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Announcing SOJA at Uptown Theatre Napa on 11/10/13(October 14, 2013)
Napa, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2013
Mention folk music to the average listener and the list of usual suspects come to mind: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, etc. Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and youll walk away with a different perspective. To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley theyre all folk artists, he says. Theres no difference between Raekwon saying, I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no jive, to Bob Marley saying, Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, too, to Johnny Cash saying, I know I had it coming, I know I cant be free, but those people keep on moving (around) and thats what tortures me. Folk is all about storytelling and passing on a legacy. Its timeless, its limitless and it crosses all boundaries. Thats what this band is striving for. Its a tall order, he laughs, but were making our way."
Hemphill says the bands simple and honest approach to music is whats enabled them to break through obstacles of language, distance and culture in amassing an international following. Whats the alternative pop music? he laughs. Pop musicespecially American pop music, is about having money, sleeping with models, living in mansions, spending all of our time in clubs and generally being better than the rest of the world. Its funny, cuz everyone here is broke. We sing about different thingsthings that actually matter. I think our fans appreciate that.
When I look out in the audience and I see these kids with tears in their eyes, not because Im singing a love song, but because Im singing about how the world is dying and were the only ones who can stop it that is huge. I live for that. We played a festival in Brazil in front of 80,000 people, and everybody was singing every wordin English. After one of the songs, I told them, Were on the road a lot, and people always ask me, 'Dont you ever get homesick? Dont you miss your family?' I said, 'It took me awhile to realize this, but this is my home, and you all are my family.' The place just blew up. It was amazing. But its the truththose are my people and I always want to do right by them. Its is the only game in town for me.
Tickets for SOJA are $30. They are on sale now and can be purchased through the theatre website at http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com, at Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) or at the theatre box office (please call 707.259.0123 ext. 6 for hours). To find out more, please visit http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com.
The Uptown Theatre Napa is downtowns ultimate destination for live concerts. Nestled in the famed West End district, this stunningly restored art deco masterpiece showcases only the finest acts, featuring music, comedy and more. An historic landmark, the Uptown offers a phenomenal, intimate live show experience, with excellent site lines and world class sound and lighting. As concert venues go, this is the place to be. Every seat is a great seat so buy concert tickets now.
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