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Union Park Chicago IL August 23rd 2008 HEADER Bottom
 

2008
CHICAGO REGGAE FESTIVAL
PERFORMER
JAH ROOTS

Jah Roots

Springfield, Missouri is an unlikely location to have spawned one of America's most talented and relevant reggae bands. But, make no mistake, every member of JAH ROOTS is proud of their hometown and without fail, lead-singer Josh Heinrichs (aka, Ras Josh), informs audiences night-in-and-night-out exactly where it is they call home. There is no pretense involved. The men of JAH ROOTS know exactly where they're from, and exactly the fantastic potential their music represents.

The band consists of Heinrichs, Aaron Berger, Mike Hulsey, Josh Nail, Eric Groves and Steve Washburn. Offstage, these guys present as typical Midwestern, twenty-something guys - affable, humble and always visibly appreciative when confronted with overzealous fans. However, the moment the house announcer alerts the audience that show time has arrived, all the guys' visages instantly shift to reflect a disciplined focus. They have a message to impart to the masses in the tradition of conscious roots-reggae. Often their songs expound on themes as varied as the beauty of life or diverge into offering insightful commentary on the chaos unique to our times, and the universal insecurity we as a society endure because of it. Each member of JAH ROOTS takes the delivery of this conscious music very seriously as evidenced by the intensity they bring to each performance.

At a typical JAH ROOTS' performance, once the guys amble onto stage and wander to their respective instruments, a natural, yet astonishing transformation ensues. These unassuming six young men from a small town in Missouri instantly morph into an incredibly tight reggae ensemble. After years of relentless rehearsing, and touring, they've earned, at a relatively young age, control and understanding of reggae that many veteran artists might envy. As soon as show time arrives at a JAH ROOTS concert their preternatural talent leaps forth from the stage, assaulting the audiences' consciousness before wrapping it in a caress of sonic-euphoria. If one is fortunate enough to attend a JAH ROOTS show, by only the second song of the night's set, it will become undeniably obvious why JAH ROOTS has been lauded in the media as "the best live American reggae band."

http://www.myspace.com/jahroots

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