Music Scene: SOJA, Rusted Root, Everyone Orchestra


Soldiers of Jah Army, more commonly known as SOJA, has become a leading American reggae group since its formation nearly 17 years ago. The octet’s laid-back spirit and traditional reggae-inspired style remains infectious and uplifting, leading to a devoted following ranging from festivalgoers to suburbanites to reggae purists.

The group’s 2012 album, “Strength to Survive,” introduced the band to a wider mainstream audience, topping the Billboard Reggae Album chart multiple times to finish the year as reggae’s No. 9 most successful Billboard act.

The band’s latest effort, last year’s “Amid the Noise and Haste,” also topped the Billboard Reggae Album chart, while also climbing to the No. 20 spot on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s most commercially successful record to date.

SOJA will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with The Green. Tickets are $20-$25 and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m.

Call 577-6989 or go to for more information.

For nearly a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh-based sextet Rusted Root has recorded and toured almost constantly atop the support of a small-but-dedicated underground fan base.

The band became known for its collaboration of world and rock music in the early ’90s, thanks in large part to the 1994 hit “Send Me On My Way” from its sophomore album “When I Woke.”

The band’s uncommon mingling of flutes, percussions, overt bass lines, and traditional rock and folk instrumentation combined with the unique vocal style of Michael Glabicki has established Rusted Root as an unmistakable sound within an often-repetitious jam band arena.

Rusted Root celebrated the release of its seventh studio album, “The Movement,” in 2012.

Rusted Root will perform Sunday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., on the Isle of Palms. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 9 p.m.

Go to the venue’s website or call 886-8596 for more information.

While vacationing in India during the late ’90s, Matt Butler stumbled on an open-mic session comprised of international travelers and locals. The experience gave him an idea for a collaborative music experiment so convincing that he dedicated nearly two decades to fulfilling it.

Today, he has built that idea into an incredible 14-year reality with the revolving assembly of players known as the Everyone Orchestra.

When Butler returned from India to San Francisco, the multi-instrumentalist found himself searching for a way to connect with audiences in a bigger way than a traditional one-hour show spent plowing through a set list, something that could recapture and expand on the experience of that one night in India. He began hosting open-mic nights around San Francisco in which he encouraged participants with varied styles and led completely improvised song creations himself.

Eventually, Butler took the idea on the road, raising money for charities along the way. He enlists a revolving cast of well-known musicians to perform while he continues conducting the on-the-spot performances. Butler also involves the audience by using them as a collective instrument in the form of clapping, singing, cheering and more.

The Everyone Orchestra will perform Saturday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, and will feature, among others, Mike Healy, Sam Brouse and Robert McConnell of Papadosio; Rob Compa of Dopapod; and Kenn Mogel of The Mantras. Asheville rock quintet The Broadcast and an interactive display by lighting and video specialists Life is Art Studios will accompany the group.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Doors open at 9 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m.

Call 571-4343 or go to for more information.