Common Kings – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – February 16th, 2017

Common Kings

Common Kings

Mayday, Makua Rothman

Thu · February 16, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$22 + Fees

Common Kings
Common Kings
Common Kings’ style and music is a collection of inspirations orchestrated into an array of head rocking beats, feel good vibes, and emotional fever. Their crazy, fun-loving attitude compliments Common Kings’live sound, producing phenomenal pop hits with rock, reggae, and R&B influences. These influences originate from each band members love for various genres, and widespread knowledge of music. The majority of Common Kings were born in the South Pacific, and raised in Orange County, California. Growing up with households full of colorful personality and vibrant passions for music, Common Kings’members naturally grew up forming individual musical paths. This musical journey involved mimicking and listening to artists such as Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jim Croce, Michael Jackson, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Gypsy Kings, Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Marley and more. The culmination of these musicians explains exactly who the Common Kings are. Where everything comes to a point is through lead singer Sasualei Jr King Maliga. Jr King is perhaps one of the most powerfully impressive vocalists amongst today’s leading artists. Born with this untrained raw-talent, Jr King’s singing ability seems boundless, as he amazes listeners with a wide range of belting notes and soulful passion. His humble demeanor off-stage needs no introduction as to when the band is rocking out on-stage creating a young, wild, and free atmosphere. With the current success of reaching over 350,000 single downloads, partnered with a live performance matched to none (recently showcased as a supporting act on Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 World Experience Tour and Meghan Trainor’s Untouchable Tour), Common Kings looks to keep the momentum alive while preparing for their first album drop in early 2017.
¡MAYDAY! may sound like a battleship distress
call, but the Miami-based hip hop group is
generating a sound too strong for any ship to produce. The unique blend of electro-rock fusion is
changing the frontier of music as they flex their muscles in areas of funk that hip hop has yet to explore.
Their call to attention and explosive live show is impossible to ignore and have earned the group
accolades from critics, music aficionados and hip hop artists alike. ¡MAYDAY!'s recent series of EP's
has set off media alarms throughout 2009 and provided music fans with a taste of the near future as they
prepare to release their sophomore album Stuck on an Island in 2010.
Makua Rothman
Makua Rothman proves he's equally effortless in making music as he is slashing a 66-foot wave with this appealing mix of reggae, rock and pop. Now 29 years old and a longtime regular on the international surf contest circuit, Makua has created an enamored keystone to his musical career. The Mountain Apple Company is proud to present his debut album SOUND WAVE, recorded and produced in Los Angeles with the invaluable help of legendary artist, composer, producer [and of course, surfer] John "Feldy" Feldmann.

Even if Makua didn't pick up an ukulele as a child, his reputation as a world-class surfer would be assured. He continues the family line that began with his father Eddie Rothman of Hui O He'e Nalu, the prideful Hawaiian club of native riders that made its reputation in the late 1960s-early '70s.

During the making of SOUND WAVE, Makua concentrated on songwriting over a two-week period, keeping to a daily routine of an early wake-up call, morning fitness training, and then spending the rest of the day with "Feldy" at his house.

"I met a lot of cool songwriters and musicians," Makua said. "It was one of the best times I had. I completely checked out from surfing. In order to make something special, I knew I had to sit down and work. Feldy and I did that from between 11 in the morning to 11 at night."

Makua's SOUND WAVE is a marked departure for Mountain Apple (already known for its stellar catalog of contemporary Hawaiian music), but Jon de Mello's company is looking forward to this new foray in contemporary -- and homegrown -- music. There is one concession to Makua's native Hawaiian roots: the standard "'Ulili E" is given a spacious sound with reverberations of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole's version that even includes a vocal sample from Braddah IZ himself. The connection between the two artists was real: Makua remembers visiting IZ whenever he was in town surfing. Makua would stop by IZ's condo afterwards and hang out, playing 'ukulele and shooting the breeze with IZ while he was in the exercise pool.

Besides Braddah IZ, Makua's Hawaiian musical influences were obvious ones, familiar to local audiences. "I would listen to all kine -- the Cazimeros, Brother Noland and Bruddah Waltah."

You can hear that deep-rooted Hawaiian style throughout Makua's album. The first two breakout tracks, "Lovely" and "Fight the Sun," represent different facets of his love of the islands. The former is a sunny reggae tune that professes his love of the local girls, while the latter is an anthem that fiercely defends the beach lifestyle vital to his sport and life.

Makua also proves himself to be quite the vivid storyteller, as "Underneath the Halo" and "The Night" proves, filled with imagery of the hang-loose good times that he celebrates. And, of course, there's a generous helping of Makua's 'ukulele playing throughout the album, the small instrument that set him on this musical journey in the first place. SOUND WAVE is sure to be an album to appeal to both island listeners and those elsewhere who live and dream of a life near the beckoning surf.

"Hawaii is so special and I want to try to represent the islands as best as I can," he said. "I want to keep that vibe of aloha and take it with me around the world."
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104