From the looks of the crowd upon arrival thursday August 1, 2013, it was definitely going to be a sellout. By 8 p.m., the club was almost at capacity, abuzz with anticipation: Hot Rain was on the stage and J Boog is in the house.
Integral figures in the Hawaiian music scene, Hot Rain has been spreading the love for nearly 14 years, performing backup for reggae superstars such as Junior Reid and Tanya Stephens, and expressing the love for the big beautiful woman writing songs that cater to curves.
“Big Girls Need Love Too,” Chris Reezy lets fans know that he feeds them well on the mic and in the stomach.
It was too hot in there – clothes were flying off. I wished that I could have gotten closer, but the scene from the crowd made this experience even better. All heads were bobbing to the beat, which was taking us hundreds of miles away on a journey to love.
I was at a loss – the headliner wasn’t even on the stage, yet the party was “Smackin.” The ladies outnumbered the men that night two to one. Jah was providing a beautiful night in Sacramento. The spirit of peace, living and partying brought the rainbows of cultures, colors and people to Ace of Spades to listen to the sounds of the islands. It was around 9:20 p.m. when the crowd that was slowly swelling the club was brimming, pushing their way toward the front of the stage.
I was right there in the surge, pushing my way to the front of the stage. Luckily, by that time I was able to get close enough to set up and get better shots of the stage. There is no other feeling like being in a crowd of a thousand people, pushing toward the front, trying not to panic while having a good time – it’s exhilarating. I almost forgot why I was there. I was having fun.
“You’re having too much fun,” a voice said to me. It was inside my head – with all these beautiful people around, how could I concentrate?
I was able to manage that concentration right before J Boog came on stage.
The sultry cries from fans were the hint that it was showtime, and I needed to get it together.
“Oh yeah,” I thought, “I’m here to see the protege of the great man with the golden voice George Fiji Veikoso.”
It seems that the teachings of the great Fiji have gone a long way in the development of the raspy voice of J Boog. Growing up on the rough streets of Compton, Calif., J Boog was able to soak up the world around him and create a place of his own; In the category of double R.P.S., reggae, rock, punk and soul. Born with the soul and raised with reggae, J Boog has made it as an industry standout. J Boog has come a long way since the days of singing with his sister.
In 2006, J moved to Hawaii a to develop his voice and style, refining his talent.
In 2011, under the Wash House Hawaii label, J Boog released the EP “J Boog” that contained greats like “Let’s Do It Again,” in which he sang about love and experiences, memories on the sands, wanting that one-night stand and to be more than a friend.
J Boog has positioned himself well in the industry, taking notes from the great Fiji, developing into one of the smoothest sounds carried across the airwaves, grabbing fans by the brain, achieving total acceptance and receptiveness, evident in the crowd’s response. He was calling for it, and getting love in the end.