A Metropolitan New Years

| December 16, 2013
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new years poster-2Head on over to Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge for New Years Eve, for what most people have called “The best New Years’ celebration in town!”  For only $15 you get some of the best entertainment in town, a free shot down their signature Ice Luge on the heated rooftop, A free champagne toast at midnight, a midnight buffet and awesome drink specials.  No, that wasn’t a typo – It’s really only $15!!!

Riddim House Productions presents their premiere group, Jah Works.  Jah Works is a band of brothers based out of Baltimore, MD dedicated to writing, recording and performing original reggae music. While rooted firmly in the tradition of authentic Jamaican roots and dancehall, the band also blend elements of hip hop and popular music into their mix. A heavy dose of drum and bass combined with sweet melodies and catchy hooks are the groups’ trademarks.

With an independent mindset and a strong work ethic, the band has written and produced 8 albums to date. Through the help of a dedicated fan base, the internet, and their relentless tour schedule, they have sold over 100,000 records. The band’s llatest release is Rewind (2009). The album was featured on the front page of iTunes Reggae for 8 weeks.

Known for their high energy, party style atmosphere, Jah Works’ live shows appeal to both reggae and non reggae listeners alike. Comfortable in any environment, the band has played numerous music festivals, large and small venues, colleges, and private parties. They have been fortunate to share the stage with some notable international acts including Buju Banton, Toots and the Maytals, Culture, Burning Spear, UB40, and Damian Marley , as well as with their brothers in arms, John Browns Body and SOJA. When not on tour Jah Works can be found working on new material at their home studio in Baltimore.

The original inspiration for the name Jah Works came from a song title by the legendary 70′s reggae group The Gladiators. There is a broad yet simple meaning in those two words. To say aloud is to recognize the higher power behind all things seen and unseen. As Jamaican artist Terror Fabulous sings in his song of the same name, “Jah Works when you see the sun shine, Jah Works rule over all.” Jah Works is the energy that brought the band together and the force that drives them today.

In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkable house in Baltimore, “Fake Flowers Real Dirt” forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g.  funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic breakbeat/jungle, joined together with a series of quick jazz changes.  Simple melodic lines and hooks give way to solos, with space.
FFRD’s efforts began when singer Billy D William marshaled the forces of an accomplished group of veterans from the DMV music scene.  Their goal is nothing less than sonic nirvana – obtained through the melding of diverse musical traditions into a form greater than the sum of its parts.
Doors open at 8:30pm – Music Starts at 9:30pm
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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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