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.

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Instrumentation:

JAH Boogie--lead vocals/bass
Aaron--keys/backing vox/melodica
Richard--guitar
Olen--drums
Francisco--drums/perc/backing vox
Louka--guitar

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Credentials:

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 19+ years of performance experience, 19+ years of songs from a great original 60+ song catalog, and an 19+ year fan base, not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad.

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Discography:

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

Stage Plot: CLICK HERE

Inputs:

channel ----- Suggested mic

1 kick ------ Shure beta 52
2 snare ----- Beyer M201
3 hat ------- Neumann KM140
4 rack tom -- Sennheiser MD421
5 floor tom - Sennheiser MD421
6 OH L ------ Neumann TLM193
7 OH R ------ Neumann TLM193
8 bass ------ DI
9 guitar ---- EV ND468
10 keys ----- DI
11 Leslie L - Shure beta 57
12 Leslie R - Shure beta 57
13 Leslie Lo- Shure beta 52
14 lead vox - EV ND767/Shure beta 58
15 key vox -- EV ND767/Shure beta 58
16 drum vox - EV ND767/Shure beta 58

Monitors:

-Minimum of 3 mixes required. 4 mixes preferred.
-Each mix must have a 31 band graphic eq.

Front Of House:

-Stereo PA capable of producing 115db sound level at FOH position with no distortion.
-Minimum of 16 input channels.
-Minimum of 6 aux sends. 8 aux sends preferred.
-Minimum of 4 channels of compression. Compressors MUST have attack and release controls.
-Stereo out must have a 31 band graphic eq.

Note: if a separate monitor console is provided there must be a separate qualified monitor engineer as well as a front of house engineer to run each.

If no PA system or stage lights are provided please contact me to discuss arrangements.


Contact me with any questions or concerns:

Aaron Konkol, Tour Manager
608-712-6566
ak@nattynation.com