists...btw I'm starting to warm to some of the VI artists, perhaps just by comparison to a lot of the yagayaga from JA and uninformed pap from CA & HI...but it seems like the VIers have at least done their homework and have a deeper background in the roots of reggae than the USA bands who seem to penetrate little save the Bob Marley playbook...I hope I never have to hear another 'woyoyoyoy' call & response in my life, but since I live in California, I'll never get that wish...
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 12:31AM
I will give an EXTRA LARGE second to the notion of never having to deal with another 'call and response'. While i LOVE the man, I think Burning Spear was only about 3 songs into his SNWMF before he said 'you want more?' I know they call it entertainment, but really now.....
jb welda
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 01:07AM
i have to big up this brother from hawaii who opened for u roy at the independent a couple weeks ago, hawaiian lion i think was his name.

i was expecting plenty marley covers but he NEVER ONCE busted a marley medley or invitation. i was almost sure we were gonna hear a "woywoywoy" and papa ray in fact predicted it, but it never came.

there is life after bob if only we try.

by the way hawaiian lion gained about fifty points with me just for what he *didnt* do.

one love
jah bill
jb welda
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 01:08AM
>or invitation

oops, meant "or imitation".

one love
jah bill
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 01:36AM
jb the fact that you were surprised by his not digging up Marley covers or mannerisms just goes to show how he's an exception to the rule and how prevalent the practice is esp. in HI & CA.
Even Root Awakening has about 2 dozen BMW tunes we can pull out of the hat when the time is right. They're consistently requested at clubs, casuals and esp. weddings. But in a big stage show with a lot of reggae cognoscenti you want to give them originals, or at least rare tasty Coxsone gems or the like. I've already warned our singer that if he does one 'woyoyoyoy' he'll have to do the remainder of the set without bass.
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 01:49AM
This is one showcase to which everyone should a gogogogogo...

stance
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 03, 2006 09:07PM
ass valley is the most non cultural place on earth only white trustafaris born with gold spoons
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 10, 2006 10:19PM
There are some (Oneness Productions) who are bringing high quality artists from around the world to Grass Valley & Nevada City to bring awareness to their community of diverse music. When I did publicity for the Dezarie show last month, the local paper ran a front page, feature article on roots reggae - wanting to help us educate the community.

That said .... don't miss this show! Come out & support reggae in the community so Oneness Productions can continue to bring these artists!
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 10, 2006 10:34PM
hey..big up for bringing these shows to grass valley....ironically I was just in hawaii last week and met and hung out with damien who is affiliated with "oneness"...great guy...
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 11, 2006 07:23PM
Oneness productions should be called Niceness productions, they continue to bring forth all the goodness that reggae music has to offer... seeing Dezarie at the foundry was one of the nicest venues I have been to in a long time... reminded me of Humboldt scene way back in the day before the HSU'cians took over a lot of the scene... making most shows up there now look like a typical nightclub scene. I will drive to every event put on by Oneness to show my support and offer up my assistance in anyway to further the scene that they are building... Blessings to you all, Kat-Matt-and all others involved...
jb welda
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 13, 2006 12:43AM
im here to report i was at the independent in san francisco for the opener of the tour, and all i can say is try to make this no matter what! all three vocalists plus donny dread were all on point, the band just lays down roots riddims for 3 hours and the whole thing was major quality. big up to trinity for his work on these sessions; this one was the best yet. the mix and sound were killer, the vibes were high and plenty cloudy too. niyorah is a great singer and army very close behind while abja keeps the dancehall style going too. i was really impressed by the evening, i mean really impressed! i say go deh if at all possible! its well strong on the musical side, 100% roots with quality!

oh yes, major respect to the man called tippy, too!

one love
jah bill
francesca
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 15, 2006 05:12PM
Bringing this back up to the top again...

(if anyone in Sacto is interesting in carpooling, drop me an e-mail at jagypsy@comcast.net)

Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 16, 2006 07:52PM
Bump for tonight in GV hope to see ya their
stance
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 18, 2006 05:02PM
Ass valley still stinks of no culture
matt
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 18, 2006 10:59PM
sounds like you stink of no culture as well stance. and no class whatsoever
Stance
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 19, 2006 02:30PM
I am from ass valley so say what I want about that place. Trust me if you grew up there you would move from white trash or trustafarians that move there thinking that is some place. by the way I thought rastas do not separate class or race. Must be another trustafarian thinking they are living away from babylon in gv of all places
blessed7
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 19, 2006 07:24PM
judge not, lest ye be judged.

Big up to all who trod under the reggae banner no matter what race color or creed. Keep the fire burning. Hopefully we will all someday be able to overcome the mental obsticales that continue to desecrate the communities of the world
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 19, 2006 10:14PM
>>"I am from ass valley so say what I want about that place. Trust me if you grew up there you would move from white trash or trustafarians that move there thinking that is some place. by the way I thought rastas do not separate class or race. Must be another trustafarian thinking they are living away from babylon in gv of all places
"

after reading your response it seems the grass valley school system isn't that great either...he said you had no class, meaning you lack a matter of respect...he wasn't separating you by "social class"...

any reviews of the grass valley show??
matt
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 20, 2006 12:14AM
you know, i realize that the only thing i should have said was that you were showing no class. which is quite true. i shouldn't disrespect you in any way, but it does no good to show a lack of class (i.e.respect) and rip on others for having no culture instead of demonstrating respect and culture and changing the situation for the better.
and what about a review of the show.
Re: I Grade Showcase - Grass Valley - March 16
March 20, 2006 06:10AM
blessings and respect to all...

didnt catch the grass valley show but just wanted to add that the i grade vibes in santa cruz friday night were at the highest i have ever experienced them...my first experience with them was doing some promotion in venezuela and then at their most recent show in SF, they seem to grow in spirit and capacity to eminate light, healing, and heart-opening more and more every time...give thanks for the conscious vibes...we are so so blessed to have access to these shows, culture, and sacred interactions and communions, lets keep the vibes high and reciprical of the love...

also, anyone have any word on the potential of an i grade prayerformace at snwmf? cruciality...i cant imagine them not being there...bless

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