Columbia City Theater and the Grand Daddy Purple present
The Revolution Will Be Harmonized with Kore Ionz, Whitney Monge and Cameron Lavi-Jones
A Benefit for Indivisible Guide
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 at 7pm
The Columbia City Theater in partnership with The GrandDaddy Purple are proud to announce the second in a ongoing concert series –
THE REVOLUTION WILL BE HARMONIZED - WE WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN - A BENEFIT FOR INDIVISIBLE NORTH
with performances by
Kore Ionz (pronounced kor-EYE-ons) is the project of Hawaii-born singer, songwriter, and producer Daniel Pak. The Seattle Weekly describes his voice as sounding “like it was birthed right in the heart of New Orleans, with enough jazz heart to lead a Jamaican revolution of peace and love.” Along with his Seattle-based band, Pak has shared the stage with The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Steel Pulse, and many more of reggae’s founding fathers since dropping his first album of island melodies and rhythms in 2008.
Kore Ionz released the new single “Superhero” in February 2017 on Fire Spider Records. Pak teamed up once again with filmmaker Terrence Jeffrey Santos (Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, The Otherside) to produce the official music video for the single, which tackles the themes of police brutality, rape culture, and domestic violence. The music video was featured in Seattle Magazine and is being used in social justice workshops in Seattle.
“We’re all born with love,” says Pak. “We’re also born with fear. But we’re not born with hate. Hate is learned. Every time I sing a song, I’m just trying to put out more love to combat the hate. Cause it’s out there. Bringing people together is the mission.”
Kore Ionz scored a hit in 2011 with the song “Love You Better,” which went to #1 on commercial radio in Hawai`i. That same year, Pak also joined forces with Prometheus Brown (Blue Scholars) on “First Avenue.”
Whitney learned to capture the power of authenticity while honing her skills as a street performer. With or without elevation of a stage, each part of her performance, from the passion of her powerful, smokey voice to the intensity of a whispered lyric, draws listeners into an embrace within each truthful moment of song. Whitney was raised with rhythm and blues in her blood, but while growing up in the Pacific Northwest, her music was heavily influenced by the rock scene of the 90’s coining her own genre, Alternative Soul.
With a raspy break at the edges of her rich and sultry voice, she has drawn comparisons to Alabama Shakes’ lead singer, Brittany Howard. The narratives of which she draws upon give voice to the marginalized, display the vulnerability and depth within her songwriting and call to mind artists like Tracy Chapman.
Having been featured in the award winning Find Your Way: a Busker’s Documentary (2014), and releasing a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Whitney has poured herself into a new project. Her upcoming album, Stone, captures her evolution as a performer and songwriter in a powerful way, laying bare the wonderment and restlessness of a gifted artist’s search for their place, their voice and for a sense of belonging.
On January 16th, 2017, Whitney sold out her first show at The Triple Door Theater for her new EP release, “Stone”. The show caught the attention of local news station KING 5 and was featured on Evening Magazine; the longest running evening show in the US.
CAMERON LAVI-JONES OF GYPSY TEMPLE