Anthony B

Anthony B

Mystic Roots, Joseph Israel, DJ Dans One (Broken Silence Sound), DJ Rob Roots (Irie Sounds International)

Wednesday 1/09

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The New Parish

Oakland, CA

$25.00

This event is 18 and over

Anthony B
Anthony B
Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music. This artiste has been steadfast in his mission to represent the poor and oppressed, using sharp lyrics to confront political injustices and bring the issues of the people to the forefront. In the process, he has raised the quality of performance standards and lyrical content for the industry, through the release of 13 albums, over 1000 singles and appearances on over 100 albums in the last 14 years. 



Anthony B's musical journey started in the church, back when he was still called Keith Anthony Blair in Clark's Town, Trelawney. In this part of rural Jamaica, Anthony B was immersed in the thunderous chants and rhythms of Revivalism and the Seventh Day Adventist church where he honed his soon-to-be signature vocals. In his formative years, the artiste also cleaved to the music of Otis Redding and the incomparable Peter Tosh. 


In 1992, Anthony B left his home-town and set out to make his fateful mark on Kingston's music scene. He rebuked the trend of girl and gun lyrics popular at that time and remained faithful to words of spiritual consciousness and social conviction. He started working with singer Little Devon, who introduced him to Richard "Bell" Bello, of Star Trail Records, producer for Garnet Silk and Everton Blender. Bell saw the talent of the youngster and shared his commitment to conscious music. The partnership produced a slew of records and releases, such as "Repentance time", "Fire pon Rome", "One Thing", "A De Man", "Rumour" and "Raid di Barn". Anthony B followed up with critically acclaimed albums such as " Real Revolutionary", "Universal Struggle", "7 Seals", "Black Star" and "Untouchable". He also struck out on his own to start his own label, Born Fire Records in 2002. He produced 3 albums independently; Street Knowledge, That's Life and Life Over Death. In addition he released two collaboration albums "Too Strong" with Sizzla and "Three Wise Men" with Sizzla and Luciano. 


Anthony B's lyrical genius and his captivating, energetic performance style have caused him to be heavily requested for performances in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa. Anthony B personally rates his performance in 1999 at the Montrose Jazz Festival as a monumental event in his career. In 2003 and 2004, he was given a King's welcome in Gambia and Senegal. In 2004, he sold out shows in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany; closing for such greats as Israel Vibration and Burning Spear. He also opened up new regions for reggae music through his performances in New Dehli, India, Czech Republic, Iceland, Argentina, Venezuela and on France's Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean. His heavy touring schedule has not slowed Anthony B's stream of releases. Over the years, he has collaborated with Bone Crusher, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Martina, and on his latest album, Toots. 



Anthony B's rich vocals and audacious lyrics carry a depth and substance which is rare in the industry. Internationally, his fan-base has grown because he speaks about the universal concerns of suffering and salvation. "The greatest thing about reggae music is that it's about concepts and ideas," says the artiste, "you are speaking to people on issues they live and can relate to."
Mystic Roots
Mystic Roots
Topping iTunes Reggae Charts with their latest release, Cali-HI, Mystic Roots Band spent 2011 performing at many of the biggest summer music festivals across the US before heading to Japan, Guam and Hawaii to entertain the US Troops abroad. Serving up an original style based in reggae, hip-hop, and dancehall (with overtones of rock, funk, and ska), an MRB live concert guarantees not just at music for your ears, but also a high-energy show and powerful experience you'll never forget. This Chico, CA based group brings a brand new sound while embracing the nature of roots reggae wholeheartedly and performing it with smooth vocals/harmonies, energetic freestyles and beat-boxing, all over a solid groove. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, yet with a powerful, positive message. The musicianship of the players is top notch and arrangements are often complex and always interesting. The band tours the U.S. full-time, playing shows with some of the biggest names in reggae, hip hop, and rock. MRB promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message while still having a good time and keeping the party going. Fans describe MRB's music as a refreshing, energetic, and cutting-edge sound that people are immediately drawn to. As a result, MRB has developed an ever-growing legion of loyal fans. This fan base exists not only in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, but also in Europe, Latin America, Australia, and even several regions of Asia.
Joseph Israel
Joseph Israel
Joseph Israel is one of those unique individuals whose natural talents and spiritual calling have merged into a music that is as thought provoking as it is inspiring. “What I share with my audience is to draw everyone closer to the source of truth–that we are all brothers and sisters and that division and lies cannot stand.” The name “Israel” is a reflection that defines Joseph’s striving for the blessings of the Almighty Yahweh. This is the name intended for all peoples, tribes and tongues that love the Most High and love their neighbor. These are the teachings of Yahshua the messiah. We are all one family.”

In 2006 Joseph Israel was signed to the New Door Records division of Universal Music Group. Joseph was the sole reggae artist to be signed to Universal Music in recent history, which is an impressive accomplishment with the record label that is home to Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Island Records catalog.

Joseph Israel’s debut album Gone Are The Days was recorded at Tuff Gong Studios in the heart of Kingston, Jamaica. Its lyrics are of headline-torn news reports, and are a call for spiritual awakening. The album carries the endorsement of a cast of reggae vets. It finds Israel backed by a litany of such players, including saxophonist Dean Fraser, bassist Chris Meredith, lead guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, rhythm guitarist Ian “Beezy” Coleman, drummer Wilburn “Squidley” Cole, keyboardist Paul “Scubi” Smith, pianists Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul and Paul “Wrong Move” Crossdale, and percussionist Uzziah “Sticky” Thompson. Israel duets with second-generation roots reggae star Luciano on “Ruff Times” and Mikey General on “Universal Love,” while Erica Newell and Rochelle Bradshaw—backing vocalists for Stephen Marley add backing vocals throughout.

Two of the main themes of the record are unity and kindness. Another is the need to live well, to do the right thing, to act righteously. Still another is overcoming adversity. “We’re living in, the most intense time ever, as far as I can see,” says Israel. “But I think that one day very soon, the strongholds that are holding the people today that are keeping the people down, are going to be toppled-not by force, but by love and truth.” Says Joseph: “This CD, what it’s really all about to me, is bringing things out that haven’t been said, and preserving the musical tradition that Bob Marley started, adding to the foundation that he laid, with original rhythms and real songwriting. This is not a religious album. I’m just trying to promote the truth, and hopefully other people will want to hear it.”

In 2007 Gone Are The Days, reached #11 on the iTunes Reggae album chart and received considerable attention at radio and retail and led to a series of festival and club performances throughout the United States.

In 2008 Joseph released the download-only EP Teach Your Children, for the non-profit organization Restore Humanity a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization founded by Israel’s sister Sarah Fennel to aid and launch programs that assist the world’s less fortunate. On Teach Your Children: Restore Humanity, Israel interprets the works of Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Teach Your Children”), folk singer Malvina Reynolds (“Little Boxes,” the theme to the Showtime series Weeds), Peter Tosh (“Equal Rights”), and the Marleys – mother Rita (Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Johnny Was”) and son Ziggy (“World So Corrupt” in a medley with Bob & Lee Perry’s “Jah Live”) – recorded with his voice and acoustic guitar at the focus. “The Teach Your Children Restore Humanity EP was a lot of fun to make,” Israel said of the sessions. “To record some great songs, that I loved growing up, in a very simple acoustic setting, and to be able to release these songs while helping to bring awareness to the Restore Humanity organization is a real blessing.”

In 2014 Joseph released the highly-anticipated Kingdom Road which features 14 tracks that chronicle Joseph’s personal journey in his spiritual beliefs and his musical evolution as a recording and performing artist. The songs on the album have decidedly rock-driven themes punctuated by sophisticated guitar lines, complex harmony arrangements with song structures that mirror his reggae origins as they reinvent his sound in a modern roots style. Kingdom Road includes appearances by Earl “Chinna” Smith, Chris Meredith and Toussaint the Liberator with select tracks recorded at Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica and at Crisp Studios in Fayetteville. Accustomed to performing in an acoustic style over the past several years, several songs are performed in this manner lending an organic, singer-songwriter vibe to the release. The album also includes studio recording contributions from members of his current band – The Jerusalem Band. A music video has been released for the song Kingdom Road that features Joseph Israel in outdoor scenes in the Bay Area of California.
DJ Dans One (Broken Silence Sound)
DJ Dans One (Broken Silence Sound)
Venue Information:
The New Parish
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
http://www.thenewparish.com/