New Kingston

Jacks Bar Presents

New Kingston

Audic Empire

Thu · April 19, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 13 and over

New Kingston
New Kingston
NEW KINGSTON formed in 2006 in the basement of their Brooklyn home, when brothers Tahir
(keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) & Stephen (guitar) began covering music by the likes of Bob
Marley, Earth Wind & Fire, Dennis Brown, Michael Jackson, The Whispers and many more.
The three brothers, under the watchful eye of their father (and bassist) Courtney Panton Sr.,
called themselves New Kingston to appropriately reflect a combination of their Jamaican
heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. The musical styles of both places
informed their sound and songwriting.
“We used to come home from school and we’d be marched right down to the music room by our
dad,” said Stephen.
They began performing in other basements and small backyard parties around town, all the while
developing their skills and beginning to write their own original music. Talent rises to the top,
and soon enough New Kingston started a heavy touring cycle supporting reggae stars such as
Rebelution, The Green, SOJA, Matisyahu, Beres Hammond and Collie Buddz, while also
securing spots on notable festivals such as the California Roots Festival, Reggae On The River,
Summer Jam (Germany), and Uppsala Reggae Festival (Sweden), to name a few. For a while,
they joined Collie Buddz to tour as his backing band, which exposed them to international
audiences, while continuing their education on what it takes to make a great live show. It also
helped them realize they had tons of their own original material and they quickly moved from
that role to being a headliner on their own.
The band’s background and upbringing are reflected in their approach to the industry, as well:
they are truly a U.S. reggae band, part of the movement that has revitalized and evolved the
genre domestically, with a focus on digital marketing, heavy national touring, and never sticking
to a stale formula for what reggae should sound like. As second generation Jamaican-Americans,
they are able to just as easily hold their own with the traditional reggae scene.
New Kingston self-released two full-length albums: In The Streets (2010) and Kingston
University (2013). The band recently announced the signing to New York-based reggae label
Easy Star Records and will release their third studio album Kingston City on January 27, 2015.
The record features collaborations with Tribal Seeds, Kimie Miner, France’s Dub Inc., Sister
Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great father of dancehall, Sugar Minott. If that guest list
doesn’t give you a snapshot of the combination of the old world and new horizons that New
Kingston is all about, nothing will.
Audic Empire
Audic Empire
Audic Empire was formed in late 2010. Since then they have been turning heads in the Austin music scene with their psychedelic, Reggae/rock and feel good tunes. They have a high intensity performance and an astonishing sound with the contrast of two singers, their Red Hot solo Guitarist, and rock solid rhythm section. Audic Empire has played with numerous great artists and festivals. Audic's first... album Sativa SunRise will be debut in 2014, but they have released their Sativa Sunrise EP which is available on, Hard copies are also available. You can listen and download songs from,, and will also be coming soon to iTunes. With the rapid growth of their reggae/rock sound, Audic Empire is on the rise with their journey to produce a unifying sound wave of love and music.
Venue Information:
Jack's Bar
3030 Thousand Oaks
San Antonio, TX, 78247