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Lineup released for first annual Last Chance Music Fest in Helena

Posted at 11:42 AM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 13:46:35-04
Courtesy: Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds

HELENA – Sublime with Rome, SOJA, and Common Kings are set to headline the first annual Last Chance Music Fest on June 29, in Helena.

A press release states Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the American ska punk band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez.

The group’s name is not only a reference to the singer’s first name but to the fact that they chiefly perform songs by the original Sublime, which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996.

SOJA (Soldiers Of Jah Army) is an American Grammy-nominated reggae band based in Arlington Virginia. Formed in1997, their music is currently produced under ATO Records.

The eight-member band has released a number of singles, albums, and DVDs, including SOJA Live in Hawaii.

Their third full-length album Born in Babylon peaked at number 11 on the Top Heatseekers chart, while their 2012 album Strength to Survive topped the Billboard Reggae Album Chart. The band continues to tour and record new music, according to the press release.

Common Kings is comprised of Sasualei ‘Jr. King’ Maliga (vocals), Taumata Grey (guitar), Ivan Kirimaua (bass guitar), and Jerome Taito (drums). They formed while studying at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and began recording in 2011.

After releasing two EPs in 2013 (both of which were top ten hits on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart), they toured Australia and New Zealand as a support act on Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’ in 2014.

Their 2017 album Lost in Paradise received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Reggae Album category and topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m. online at www.lccfairgrounds.com and at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Administrative office.

Prices are $85 for VIP, $65 for Standing Room Stage Level, and $55 for reserved seating in the grandstands.

Times and additional bands will be announced at a later date.