Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
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The Green
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Wednesday, March 6th
plus special guests NEW KINGSTON
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $15 advance, $17 day of show, Hawaiian Reggae Greats Debut Moe's Alley

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Moe's Alley & VEG Entertainment present THE GREEN for a very special debut performance.  Special guests NEW KINGSTON open the show making this an epic night of live Reggae music not to be missed.

Four extraordinary talents, one scene-shaking reggae band.

That’s The Green, four boys hailing from Hawaii who burst out last
year with their self-titled debut album. Amazingly for a new band, the
disc rocketed onto Billboard’s 2010 Year-End Top 10 Reggae Chart, was
honored as iTunes’ Reggae Album of the Year, won Best Reggae Album at
Hawaii’s 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and has sold over 20,000
copies. Now the promise of The Green’s youth-infused roots reggae
revival is set to be fulfilled with their sophomore disc, Ways &
Means, scheduled for an October 25, 2011 release on Easy Star Records,
the pioneering indie reggae label. The startling speed with which the
band has built up its strong and loyal following can only accelerate
from here.

The four members of The Green take pride in the pop-burnished roots
reggae style they’ve cooked up—edgy enough to make tastemakers sit up
and take notice, yet accessible to all ages “from little tiny kids, to
people who just want to rock, to grandmas and grandpas who just love
music,” says guitarist-singer Zion Thompson. Four distinct voices,
four sharp songwriting talents, masterful musicianship, and monster
grooves add up to one exceptional band with an unforgettable sound and
a powerful story.

Each of The Green’s four core singer-songwriters could be a solo
artist in his own right, yet they’re a tight, down-to-earth unit.
Caleb Keolanui and JP Kennedy are first cousins who played together in
a band called Next Generation. Caleb, The Green’s soulful,
golden-voiced singer and charismatic front man, had already performed
on Hawaii’s biggest stages by the time he was 16, with hit songs on
heavy rotation on Hawaii radio. His pop/dancehall sensibilities show
up strongly on the new album, to which he contributes songs like the
sophisticated yet irresistibly catchy “Decisions” and the
perpetual-motion “Love & Affection” with its warm but unexpectedly sly

Meanwhile singer-guitarist JP Kennedy was honing his own writing
skills and blues-and-soul-inspired musical chops while studying
engineering and putting together a home recording studio, which
remains invaluable to the band as its pre-production headquarters. His
songwriting pushes the boundaries of reggae, while still resonating
closely with reggae traditions. The contemplative and intensely
emotional “That’s The Way” and the soul-suffused “Good Vibration” are
both forward-thinking, introspective pop songs, while “Jah Love” and
“Travlah” evoke the classic sounds of Third World and Steel Pulse

The other two core members, singer-keyboardist Ikaika Antone and Zion
Thompson, had worked together in the band Stir Crazy. When that group
split up, the four musical brethren of The Green knew the time had
come to make the new band truly flower. Ikaika, with a strong Hawaiian
music background, feels a special connection to the land—when the band
gigs locally, his whole clan comes out, bringing a real sense of ohana
(family) to the shows; his anthemic “Gotta Be” perfectly expresses
this side of The Green. Zion, who had previously spent time touring
with other bands, recalls that “I missed home, missed my music” when
on the road with other musicians; “All I could think about was I want
to be [touring] with the boys!” His song “Ways & Means” strongly
demonstrates Zion’s ability to play with form – jumping from a slower
reggae groove to a sped-up ska chorus and back – while still serving
up a poignant love song with a soulful delivery.

Righteousness—pono in Hawaiian—is everywhere in The Green’s music and
its message, and has been since the beginning, when they released the
hit single “Love I” from their debut album. The Pier called it “a
brilliantly constructed gem of modern reggae music, combining heavy
drum and bass with smooth vocal melodies and enchanting lyricism,”
while Maui Time said the disc “shines like the Honolulu city lights
that decorate it.”

Why the name “The Green?” As JP explains, “We wanted a name that
didn’t really point you in any direction. It’s just a color, it makes
you figure out what you want it to mean.” The same can go for the
music, according to Zion: “It’s OK if it just makes you move, or maybe
it’s something new for the ear—it’s a good challenge to try and get
people to open their minds a little.”

The band’s dominant modern reggae sound has a distinct Hawaiian
undercurrent, especially in the lyrics, says Zion. “Even people who
don’t know Hawaii will realize that we’re taking about a beautiful
place you can relate to.” At the same time, the band reflects a more
realistic and modern vision of the Islands, not just the usual Island
paradise vibe. The band proudly pushes broader themes of Hawaiian
culture and history, while still writing about the day-to-day life
they know. They are not afraid to shine a light on reality, as in
“That’s The Way”: “Honolulu, it makes me sick / I never thought that I
would say it…”

With songs contributed by all four core members, a strong shot of
assistance from touring bassist/producer Brad Watanabe and touring
drummer/producer Leslie Ludiazo, and the mixing skills of Danny Kalb
(Ben Harper), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Jim Fox
(Rebelution, SOJA, Israel Vibration), and Matthew Honda, the message
of Ways & Means boils down to bringing people together and respecting
all people for who they are, whether it’s through a love song like the
title track, a spiritual like “Jah Love,” or a paean to perseverance
like “Keep On” on which all four songwriters collaborated.

On Ways & Means the band also interjects doses of R&B, Soul, and Pop,
making them an accessible listen to fans outside of reggae circles
without diluting their roots. Though The Green is an important player
in the new wave of homegrown reggae artists, they stand out with their
ability to play both classic roots and modern dancehall, their vocal
harmonies recalling reggae’s golden age, and their four distinct
songwriting and singing voices. With their upcoming extensive US tour
kicking off around release date, The Green is poised to break out on a
national level.


New Kingston is a young vocalist/instrumentalist group that consists of three brothers. Tahir a.k.a. SLIM, the youngest member on Keyboards/Vocals. Courtney on Drums/Vocals and Stephen a.k.a SUKI, the oldest on Guitar/Vocals. This group fuses their Reggae sound with modern Pop, Jazz and R&B music, to create their sound, which they term, "Reggae Crossover". New Kingston has been in the industry for some time now and some might call them, "young veterans"! The group is led by it's founder/manager and father Courtney LJ Panton.

New Kingston started off working with many artists such as, Collie Buddz, Mr.Vegas, Morgan Heritage, Gyptian, Shabba Ranks, and many more. But, while working with all of these artists, manager Courtney LJ Panton had another vision. This vision helped New Kingston create their sound, dubbed, "Reggae Crossover". A blend of sounds to everyone's likes, while still sticking to their heritage. Reggae!

Now this group is sharing the stage with many artists around the world from Europe, to the Americas and beyond. New Kingston is currently set to release their second album, "In the Streets". The album features two of their singles that are gaining radio recognition globally. "In The Streets", the title track of the album and "Pon Di Wall", which is on the Ting-ah-Ling riddim revamped and remade by New Kingston!

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