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Junior Kelly: Urban Poet Tour + Nomalakadoja at Moe's Alley, SC

August 6, 2017
8:30 pm
Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

Jamaican Reggae great JUNIOR KELLY makes a rare stop in Santa Cruz on the URBAN POET tour, backed by his LOVE SO NICE BAND comprised of Jamaica's finest players. Special guests Nomalakadoja open! $17 Advance, $20 Day of Show Doors 8:30 PM, Show 9:00 PM Patio Menu by Jerk House Santa Cruz: After 30 years and eight studio albums, Junior Kelly remains committed to the true spirit of Reggae by making music that is uplifting and empowering. Beginning his career during Dancehall's 'rude boy' era in the late '80s, Kelly's inspiring messages have always made him a standout, stand alone artist within Jamaica's heavily populated entertainment scene. His breakthrough single "Love So Nice" established him as a bonafide star in 2000. His commanding juxtaposition of precisely timed, deejayed rhymes and melodic singing, coupled with his vivid storytelling abilities, took the song to #1 on the Jamaican charts. "Love So Nice" spent 15 weeks at the top, making it the island's longest charting number one single for 2000. The album Love So Nice, released in 2001, also spawned the well-received singles "Sunshine," "Boom Draw" and the biting social commentary "Hungry Days," which brought him recognition throughout the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Kelly followed up Love So Nice, with Juvenille (2002), Conscious Voice (2002), Smile (2003), Bless (2003), and Tough Life (2005), His latest album, Red Pond (2010) features the lilting lovers rock tune "Too Late" with Queen Ifrica, "Murderer," a ferocious admonishment of gun violence, and "African Child" which was partially inspired by Kelly's unforgettable visit to Haiti. Junior Kelly was born Keith Morgan in Kingston on September 23, 1969. Raised in the rough area of Red Pond in Spanish Town, he lost his mentor and greatest inspiration when his brother Jim Kelly, a deejay for Killamanjaro Sound System, was murdered. Kelly turned to music to support his family, cutting his first single, "Over Her Body" in 1985. Music proved to be an uphill battle because Kelly, a devout Rastafarian, refused to compromise his beliefs by writing and performing lewd and violent lyrics. In 1995, his career accelerated with appearances on Reggae Sunsplash and Sting. He also performed at several venues in the northeastern United States, recording "Hungry Days," and the faith reaffirming "Good Tidings" while touring the United States. His first album Rise, was recorded in 2000. A powerfully stirring performer, Kelly continues to tour the World, spreading the messages of love, brotherhood, and self-empowerment through music.

Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
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