Chronixx (ft. special guest Kelissa) w/ Jah9 and Max Glazer (Federation Sound)

Party Guru Presents

Chronixx (ft. special guest Kelissa) w/ Jah9 and Max Glazer (Federation Sound)

Wed, March 15, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$28 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Chronixx
Chronixx
Jamaican musician Chronixx has ignited a torch in people's hearts the world over and is confidently lighting the path for an entire generation of youths to rediscover roots and culture.

Born Jamar Rolando McNaughton on October 10, 1992, Chronixx was musically nurtured from an early age by his father, dancehall artist Chronicle, and grew up surrounded by the likes of Burro Banton and Gregory Isaacs. His remarkable ascension in the music industry began in the background; harmonizing for artists such as Lutan Fyah and providing production assistance for tracks sung by Popcaan, Konshens and others.

Today, Chronixx is a respected artist in his own right after his career was stimulated by the unfortunate passing of both his blood brother in 2007 and his brother-in-arms, Lil' J.O.E., in 2010. The first EP, Hooked on Chronixx, was released in 2011 and immediately put the budding artist on the radar of music lovers and industry heads alike with 'Start A Fyah,' 'Warrior' and breakout single 'Behind Curtain' standing out as a fan favorites far beyond Jamaican shores.
Jah9
Jah9
Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel; “reminiscent of that darkly operatic wailer for truth & justice, Nina Simone.” Her philosophy–profoundly spiritual, and her style–Jazz on Dub.

Born Janine Cunningham, Jah9 spent her first 9 years in Falmouth, Trelawny, on the rural western edge of Jamaica before moving into the city of Kingston, in 1991. Transplanted in the city, this country girl, used to the idyllic Falmouth where everyone knew everyone else, was suddenly struck by chaos disguised as order in Jamaica’s capital. Highly sensitive to her surroundings, she ventured inward and found an outlet for her feelings in the words that she wrote.

Growing up in a conscious family with a preacher for a father and a social worker for a mother, Janine had always been aware of the injustices in the world. However, it was not until she was on campus at the University of the West Indies that she would embark on a pivotal journey to find her true voice. At UWI, she would gather with a group of fellow socially conscious and Rastafari brethren by a fire to steam herbs and reason for long hours. There her heart was opened to the teachings of Haile Selassie I and her ears to the hypnotic bass of the heavy dub rhythms of roots reggae. Janine eventually embraced her childhood nickname, Jah9, as she learnt the significance of the word “Jah” and the number “9”.

A staple on Jamaica’s underground poetry scene by 2009, in instrumental dub she found a place where her words could live, and the songs she started to write found eager encouragement. Jah9 began recording with renowned keyboardist and flautist Sheldon Bernard and her demos caught the attention of the legendary Beres Hammond, who then began helping to develop her recording technique. She later teamed up with popular producer Donovan Bennett of Don Corleon Records and released her first 2 singles in late 2010.

Her focus and determination eventually culminated in the release of her debut album entitled “New Name”, an homage to her personal spiritual journey produced by pioneer dancehall selector and roots producer Rory ‘Stone Love’ Gilligan. Voted album of the year by AchisReggae.com, “New Name” has been described as “quite simply, the superb sum of its parts: a straight cultural roots album” by United Reggae’s Angus Taylor.

Since 2013, Jah9 has performed on the main stage with her band ‘The Dub Treatment’ at most major European and US reggae festivals. Described as “black magic” and “possessing a chilling yet bewitching vibrato evoking a young Ella Fitzgerald and a rootsy coolness à la Erykah Badu” her dub-filled live performances elevate consciousness and invoke a spiritual reawakening.

Jah9, a certified yoga instructor trained in Kemetic, Ashtanga and Iyengar methods, has been known to compel her audiences during her live set to pause, breathe deeply and feel empowered. She opens minds and soaks them in knowledge and positivity. As a way to intimately engage with her fan base, Jah9 also curates an organic rhythm-based yoga experience she calls ‘Yoga on Dub’. Jah9 is rooted in her African heritage and driven to serve. In 2015, while on tour in Italy and Malta she was intent on engaging with African refugees, sharing with them insight on the new environment they would face, natural wellness as well as yoga/breathing as healing therapy.

Jah9’s words are a reflection of the life she has constructed. Considered a nation builder and community activist, she has been heavily involved in youth development work. She has helped develop programs for at-risk youth in Kingston, worked on the creation of “Healing of the Nation” public awareness campaign and been at the core of the creation of the non-profit youth and arts advocacy group known as Manifesto JA in 2005.

In 2016, the Universal year of 9 [2+0+1+6], Jah9 has established for herself a foundation as a formidable lyricist and revolutionary force; and now shifts her energies to unveiling a deeper more personal deployment of her ‘Jazz on Dub’ sound. Empowered by her femiNINE – that which is found in the symbolism of 9, the symbol of creation and womb of the universe – Jah9 is set to release her sophomore album divinely-entitled ‘9’.
Max Glazer (Federation Sound)
Max Glazer (Federation Sound)
Founded in 1999 by Max Glazer and Kenny Meez, Federation Sound has been dedicated to pushing the envelope and finding new and creative ways to share their love of dancehall, reggae and Caribbean music. Max Glazer is on a continuous tour of the world as a DJ and has produced a number of dancehall classics, including Vybz Kartel's "Whine (Wine)" which was featured on VP Records Reggae Gold 2011 and Westwood - The Big Dawg Is Back (Universal UK). Federation Sound's first official riddim release, Flatlands, featured Mr. Vegas, Mr. Lexx, Ward 21, Prince Zimboo and more. It was also followed by the ground breaking Flatlands Remix Project. In 2015 came the Highland riddim, featuring Vybz Kartel, Tifa, Marcy Chin and more. Under the name "Triple Crown", Max shared production duties with Cipha Sounds and Disco D on the remix of Pharell and Jay-z's "Frontin" which featured Vybz Kartel & Wayne Marshall and appeared on the Grammy nominated Def Jamaica album. Max has also worked with Brooklyn super producer Ricky Blaze on several projects, including the massive bootleg dancehall remix of Rihanna's #1 hit single "What's My Name" featuring original lyrics from Vybz Kartel and the Federation Sound remix of Matt & Kim's "Tonight" off their Lightning Remixes album on Fader Label. Federation Sound has worked with virtually all of the top names in reggae music including Sean Paul, Shaggy, Mavado, Baby Cham, rising star Chronixx and many more. Max Glazer toured with Rihanna for 4 years as her DJ / musical director. Working with the pop superstar from the release of her breakthrough single "pon de replay", Max put together all the music for her live shows as they traversed the globe, performing on some of the most iconic stages in the world… London's Wembley Arena, New York's Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, Jamaica's Sumfest stage, and even touched down in Africa, Thailand, Trinidad and Barbados, among many others. He has also appeared with Rihanna on numerous television shows including MTV's TRL, VMA's, Live with Regis & Kelly, All My Children, The Tyra Banks Show, and many many more.
Kelissa
Kelissa McDonald was born and raised in the hills of St. Andrew, Jamaica. At an early age, Kelissa developed an inclination to listening and making music, largely influenced by reggae and Rastafari. With her parents as the lead vocalists in the reggae band 'Chakula,' there was constantly music pulsating from her home. Her music has evolved into an expression of her background as well her stimulating living experiences in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ghana. At the moment Kelissa resides in Jamaica where she continues to make positive and conscious music as an avenue to express her diverse experiences and to inspire and uplift others.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/