Friday, January 19th, 2018
$12ADV / $15 DOS / ALL AGES / BALLROOM
Carlos Jones & the PLUS Band
The “iron-man” of the reggae scene in Cleveland, Ohio is without question, Carlos Jones. Carlos’ journey is a history of Cleveland reggae itself. He started out as a sideman (percussion/vocals) with the band, I-Tal in the late 70’s, then went on to be the frontman for the rock/reggae group, First Light for 14 years. Now Carlos fronts the Peace Love Unity Syndicate, aka The PLUS Band, focusing on rootsier sounds and uplifting positive messages.
In April of 2004, the band’s first full-length CD, Roots With Culture was released after much anticipation and it did not disappoint. Described in The Beat magazine as “a powerful, 14-track collection of slinky grooves and thundering bass lines, Roots With Culture delivers a message of peace and harmony, with Jones’ heartfelt vocals leading the way, all wrapped in a production that can stand up to the best of them.” “It will undoubtedly, over time, become a staple in most reggae collections.” (Chuck Foster — Reggae Update, The Beat Magazine – Vol. 24, no.1, June 2005).
Since their humble beginnings in 1995, Carlos, and his Peace, Love, Unity Syndicate (the PLUS Band) have matured as songwriters, musicians and performers, giving energetic and uplifting performances for an ever-expanding following, which spans generations. They have been voted “best of” in their category every year in the Scene and Free Times Music Awards, including being voted Best Live Act (overall) in Cleveland at the 2004 Scene Music Awards. And in 2007 The group was awarded permanent «All-Star» status in the Free Times Music Awards, thus basically “retiring their number”. The PLUS Band maintains a hectic pace of gigging out at clubs, private events and festivals — playing 3-4 shows nearly every week. As a result, the band's soulful rhythms and heartfelt message have made it one of Cleveland's top draws for more than a decade.
The band just released its second full-length CD, Leave A Trail last year, and some of Carlos’ music is also featured on the soundtrack of a film which recently premiered at The Sundance Film Festival called North Starr. When asked about his plans for the future, he’ll simply tell you, “The future is right now. I just want to keep on playing this music from my heart for as long as I’m able to, and keep the positive vibration flowing for all those who can dig it, ya know? As long as I can continue to do what I love, what more could I want out of life?”
— James Emmett Band
A musical songwriting and production/artist duo consisting of brothers Justin James and Matthew Emmett Geraci. The brothers have had songs placed in hit TV shows such as “Modern Family” and “Dancing with the Stars”. They grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Coming from a strong musical background, Justin and Matthew were introduced to the music scene at an early age. Their father found world-wide success in the late 60’s and 70’s as the singer of two Billboard #1 records, “Precious and Few” and “Time Won’t Let Me”. Justin and Matthew started performing together young, influenced by songwriters Lennon and McCartney, Tom Petty, Brian Wilson, and Bradley Nowell, the duo began to write and produce their own music.
In 2005, Justin was invited to play The Songwriters Circle at the Bitter End in Manhattan. Shortly after his performance he packed a suitcase and headed out west to Los Angeles. After moving to LA, Justin formed the group Grove Hill, joined by his sister Bri Merai on vocals. The group played popular venues in the LA circuit such as The Viper Room, The Mint Club, and The Silverlake Lounge. In 2009, Grove Hill opened for pop star Bruno Mars at the Roxy Theatre on Sunset Blvd. Matthew Emmett joined in 2010, and they signed their first recording contract with independent label 2101 Records with producer RedOne.
In 2016 the brothers went out on their own, forming the James Emmett Band, releasing their first single “Crawl” to YouTube in the summer of 2016. The band's retro rooted, pop-driven melodies, and explosive productions give them a fresh new sound in the music scene.