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Revolutionary music may seem
hard to come by in these days and times.
Long gone is the era of
artists like Bob Marley, The Clash,
Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith
getting airplay and bringing
their messages to the masses.
But that doesn’t mean that
the revolution isn’t still brewing
in the hearts and minds of
many people around the globe.
Meet Mike Love. One of reggae
music’s rising stars.
Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii
to a musical family that
Mike Love brings a multitude of
influences to the table, all tied
together by the common goal
of making the world a better place.
Through the grassroots method
of releasing his albums independently,
on his own Love Not War Records label,
and performing 250 plus shows a year,
Love has built an ever growing
following for his unique and
inspiring music. He has toured with
many artists in the
circles of conscious,
roots music, including
Trevor Hall, Xavier Rudd, Nahko
and many more.
Over the past few years he performed
to enthusiastic audiences at the
California Roots Festival, Wakarusa,
Wanderlust and the Montreal Jazz Fest,
just to name a few.
He has also enjoyed great success
and exposure through the web
on outlets like YouTube,
with one of his videos
just recently hitting 9 million views!
On his award winning debut album,
The Change I’m Seeking,
Love harkens the legends
of roots reggae in both his lyrics
and his sound, but never relies
on any one genre to hold him down.
Coming from a wealth of influences,
Love fuses the simple rhythms
of classic reggae with the
complex changes of the classical
and rock music he was first
trained on to come up with a
style wholly unique to him.
On his follow up album,
Love Will Find A Way,
released September 1st, 2015,
Love further refines his sound
and message, with grand and striking
arrangements and deep heartfelt emotions,
he takes you on a journey
which many describe as "life changing".
He calls for immediate and drastic
change in environmental impact on
"Step Lightly", affirms his connection
with fans on "I Love You,
and shows a vulnerable
and touching insight into
his personal life on "Advaya's Song"
and "No Regrets".
Following up with his most eclectic
blend of styles, "Love Overflowing"
perfectly compliments the
previous release, with a downplayed
mood of depth and
reflection in the music.
But it’s his message, his passion,
the wisdom behind his words
that truly resonate with his fans.
“It’s always been about the healing,”
Mike Love explains,
“I’ve never been into music
that was shallow. I’m still learning a
bout where I’m going
and where I want to be.
All the music is a learning
tool for me too. I just make
myself open to it and the
messages come through.
It’s just as teaching and healing
for me as it is for anyone.”
His songs take you on a
journey, one of healing and inspiration.
One designed to help you
on your path to knowledge,
wisdom and understanding.
On “Permanent Holiday”
he takes you on a lyrical quest
for freedom, both his and yours.
He laments the ills of the
world but also discusses solutions
and ideas to change them.
On "Earthlings" he sings about being vegan,
about animal cruelty and
about holding yourself accountable
for your actions.
These are songs with messages
designed to affect change
in a time when it is
so desperately necessary.
Love and his band have already
toured in the U.S., Canada,
Central America, Europe, Australia,
New Zealand and East Asia.
Mike Love has shared the
stage with artists like
Michael Franti, Trevor Hall,
Nahko & Medicine For The People,
Xavier Rudd, Rebelution, John Butler Trio,
Groundation, Steel Pulse,
Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.
2017 is shaping up to be a big year
of even more growth for Love
and his musical family with
plenty of touring and work
on a brand new record!
Mike Love's Facebook Page
Once upon a time,
to make moments..
with their hands.
Then man came and
brought his technology,
killing the pixies and fairies.
What makes the
homey Ozark stew
of Handmade Moments
so very nourishing,
so perfectly spiced?
Partake and be effortlessly
guided through wistful and
deep channels of musical flavor,
rich with hearty roots and fungi,
and watered from
the sacred well
of American musics:
jazz old-time country blues
soul hip-hop rock
and it don't stop
Glistening with insight and whimsy,
long-simmering with righteous
compassion and beauty,
Handmade Moments are
a fearless all-weather
duo - complementary spirits
of musical tightrope and magic -
serving up entrée to their
secret river of goodness
Handmade Moments Facebook Page
Grass Valley CA
One of the most poignant voices
currently floating about…
Ayla Nereo is an otherworldly artist
who shares the fruits of her soul
~ The Huffington Post
Ayla’s relationship with the earth
is imprinted in her music…
expansive and intriguing
Ayla Nereo‘s voice
hits straight to the heart.
With an array of loop-pedals by her side,
she builds layer upon layer of
vocal melodies into fierce,
sweeping harmonies and weaves
syncopated threads of guitar, kalimba,
piano, and percussion
into each live performance.
Her lucid storytelling and lyrical
imagery are water for the thirsty soul;
words and sounds that
crack open the heart,
and embody the many
folds of our own selves.
Raised on opera, 60s folk,
and psychedelic rock,
Ayla’s music touches both
the timeless and modern;
where prayerful circle songs,
mantra, and roots music meet
ancient beats and folktronica.
Crafting an immersive soundscape
we can dive into, Ayla’s performances
are each their own inspired journey;
an enchanting and poignant experience
that holds you by the
heart and doesn’t let go.
Ayla Nereo's Facebook Page
His shining presence,
and message of love invite the listener
into an experience of what it is to be
"in the BAND OF LIGHT',
and live a life as an embodied,
His spiritual messages of authenticity
and the power of community
have transformed audiences
internationally, and many are calling
his music the "soundtrack of the awakening."
Both mystical and raw,
Elijah’s charisma and musical prowess
draws his audience into
life’s nectar--spiritual, and ecstatic.
Elijah has single handedly crafted
a full band sound on most of his
"Band of Light" albums,
playing most of the instruments
and arranging many of the tracks himself.
He is also keen to the art of
solo touring--a troubadour with his guitar,
and a diverse vocal repertoire
which can on the spot create
percussion sounds, horn sections,
all with his voice and a loop pedal.
Elijah Ray has played,
collaborated and shared
the stage with countless artists
friends and musicians
like Bibi McGill (Beyonce's Lead Guitarist),
Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5),
Andre Manga (Paul Simon),
Ben Stiller, Donovon Frankenreiter,
G Love, Brett Dennon, Bushwalla,
The Luminaries, Tina Malia,
Tubby Love, Jay ‘Bird” Koder,
and many more.
Elijah has been featured
in documentaries such as
Indigo Evolution, and Living in Light,
alongside such luminaries as
Neale Donald Walsh,
Dr. Matsuro Emoto, Doreen Virtue,
Gangaji, Eli Jaxson-Bear
and Panache Desai.
He has cultivated an international
and plans to continue touring,
releasing new music and media content,
broadcasting live shows,
offering sound light sessions,
as well as crafting workshops,
and community building projects
to assist the New Earth to Rise with ease.
Elijah's Facebook Page
Daniel is one of the founding members of
The five souls in Elephant Revival are
(guitar, banjo, double bass)
(washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox)
(banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass)
(double bass, mandolin, banjo)
This Nederland, Colo. band
are, needless to say,
quite a sound to be experienced –
especially when they fall into
the pocket of a groove
containing elements of gypsy,
Celtic, Americana, and folk.
The Indie Acoustic Music Project
simply labeled their sound
“progressive edge.” At least, that’s the category
in which it placed the band when it gave
their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release,
BREAK IN THE CLOUDS,
a best CD of 2011 award.
Elephant Revival’s later
THESE CHANGING SKIES
release went on to win best CD
of 2013 in the same category.
It’s as good a label as any
to convey what Dango Rose
has described as their mission:
“to close the gap of separation
between us through the eternal
revelry of song and dance.”
Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to
responsible stewardship of the planet
and its inhabitants,
working with organizations such as the
Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows,
Trees Water & People,
and other nonprofits
supporting humanitarian causes.
Their very name was chosen out of empathy for
a trio of zoo pachyderms who,
upon being separated
after 16 years, died within a few
months of each other.
The band related that heart-rending story
during their April 2012 debut on fellow
Coloradans Nick & Helen Forster’s internationally
syndicated “eTown” radio show –
like Elephant Revival, a blend of music
and social consciousness.
Sitting in the audience during their performance,
one music blogger was moved to write,
“Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd
with arabesque melodies,
harmonies and rhythms that braided and
coiled into a sublime aural tapestry.
Their instrumental dynamics,
verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired
their appellation, invoked the majesty,
mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth.”
Campout for the Cause
festival organizers put it this way
in an affectionate shoutout
on their Facebook page.
“We love Elephant Revival so much,” they wrote, “
not just for their incredible music
and conscious lyrics,
but for their commitment to living up to
the standards they set forth
and setting positive examples.”
It’s a paradigm worth spreading,
and that’s what Elephant Revival members
intend to continue doing as they carry their music
around the world, speaking one song at a time.
Daniel & Elephant Revival's
Pat Simmons Jr
Pat Simmons Jr. is a singer/songwriter
raised on Maui, Hawai'i
close to remote valleys and waves.
"I like to say I'm a surfer by dawn,
father and a husband by day,
and a musician at night".
He has had a diverse life growing up
around the world on tour with
his father's band The Doobie Brothers,
yet remains a true Maui local at heart,
living on the family farm, always carrying
the message of Aloha 'Aina (Love for the land).
Pat is on the board of directors for
the Hawai'i Farmer's Union United -
Haleakala Chapter, and is part of a
conscious community of islanders
who care for the natural environment
through simple living. This means having a
positive impact on the land and water
by growing food organically and
supporting regenerative agriculture
throughout the islands. Surviving cancer,
acquiring a degree in Ecology, and raising a child
on the same land he was raised
on in Maui are all part of
what has shaped this young man's mission.
His music is like a lei of many flowers,
influenced by Hawai'ian musicians,
as well as those of his father's generation.
He has shared the stage with The Doobie Brothers,
Chicago, Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson,
Micah & Lukas Nelson,
Trevor Hall, The Wailers, Greg Allman & more.
Pat's debut 2017 album release
is entitled "This Mountain".
A folk-rock island blend featuring
award winning Hawai'ian artist Keali'i Reichel.
As well as local Hawai'ian bluesman Willie K.
Pat's father, founding member of The Doobie Brothers,
co-produced the E.P. on Maui.
Other special featured artists include:
Elvin Bishop, the blues legend
Hutch Hutchinson, bass player for Bonnie Raitt
John McFee of The Doobie Brothers
Bill Payne, original pianist for Little Feat
John Cowan, from New Grass Revival
Pat's Facebook Page