Salem been touring nationally for 6 years at festival, club and action sports events from the group's home in Boulder, Colorado. The band performs Todd Anders Johnson's socially-conscious compositions blending hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul.
The band has been traveling with Risan Project tours which include Salem concerts, ski and snowboard film premiers and presentations from environmental organizations such as Protect Our Winters, the Nantucket Land Council and The Climate Project. The Risan Project is touring with the sponsorship of SunCore Solar, the world's first light powered cell phone technology and has begun performing select events on solar powered stages.
Salem has played at the biggest ski and snowboard events in North America like EXPN’s Winter X 12 Games, the 48 Straight King of the Mountain in Sun Valley, the US Freeskiing Open, The US Snowboarding Grand Prix, the US Snowboarding VISA Cup, the Canadian Freeskiing Championships, the Breckenridge Spring Massive, the Keystone River Run Rocks and the Northface Masters of Snowboarding.
National Act support:
Salem has performed nationally alongside acts such as Keller Williams, Pato Banton, De La Soul, Sweatshop Union, The Meters (PBS), Bone Thugs N Harmony, DJ Logic, Stanton Moore and Will Bernard, Hells Belles, Mama's Cookin, Tab Benoit, Rebirth Brass Band, The Motet, Steve Earle and Zilla.
Salem music is featured in the 2010 "Tailgate Alaska: The Movie", the 2010 Teva Stand Up Paddling Educational DVD, HiroyukiYamada's 2009 "End of the Line", Warren Miller's 2006 "Off the Grid", the 2009 X Games After Party CD Compilation and the 2010 Bolder Boulder CD compilation.
"Salem unites seemingly disparate topics: global peace and powder shots.
Salem is as much at home in Warren Miller's film Off the Grid as it is
participating in Bono's global 'One Campaign.' Blending jazz, funk, spoken
word and some Afro-Cuban beats, it makes crowds dance and think." Katy
Niner, Jackson Hole News and Guide, March 12th, 2008
"Salem's Todd Anders Johnson reinvented his band when he moved to Colorado a
couple of years ago. His socially conscious reggae/Afro-influenced music has
found a home in the ski and snowboard industry, as its soundtrack. After
being featured on Warren Miller's "Off the Grid," he and band are touring
with the athletes, playing X-Games last weekend, Copper's U.S. Freesking
Tour and the Jeep King of the Mountain Tour." Leslie Brefeld, Summit Daily
News, January 31, 2008
"Like Bono and Franti, Johnson utilizes his music to help create awareness.
Masterfully weaving hip-hop, neo-soul, funk, jazz, and Afro-Cuban styles,
Salem is bound to move and groove you." Rebecca Thoreson, Telluride Daily
Watch, November 9th, 2007
"Todd Anders Johnson can pound out mad beats while culling some tight
lyrics, reaching that percussive Nirvana of five-part independence. Salem is
certainly a band on the rise." Jason Blevins, Denver Post, January 30, 2008
"Todd Anders Johnson writes songs that reflect relevant issues." Teri
Tibbett, THE JUNEAU EMPIRE, April 10, 2008
" Salem, a band with an eclectic mix of Hip-Hop, Funk and Afro-Cuban music,
bridges that gap and creates a union between these genres. The end product
is a groundbreaking and unique sound." Spotlight story by Nicole Cormier,
Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, January 2008
"In Salem, the drummer/composer uplifts his band with infectious grooves and
dynamic interplay, while also rhyming thought provoking and
socially-conscious lyrics." Michael Dawson, Modern Drummer Magazine,