Official Natty Nation Bio

Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.

Since 1995 Natty Nation has been keeping the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland. Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations have been ringing out since Natty's inception.

Natty has backed up reggae legends Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, 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 to their music, either at a show or on their stereo.

It's almost impossible not to dance at a Natty live performance. Every Natty Nation concert is a different experience. Their energy is infectious & their dubtastic jams are complex, yet their message is simple--spread the positive vibration.



-Demetrius "JAH Boogie" Wainwright--lead vocals/bass/percussion
-Aaron Konkol--keys/backing vocals/melodica

backing band includes some or all of the following musicians:

-Richard Hildner--guitar
-Olen Franklin--drums
-Francisco Martinez--drums/percussion/backing vocals
-Louka Patenaude--guitar
-Jim Newhouser- live sound/dubs



Natty has received several awards during their career of 18+ year, including:

•20 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including Performer of the Year (2009), Best World Artist (5 years in a row), World Album (4 years), World Song (4 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, Ensemble Vocals, & 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, Wookiefoot's Harvestfest, Bob Marley Fest in Florida, Freakfest, 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 brings 18+ years of performance experience, 18+ years of songs from a great original 60+ song catalog, and an 18+ year fan base, not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad.


Live at the UW Terrace (2013)
Retrospective (2012)
Suffice Single (2010)
Reincarnation (2008)
LIVE in Eau Claire (2008)
Seth's Picks - Best of Live 2003 - 2006 (2007)
Live Fan Club Releases Vol. 1-5 (2004)
Inatty In Jah Music (2003)
Rasta Revolution E.P (2002)
Live 9.21.2000 (2001)
Live '99-'00 (2000)
Earth Citizen (1998)
The Journey Has Just Begun (1996)

  Technical System Requirements


1 left
2 right
3 monitor send 1
4 monitor send 2
5 monitor send 3


Each mix must have a 31 band graphic eq.

Front Of House:

Stereo PA capable of producing 105db sound level at FOH position with no distortion. Minimum of 5 input channels. Behringer equipment not acceptable. Stereo out must have a 31 band graphic eq.

If no PA system is provided please contact me to discuss arrangements.

What I travel with:

8-space rack with complete production for main mix, in-ear mixing and recording. microphone kit cord case utility kit laptop wireless mixer

Typical setup:

Any and all inputs from the band patch directly into my system. I supply a stereo mix to the house system. Further, I supply an additional 3 channels to send directly to the monitors. I expect to be able to use the house system's graphic eq's for mains and monitor channels. The main rack is set up in a back corner of the stage or monitor mix area. All stage inputs and in-ear sends patch directly to this rack.

If we are the only act you are providing PA for you can omit the following:

It is not necessary to run a snake and set up a front of house location. A mixing board is not required.

Festival stage or opening slot sharing backline:

The quick solution is to patch any shared lines (like the drum and bass - whatever makes sense) from the house snake to my rack and then repatch after the set.

Another option would be to use a monitor or recording split (if there's an extra).

Contact me with any questions or concerns:

Jim Newhouser