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Reggae Sensation The Green to Embark on Massive North American Tour in 2012

L-R: Ikaika Antone, Caleb Keolanui, Zion Thompson, JP Kennedy - Photo By: Tammy Moniz
After a brief stint at their Hawaiian home with welcoming sold-out shows, The Green is ready to embark on another extensive North American tour kicking off in February. The Green’s upcoming 39-city mainland tour sees the band share the stage with fellow leading reggae artists Rebelution and SOJA.

The majority of the tour dates are alongside Rebelution for their “Peace of Mind Tour.” Rebelution are currently riding high with a #13 debut on the Billboard Top 200 and The Green are proud to support their highly anticipated tour. All three of these acts continue to push the “homegrown reggae” scene forward.

2011 was another breakthrough year for The Green. Their second album Ways & Means (released on Easy Star Records) stayed at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart for 4 straight weeks in a row, while receiving high profile press exposure. They were also awarded “Artist of the Year” by The DubSide and their album was nominated for “Album of the Year” at The Pier. The band relentlessly toured throughout the year winning new fans and regional press accolades.

Tour Dates

Sat/Jan-21 – Honolulu, HI – Kakaako Waterfront Park Amphitheater #
Fri/Jan-27 – Kailua-Kona, HI – King Kamehamehas Kona Beach Hotel #
Sat/Jan-28 – Kahului, HI – Maui Arts & Cultural Center #
Wed/Feb-08 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues *
Thu/Feb-09 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues *
Fri/Feb-10 – Austin, TX – Stubbs *
Sat/Feb-11 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues *
Sun/Feb-12 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge *
Wed/Feb-15 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater *
Thu/Feb-16 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater *
Fri/Feb-17 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium *
Sat/Feb-18 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *
Sun/Feb-19 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst *
Wed/Feb-22 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater *
Thu/Feb-23 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre *
Fri/Feb-24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre *
Sat/Feb-25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox *
Sun/Feb-26 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
Wed/Feb-29 – Calgary, AB – SAIT
Thu/Mar-01 – Nelson, BC – Live At The Royal
Fri/Mar-02 – Fernie, BC – The Northern Bar
Sat/Mar-03 – Spokane, WA – Red Room Lounge
Tue/Mar-06 – Reno, NV – Cargo (Inside Comm Row) ^
Wed/Mar-07 – Orangevale (Sacramento), CA – The Boardwalk ^
Thu/Mar-08 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Co. ^
Fri/Mar-09 – Solana Beach (San Diego), CA – Belly Up ^
Sat/Mar-10 – Bakersfield, CA – Narducci’s Cafe ^
Sun/Mar-11 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theater ^
Wed/Mar-14 – Las Vegas, CA – House Of Blues *
Thu/Mar-15 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot *
Fri/Mar-16 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater *
Sat/Mar-17 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore *
Tue/Mar-20 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *
Wed/Mar-21 – Des Moines, IA – Peoples Court *
Thu/Mar-22 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater *
Fri/Mar-23 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *
Sat/Mar-24 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theatre *
Tue/Mar-27 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
Wed/Mar-28 – Covington, KY – Madison Theater *
Thu/Mar-29 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall *
Fri/Mar-30 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues *
Sat/Mar-31 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room *


Rising Reggae Band The Green Announces Album and United States Tour

The Green - photo by Tammy Moniz
Hawaii-based reggae band has a new album titled Ways & Means and they will be touring throughout the continental United States, starting in October.

In less than a year, The Green has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting new reggae artists from the United States. Both critics and fans quickly took hold of their youth-infused modern roots reggae sound. Their self-titled debut album The Green was named “Best Reggae Album” of 2010 by iTunes and hit Billboard’s 2010 Year-End Reggae Chart by selling over 20,000 copies.

The band is following up with their second album, Ways & Means, set to be released on October 25th on one of the leading reggae labels – Easy Star Records. The label is home to some of the most accomplished and progressive reggae artists, including the Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Black Seeds, Ticklah, Tommy T, The Meditations, and more.

The Green consists of singer Caleb Keolanui, singer-guitarist JP Kennedy, singer-keyboardist Ikaika Antone, and singer-guitarist Zion Thompson. The four members of The Green take pride in the pop-burnished roots reggae style they’ve cooked. Four distinct voices, four sharp songwriting talents, masterful musicianship, and monster grooves add up to one exceptional band.

Tour Dates

Fri/Oct-07 – Las Vegas, NV – Pure Aloha Festival

Sat/Oct-08 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

Sun/Oct-09 – Orangevale (Sacramento), CA – The Boardwalk

Tue/Oct-11 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company

Wed/Oct-12 – Solana Beach (San Diego), CA – Belly Up

Fri/Oct-14 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre

Sat/Oct-15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Sun/Oct-16 – Paonia, CO – The Paradise Theatre

Tue/Oct-18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vertigo

Wed/Oct-19 – Boise, ID – The Reef

Fri/Oct-21 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

Sat/Oct-22 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Sun/Oct-23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Mon/Oct-24 – Bend, OR – Domino Room

Wed/Oct-26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium

Thu/Oct-27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

Fri/Oct-28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

Sat/Oct-29 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre

Tue/Nov-01 – Dallas, TX – HOB Cambridge

Wed/Nov-02 – Austin, TX – Antone’s

Thu/Nov-03 – New Orleans, LA – HOB Parish

Fri/Nov-04 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

Sat/Nov-05 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Stage

Sun/Nov-06 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

Tue/Nov-08 – Orlando, FL – The Social

Wed/Nov-09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

Thu/Nov-10 – Vero Beach, FL – Filthy McNasty’s

Fri/Nov-11 – Satellite Beach, FL – Sports Page

Sat/Nov-12 – Charleston, SC – Pour House

Sun/Nov-13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

Tue/Nov-15 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

Wed/Nov-16 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Thu/Nov-17 – West Chester, PA – The Note

Fri/Nov-18 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10

Sat/Nov-19 – Cambridge (Boston), MA – Middle East

Sun/Nov-20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

Mon/Nov-21 – Clifton Park (Albany), NY – Northern Lights

Wed/Nov-23 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall


In Passing

Kenyatta “Culture” Hill – Pass the Torch

Kenyatta “Culture” Hill

Pass the Torch (Tafari Records 1046, 2007)

The sudden 2006 death of Joseph Hill, leader of roots reggae harmony trio Culture, robbed the music of one of its most charismatic and visionary performers. Rather than cancel the remainder of the tour that the group was on at the time, they continued with Hill’s son Kenyatta, who’d been Culture’s live sound engineer, stepping in as front man.

Despite Kenyatta’s lack of experience at singing, his bloodline made him a natural for the gig and Culture’s many fans worldwide welcomed him. I’ve thus far only seen his live performance via online videos, but it appears that Kenyatta has a goodly measure of the vocal chops and onstage fervor necessary to carry on his father’s work.

This heartfelt and satisfying CD, which contains seven of the last tracks voiced by the elder Hill and an equal number that mark the first recordings of the younger, provides further proof. Kenyatta is no clone and doesn’t yet have the same effortlessly soaring vocal quality as the iconic Joseph, but there are striking similarities in his range, phrasing and knack for emphasis that thus far show his singing to wield a crucial combination of genetics and originality.

The Joseph Hill tracks on Pass the Torch include a few expertly reprised versions of past Culture tunes, though it’s the new songs, co-composed by Kenyatta and producer Lynford “Fatta” Marshall, that really grab hold. Kenyatta eloquently addresses his father’s legacy on “Daddy” and “The Message” (which borrows heavily from Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic”), lays into time-honored reggae subject matter via “Mariwanna” and sounds so much like the old man on “Same Situation” as to be beyond uncanny.

Time will tell if Kenyatta Hill is able to fully establish himself as an artist free from preconceived familial notions in the way that, say, Ziggy Marley, Andrew Tosh and Femi Kuti have achieved, but the strength and assuredness demonstrated here indicate he’s well underway.

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Latin Reggae and Mestizos

Various Artists - Latin Reggae
Various Artists – Latin Reggae

Various Artists – Latin Reggae (Putumayo, 2008)

Compilations are a good way to get acquainted with new artists, but they are not always accurate. Putumayo Presents Latin Reggae focuses on reggae from the Spanish speaking countries in Spain and Latin America. While the compilation is satisfactory musically, the selection does not reflect the complete reality of reggae en español.

There are certainly some essential artists represented, such as Puerto Rico’s Cultura Profética, Chile’s Gondwana, Argentina’s Los Cafres and Spain’s Black Gandhi.

The rest of the selection are artists who use reggae in some of their songs, but are not truly reggae acts. Most of them are from Barcelona and belong to the mestizo scene that is popular in Madrid and Barcelona. The producers seem to have focused exclusively on Barcelona because no Madrid reggae groups are featured. Ironically, some of the best roots reggae groups in Spain are based in Madrid: Cañaman (who recorded in Jamaica), Emeterians and Mad Sensi.


Reggae the Easy Way

Various Artists – Six the Hard Way
Various Artists

Six the Hard Way (Heartbeat 11661-7829-2, 2006)

In case you can’t afford the whole line of Studio One reggae reissues recently put out by the Massachusetts-based Heartbeat label, pick up this scorching sampler instead. It features half a dozen of the noted Jamaican artists who recorded for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famed Studio One, including solo singers Larry Marshall, Slim Smith and Willie Williams, vocal trios the Viceroys and the Cables and vocal duo the Termites. Each is represented with three songs, and the result is a mini-primer of what made Dodd’s establishment so seminal.

Most of the tracks on Six the Hard Way are from the rocksteady and early reggae eras when soul, R&B and doo-wop influences were still keenly felt but social consciousness and Rastafarian spirituality were emergent forces as well.

Dodd’s production expertise and the skills of the top flight studio musicians he employed are as on the mark as the voices. Gems like Smith’s cheery “Born to Love,” Marshall’s wry “Nanny Goat,” the Termites’ playful but pleading “Have Mercy Mr. Percy” and Williams’ ever-classic “Armagideon Time” (given the extended mix it deserves) sound as great as the day they were recorded, full of unpolished spontaneity and strength.

This is only a smattering of Studio One’s glory days, but six courses still adds up to a most ample feast.

Buy Six the Hard Way.


Still the One

Various Artists – The Best of Studio One, Vol. 1
Various Artists- The Best of Studio One, Vol. 1 (Heartbeat 11661-7801-2, 2006)

Various Artists – Full Up: More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat 11661-7802-2, 2006)

Various Artists – Downbeat the Ruler: Killer Instrumentals From Studio One (Heartbeat 11661-7803-2, 2006)

Anyone with a knowledge of reggae knows how crucial producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One was in the history of Jamaican music. It’s almost absurd to try to list the many classic reggae artists who rose to fame as the result of recordings made with Dodd at the controls. But if a reminder is in order, these three CDs, focusing on Dodd’s post-ska ’60s and ’70s work, do much more than merely suffice. Reissues of collections originally released on vinyl in the ’80s and now sweetened with extra tracks, they’re homegrown Jamaican rocksteady and reggae at their leanest and hardest.

Various Artists – Full Up: More Hits From Studio One
The Best of and Full Up volumes showcase prime songs by some of the individual singers and vocal groups who made a splash at Studio One, among them Larry Marshall’s “Throw Mi Corn,” John Holt’s “I Don’t Want to See You Cry” and “A Love I Can Feel,” Sugar Minott’s “Oh Mr. D.C.” (in a wicked extended mix), the Cables’ “Baby Why” and “What Kind of World,” the Paragons’ “Danger in Your Eyes,” Marcia Griffiths’ “Melody Life” (showing what an accomplished vocalist she was before being one of Bob Marley’s I-Threes) and on and on.

Prior to establishing his own studio, Dodd was an afficionado of of American soul and R&B, and those influences permeated his production sound and the singing styles of many artists he recorded. Other emerging trends in Jamaican music are evident as well, including the rise of Rastafarianism (heard in songs by the likes of Culture, the Gladiators, Willi Williams, the Ethiopian and Judah Tafari Eskender), the deejay/talkover style (Michigan and Smiley, Lone Ranger) and a longstanding love for cover versions (Norma Fraser’s “The First Cut is the Deepest”).

Various Artists – Downbeat the Ruler: Killer Instrumentals From Studio One
The third volume, Downbeat the Ruler, is an earful of tight, intricate instrumental tracks, many of which were reprised repeatedly in reggae after first gracing hits at Studio One. Coxsone employed several in-house bands made up of Jamaica’s finest players, and these examples of their work show how essential the rhythms were in the service of the singers and vice versa. “Killer” indeed.

Clement Dodd passed away in 2004, and though other Jamaican producers (Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Lee Perry, etc.) helped make reggae a key force in world music, there’s no shortage of people who would declare Coxsone, warts and all, the very greatest. These three discs, all absolute essentials for anyone who loves or even likes reggae, back up such claims with timeless excellence.

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Tribute to Bob Marley Festival in Tijuana, Mexico

San Diego (California), USA – WorldBeat Cultural Center, based in San Diego, is presenting Tribute to Bob Marley in neighboring Tijuana, Mexico. The concerts will be held Friday, February 17th at the El Foro in Downtown Tijuana, located on 8th & Revolución Ave. The Old Jai Alai.

The artists featured are Gregory Isaacs (Jamaica), Cultura Profética (Puerto Rico), Elijah Emanuel (San Diego), Esencia (Tijuana) & Cáñamo (Tijuana).The show starts at 8:30pm | $15 Adv. limited VIP $30. Mexicoach Bus service every 15 min across the border. Pickup at Border Station Parking Lot. Last exit before border on the right. Just park & ride.

There will be an After Party at El Foro & Mangos.

Join Cultura Profetica again in concert at Mangos Saturday night at 9:30pm.
Right across the border after the second bridge into downtown Tijuana.