The Movement with Iya Terra

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$12 Advance, $15 Door

On Saturday, April 23, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome The Movement to the WOW Hall along with special guests Iya Terra.

Listen to The Movement's brand new single "Golden" feat. Elliot Martin!

The Movement is touring in support of their new album Golden out April 8 on Rootfire Cooperative!  The sixth album from The Movement. Golden marks the first release for the Cooperative.

Listen to The Movement's brand new single "Dancehall" feat. Mr. Williamz!

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, The Movement was formed in 2004 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies’ fans, Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles.  The band launched with their "alternative reggae" movement with the debut album, On Your Feet.

In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce.  Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded Set Sail at DiBeneditto’s Philadelphonic Studios.  Soon after, The Movement expanded with the addition of Jason "Smiles" Schmidt on bass and Gary Jackson on drums. In 2012, Miller left the group, and the trio, now fronted by Swain, released their fourth album Side By Side, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.  In 2014 The Movement released Beneath the Palms, a surprise acoustic album as a free gift to their fans.

“When The Movement returned to the studio to work on their sixth album, they were under the wings of producer Danny Kalb and multi-instrumentalist Matt Goodwin,” reports The Movement’s manager, Seth Herman.  “For two weeks the band lived in a recording studio at the end of a long dirt road in the rolling hills of Virginia. Surrounded by fields and goat pastures, and with a fridge full of vegetarian food and kombucha made in Charlottesville, the band started recording. By September, the mixes were almost finished.”

When it came time to release the album, Seth shared the idea of a record label that would operate under an alternative currency model -- one more akin to the gift economy. It would lend artists money for producing, marketing, and manufacturing their music. The artist would collect income from their album sales directly from the distributor, and make payments back to a cooperative on the interest free loan.

“The seed of this idea had been planted, and I soon became obsessed with it,” Seth admits.  “The next step would be securing the financial support to get things going…  To pull off funding for the Cooperative, we would need full support from the owners of Ineffable or we could never afford to fund the initial investment in it. I wrote to Thomas, Igor, Matt, and Dan, and asked if they would back the idea. Their response was immediate and decisive. ‘This is incredible,’ Thomas said. ‘We have to do it.’”





As the genre of reggae music is continuously evolving, Los Angeles, California, based Iya Terra has found a way to take the messages of traditional roots-reggae and mash them up into a today version.  The young group of musicians have chosen the name Iya Terra, meaning “Higher Ground”, as the launching pad to create positive, conscious music while spreading messages of anti-establishment, simple living, and a healthy lifestyle. Their modern approach to the music, high-energy performances and full sound add a new dimension to traditional reggae that soon had them labeled as one of today’s leaders in the “New Roots” movement.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Nathan Feinstein, along with lifelong friend and bassist Nick Loporchio, began their musical journey to spread a conscious message to the masses while singing songs on the sidewalks of UCLA in the summer of 2013.  The band added Luis Tovar on keys and drummer Blake Bartz in 2014.  The band was completed when Nick Sefakis joined on rhythm guitar in 2015.

Iya Terra’s first release was a six song self-titled EP that dropped in the spring of 2014.  After receiving a great response and several requests to put out more music, Iya Terra released their first full-length album, Full Circle, in April 2015. Produced and engineered by the award winning, JP Hesser, the 10-song album debuted at #4 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and #12 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. Recorded at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, California, Full Circle is host to several special guest appearances by some of the hottest rising stars on the modern reggae scene.

Iya Terra has been relentlessly playing shows throughout the Southwest while also reaching new areas.  They have toured with New Kingston (Brooklyn, NY), True Press (Monrovia, CA), Synrgy (San Diego, CA), Ital Vibes (Carson, CA), Beyond I Sight (Redondo Beach, CA) and White Glove Service (Fresno, CA).

Iya Terra has also had the honor of sharing the stage with some of today’s biggest reggae artists, both old and new, such as Barrington Levy, Black Uhuru, Yellow Man, Tarrus Riley, Easy Star All Stars, Alborosie, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley, Marlon Asher, Matisyahu, Common Kings, Proteje, Nahko, Collie Buddz, The Green, Pepper, The Expanders, Arise Roots, House of Shem, Stick Figure, John Brown’s Body and many more.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.