Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.
For over 18 years Natty Nation has kept the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland. Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations have been ringing out since Natty's inception.
Natty has backed up reggae legends Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill, Beenie Man, & countless others.
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.
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!
Natty has received several awards during their 17 years, including:
•20 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including Performer of the Year (2009), Best World Artist (5 years in a row), Album (4 years), Song (4 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, Ensemble Vocals, & 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, Japan, & the Marshall Islands playing for the troops
•Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Reggae Artist of the Year
•Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus' Newspaper's readers poll
and many more
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, Bella Tempo, Subway's Music at the Zoo concert series, Habitat for Humanity's 100th House Celebration, & several others.
JAH Boogie - Bass, Lead Vocals
Aaron Konkol - Backing Vocals, keys, Melodica
Richard Hildner - Guitar
Olen Franklin - Drums
Francisco Savage-Martinez - Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion
Louka Patenaude - Guitar