Venue: Jefferson Vineyards
Address: 1353 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Mighty Joshua moves listeners by opening minds and activating bodies through song. He encourages positive change with lyrics that raise consciousness in his community and beyond. With the debut of his first solo album, Joshua expresses himself through a spirited self-titled life inspired compilation.
Experimenting with sound and rhythm, Joshua draws from his musical roots in African percussion. Soon after exposure to Djembe and Djun Djun drums they became a part of his playing repertoire which also includes the Didgeridoo. In 1998 Joshua worked as a manager and D.J. with the company 3 Brothers, 1 Million Records – steadfastly laying the foundation for what has become the vibrant reggae music scene in Richmond today. By 1999 Joshua joined Jah Revelations, and later linked-up with Richmond Dub Collective which transformed over time into the reggae band Antero.
Joshua is an integral part of Antero. In 2008 the group won title of “Favorite New Band” at the first Virginia Reggae Awards. As vocalist and percussionist for the group since 2007, he has helped build the following that made the band a staple on the local music scene in his hometown of Richmond, VA. It is in this role that “Mighty Joshua” was born, and in 2012 he was nominated for Virginia Reggae’s “Best New Artist” award. In 2014 Joshua received awards for being Virginia Reggae’s Favorite Artist of the Year, and his debut album was voted Favorite Album of the Year. Joshua has become acquainted with internationally recognized reggae artists through Chris “Peanut” Whitley of Stable Roots Productions who has received many accolades for his role as Music Director/Producer for Corey Harris and touring keyboardist for Corey Harris, Culture, and Eek-A-Mouse. Mighty Joshua played percussion and supplied backing vocals for Corey Harris albums “Father Sun, Mother Earth” and the soon to be released “Fulton Hill Blues.” Mighty Joshua has had the pleasure of opening for international reggae acts such as Inner Circle, The Itals, Midnite, Tribal Seeds, and The Legendary Culture w/ Kenyatta Hill.
When he’s not living the life of a professional musician, Mighty Joshua dedicates time and energy to working with non-profit organizations like the Makindu Children’s Program in Kenya East Africa. He enjoys integrating music for social awareness and celebrating the impact individual people make.
All Ages // Free (Parking is $5 per show. $12 for a season pass. Carpooling is encouraged.)