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Salem / Bio

Salem been touring throughout North America at festival, club and action sports events from the group's home in Breckenridge, Colorado. The band performs Todd Anders Johnson's socially-conscious compositions blending hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul with Ashley Sterling's sultry vocals.

The band has traveled with Risan Project tours which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers and features with environmental organizations such as Protect Our Winters and The Climate Project.

Events:
Salem has played at the biggest ski and snowboard events in North America like EXPN’s Winter X 12 Games, the 48 Straight King of the Mountain in Sun Valley, the US Freeskiing Open, The US Snowboarding Grand Prix, the US Snowboarding VISA Cup, the Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the Breckenridge Spring Massive, the Keystone River Run Rocks and the Northface Masters of Snowboarding.

National Act support:
Salem has performed nationally alongside acts such as Rose Hill Drive, Brett Dennen, Public Enemy, Keller Williams, Pato Banton, De La Soul, Sweatshop Union, The Meters (PBS), Bone Thugs N Harmony, DJ Logic, Stanton Moore and Will Bernard, Hells Belles, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, Steve Earle and Zilla.

Soundtracks:
Salem music is featured in videos with Line skis, the 2010 “Tailgate Alaska: The Movie”, the 2010 Teva Stand Up Paddling Educational DVD, Hiroyuki Yamada's 2009 “End of the Line”, Warren Miller's 2006 “Off the Grid”, the 2009 X Games After Party CD Compilation and the 2010 Bolder Boulder CD compilation.

“Salem unites seemingly disparate topics: global peace and powder shots. Salem is as much at home in Warren Miller’s film Off the Grid as it is participating in Bono’s global ‘One Campaign.’ Blending jazz, funk, spoken word and some Afro-Cuban beats, it makes crowds dance and think.” Katy Niner, Jackson Hole News and Guide

“Salem's Todd Anders Johnson reinvented his band when he moved to Colorado a couple of years ago. His socially conscious reggae/Afro-influenced music has found a home in the ski and snowboard industry, as its soundtrack. After being featured on Warren Miller's "Off the Grid," he and band are touring with the athletes, playing X-Games last weekend, Copper's U.S. Freesking Tour and the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour.” Leslie Brefeld, Summit Daily News

“Like Bono and Franti, Johnson utilizes his music to help create awareness. Masterfully weaving hip-hop, neo-soul, funk, jazz, and Afro-Cuban styles, Salem is bound to move and groove you.” Rebecca Thoreson, Telluride Daily Watch

“Todd Anders Johnson can pound out mad beats while culling some tight lyrics, reaching that percussive Nirvana of five-part independence. Salem is certainly a band on the rise.” Jason Blevins, Denver Post

“ Salem, a band with an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, Funk and Afro-Cuban music, bridges that gap and creates a union between these genres. The end product is a groundbreaking and unique sound.” Spotlight story by Nicole Cormier, Colorado Music Buzz Magazine

General Info

Band Members
Todd Anders Johnson - Drums/Vocals, Thomas Haupt - Guitar, Ashley Sterling - Vocals, Tony Dickenson - Bass, Cat Ackermann - Keyboard
Artist Name
Salem
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/salemtoddandersjohnson
Active Since
01/08
Genres
R&B/Soul / Hip Hop / Jazz

Contact Info

Location
Breckenridge, CO