Rebel SoulJahz with Eli-Mac
On Thursday, March 30, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, Pharmfresh Flowers and KRVM’s Zion Train proudly welcome Rebel SoulJahz “4 The People” Tour to the WOW Hall with special guest Eli-Mac.
Rebel SoulJahz are touring in support of their newest full-length album 4 The People, released on February 24, 2017. The Spring Tour takes them around the US West Coast and Asia.
Emerging from the backyards of Waipahu, Hawaii, Rebel Souljahz began as four friends born with a drive to perform. They started singing a cappella together in high school, later developing into a full band. Rebel SoulJahz quickly gained recognition performing at parties and in the clubs of Honolulu. Their harmonious sound appealed to mainstream island music enthusiasts as well as lovers of Hawaii’s island reggae.
Since releasing their debut album Nothing to Hide in 2006, Rebel Souljahz have arranged, written and performed several number 1 hits such as "Nothing to Hide", "The One", "Play Me Like a Fool" and "Ms. Beautiful". They have traveled to over 18 countries with headline performances to as many as 15,000+ attendees.
Band members are Michael Maglinti (lead vocals), William Tauiili Sua (lead vocals), Andrew Hodges Jr. (lead vocals), Faaigaelo Moananu Jr. (lead vocals), Sherwin Debrum (keyboards), Shay Marcello (bass), Keith Jaden Jumuwan (guitar) and Jazzton Lyons (drums).
Before she changed her professional name, Filipino American singer Eli-Mac was Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco -- the ninth place finisher on the third season of American Idol. Born in Makati City, Philippines, Camile Velasco's family later moved to Haiku, Maui. Prior to American Idol, Velasco worked at her parents' IHOP Restaurant in Kahului.
On American Idol, Velasco’s trademark was a red, yellow and green Rasta wristband, which she continually wore on her left wrist as a good luck charm and as homage to the reggae movement (and her idols, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley, in particular). Velasco also wore the 3rd Eye Vision logo of the Hieroglyphics, a San Francisco Bay Area hip-hop crew, reflecting her love of the music and culture. Vocally, she was quickly classified as being hip-hop — a culture and style she certainly identified with but was not limited to.
In 2005, Velasco headlined a variety of gigs after signing with Universal/Mtown Records, including the Pro Bowl Concert in Hawaii, the Yeah Baby! Expo in Anaheim, a two-day concert for the 50th State Fair in Oahu, and in Phoenix and San Diego. When her first single, "Hangin’ On”, was released, her demand increased, especially in the Filipino-American music scene.
In 2006, Velasco parted with Motown Records, but made appearances on American Idol and the Idol Tonight segment. She also performed enthusiastically in Hawaii, almost once a month. In the first week of February 2007, Velasco had the honor of opening for her idol, Lauryn Hill, at the Bob Marley Fest in Kapolei, HI.
Camile took an extended break from performing in 2007 to concentrate on songwriting and finishing her debut album.
Her single "Guava Jelly" was produced by Stephen Marley and released onto iTunes in October 14, 2008. It received the Hawaii Music Awards' Single of the Year in April 2009.
The official announcement that she will be performing professionally under the stage name Eli-Mac came in 2014. That October, she released her Dubstop EP.
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.