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World Music Concerts & Festivals

Ras Midas and Root Awakening
December 10, 2005
Moe's ALley
Santa Cruz California

Saturday, December 10
Jamaica’s Roots Reggae Legend
RAS MIDAS
& Root Awakening
Plus special guest Soul Majestic
& DJ Adam 12 & MC Rocky Bailey

Moe’s Alley – 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
$13 advance / $15 door
Doors 9:00pm
21 +

Jamaica’s Root Reggae Legend, Ras Midas & the Bridge plus Root
Awakening & Soul Majestic will provide a full night of conscious local
reggae Saturday, December 10 at Moe’s Alley.

Hailing from Jamaica, Ras Midas, a reggae sensation that has graced
stages across the world for thirty years, distinguishing himself by
consistently delivering high-energy performances, positive lyrics and
music for the entire family, Ras Midas draws his inspiration and themes
from daily life and his messages hit everything from international and
political issues to love and respect for all.

As a solo artist, Ras Midas’ first international hit, “Kude -A- Bamba”,
was recorded in English and Swahili for Island Records and sold a half
million copies worldwide.  As the first artist to record reggae in
French, Ras Midas’ “Rastaman in Exile” earned him and “Album of the
Year” award and rave reviews from such music publications such as
Paris’ “Rock & Folk”, who said that Ras Midas’ music is, “a new,
unique, clear, perfect, crystal sound, interwoven to challenge fashions
and times.”  Rise up and let you body and soul move to the rhythms and
social consciousness of Ras Midas!

Just returning from their two-week, west coast tour with Anthony B,
Soul Majestic will share the Moe’s stage with Ras Midas. Soul Majestic
is said to be one of North America's most powerful and promising reggae
acts in years. Recently mentioned in The Beat Magazine, writer and
radio DJ, Chuck Foster hailed them as “poised to inherit the top US
Reggae band mantle previously held by Blue Riddim and Inka Inka”.  The
diversity in their range of fans demonstrates their ability to move the
most hard-core reggae enthusiasts as well as a wider, more universal
audience, and keep them dancing from start to finish. Influenced by old
school Studio One style, conscious roots, dub, and cultural dance hall,
the band takes what they have learned from their reggae heroes and
funnels it into a unique sound all their own.

Soul Majestic achieves this authenticity with their talented
combination of players featuring bass and drums, keyboard/organ, lead
and rhythm guitar, percussion and Nyahbingi drums. With charismatic
vocalist Eric-I as the band's main front person and primary songwriter,
the band keeps things fresh by featuring Soul Majestic's other vocal
talents as well. They incorporate a strong female presence with Oriana
and Diyay on leads and collaborations for a handful of tunes, and a
dancehall edge with Bay Area freestyle artist Luv Fyah stepping up to
chant between Eric’s vocal stylings. Lush harmonies from the band’s two
soul sisters, tight rhythm section, and energetic drum and bass vibes
lend the perfect backdrop to this dynamic vocal blend. With emphasis on
the music's power to convey a message, Soul Majestic's lyrics present a
clear understanding of the human condition and address pertinent
political issues.

Tickets Available at: Moe’s Alley – 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA
– call 831-479-1854 or go to www.moesalley.com