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John Welsh Band Blends Latin, West African, Reggae, and Folk Rock During First So. Cal. Tour

John Welsh Band Blends Latin, West African, Reggae, and Folk Rock at Soka Performing Arts Center During First So. Cal. Tour

Aliso Viejo, CA – John Welsh Band brings a mix of folk, Latin, and West African music to Soka Performing Arts Center’s intimate Black Box Theatre on Friday, October 20, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. As part of the TenPints New Music Series, single-event tickets are $20 for adults; and $16 for students, seniors and active military families. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

With lyrics in both English and Spanish, the John Welsh Band performs a high energy show that emphasizes crowd participation, upbeat rhythms, and sing-along choruses with positive messages and infectious melodies. The group has “a natural command of the stage combined with infectious toe-tapping songs that puts one in mind of sunny beaches and happy times” (CBC Vancouver). John Welsh (guitar, vocals) leads the band with his brother Chris Welsh (bass), Nathan Larsen (drums), Courage Eigbike (percussion, vocals), and Devin Modugno (guitar).

In 2016, the John Welsh Band took home a Fraser Valley Music Award and were selected as one of Vancouver’s Best Bands of 2016 by influential blog In April 2017 the band released the video for their lead single “Sayulita” on Facebook, filmed in the small Mexican surf town of the same name. The video went viral and surpassed one million views with strong support from Mexico and Southern California. On May 12, their new album Vamonos Mi Chica debuted at number two on the iTunes Canada World Music Charts. The band will be touring Western Canada, United States, and Mexico this year.

A world traveler by nature, Welsh lived and studied in Mexico where he was heavily influenced by the music, language, and culture. After several years of playing with various bands, the Welsh brothers met Nigerian-born Eigbike who brought his reggae and West African-influenced sound. Together they began creating songs with the vision of bringing their global music to a mainstream audience.

The band began performing locally and with the release of their EP and music video “On the Road,” their popularity quickly grew across British Columbia. To fill out their sound for larger performances the band added Larsen and Modugno. With strong support from CBC and college radio across Canada, “On the Road” soon landed in the top 50 on the national Earshot Charts.