2012 has been a breakthrough year for the DC-based band SOJA. Their latest album Strength To Survive (out now on ATO Records – home to Alabama Shakes, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and 311) landed in the Billboard 200’s top 40. The album has impressively sold over 30,000 copies in less than two months and they recently made their national television debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
SOJA is ready to embark on the next leg of their tour that will see them playing shows alongside Dave Matthews Band and Steel Pulse, sharing stages at Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, All Good, and Moe.Down, with a pair of sold out hometown shows at DC’s 9:30 Club on May 18 and 19, with The Roots’ Questlove opening the latter. SOJA has also been added to the 311 and Slightly Stoopid Summer tour.
SOJA’s story starts when Jacob Hemphill (lead vocals, guitar) met Bobby Lee (bass) in the first grade. They bonded over their common love of hip hop, rock and reggae, which they performed together at their middle school talent shows. While attending high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Kenneth Brownell (percussion) and Patrick O’Shea (keyboards) and together formed SOJA. The band gigged locally in the DC area while a couple of the guys finished school, all the while making plans to hit the road after graduation. They actually wound up owning the road.
Over the course of the past few years, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, headlined large theatres in more than 15 countries around the world, generated over 20 million+ YouTube views, and amassed more than 800k Facebook fans. The past year and a half has seen this 8-piece rule the road including headlining sold-out tours of North and South America.
Don’t miss your chance to see SOJA live!
Sat/June 2 – Wakarusa Music Fest – Ozark, AR
Thu/June 7 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
Thu/June 14 – The Frendly Gathering – Windham, VT
Fri/July 13 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
Sat/July 14 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA
Thu/July 19 – All Good Music Festival – Thornville, OH
Fri/July 27 – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA
Sat/July 28 – Floydfest – Floyd, VA
Thu/Aug 2 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Fri/Aug 3 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Sat/Aug 4 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
Fri/Aug 10-12 – Moe.Down Festival, Turin, NY
Sat/Aug 18 – Summerdaze Festival at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
Sun/Aug 19 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Wed/Aug 22 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Fri/Aug 24 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
Sat/Aug 25 – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA
Tue/Aug 28 – Mesa Amphitheatre – Mesa, AZ
Wed/Aug 29 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
Fri/Aug 31 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Tue/Sep 4 – Sleep Country Amphitheatre – Ridgefield, WA