Natty Nation w/ TUGG and DJ Trichrome

Saturday, August 05, 2017
8-11:55 p.m.
Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub. This is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation. A collective of musicians from Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago & Minneapolis lead by JAH Boogie (lead vocals and bass) & musical director Aaron  Konkol  (keys, backing vocals & melodica). The independent all original touring & recording outfit is one of the original leading forces in USA based reggae.   Their messages of spreading positive vibrations, peace, love, building community, & universal spirituality have been ringing out since  Natty’s  inception in 1995.   Natty has backed up reggae legends Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Chaka  Demus  & Pliers, as well as Kevin Kinsella, founding member & lead singer of John Brown’s Body & 10ft. Ganja Plant, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Toots & the  Maytals , Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill,  Beenie  Man, & countless others.   JAH Boogie and his backing band’s tight but fluid,  rootsy  but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening on their stereo or live in concert. It’s almost impossible not to dance at a Natty Nation show. Every concert is a different experience.   Their energy is infectious & their  dubtastic  jams are complex, yet their overall message is simple: spread the positive vibration.   Accolades:   27 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including Performer of the Year (2009), Best World Artist (6 years in a row), World Album (4 years), World Song (4 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, Ensemble Vocals, & many more   Broadjam’s  international song of the month “Cool & Proper”   Selection for the highly sought after Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Middle East, Africa, Japan, & the Marshall Islands playing for the troops   Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Reggae Artist of the Year, and several nominations for same   Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus’ Newspaper’s readers poll   and many more…   Natty Nation has experience playing festivals, events, and other venues from coast to coast & abroad, performing at hundreds of clubs, theaters, outdoor music festivals, & Military bases abroad, including Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon,  Millenium  Music Conference, Atlantis Music Conference, headlining slots at  Freakfest  & Bricktown Reggae Fest (among others), appearances at  Wookiefoot’s   Harvestfest  & Shangri-La, Bob Marley Fest in Florida, Bella Tempo, Bella  Mente , People Fest,  Jammin  On The Wolf, Subway’s Music at the Zoo concert series, Habitat for Humanity’s 100th House Celebration, & several others.   Natty Nation over 2 decades of performance experience, songs from an original 70+ song catalog, and a loyal fan base, not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad, and are always looking for more dedicated individuals to join the Natty Crew.   Come join the Natty family on this beautiful road of life! The journey has only just begun… This free event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, Wisconsin Union members and their guests.  Anyone can become a Union member.