The Expanders make Hawaii concert debut

Sep. 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
Southern California reggae band The Expanders make their Hawaii concert debut on Friday, Sept. 13 at The Republik. (Courtesy photo)

Southern California reggae band The Expanders make their Hawaii concert debut on Friday, Sept. 13 at The Republik. (Courtesy photo)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

The Expanders, a popular Southern California reggae band, makes their Hawaii debut Friday, Sept. 13, at The Republik.

Formed in 2003, the group is made up of Chiquis Lozoya (vocals, bass), Steff Simeon (keyboards), John Asher (vocals, drums), John Butcher and Devin Morrison (vocals, guitars).

The five-piece band, known for its vintage reggae sound played in the tradition of 1970′s Jamaican groups like the Ethiopians and Culture, frequently back Jamaican artists, and, with their soothing three-part harmonies, have been described as having re-created “the old classic Kingston rocksteady sound to a T.”

Though it’s their first visit to the islands, they should know what local audiences like — they spent two months on tour with The Green this summer.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys to tour with than The Green,” Morrison said via email. “They treated us like family right from the get-go. They put on a killer performance every night. Their fans were extremely receptive to the old-style brand of reggae that the Expanders play.”

The Expanders will be joined by the Chris Murray Combo; some members of the band also play regularly with the group, as well as with Hepcat, the Lions, See Spot and Boogaloo Assassins. Local reggae rockers Go Jimmy Go and The Blue Ribbons will open.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets are $10; call 855-235-2867 or click here to order online.

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