Island Empire Festival
September 24, 2022

Island Empire Festival

Island Empire Festival
Island Empire Festival
Featuring Sammy Johnson, FIJI, Anuhea, Arise Roots

September 24, 2022

North Las Vegas
NV
The Amp at Craig Ranch
628 W Craig Rd
VENUE FAQS
This Show is All Ages
SHOWTIME
5:00 pm
DOORS OPEN
4:00 pm
Celebrating the finest talent from the Islands, JABM Presents… ISLAND EMPIRE FESTIVAL, featuring Polynesian recording artist FIJI, SAMMY J with his Maori and Polynesian roots and all the way from Maui, beautiful songstress, ANUHEA. Come early and enjoy the Island inspired Food Trucks & Bars available in our Chill Zone and let’s enjoy the Island vibes in North Vegas!

Featuring

Sammy Johnson
Somewhere between the charisma of Frank Sinatra, the empathetic tone of Bob Marley, and the smooth and sultry vocal runs of Lauryn Hill lives the warm and kind voice of Sammy Johnson. An Australian native, Sammy Johnson embraces his Maori and Polynesian roots to create positive and uplifting music. Blending together island reggae, soul and jazz vibes with heartfelt lyrics, Sammy's sound is exhilarating and intoxicating. Sammy Johnson has been waving the flag for the Pacific Island sound and has quickly become a leader of the scene alongside new school artists like J Boog and veterans like Katchafire. Sammy Johnson got his big break via Youtube after his video for "Don't Say Goodbye" became a viral sensation, racking up over 10,000,000 plays. Not too long after, a Hawaiian-based producer contacted Sammy and offered him a record deal with Island Empire Records, home to groups like Common Kings, Tenelle and Fiji. With his music spreading like wildfire, Johnson said his move to California to pursue his career full-time has gone beyond what he could have ever imagined. Sammy Johnson released his debut album Prelude in 2013 and embarked on a discography that broke the Reggae charts in the US in 2016. Sammy capitalized on the success by embarking on a sold-out tour across the country with labelmates, Common Kings. Sammy’s newest album Cool & Easy was released on Jan 22, 2021 on tastemaker label Mensch House Records and is Johnson’s first full reggae album. Produced by GRAMMY Winning producer J-Vibe, Cool & Easy is an authentic expression of how Reggae music has affected Johnson’s music and life. “Cool & Easy is so many things; it’s the rekindling of my love for Reggae Music, its my first Reggae full album and it is a true authentic expression of how Reggae music has touched my life and blessed me with the opportunity to do what I love,” says Johnson. Sammy will hit the road this winter in honor of the new record. His “Back in the USA Tour” will start off in California and Hawaii and is aptly named after him spending most of quarantine in Australia. The upcoming tour dates are a celebratory look at the new album and the upward trajectory of Sammy’s musical prowess and appeal as he brings his enlightening music and vocals to an audience of anticipatory fans .
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Special Guests

FIJI

Polynesian recording artist George "FIJI" Veikoso is one of the most original and dynamic entertainers the Pacific Rim has produced who continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary island reggae music. Since leaving his Fijian island homeland and settling in Hawaii at the age of 14, FIJI's golden voice and expansive musical repertoire have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Lost Coast Sound. Since his 1994 album debut, "Evolution" to 2010's digital only release "FIJI EP", FIJI's musical output has earned him numerous industry accolades and awards such as Hawaii's Na’Hoku Hanohano Award for "Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and "People's Choice Award”. FIJI's collaboration on the "Island Warriors" compilation album earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Reggae Album, an accomplishment that only a few Hawaii-based artists have achieved. FIJI's island-roots inspired grooves have also earned him a place in popular television and film. He co-wrote the theme song for "Baywatch Hawaii", appeared as an actor in the film "Blue Crush" and performed on the "Live with Emeril Lagasse" cooking show. Additionally, his fan base and concert performances spans from the Pacific Rim, the Continental USA, Japan, Australia, Jamaica, with new territories and international locales in the near future. FIJI has shared the stage with many of Hawaii's top entertainers along with national recording artists: Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Beres Hammond, Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Ziggy Marley, Ky-mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest and Inner Circle to name a few. There's seems to be no signs of resting on his laurels. These days FIJI continues to evolve both as a performer and as an ambassador for island reggae music. As a Lost Coast artist he is a beacon of inspiration with years of musical wisdom, recognizable energy and remarkable personality; truly a standard for all artists in the Lost Coast family and for fans alike. Newcomers to FIJI's music will instantly embrace his smooth voice and exotic melting pot of sounds, an epic, musical journey from the center of the Pacific to the rest of the world.
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Anuhea

Polynesian recording artist George “Fiji” Veikoso is one of the most original and dynamic entertainers the Pacific Rim has produced who continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary Island Reggae music. Since leaving his Fijian island homeland and settling in Hawaii at the age of 14, Fiji’s golden voice and expansive musical repertoire have launched him onto the world stage as a pioneer of the Lost Coast Sound. Since his 1994 album debut, “Evolution” to 2010’s digital only release “Fiji EP,” Fiji’s musical output has earned him numerous industry accolades and awards such as Hawaii’s Na’Hoku Hanohano Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and “People’s Choice Award.” Fiji’s collaboration on the “Island Warriors” compilation album earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Reggae Album, an accomplishment that only a few Hawaii-based artists have achieved. With his most recent double CD release this year, “Fiji: 50th State of Mind” has upheld these achievements and encompassed the sounds of the Polynesian culture. Fiji’s island-roots inspired grooves have also earned him a place in popular television and film. He co-wrote the theme song for “Baywatch Hawaii,” appeared as an actor in the film “Blue Crush” and performed on the “Live with Emeril Lagasse” cooking show. Additionally, his fan base and concert performances span from the Pacific Rim, the Continental USA, Japan, Australia, Jamaica, with new territories and international locales in the near future. Fiji has shared the stage with many of Hawaii’s top entertainers along with national recording artists: Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Beres Hammond, Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Ziggy Marley, Kymani Marley, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest and Inner Circle to name a few. There seems to be no signs of resting on his laurels. These days Fiji continues to evolve both as a performer and as an ambassador for island reggae music. As a Polynesian artist, he is a beacon of inspiration with years of music wisdom, recognizable energy and remarkable personality; truly a standard for all artists and lovers of the Island music genre. Newcomers to Fiji’s music will instantly embrace his smooth voice and exotic melting pot of sounds, an epic, musical journey from the center of the Pacific to the rest of the world.
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SHOW FAQ & VENUE INFO
Is there a map of Craig Ranch Amphitheater and the surrounding area?
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What items are not allowed at Craig Ranch?
No cans, bottles, alcohol, cameras, recording devices, umbrellas, weapons, coolers, or lawn chairs are allowed at Craig Ranch.
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What is the parking situation at Craig Ranch?
There will be parking options available for purchase prior to the event as well as on the day of the show. We highly recommend rideshare options and will have a dedicated Uber/Lyft pickup and drop-off location available.
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How do I get to Craig Ranch Amphitheater?
Craig Ranch is located at 628 W. Craig Rd. in North Las Vegas at the intersection of W Lone Mountain Rd. and Camino Al Norte. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the 105 RTC Public Transit bus to W. Lone Mountain Rd. at Camino Al Norte.
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