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Thurs, March 1st – BOOTS ON STAGE SHOWCASE: Justin Lee, Emma White, Gethen Jenkins, Elijah Ocean & Rae Solomon
March 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm$10 - $15
Boots On Stage presents monthly showcases of country music artists at the historic Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, CA!
Tickets are available in advance for $10 here an also at the door (subject to availability) for $15. 21+ show.
Looking forward to seeing you for some country music and as always, thank you for your continued support for Boots On Stage!
With deep-seated roots in rural northern Nevada, Justin Lee brings the traditional story written lyrics with a modern country-rock twist. Growing up in a small town of Castro Valley, CA, Lee had a dream and a goal in mind. He was starving to jump-start his career and prove that a small town boy can become the name in lights. Justin has been writing songs since he was a teenager. With years of practice and building the band he’s always dreamed of, Justin took those songs from heartbreaks to real life milestones and brought them to life in 2015 with his self-titled EP.
It wasn’t long after that where Justin became a known name in the Country Music scene in Northern Nevada and Northern California. Lee has opened for artists such as, The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, Love & Theft, Sammy Kershaw and Marc Chesnut. When Justin steps on that stage, his energy and charming charisma sucks in the crowd, gets the party started and leaves a lasting impression.
After long, relentless hours and many trips to Nashville, Justin mastered his craft with some of the top Nashville producers, engineers, songwriters and musicians. In August of 2017, Justin released his current single, “Like I’ve Fallen” on his first official album, “Where I Belong.” Shortly after his single was released, the music video for “Like I’ve Fallen” hit YouTube and VEVO with over 16k views and counting.
“My new single, “Like I’ve Fallen,” has true meaning to me. This is the love story everyone wants. I lived it and it didn’t work out. But it made a beautiful song and an even better video. I am so grateful for where this song will lead me in my career.” Lee said. “2018, is going to be my year. I just feel it. I am excited to move to Nashville and really take my music to the next level.”
Justin is focused on creating more music his fans can relate to and meeting as many fans as possible. “Thank you to everyone who has supported my music this far. I can’t wait to get out on the road and see where this journey takes us.”
Garnering upwards of 1.5 million streams independently, Rolling Stone named Emma White as one of their “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know.” Buzzfeed has named her a 2018 Country Music Obsession and her current single, “I Thought You Were The One” was recently added to Spotify’s Wild Country list. The song became an iTunes Hot Track for 8 consecutive months and Apple Music featured the track on their Young Country and Breaking Country playlists – songs the editor’s think, “are about to make a huge impact.” The first track from her latest EP, “Overthink It” was also featured by Apple Music and added to Spotify’s, New Boots playlist.
Growing up in Baltimore, MD into a musical family, Emma was named after country legend, Emmylou Harris. With a songwriter mother, she began writing songs at an early age, blending the music she grew up listening to – Pop, Country and R&B. She’s opened for Superstar Country acts, Rodney Atkins, Brad Paisley and toured in venues across the country.
Her songs have been featured on E! Networks and she’s performed the National Anthem for the LA Lakers at Staples Center, M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards. Dubbed the “indie Taylor Swift” (Atwood Magazine), BMI says, “Emma White’s pop savvy vocal and sugary groove ooze unabashed hope & undeniable promise.”
With his powerful, gut wrenching, baritone sound, Gethen Jenkins is on a fast train to stardom. Gethen is an award winning singer and songwriter from Huntington, West Virginia. His songs are of considerable depth and meaning, driven by passion, and full of heart and spirit which are sure to run the gamut of human emotions.
“The relationship between the listeners and music is what I feed on”
Gethen’s journey began surrounded by American music, from the purest of Bluegrass to whiskey soaked Honkytonk. Music took hold at the age of eight, beating on his dad’s Gibson guitar. His teenage years were spent in Galena, a rural indian village on the Yukon River, deep in the Alaskan tundra. After 8 years in the U.S. Marines, Gethen landed in Southern California. Returning from Iraq, determined to sing his own song, he found a home in Country Music with his five piece band The Freightshakers (since revamped as Gethen Jenkins). Over the next several years Gethen immersed himself in his music, working hard to create a unique sound keeping true to his roots.
“This hard-driving, honky-tonk group lead by Gethen Jenkins is a perfect way to spend any night, wherever it may take you.” – National Country Review
Recognizing Gethen Jenkins as a promising talent in Country Music, Five Music and Sony RED approached him in 2016 to join the label. The 805 Beer Brand has also taken notice of Gethen and offered him endorsement with their lifestyle brand kicking off with a billboard campaign Spring 2017 spanning from California to Texas. In conjunction, Sony will released a six song digital EP titled “Where the Honkytonk Belongs” on July 2017. Gethen is currently in studio working on his latest album slated to be released Spring 2018.
With a restless creative spirit and natural born drive to connect with people, it looks like the best is yet to come!
It’s twenty-eighteen in the southwestern corner of America. There’s snow in the distant mountains and the slow desert sunset creeps through the windshield of the Mercury on 40 West. The young man is driving home, wherever that is.
He was born in a small woodland house in the Hudson Valley, raised in rural Maine, and enlightened by time spent in New York City. He’s landed in Los Angeles for now, where the Sunset Strip is a wasteland, Silverlake has peaked, and the spirit of Laurel Canyon echos through the hills of Highland Park. The end of the world is a damn inspirational place to be.
He writes and records. The hard work shines through in his craft without a scrap of it being over-thought. It’s American music. It’s conceived on highways between cities past their prime. It’s born from memories and dreams of fresh starts. There’s rich history to draw from in Nashville, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Bakersfield and Austin, but he doesn’t desire a repeat. He celebrates the richness of a multi-generational record collection while adding a fresh voice to the conversation, and the music is new.
Every year Elijah Ocean crisscrosses the country singing his songs and making memories. With four full-length LPs under his belt and a fifth in the chamber, Ocean is just hitting his stride.
For now there’s a much-needed diner booth in Needles on 66. Welcome to California. Set your clocks.
Off stage Rae Solomon may be known as Seattle’s country darling, but, make no mistake, the moment she steps into the spotlight her high energy sass leaves her audiences begging for more.