Port City Music Hall
Mighty Mystic

LIGHT IT UP! 420 Reggae Concert

Mighty Mystic

BDLabs Sound System, Skyfoot

Thu, April 20, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$12 Advance / $15 Day of Show

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Mighty Mystic
Mighty Mystic
Considered one of the new leaders in the U.S Reggae scene, reggae artist Mighty Mystic’s fresh sound and musical diversity have proved to be a magnet for music lovers in search of that next level sound that has been missing in the reggae genre. It has attracted listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. A charismatic man on a mission, Mighty Mystic has gone from being a fan of reggae music to being a contributor to the art. Mighty Mystic came on the scene in 2006 after scoring his first international hit with the song “Riding on the Clouds.” However, it wasn’t until the release of his first album “Wake up the World” (2010) that he became a household name. “Wake up the World” boasted several standouts, such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds,” “Original Love,” & “Slipped Away” with appearances from reggae icon Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. Mystic continues to wake up the world with his high energy, message driven brand of reggae music which he emphatically calls “HARD ROOTS.” It is this unique spin on classic reggae blended with Hip Hop & Rock that has catapulted him to the forefront of today’s Reggae Revival. Mighty Mystic is also the younger brother of current Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. When asked, does being the brother of Prime Minister Holness have any impact on your music? Mystic simply says “Andrew has a job to do and so do I, impact or not we both have our own mission to complete”.

THE EARLY YEARS

Mighty Mystic was born Kevin Mark Holness in the farming community of Goshen, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica to parents Morris & Sonia Holness. As a child, Kevin showed early interest in his native island’s music. It was common to hear him singing the latest tunes while imitating the actions of popular reggae artists. In 1989, the family relocated to Boston, MA in search of a new life. Though oceans apart Kevin never lost the passion for his beloved reggae music. In the mid 90s Kevin began tagging alongside his older brother Stephen who had made a name for himself in the local Hip Hop scene. Kevin saw this as an opportunity and began showcasing his reggae vibes at every chance he was given. It was almost instantaneous, but young Kevin had been bitten by the music bug. The name “Mystic” coincidentally was the nickname given to his father as a child and also the area in Boston where Kevin grew up. So it was only fitting that Kevin would become Mystic. By the end of his teenage years young Mystic had already developed a core following and began to take the steps necessary to build for the future. Over the next few years Mystic would have several successful regional releases as well as features on VP Records Riddim Driven compilations that brought added attention to the budding Mystic. In 2005 Mystic and Producer Mike Cip of Split2nd Ent hit the studio to develop a more authentic and true sound. The duo would return with perhaps the biggest reggae record of 2006 with the song “Riding on the Clouds”. This was the beginning of the “Mighty Mystic.”

MYSTIC OF TODAY

Mighty Mystic has turned himself into one of the more sought after U.S based Reggae artists on today’s scene. His brand of “HARD ROOTS” with his high energy stage performance has been a magnet for the young enthusiastic reggae fan base. He has managed to hold firm to his Jamaican roots while adding elements of Hip Hop & Rock giving Mystic a more unique sound. In 2014 Mystic made more headlines with the release of his sophomore album “Concrete World”. The album quickly jumped to the top of the Billboard Reggae charts when the first single “Cali Green” hit the airwaves. This ferocious marijuana banger became an anthem for smokers all over and saw itself on several compilations including the popular annual VP Records release of “Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 4”. The following is a quote by Valentin Zill of the highly respected Reggaeville: “Almost all recent reggae success stories involve an artist that doesn’t shy away from stretching the “boundaries” of the reggae genre. “Concrete World” is an eclectic album of cutting-edge quality that manages to keep a distinct reggae feel to a surprising extent. It is a blueprint for contemporary modern roots, one that could define 2014… And so it did! Mystic has been described as man on a musical mission. Touring and shared the stage with some of Reggae’s biggest names such as Steel Pulse, Damian Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Lee Scratch Perry, Barrington Levy, Buju Banton, The Wailers, Shaggy, Collie Buddz, Sean Paul, Badfish, Dirty Heads, SOJA, John Brownʼs Body, Luciano, Third World, Freddie McGregor, and Capleton to name a few. His message of peace, love, struggle and perseverance isn’t something new under the sun. However, it is the passion and flare delivered by Mystic that has the people saying yes. With two successful albums (Wake up the World 2010, Concrete World 2014) under his belt Mystic is gearing up for an action packed 2016 which will see the March 11th release of his third album “The Art of Balance”, along with a U.S tour to follow. This project will be released through California based Roots Musician Records which is the brain child of E.N Young (member of Tribal Seeds) and will mark the first time these two reggae entities will be working together. Get to know this rising reggae sensation by visiting his official website and pertinent social media outlets.
BDLabs Sound System
BDLabs Sound System
Josh Wilkie - (BDLabs Recording Studio) has been producing and recording reggae/dancehall/electronic music for 15 years and runs a studio in Boston area with full tracking and mixing capabilities. Original riddims available for interested artists... check out the web page and contact:
bdlabs.music@gmail.com
Skyfoot
Skyfoot
Skyfoot is a powerful jam-rock band from Boston, MA. Forming in early 2011, the band has played 200+ shows all across the United States. You'll find them rocking New England regularly and on down the eastern seaboard in the Carolinas and Virginias. In summer 2014 the band spent 2 months touring the Northwest U.S. with shows in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Skyfoot plays a variety of genres from funk, rock, & bluegrass to sonic landscapes and fusion. Their live show features tight compositions and jamming that give way to memorable moments that are recorded and archived. If you dig the sounds of Phish, The Derek Trucks Band, Bruce Hornsby, Grateful Dead, you'll be stoked you heard Skyfoot!

Tyler Arnott (guitar) thoughtfully threads through songs and jams with his genuine and tasty finger style playing. Eric McEwen (Keyboards and Lead Vocals) doubles as the bassist with crazy left hand lines. Aaron Morey (Drums) fills out the rest with a dynamic approach to jam drumming with reverence to all the best drummers of the scene.

Skyfoot's 2012 debut album "Eternal Bend" features nine original songs including favorites Maybe Mississippi, Indigo, and The Mountain. On July 1, 2014 the band released their 2nd studio album entitled "Room For Space" recorded in West Springfield, MA at the Rotary Records.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101