Fortunate Youth - CD Release Tour

Scout Bar presents

Fortunate Youth - CD Release Tour

Cas Haley, Iya Terra

Fri, April 7, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

$16.00 - $31.00

This event is 18 and over

Fortunate Youth
Fortunate Youth
Fortunate Youth is a collaboration of South Bay reggae stand-outs. Rising from various bands, they've created a phenomenal 6-piece masterpiece bringing more fire to the stage than ever before. Combining rootsy vibes and unique bass lines united with multiple harmonies, boisterous guitar solos, and heavy keys separates Fortunate Youth from every other mainstream reggae band. With their high energy approach and positive stage presence they provide an unforgettable show to every music fan. Fortunate Youth's objective is to ensure a performance that leaves you feeling euphoric and curious of what might happen at the next show.
In 2011 they supported Tribal Seeds on their nationwide Tribal Youth Tour to spread their conscious music to the nation. F.Y. linked up The Green, from Hawaii, for a Midwest/Westcoast run before jumping back in the studio to record. They have hit the masses promoting only their 6-song EP titled "Up-Lifted EP" and just released their full-length album, "IRIE STATE OF MIND" on July 1, 2011. Fortunate Youth will also be touring very heavily through 2011 including a Naitonwide CD Release Summer Tour.

Upon Releasing their full-length album they quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and also locked in a #13 position on Billboard Top 100 Reggae Albums. Receiving great praise for early success Fortunate Youth strives to spread their interpretation of Reggae music to Music Lovers worldwide.

Fortunate Youth toured very heavily in 2012 supporting Headliners such as The Expendables and Tribal Seeds. FY also headlined their own Nationwide Summer of Sweet Love Tour proving they can pull their own weight as well. Making their first international departure, Fortunate Youth played 4 shows in Costa Rica spreading the love of reggae music internationally.

2013 release, "It's All A Jam", hit numerous charts including #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts, #10 Billboard Pacific Heatseekers Chart, #23 Billboard National Heatseeker Chart along with #1 on iTunes Reggae Charts and #46 iTunes Overall Charts.

FY followed the album release with a 55-Show nationwide Headline Tour in which many shows were sold out including the amazing Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, CA.

They have had the honor to share the stage with bands such as Groundation, Toots & The Maytals, The Green, The Wailers, Katchafire, Tribal Seeds, The Expendables, Pepper, Dirty Heads, Natural Vibrations, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Sashamon.
Cas Haley
Cas Haley
Occasionally, blessings come disguised as roadblocks. "Sometimes it's hard to see the lesson in the suffering. I pray for grace to guide me," Cas Haley sings on "Hold Up My Heart," a track from his new album, More Music, More Family.

From the outside, the soulful musician looks like he has it all: A loving young family, a wonder-ful home near Paris, Texas, where he grew up, and a career on the rise. He's shared stages with UB40, Allen Stone, G. Love, Ziggy Marley, and Easy Star All-Stars, among others, and has per-formed at events such as Hangout Music Festival, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Reggae on the River, and Mighty Sounds in the Czech Republic. But a freak accident — a fall while skiing at a festival in the Midwest — left Haley unable to sing. During eight months of treatment, he had plenty of time to think about what the injury meant to his future. The idea for More Music, More Family came from reflecting on how to pursue his career more holistically.

"To be alone is an unnatural thing / even when you're spreading good vibes with the songs you love to sing," the musician reveals on the title track of his album. Spending months at a time on the road, he was missing his children as they grew up: "In pursuit of this dream, I was creating tension," he says.

Haley channeled that turmoil into an album's worth of material. More Music, More Family, which will be released through Jimmy Buffet's label, Mailboat Records, deals with realizing purpose, strength and values. Crowdfunded through a Pledge Music campaign and recorded over a month at Steelgrass Farm in Kauai, Hawaii, the making of the record was as much about the healing process as the creative process. For starters, Haley points out, Hawaii is paradise. If you're having issues in paradise, they suddenly become very clear.

Those challenges — and the overcoming of them — are felt on More Music, More Family, but songs like the blues-tinged and funky "I Got You" and the danceable, kinetic "Spirit Being" ad-dress the universality of life lessons with positivity, uplifting melodies and Haley's heartfelt vo-cal style. "Big Hope," a track whose reggae-flavored intro gives way to energetic hip-hop beats, features Freewill (Luminaries) and Drew Misik (New Reb). Singer/songwriter Trevor Hall guests on "Hold Up My Heart," up-and-coming Hawaiian artist Mike Love lends an Aloha spirit to the second verse of the title track, and Andrew Terrett, aka Tubby Love, is featured on "Whole."

Tubby Love co-produced More Music, More Family, co-writing about 90 percent of the songs with Haley. Their different writing styles — Haley uses a lot of artistic license and relies on emotion and delivery to tell the story; Tubby Love aims for clarity of message and precise lyrics — melded to powerful effect. The album borrows the best of Haley's previous efforts. Connec-tion, from 2010, was recorded in a controlled studio setting while 2012's La Si Dah was captured in full takes with no overdubs. On More Music, More Family, Haley and his team wanted to bridge those two worlds, capturing an organic feeling along with a high fidelity.

While the album nods frequently to reggae sounds and textures, Haley — who grew up with mu-sician parents and their extensive record collection — doesn't consider himself a reggae artist. His omnivorous listening habits and involvement in the skateboard culture of the early '90s led him to the ska artists who influence him to this day. But More Music, More Family is eclectic: "Man Inside" weaves introspective and honest lyrics through shimmying rhythms and a low-key refrain. Instrumental track "Ryan's Prayer" is a cool swirl of melody and propulsive beat, and "Before It's Too Late," soul-tinged and syncopated, builds a platform from which Haley's vocal can soar. The gospel break down in that song's last minute raises the energy even higher with its celebratory stomps, claps and huge-hearted magnetism.

Now recovered and back to making music, Haley's new approach incorporates his family into shorter tours. He's also making sure the places he plays are aligned with his family-friendly ap-proach. "I'm trying to make everything more in line with the message so that I can be received in the way that makes the best impact," he says

That message has everything to do with the importance of the unit, which includes blood rela-tives as well as close friends. Even as people pursue their dreams and careers, Haley hopes they won't lose sight of togetherness. "Slow down and be aware of the blessing of family," he says. "That's where the light comes from."

Learn more at cashaley.com
Iya Terra
As the genre of Reggae music is continuously evolving, Los Angeles, California, based Iya Terra has found a way to take the messages of traditional Roots-Reggae and seamlessly mash them up in a today version. The young group of musicians have chosen the name Iya Terra, meaning "Higher Ground," as the launching pad to create positive, conscious music while spreading messages of anti-establishment, simple living, and a healthy lifestyle. Their modern approach to the music, high-energy performances and full sound add a new dimension to traditional Reggae that appeals to an audience of all ages, opening the doors for them to be labeled as one of today's leaders in the "New Roots" movement.

Lead guitarist and vocalist, Nathan Feinstein, along with lifelong friend and bassist, Nick Loporchio, began their musical journey to spread a conscious message to the masses while singing songs on the sidewalks of UCLA in the summer of 2013. Since then, the band has gone on to add longtime friends, Luis Tovar on keys and Danny Monar on percussion in the spring of 2014, while also acquiring drummer, Blake Bartz, in the fall. Most recently, the band completed their current lineup with Nick Sefakis joining on rhythm guitar in March of 2015.

The band's first recorded release consisted of a 6 song self-titled EP that dropped in the spring of 2014. After receiving a great response and several requests to put out more music, Iya Terra released their first full-length album, "Full Circle," on April 14th, 2015. Produced and engineered by the award winning, JP Hesser, the 10-song album debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #12 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Recorded at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, California, "Full Circle" is host to several special guest appearances by some of the hottest rising stars in the modern Reggae scene.

Iya Terra set sail on their first tour in August 2014 with good friends, Ital Vibes. The "Link Up Tour 2014," presented by Ozzie of We Should Smoke and constructed solely by Nick and Nathan with no additional management, proved to be a huge success in the next step of the band's musical voyage. Following the tour, the band sought out guidance under Rude Entertainment Productions and since then, has shown no signs of slowing down. Since acquiring the new management in November of 2014, Iya Terra has been relentlessly playing shows all throughout the Southwest region of the United States while also reaching new areas thanks to generous invites to play several music festivals and joining on multiple tours running along the west coast such as the Kingston City Tour with New Kingston (Brooklyn, NY) and True Press (Monrovia, CA), The Youth Rising Tour with Synrgy (San Diego, CA) and Ital Vibes (Carson, CA), and most recently, a run with Tribal Seeds' own, Gonzo with Beyond I Sight (Redondo Beach, CA) and White Glove Service (Fresno, CA).

In their brief time together, Iya Terra has also had the honor of sharing the stage with some of today's biggest Reggae artists, both old and new, such as Barrington Levy, Black Uhuru, Yellow Man, Tarrus Riley, Easy Star All Stars, Alborosie, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley, Marlon Asher, Matisyahu, Common Kings, Proteje, Nahko, Collie Buddz, The Green, Pepper, The Expanders, Arise Roots, House of Shem, Stick Figure, John Browns Body and many more.

Even with their impressive resume, Iya Terra, continues to move forward. The band is currently working on new music with plans to record a new EP in December of 2015. Currently scheduled to make their debut at the 31st annual Reggae On The River, Iya Terra is set to follow up with a few shows playing alongside the recently reunited, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, and a September run with Hawaii's own Inna Vision. What has now become a result of the manifestation of their dreams, the band holds the intent to spread their music through extensive touring so stay tuned for Iya Terra bringing the vibes to a city near you!
Venue Information:
Scout Bar
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058
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