Review: SOJA Makes It Look Easy At The Ogden Denver

I’ve seen Washington D.C. based reggae band SOJA about three or four times since 2011.  What I have witnessed is truly amazing, from the back parking lot festivals to sold out shows at The Ogden, to spending time with them off stage and I can honestly say that I’m amongst one of the next superstar bands of the near future.  The energy that they bring to stage is beyond infectious, they really pull you in to a dancing, grooving onslaught of worldly good time music.

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The way the band switches it up from solo songs by lead man Jacob Hemphill, to 7-man drum circles, to dreadlock head banging bass player Bobby Lee and guitarist Trevor Young leaving it all on the stage.  Throw in some horns(Helmut Escorcia and Rafael Rodriguez) and keys by Patrick O’Shea and you have one of the rocking-est groups to tour the states in a long time.  I can sit here and rave about these guys all day, I’m still feeling the love they spread last night, but the bottom line is if you haven’t seen them perform you need to get off your ass and get to it.  You can also read other reviews I’ve done of them here.  SOJA is playing their second show at the Ogden tonight and I highly recommend you getting there early to check out Denver natives Air Dubai open up.

Also check out this great video from last nights show.

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About Matt Pickett

Editor-In-Chief From a far away place, another land...and now, Denver.