Sunday, July 24, 2022
Island Empire Festival
All Tickets Include OC Fair Admission

Featuring Sammy Johnson, Fiji, Anuhea, Eli-Mac, Analea Brown + More TBA

Somewhere between the charisma of Frank Sinatra, the empathetic tone of Bob Marley, and the smooth and sultry vocal runs of Lauryn Hill, lives the warm and kind voice of Sammy Johnson. An Australian native, Sammy J embraces his Maori and Polynesian roots to create positive and uplifting music. Blending together island reggae, soul and jazz vibes with heartfelt lyrics, Sammy’s sound is exhilarating and intoxicating.

Polynesian recording artist George “Fiji” Veikoso is one of the most original and dynamic entertainers the Pacific Rim has produced who continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary Island Reggae music. Since leaving his Fijian island homeland and settling in Hawaii at the age of 14, Fiji’s golden voice and expansive musical repertoire have launched him onto the world stage as a pioneer of the Lost Coast Sound. His most recent release, 2018’s Fiji: 50th State of Mind, has upheld these achievements and encompassed the sounds of the Polynesian culture.

The name Anuhea translates from Hawaiian as a fragrance or cool breeze. In the world of island/reggae music, Maui songbird Anuhea Jenkins has been just that: a cool breeze to the island music scene. This multi-talented artist entered the room in 2009 like a breath of fresh island air, beautifully blending vibes of reggae, pop, R&B, and even country. After 10 successful years in the music scene, dozens of hit songs and multiple awards, Anuhea remains humble when she’s rightfully referred to as one of the top musical artists from Hawaii of all time.

A Filipino native who moved with her family to Hawaii as a youngster, Eli-Mac (Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco) is a rebel who combined island music with R&B and hip-hop. At the tender age of 18, Camile landed a spot on American Idol as a Top 10 finalist. She discovered her sound by combining her three favorite genres – roots reggae, hip-hop and R&B – creating the groundbreaking Dubstop with subsequent dub-wise, rootsy records like Can’t Get Enough, Roots Girl and the most recent, Resume, all produced by her partner Louie Castle of noted San Diego-based reggae band Tribal Seeds.

Analea is the singer/songwriter partially responsible for Tenelle’s “For the Lovers,” which hit number 1 on iTunes and Billboard charts. She also helped pen Swells ft. Sammy J’s number 1 iTunes hit “Still Wanna Be Your Lover” as well as one of the best reviewed songs on iTunes for the famous ‘80s band The Jets 25th reunion album called Believe In Love. Analea’s debut album Queendom was released in 2019.