I'kona (formerly known as Juice)
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"Juice Review"

The Self-Titled album consists of pure leisure with its engaging manner of being merry and smooth. The expressive and tranquil harmonies of Aaron Watene (vocals) create a palette for the influential diversity of Chris Vea (Bass Guitar) They candidly broaden your minimalist scope of jazz, blues, reggae, and soul. Coaxing your guard down into a relaxing state is JUICE's flair to make you daydream with their sincere lyrics and easy tempo. Songs like "tell me" and "love letter" remind of what it is like to love and be loved - Skinnie Magazine / January 2003


"Juice... For Your Heart's Content"

LOS ANGELES – May 4, 2005: Aaron Watene and Chris Vea may not be household names yet, but if the enthusiasm of their already significant and loyal fan base is any indication of their future success, the first thing that will come to mind when hearing someone say Juice will be the unique sound of this local Southern California band, as opposed to thoughts of whether orange or cranberry will go better with breakfast.



Recently described as “Bare Naked Ladies meets Ozomatli,” Juice the band will undoubtedly extend their fan base by making a special appearance at the

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in St. George, Utah during the weekend of May 13.



The Relay For Life, which takes place in cities across the country, is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of the American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. This year participants in the St. George Relay will be able to enjoy the dynamic music of Juice during their benefit show after walking and running for a great cause.



From the beginning, Juice appreciated the valuable connections made possible by being active in the community. In fact, it was by working at a Christmas Tree Farm in Los Angeles and playing their music on repeat at the register, that they were able to pass their demo to the Co-Founder and Chairman of SiTV, Jeff Valdez, who offered the band their national television debut. Juice appeared on “The Drop” in March of 2004 and did well enough to be invited back this year to perform songs off of their latest album due for release in Summer 2005.



Juice is a five-piece band on Nu Roots Records that has performed at the Viper Room, Knitting Factory, Key Club, and even the House of Blues. The band’s sound is a blend of alternative pop, with a dash of Neo-Soul and a hint of reggae. Fans describe the music as refreshing and guaranteed to make you want to kick off your shoes and dance. Since forming in 2002, Juice has released two albums, been featured in various compilations, and produced songs for nationally released soundtracks.



For more information regarding Juice the band, visit: www.myspace.com/juicetheband or www.juiceband.net for tour dates. For press materials, jpegs, or to schedule interviews with the band, contact (310) 402-6683.



For more information on the American Cancer Society’s Relay for life, visit: www.cancer.org.
- The Spectrum


"CD Review"

For all of those lonely days when you and your girl are fighting and you have no one to go to and it's all shitty out side and there is not ONE thing that you could think of to make you feel any better (besides a back rub from Salma Hayek), pop in the self titled album by Juice and it will quench your thirst with it's Reggae rhythms and fresh Ska beats. These boys will sway your head back into the real world and out of the grumps of another shitty day but don't just look forward to listening to them when you're in need of a wake up, listen to them all the time... in fact if you're not listening now you're missing out... on your life... your world... your, Ok I'm just bullshitting, but hey, really, this CD is awesome. Pick it up and see what I mean, and remember that Juice will have you back in shape for the next girlie in your little black book. -Al - Skinnie Magazine 8/04


Discography

2002 - Self Titled EP
2003 - Movie Soundtrack "Murder Inside of Me"
2004 - Self Titled EP
2004 - Movie Soundtrack "The Home Teachers"

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Bio

The musical gods brought together Polynesian, California surfers, Aaron Watene and Chris Vea, in June 2002 for a little “jam session” that has evolved into an indie buzz.

Two days after their jam session ‘Juice’ had their first paid gig. This would eventually set the pace for them. Within a month they had recorded their first single and by two months the radio worthy EP was complete. Talent and dedication, coupled with business know-how, and hard work has been their propeller for opportunities.

These opportunities include shows at The Viper Room, House of Blues, Knitting Factory and The Grove. They have been invited to open for artists such as Lit, Was (Not Was), Steel Pulse, Hep Cat, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Lucky Dube, Sizzla, Flava Flav, and Digital Underground.

Most recently (Jun. 2005) Ikona (formerly known as Juice) was featured on national TV on SiTV's "The Drop" where they performed two songs off of their latest album.