Fortunate Youth is an American reggae rock sextet from Hermosa Beach, California. Its current lineup consists of Dan Kelly (vocals), Travis “Travi Bongo” Walpole (percussion), Jered Draskovich (keys/bass), Greg Gelb (bass, guitar), Corey Draskovich (bass, guitar, keys), and Revelation Kalauli (drums). The band has incorporated a wide variety of influences, including blues, ska, rock and punk into their sound, and cite acts such as Bob Marley, Katchafire, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead as various influences. The lineup has no set designated musician, and all members rotate positions within the band during live performances.The band has toured heavily since 2009 with over 27 tours nationwide and abroad. Fortunate Youth has released 4 full length studio albums, Three of which hit #1 on the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts. “It’s All A Jam” (2013), “Don’t Think Twice” (2015), “Fortunate Youth” (2017) and more than a handful of Single’s and EP’s.
In 2011 they supported Tribal Seeds on their nationwide Tribal Youth Tour to spread their conscious music to the nation. F.Y. linked up The Green, from Hawaii, for a Midwest/Westcoast run before jumping back in the studio to record. They have hit the masses promoting only their 6-song EP titled “Up-Lifted EP” and just released their full-length album, “IRIE STATE OF MIND” on July 1, 2011. Fortunate Youth will also be touring very heavily through 2011 including a Naitonwide CD Release Summer Tour.
Upon Releasing their full-length album they quickly rose to #2 on the iTunes Reggae Charts and also locked in a #13 position on Billboard Top 100 Reggae Albums. Receiving great praise for early success Fortunate Youth strives to spread their interpretation of Reggae music to Music Lovers worldwide.
Fortunate Youth toured very heavily in 2012 supporting Headliners such as The Expendables and Tribal Seeds. FY also headlined their own Nationwide Summer of Sweet Love Tour proving they can pull their own weight. Making their first international departure, Fortunate Youth played 4 shows in Costa Rica spreading the love of reggae music internationally.
2013 release, “It’s All A Jam”, hit numerous charts including #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts, #10 Billboard Pacific Heatseekers Chart, #23 Billboard National Heatseeker Chart along with #1 on iTunes Reggae Charts and #46 iTunes Overall Charts. FY followed the album release with a 55-Show nationwide Spring Headline Tour seeing great response from the album’s successful release.
Fortunate Youth just finished a Spring 2014 Headline Tour and are gearing up for their Fall with Friends Tour which boasts a solid lineup of support bands including: New Kingston, The Expanders, The Steppas, Ease Up, Thrive, Ashes of Babylon, and more.
Fortunate Youth released ‘Dont Think Twice’ in 2015 and followed it their “Dont Think Twice Spring Tour” with Hirie and Sensamotion Band. In 2016, they released their “Love is the Most High” compilation of Love Songs near Valentine’s Day and then quickly released ‘Cub Collections, Vol. 1″
Fortunate Youth supported Stick Figure on their ‘Set in Stone’ Album Release TouR. They followed up with another Summer Support Tour with Slighty Stoopid, SOJA and Grouch & Eligh and went directly into Fall Supporting Slightly Stoopid on the West Coast. Fortunate Youth released their self-titled album in February of 2017 and followed it with another Nationwide – Headline Tour w/ Josh Heinrichs and Iya Terra as support! Fortunate Youth’s self-titled album hit #1 on Billboard & iTunes Reggae Charts and remained in the top 10 for 5 weeks. FY’s Self Titles Album reached #9 Overall iTunes Charts. FY then released their ‘Dub Collections, Vol. 2’ in October of 2017.
Fortunate Youth continues to consistently release new music while actively touring as headliners and supporting larger tours.
The Windmill Bar
Cali Vibes Fest 2023
House Of Rock
Sam's Burger Joint
Dallas Reggae Festival 2023
Central Florida Fairgrounds
Miners Foundry Cultural Center
Summer Camp Music Festival 2023
The Coves Amphitheater at Smith Mountain Lake
Pompano Beach Amphitheater
St. Augustine Amphitheatre Night Market
The Civic Theatre
Nevada County Fairgrounds