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The Simpkin Project / New Leaf / Solution

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The Simpkin Project / New Leaf / Solution
Friday, August 18, 2017 8:45 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $12.00 - $15.00
  • Door Time: 8:15 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over

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  • The Simpkin Project

    The Simpkin Project

    Simpkin Project plays a multi-faceted blend of reggae and Americana that varies greatly on its exterior layers but only atop the organic rhythms of reggae music. Their sound has been described as “uncompromising… blend[ing] authentic roots rock rhythms with a wall-of-sound production style,” and the lyrical compositions of frontman Phil Simpkin range “from the simply truthful to the stirringly anthemic.” Their dedication and respect for reggae music is both seen and heard through their non-stop, enthusiastic live performances, songwriting style and studio recordings.

    Rich guitar work that draws from influences in blues and rock ‘n’ roll is rarely in dull company, propelled steadily forward by the band’s thumping drums, bass and percussion, and the clockwork sound of rhythm guitar that defines Jamaica’s most culturally celebrated music. Their keyboard arrangements are lush and vibrant, providing a melodic backdrop against which three-part vocal harmonies shine brightly.

    These pieces come together to form a kind of living machine comprised of six cogs that change shape and size and tempo, and it moves not only bodies on a dance floor, but the hearts and minds inside them.

    Simpkin Project’s music can be likened to a dialect of its parent language – culturally adapted to make sense in its place and time. It is music that addresses the struggles we all face; showing us that there is beauty in all things, from love to loss to injustice, and thus remaining true to the messages of traditional roots-reggae without which it would not exist.

    “We love reggae music period. It is what we were all raised on. Strictly roots, rock, reggae music. What other genre of music exists solely as the vehicle that carries within it messages of peace, positive vibes, respect, love, empowerment, and spiritualism?”

  • Solution

    Solution

    "Fate: The development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power."

    Fate rarely occurs, but for "Solution," one night in 2012 proved it possible. Though the band was already formed and thriving, a "no-show" by their lead singer left them without a front man for the night. Nick Papageorge (guitar/vocals) had already performed as an opening act with his acoustic guitar, when he accepted an invite from Jeff Berger (drums/vocals) and Sean Jefferson (guitar) for a showtime Hail-Mary. Low and behold-the REAL band met each other that fateful night when the stars aligned.
    Soon after the band released a full length album, "Take Me high," followed by a Free EP of six songs, "Sacrifice," and most recently a summer-loving single, "Sunday." Each time a project was sent out into the world, they presented an audible progression of the group as musicians and human beings. During this time period, they shared the stage with many amazing performers, and were nominated for "Best World," twice for "Best Live Band," and won "Fan Favorite" two years in a row at the Orange County Music Awards.
    With newly added bass power house, Pops Lopez, and multi talented younger brother, Marc Jefferson (keys/lead guitar), the future is looking very bright for this ever evolving group. These Gentlemen seamlessly blend fluid reggae with heavy rock distortion and back again like trained surgeons with a scalpel. Their sound is a definite personification of themselves, and perfectly mashed influences from all across the spectrum of music. Reggae, Punk, metal, psychedelic…it's all there. So come one, come all, and take the ride that is, "SOLUTION."

  • New Leaf

    New Leaf

    The seeds of New Leaf were planted years ago in the LA based reggae/jam band, International Farmers, and the San Diego based roots reggae band, Shoreline Rootz. 

     

    After years of playing shows and entertaining crowds both locally and nationally, key members of both bands took a well earned break. Danny Primavera (songwriter/guitarist of International Farmers) was ready for a fresh start and moved to Hawaii in 2012. Scott Clayton (drums) and Jonam LeBlanc (bass) were the heartbeat and rhythm of Shoreline Rootz but desired a break from the grind of being a full time band in 2013. Over time, the call to write, play, and perform grew exponentially. Danny relocated from Oahu back to San Diego in 2013 with several year's worth of songs and lyrics. This fresh focus laid the foundation and intent for his next idea, New Leaf. Realizing his own renewed call to music, Scott noticed on Facebook that Danny had moved nearby and quickly reached out. While their paths had crossed many times before, this time it felt different. The soulful, dubby, and fresh reggae sound that permeated those first few hours was undeniable. Three years have passed as the trio continues to hone their groove and deepen their dub journey together. 

     

    Dub driven and full of soul, New Leaf is now ready to share their vision of roots rock reggae with audiences everywhere. Come out, get down, and let your soul sing along.

Set Times:
  • 09:30 PM - Solution
  • 10:15 PM - New Leaf
  • 11:15 PM - The Simpkin Project

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