The Ante Room welcomes
Jaewar & Vibe Riot
"Rise Up & Love More"
7:30pm doors – 8:30pm show
(2) Tickets for $10; in Advance.
$10 Per Ticket; Day of Show
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On August 12, Jaewar & Vibe Riot were scheduled to perform at The Ante Room located downtown Charlottesville. The unthinkable happened when armed Neo-Nazis and KKK members marched into Charlottesville to demonstrate. Keep in mind this was on 8/12/2017, not 1914, nor was it early 1940s. As the time of the performance drew nearer, tensions peaked and violence became a grave reality. 3 people lost their lives. Heather Heyer died fighting for her beliefs and campaigning against hate. Many were injured. In order not to put others at further risk, the Ante Room staff and Jaewar & Vibe Riot decided to postpone the performance. How we rise and respond to such incidents says more about us than these unforgettable events. Let’s remember August 12, 2017 as the spark that motivated us to Rise Up & Love More!
On November 10, 2017 the Ante Room teams up with Jaewar & Vibe Riot to bring you an uplifting concert featuring a 7 piece funk rock soul band, dancers, and a surprise performance by a special guest.
Jaewar & Vibe Riot formed in 2013. If you fused the funky groovy kaleidoscope attitudes, charisma, and soundscapes of Prince, Bob Marley, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Roots, you just might recreate something like Jaewar & Vibe Riot. The lineup normally includes the soulful vocals of Xe Jah’Twi or Nina Mallia as they cover material from Jaewar's 3rd project, "True! Raw Honey". "True! Raw Honey" is, all at once, an assembly of bass driven reggae and soul influences, guitar driven blues-rock anthems, and old school hip-hop bouncing from funky love songs to touching songs of freedom. The newly released video "Waddup" by Jaewar calls on society to unite in these trying times. You may have seen them perform in support of the 1,000,000 Women's March, Levitt AMP series, Floyd Fest, African American Heritage Festivals, or at Pride Fest. Their resume includes shared stages and opening acts for Moja Nya, Third World band, Trey Songz, Angie Stone, Steel Pulse, and Michael Franti & Spearhead just to name a few. Jaewar's new EP "TRUE! RAW HONEY" is currently enjoying airplay in several major cities as well as Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and Amazon Music.
Writer Hayleigh Worgan was present at a recent performance and had this to say, “There is no sweeter gift that a band can give an audience than understanding the relationship goes deeper than entertainment. Jaewar & Vibe Riot have a sound that trickles into your bones, speaks to your soul, and opens your mind to experiencing something new. Whether they are surrounded by mountains and dancing strangers on the Ferrum College Workshop Stage at Floyd Fest, or performing at a cozy venue like Roanoke’s VIP’z Sports Bar and Bistro, they make a point to celebrate their audience while sharing their work.
Jaewar & Vibe Riot are building something unique. Their approach speaks to the individual as much as an entire audience. From the moment the band enters a venue, creating a sense of familiarity with the crowd is their first priority. Between setting up their equipment, a labor of love in and of itself, they take time to greet fans by name. At their VIP’z performance, as the DJ began amping up the crowd, Jaewar took a pair of earplugs out of his pocket and handed them to a woman close to the stage. Every single person and every detail was important. This must also be true in the studio. The lyrics are important to Jaewar, and he uses the five love languages to energize and speak to his audience. In many ways, this makes the performance feel like a conversation with an old friend.
The same dedication is reflected in the contribution of every band member. There is something about watching a performer become one with their music, allowing the song to be the star that captivates every person in the room. As Nina Mallia moved on stage, her voice wove a spell that called everyone to pay attention to the lyrics. When the funky jazz beat of “Peace of Mind” began, the mood turned introspective.
“Rise above what’s expected/we work to the bone and we’re disrespected/don’t drink their wine and feel neglected/what once was free is now infected.” Jaewar speaks about authenticity in this track in a way everyone can understand. Looking around the room, even the staff of VIP’z could not take their eyes from the stage. Cell phones came out, but not as a distraction. People could not resist taking videos and photos of the band with a stage presence that will be remembered for years to come. Between songs, Jaewar encouraged the audience to speak to someone they didn’t know. The message was clear. There we were, a room full of people, with so much love to give and many stories to share. So we closed our eyes, let the music break down our walls, and allowed ourselves to be vulnerable. Because after all, the change must come from the inside.”