100% independent Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.
2010 marks their 15th anniversary of keeping the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland, sharing the stage with and backing up reggae legends like Lee "Scratch" Perry, Ziggy, Damian & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill, Beenie Man, & countless others. They bring 15 years of performance experience, 15 years of songs from a great original 60+ song catalog, and a 15-year fan base (not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad!).
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, Habitat for Humanity's 100th House Celebration, & several others.
Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations has been ringing out since Natty's inception in 1995.
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.
The "Natty Crew" has received several awards during their 15 years, including:
•13 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including overall Artist of the Year, Best World Artist (2 years in a row), Album (2 years), Song (2 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Guitarist, & 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 playing for the troops
•Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Best Reggae/World/Ska Artist of the Year
•Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus' Newspaper's readers poll
and many more
It's almost impossible not to dance at a Natty live performance. Every Natty Nation concert is a different experience. Their energy is infections & their dubtastic jams are complex, yet their message is simple--spread the positive vibration.
-Demetrius "JAH Boogie" Wainwright--Lead Vocals/Bass/Percussion
-Aaron "Eyes of Moses" Konkol--Keys/Backing Vocals/Melodica
backing band includes some or all of the following musicians:
-Francisco "Cyber Songo" Martinez--Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals
-Luke Polipnik--Lead & rhythm guitar
-David "Wakey" Wake--Keys
-Louka "L.P." Patenaude--Lead Guitar
-Paul "The Apostle" Renke--Drums
-Tyson "Thai Stick" Klobes--Bass
-Jason "JAH Son" Himebauch--Rhythm Guitar
-Biff "Bifftar" Blumfumgagnge- Guitar/E. Mandolin/Violin
-Mario "Tapeworm" Dawson- Drums
-Jim "J2the" Newhouser- Live Sound
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)