He might be young, but songwriter, producer, activist and King Youngblood frontman Cameron Lavi-Jones is no rookie–with hundreds of shows played, this twenty-year-old ‘kid’ is a grown-ass musician. After ten years of live performance, Lavi-Jones is effortless on stage, delivering infectiously energetic shows from house parties to festivals. Is he talented? Lavi-Jones will tell you “It’s 80% the hair.”
What’s a King Youngblood show like? Could be a rock and roll catharsis erupting in a giant feather pillow fight, could be a secret intimate unplugged Sofar show, could be a sweltering club show with fans bursting at their seams bouncing as one big club scene of wild abandon. No matter the venue–Lavi-Jones always provides an electrifying show. Lavi-Jones: “When I’m on stage, it’s one of very few places on earth, that is only for me and our band.” Placemaking is no small part of King Youngblood’s shows.
A strong belief in doing what is right lies at the core of what drives Lavi-Jones and his band and that belief seeps into his creative expressions as a musician, as an activist, and as a human. Lavi-Jones: “As a black Jew, I’ve been incredibly lucky to grow up with a sense of pride in who I am and my dual cultures, without ever having to look at them as opposite sides of a coin. People that look like me have spent too much time being shoved in the shadows. I have a unique privilege and opportunity to look forward to where I think we should have been already. I have something to say and I am grateful my songs and band give me the forum to speak my mind and lift up others.”