J Boog (aka Jerry Afemata) returns to San Diego -- he was at Sound Wave in February -- on July 8 for another anticipated sold-out show at the House of Blues.
Touring behind his newly released J Boog EP, the lovers-rock reggae artist is preparing for his sophomore album release in September. Boog burst onto the island reggae scene with his debut album, Hear Me Roar, in 2007, captivating fans with tracks like “Love Season,” “Hear Me Roar” and “Ganja Farmer,” which caught the ears of mainstream reggae producers. The singer/songwriter achieved his biggest break with the single “Let’s Do It Again,” on Don ‘Corleon’ Bennett’s Minor Riddim.
The Compton native released J Boog EP on June 14, and it features five new tracks, including “So Far Gone” and “Got to Be Strong,” featuring the reggae artist Richie Spice. Although most of the tracks are in radio rotation or were performed live at shows, the demand was high for a new EP. Boog has a strong Polynesian following, and San Diego County is home too many loyal fans of the crooner’s melodic sound.
The new EP may keep fans tamed for now, but it’s the fall release of his highly anticipated album, Back Yard Boogie, that will satisfy J Boog's followers. The album will feature such artists as Tarrus Riley, Morgan Heritage and Richie Spice, and it's rumored that Snoop Dogg will also be on the album. Many sound system DJs are waiting to hear the cover of Gregory ‘Cool Ruler’ Isaacs' “Night Nurse,” a fitting tune for Boog’s voice; if you were at his February show in San Diego, you heard him perform Isaacs' “Cool Down the Pace.”
Polynesian Underground are co-promoting this show as well, so you can expect to see un-traditional opening acts such as Polynesian dancers and recording artist Cease Fyah (based in Pearl City, Hawaii), after the show begins at 8 p.m. Tribe of Kings sound system will play warm-up tunes and close out the night. In the past, Boog hosted a reggae mix for DJ Dash Eye of Tribe of Kings; the mix is a fan must-have and can be downloaded here.
House of Blues has nearly double the capacity of Sound Wave; tickets -- still available but selling fast -- are $29.50 and can be purchased here.