J Boog Live Album Recorded At Belly Up Tavern
J Boog Live At Belly Up Tavern

J Boog Live Album Recorded At Belly Up Tavern

Influenced by reggae, rap, and R&B, J Boog was given a sense of freedom to be himself and create his own unique reggae sound. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, California. Growing up in the rough streets of Compton, the strong sense of tradition and culture that J Boog absorbed from his family was instrumental in his path to stay off the streets and begin a successful music career.

The results are apparent when listening to J Boog’s new live album recorded live at the Belly Up on September 2nd 2014, featuring ”Let’s Do It Again”, ”Break Us Apart” and the classic “Police and Thieves”. It is authentic Island Music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog’s writing: love. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.

Track Listing:
1. Coldest Zone
2. Give Thanks
3. Break Us Apart
4. My Audio
5. Love Affair/ Lifetime Lover (Medley)
6. Police & Thieves
7. Mystery
8. Every Little Thing
9. Bomb Buds
10. Let It Blaze
11. Love Season
12. Let’s Do It Again
13. Sunshine Girl

Available Now At www.bellyupmusic.com
Available on iTunes, Spotify, AmazonMP3 and other digital retailers November 4th


THE COLLISION: J Boog + The Green

THE COLLISION The Green featuring J Boog hits the west coast November 11! With special guest Eli-Mac! #TheCollision2014

Tickets on sale now:

Nov 11: San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew
Nov 12: Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Nov 13: San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
Nov 14: Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Nov 15: Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Nov 16: Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Nov 18: Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
Nov 19: Vancouver, BC – Venue
Nov 21: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Nov 22: Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Nov 23: Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
Nov 26: Park City, UT – Park City Live
Nov 28: Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
Nov 29: Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Dec 1: Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Dec 2: Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Dec 3: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre


J Boog Biography

Jerry “J Boog” Afemata, a reggae singer of Samoan descent, was born in Long Beach and was raised in Compton, California.  Steeped in Samoan culture and as the son of a Samoan chief, J Boog’s large family has had a huge impact on his artistry.  He is the youngest of seven brothers and one sister.  He credits his sister with being one of his earliest musical influences.  She played piano and he began to sing along when she brought home a Bob Marley songbook.  Each sibling offered exposure to other genres, such as rap and R&B, which allowed J Boog a sense of freedom to be himself.  This variety of musical influence combined with Reggae’s feel good sound that was embraced by the whole Afemata family, J Boog was set on a path to creating his own unique reggae sound.

J Boog is keeping true to his namesake.  Nicknamed “Boog” by his siblings because he could never sit still for long, J Boog is currently living and traveling between Hawaii and California. J Boog has not taken a break since the release of his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. It was his close collaboration with island music pioneer, George “Fiji” Veikoso, whom he met in 2005, that has helped spur the creation of J Boog’s unique sound, as well as pave the way for many other Polynesian artists.  Another great milestone in the creation of J Boog’s debut album was when he joined the Hawaii/San Francisco based musical family, Wash House Music Inc.  This collaboration started J Boog on a journey that would keep him plenty busy and would also provide the influence for his follow-up album.

In 2008 J Boog teamed up with Yami Bolo and a member of reggae’s royal family, Ambassador Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage.  He then traveled to Jamaica to experience the culture of Jamaican reggae. This being J Boog’s first visit to Jamaica he did not expect to find himself working in such amazing studios such as Bob Marley’s “Tuff Gong Studio” , Don Corlean’s “Hit Maker Studio”, Bobby Digital’s “Digital B Studio”,  Shaggy’s ” Big Yard Studio” and Sugar Minott’s “Youth Man Promotions”. Guided by Gramps Morgan, J Boog found himself surrounded by several artists he himself had been influenced by and would later appear on his follow-up album, “Backyard Boogie” in 2011.  Backyard Boogie entertained a great spectrum of reggae fans and invited new reggae fans around the world, offering a variety of musical roots, including R&B and Rock.  J Boog got back to that feel good, be himself music that is uniquely his.  “Backyard Boogie” topped the US Billboard charts and iTunes charts in numerous countries.   Featured hits were “Let’s Do It Again”, produced by legendary Don Corleon, and “Sunshine Girl”, produced by Gramps Morgan/Dada-son and featured Morgan Heritage front man, Peetah Morgan.   The success of Backyard Boogie earned J Boog the Best New Entertainer Award at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards held in Chicago.

J Boog is a true student of music.  He is currently and constantly collaborating and recording, getting his sound out for others to enjoy in many creative ways.  In 2013 and 2014 he recorded several singles both independently and collaboratively.  In July he released the EP “Live Up!” on Washhouse Hawaii, which reached #18 on the Top Heatseekers chart and #4 on Top Reggae Albums.  He has also worked on a mixtape release of his tracks called “My Diamond Life” for fashionista powerhouse Diamond Supply Co.  J Boog has toured around the world in locations such as Europe , Africa, Dubai, New Zealand, Australia, United States, and Japan,  just to name a few.  His music is transparent and preaches that music is the only universal tongue.  However, what stays with his listeners is his humility, his deeply engrained commitment to his family and to his proud culture.

IMG_9581 Run Em Hard Tour

Run Em Hard Tour

@jboogmusic @jboogmusicblog @washhouse #runemhardtour2014 hits a city near you
@thehotrainband #thehotrainband #washhouse #jboogmusic #sirwatz #greenstone

Dates below

29-Aug-Fri-Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst

30-Aug-Sat-Santa Margarita, CA
Lookout Music Festival at Pozo Saloon

31-Aug-Sun-Long Beach, CA
Shoreline Jam

2-Sep-Tue-Solana Beach, CA
Belly Up
Hot Rain

3-Sep-Wed-Solana Beach, CA
Belly Up
Hot Rain

4-Sep-Thu-Las Vegas, NV
Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
w/Anuhea, Rebel Souljahz

5-Sep-Fri-tempe, AZ
Club Red
Hot Rain

6-Sep-Sat-Acoma, NM
Sky City Casino
w/Wayne Wonder

9-Sep-Tue-Dallas, TX
Gas Monkey
Hot Rain / Blue Twenty2′s

10-Sep-Wed-Houston, TX
Warehouse Live
Hot Rain

11-Sep-Thu-Austin, TX
Stubbs Jr.
Hot Rain

12-Sep-Fri-New Orleans, LA
Parish at House of Blues
Hot Rain

13-Sep-Sat-Jacksonville, FL
Jack Rabbits
Hot Rain

14-Sep-Sun-Wilmington, NC
Cali Roots: Carolina Sessions

17-Sep-Wed-Charleston, SC
Music Farm
Hot Rain

18-Sep-Thu-Sebastian, FL
Capt Hiram’s
Hot Rain

19-Sep-Fri-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Culture Room
Hot Rain

20-Sep-Sat-Orlando, FL
The Social
Hot Rain

21-Sep-Sun-St. Petersburg, FL
Jannus Live
Hot Rain

24-Sep-Wed-St. Louis, MO
Old Rock House
Hot Rain / Proverbial

25-Sep-Thu-Lawrence, KS
The Bottleneck
Hot Rain / Proverbial

26-Sep-Fri-Des Moines, IA
Hot Rain / Proverbial

27-Sep-Sat-Chicago, IL
Fortunate Youth / New Kingston

28-Sep-Sun-Minneapolis, MN
Fortunate Youth / Ease Up

1-Oct-Wed-Denver, CO
Bluebird Theater
Hot Rain

3-Oct-Fri-Missoula, MT
Top Hat
Hot Rain / Inna Vision

4-Oct-Sat-Tacoma, WA
Hot Rain / Inna Vision

5-Oct-Sun-Tacoma, WA
Hot Rain / Inna Vision

8-Oct-Wed-Eugene, OR
Cozmic Pizza
Hot Rain

9-Oct-Thu-Crystal Bay, NV
Crystal Bay Club Casino
Hot Rain

10-Oct-Fri-Redway, CA
Mateel Center
Hot Rain

11-Oct-Sat-San Francisco, CA

J Boog Smashes UCSB!!!!!


Last weekend J Boog & the Hot Rain band smashed extravaganza 2013! The event was held at UCSB in Santa Barbara. The show was a private event for the UCSB student body featuring many different genres of music, including dance, hip hop, and reggae.  For J Boog, and the entire Wash House family, it was a very special show because they got to share the stage with hip hop artist, and fellow Compton, CA native, Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick, if you don’t already know, is a talented artist who exploded on the hip hop scene under mentor and legendary artist Dr. Dre.

J Boog’s latest single,”My Audio,” released on iTunes May 21st. The single charted on iTunes top ten reggae charts, sitting at the #2 spot. Make sure download your copy on iTunes and Amazon today.

Boom Bahng!

The Wash House Family

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