Date and Time
Thursday, January 17th, 2013 at 10:00pm
Bonus Entertainment presents Anthony B and Stevie Culture Thursday, January 17Doors at 10 PM$25 Early bird advanced tickets at www.bonusman.info, Northcoast Horticulture Supply, The Works in Eureka, DTA in Arcata, Peoples Records in Arcata and Couple Cups in Arcata 21 and overBonus Entertainment presents Anthony B and Stevie Culture! Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music. This artiste has been steadfast in his mission to represent the poor and oppressed, using sharp lyrics to confront political injustices and bring the issues of the people to the forefront. In the process, he has raised the quality of performance standards and lyrical content for the industry, through the release of 13 albums, over 1000 singles and appearances on over 100 albums in the last 14 years. Anthony B’s musical journey started in the church, back when he was still called Keith Anthony Blair in Clark’s Town, Trelawney. In this part of rural Jamaica, Anthony B was immersed in the thunderous chants and rhythms of Revivalism and the Seventh Day Adventist church where he honed his soon-to-be signature vocals.In his formative years, the artiste also cleaved to the music of Otis Redding and the incomparable Peter Tosh. Anthony B’s lyrical genius and his captivating, energetic performance style have caused him to be heavily requested for performances in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa. Anthony B personally rates his performance in 1999 at the Montrose Jazz Festival as a monumental event in his career. In 2003 and 2004, he was given a King’s welcome in Gambia and Senegal. In 2004, he sold out shows in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany; closing for such greats as Israel Vibration and Burning Spear. He also opened up new regions for reggae music through his performances in New Dehli, India, Czech Republic, Iceland, Argentina, Venezuela and on France’s Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean. His heavy touring schedule has not slowed Anthony B’s stream of releases. Over the years, he has collaborated with Bone Crusher, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, Martina, an on his latest album, Toots. Anthony B’s rich vocals and audacious lyrics carry a depth and substance which is rare in the industry. Internationally, his fan-base has grown because he speaks about the universal concerns of suffering and salvation. “The greatest thing about reggae music is that it’s about concepts and ideas,” says the artiste, “you are speaking to people on issues they live and can relate to.” Stevie Culture was born in Kingston, Jamaica to Rastafarian parents in the 1970′s. His Father was a musician who plays the guitar and sings. He began his career one night, in 1983, at a Dancehall party. Somebody handed him a microphone, and in a moment of inspiration, he made up a brand new song, right there on the spot. Stevie immediately realized that he loved singing, and that he was good at it, too. Singing became his lifelong passion, and as Stevie puts it, “Ever since I picked up the microphone that night, that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.” Stevie has always carried with him a positive message. When asked what one thing he would tell his fans, he responded in a heartbeat: “Hol’ a joy! (stay positive).” “Don’t let the problem rule your life”, he says; “Don’t think of the problem. Think of the solution. Just be happy about what you’re doing.” The songs on Stevie’s debut album; “Top Class” reflect this “Hol’ a Joy” philosophy. Each of the fifteen tracks contains its own unique message. “Dat Ting Deh” is a warning about hardcore drugs and how they ruin people’s lives. The title track: “Top Class” is a message for women. It is a reminder that women can be “independent and do what they want” without apology. “Conscious Lyrics” is about keeping a positive message in Reggae Music. “Link Up” is an appeal to every nation to put aside their differences and just dance to Reggae Music.