Cali Roots Veterans Pepper has been known to call the California Roots Music & Arts Festival the “Super Bowl” of the genre, and over the last decade, it has proven time and time again that it represents the apex of what reggae can be in America. It has passed every festival that inspired it inspired it by countless lengths in virtually every way.
In early November 2018, The Green supported their old friend Bruno Mars for two shows at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The members of the Green were blown away when the sold out stadium sang along to their hits. But it was a little seen video of the band warming up backstage for those shows that really demonstrates the direction The Green is headed with their latest release, Black & White, out now via longtime label partner Easy Star Records.
The last day of a festival is always bittersweet, but fans came to the fairgrounds early to take in as much of Cali Roots as they could. Day three began as festival goers trickled in just as New Kingston wrapped up their sound check. Walking through the gates of the fairgrounds with this live music already playing earlier than usual proved an uplifting and exciting experience to the festival. Starting the day with New Kingston set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
Australian native, New Zealand-bred soulful reggae star Sammy Johnson will bring his silky reggae soul music back to the United States this winter as special guest in support of the Green’s Marching Orders Tour. Sammy Johnson collides his Polynesian roots with his love for modern jazz and R&B artists like D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, and Lauryn Hill, which results in a passionate musical hybrid that is undeniably soothing. He will be on tour alongside Hawaiian-based reggae band The Green.
The new album has 14 songs and full of collaborations, including multiple songs co-written and produced with Brian Fennell (Ryan Tedder, One Republic, The Fray, Third Eye Blind), as well as guest appearances by Grammy-nominees J Boog and Eric Rachmany (Rebelution), Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal, and island music veterans Fiji and The Mana’o Company. Also, the new album features the band’s first female vocalist as the main harmony, Riya Davis, you can hear her harmonies on the tracks “Foolish Love” and “You’ve Been Crying."
Reggae fans have reason to get excited. It’s been four years since The Green released Hawai’i ’13, which further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best in the genre and won the group an unprecedented three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in its home state of Hawaii. The Green have now released the second single and title track off of the new album “Marching Orders,” out now on all major digital outlets (stream here).
Reggae fans have reason to get excited. It’s been four years since The Green released Hawai’i ’13, which further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best in the genre and won the group an unprecedented three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in its home state of Hawaii. The Green now unveil “I Will,” out now on all major digital outlets (stream here), as the first single off the band’s upcoming album Marching Orders, due out October 20th through longtime label partner Easy Star Records.
Hawaii’s The Green are back with their anticipated new album, Hawai‘i '13, set for worldwide release on August 20 through Easy Star Records. Hawai‘i '13 is the band’s third studio album and was recorded and mixed with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson) mainly in Costa Mesa, CA, at Hurley Studios.Since the 2011 release of their chart-topping (#1 Billboard and iTunes Reggae) sophomore album Ways &