"Behind the scenes"
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
Daniel Rodriguez is a founder
of the genre defying/genre creating
band 'Elephant Revival'.
Few bands have the distinction
of being the creators of a
whole new genre of music.
The label 'Transcendental Folk'
and 'Progressive Edge are attempts
to in some way describe the song
and word that speaks of magical reality,
of thought and will shaping collective
and individual reality,
of miracle in the everyday event,
of the authority of personal vision.
Rodriguez's transcendent songwriting/poetry
has played no small role
in the creation of this new music.
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