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NATTY NATION / Bio

100% independent Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.

2011 marks their 16th anniversary of keeping the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland. Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations has been ringing out since Natty's inception in 1995.

JAH Boogie and his backing band's tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening at a show or on their stereo.

It's almost impossible not to dance at a Natty live performance, and though they put the same energy into a show in front of 8 as they do in front of 8,000, the energy from the crowd plays a big part in the performance, making every concert a different experience.

Their energy is infections & their dubtastic jams are complex, yet their message is simple--spread the positive vibration!

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Accomplishments:

The "Natty Crew" have backed up reggae legends like Lee "Scratch" Perry and Chaka Demus & Pliers, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian & Stephen Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill, Beenie Man, & countless others. They bring 15 years of performance experience, 15 years of songs from a great original 60+ song catalog, and a 15-year fan base (not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad!).

Natty Nation has experience playing festivals, events, and other venues from coast to coast & abroad, performing at hundreds of clubs, theaters, outdoor music festivals, & Military bases abroad, including Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Millenium Music Conference, Atlantis Music Conference, Wookiefoot's Harvestfest, Bob Marley Fest in Florida, Freakfest, Bella Tempo, Subway's Music at the Zoo concert series, Habitat for Humanity's 100th House Celebration, & several others.

Natty has received several awards during their 15 years, including:

•19 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including overall Artist of the Year, Best World Artist (3 years in a row), Album (3 years), Song (3 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, & more
•Broadjam's international song of the month "Cool & Proper"
•Selection for the highly sought after Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Middle East & Africa playing for the troops
•Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Best Reggae/World/Ska Artist of the Year
•Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus' Newspaper's readers poll
and many more

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Discography: (all albums & singles available at http://nattynation.bandcamp.com

Suffice Single (2010)
Reincarnation (2008)
LIVE in Eau Claire (2008)
Seth's Picks - Best of Live 2003 - 2006 (2007)
Live Fan Club Releases Vol. 1-5 (2004)
Inatty In Jah Music (2003)
Rasta Revolution E.P (2002)
Live 9.21.2000 (2001)
Live '99-'00 (2000)
Earth Citizen (1998)
The Journey Has Just Begun (1996)

General Info

Band Members
JAH Boogie- lead vox & bass; Aaron Konkol- keys & backing vox; plus backing musicians
Artist Name
NATTY NATION
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/nattynation
Active Since
04/95
Genres
Reggae / Reggae / Dub

Contact Info

Location
Madison, WI
Manager
Ron J. Konkol
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