Music Scene: ALO, Nathan Angelo, SOJA
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The San Francisco-based Animal Liberation Orchestra is more than a jam band. The band incorporates the distinct sounds of blues, classic rock, funk and folk with rarely seen realism and with the precision only a veteran band could execute.
Each song is well-planned and choreographed in its recorded version, but complex song structures allow ALO’s members to maintain the spontaneity of the group’s jam-band roots throughout its live renditions.
ALO is road-hardened, having toured rather continuously since the mid-’90s. To date, the band has performed frequently with the Dave Matthews Band, Galactic and longtime friends Brett Dennen and Jack Johnson.
ALO will perform Friday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., in support of its new album, “Sounds Like This.” Local singer-songwriter Luke Cunningham also will perform. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at The-Windjammer.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 886-8596.
Armed with a soulful voice, pensive lyrics and a rich musical background, longtime Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Nathan Angelo first caught the attention of indie/pop and soft rock fans with his debut album “Through Playing Me” in 2006 and his 2009 follow-up, “These ’Ol Keys,” selling more than 15,000 copies independently.
Since his start in small Atlanta clubs and bars, Angelo has become known as one of the hardest-working musicians in the Southeast for the past several years, touring regionally as a headliner and nationally as an opening act for the Fray, the Zac Brown Band and others throughout the year.
Being hailed by some as his best work so far, Angelo’s junior effort, “Follow Your Heart,” was released last year. The album displays the same soul-churning vocals and storytelling lyrics fans have come to expect, but features more refined songwriting.
Angelo will perform tonight at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with Steve Means. Tickets are $5 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 886-8596 or go to The-Windjammer.com.
Hailing from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) has become a leading American reggae group since its formation nearly 15 years ago.
The quintet’s roots- inspired reggae is a sign of how far the music of Jamaica has reached.
SOJA formed in 1997 after lead singer and guitarist Jacob Hemphill returned to the U.S. after spending time living in Uganda with his family. Hemphill met bassist Bob Jefferson in middle school shortly after returning, and the pair bonded over their interest in reggae music and the Rasta culture.
The band’s seventh and latest album, “Strength to Survive,” was released in January.
SOJA will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Inner Circle. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Go to musicfarm.com or call 577-6989.