Virginia-based reggae, rock band, SOJA comes to the Klein

Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes the Grammy nominated Latin, rock, reggae infused Virginia based band, SOJA to the Klein Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport on Thursday, July 16, at 8 p.m.

Originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school, SOJA has since built a massive, dedicated fanbase around the world. In the past few years following, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, has over 90 million YouTube views, generated nearly 4 million Facebook fans and has headlined shows in over 20 countries besides toured with such iconic musical acts as Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311. And if that wasn’t enough SOJA has also appeared at major music festivals including Jamming Festival in Bogota Colombia, Festival Garorock in Marmande France, Festival de Alegra in Alegra Brazil to All Good and Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

With the philosophy of “I want to speak for people who don’t have microphones,” Jacob Hemphill, the lead singer of, Soja says. “Our goal as a band is to stick up for the human race. We see the world and we try to make it better in the limited time we have here.”

This philosophy behind SOJA’s music is a simple statement that has driven the D.C. area band, whose blend of reggae, go-go, D.C. hardcore, Latin, rock and hip-hop as clearly has an impact for any listener new or old.

For Hemphill, who pens the lyrics, chords and melody, each song starts with an experience: meeting someone, reading something, experiencing something that seems pertinent to the human condition.

Coming to The Klein Auditorium in support of their latest album Amid The Noise and Haste an album, Hemphill is suggesting that “all of life’s problems, and all of life’s answers are within us. We’ve been conditioned to accumulate, compete and break others down around ourselves – not inherent to the human condition, but rather taught. Those things can be untaught. The real us is in there, somewhere.” All of this is translated into short, sweet packages of music.

“I put words in my songs that I believe to be true. The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”

Produced by Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and recorded at Circle House Studios in Miami and Lion & Fox Studios in Washington D.C. Amid The Noise features an all-star cast of guest musicians including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Michael Franti, Nahko, Collie Buddz, J Boog and Anuhea.

“We wanted to bring together people who would help demonstrate each song,” Jacob says. “We wanted people who could either relate to or convey the message. The whole album is about the human race relating to itself and connecting with itself.”

Fans and newcomers get ready as SOJA brings their incredible live show right to the heart of Bridgeport thanks to the Fairfield Theatre Company that can be described as an explosion of energy and positivity and will have those in attendnace looking inside themselves and appreciating what truly makes them happy.

For tickets, at $22 in advance, $30 day of show, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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