The Expendables, RDGLDGRN, Tribal Theory
On Wednesday, April 26, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, PharmFresh Flowers and Alternative @ 103.7 NRQ proudly welcome The Expendables’ Blackout 2017 Tour to the WOW Hall with special guests RDGLDGRN and Tribal Theory.
In celebration of its forthcoming EP, the Santa Cruz, Calif., based reggae rock group The Expendables are currently taking North America by storm with a headline run. The band, which is made up of four longtime friends, offers a blend of reggae, ska, punk rock and ’80s style dueling guitar solos.
The new EP, Moment, is due out May 5. The release features appearances from Tech N9ne, Eric Rachmany from Rebelution, and Micah Pueschel from Iration. The latest single is titled “I Won’t Give Up” and features Hirie.
Three-quarters of this four piece met in the halls of Soquel High. After high school Adam Patterson (drums/vocals), Raul Bianchi (lead guitar/keys) and Geoff Weers (guitar/vocals) enlisted hometown native Ryan DeMars (bass). Once the line up was solidified, the band worked tirelessly -- playing shows regionally as well as recording and self-releasing three albums, No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001) and Gettin’ Filthy (2004).
The band’s determined work ethic captured the attention of Slightly Stoopid front men and Stoopid Records label owners Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. Doughty and McDonald took a strong interest in the band, first taking them on tour supporting Slightly Stoopid’s shows, then signing The Expendables to Stoopid Records, releasing the label’s first non Slightly Stoopid release, 2007s self-titled The Expendables. In 2010 the partnership would also produce Prove It, staking the band’s claim as one of the genre’s heavy hitters.
Three years after Prove It the band started tracking at JingleTown Recording, a Bay Area studio owned by the members Green Day. The beautiful studio was used for recording 2015’s Sand In the Sky followed by the first Winter Blackout Tour.
RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, and is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.
Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.
The band gained widespread recognition when they self-released a song called “I Love Lamp” on YouTube. They had no idea that within just a few weeks the video would have over 100,000 views and the attention of many notable figures both in the industry as well as on the blogosphere. Producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids) quickly took notice of the band, and in addition to producing RDGLDGRN’s debut, also signed them to his label, Fairfax Recordings (Gotye, Tribes) in a joint venture with Universal Republic Records. RDGLDGRN were also fortunate enough to have captured the attention of Nirvana alum, Foo Fighters front man and hometown hero, Dave Grohl who recorded drums on the entire album.
Genre-bending artist, producer and designer Pharrell Williams (N.E.R.D., The Neptunes), co-wrote and co-produced the standout track “Doing the Most”, lending his distinct style to one of the most unique tracks on the album.
Tribal Theory of San Diego are the original Urban Reggae band. Formed in 2005, Tribal Theory’s signature is the fusion of their Pacific Island roots with the feel good vibes of reggae, grittiness of rock and the soulful harmonies of R&B. Tribal Theory is bringing their “West Coast cool” vibe all around the world.
Over the years, the band has gained the respect of numerous music legends -- performing alongside Steel Pulse, Ky-Mani Marley, The Wailing Souls, Fiji, SOJA, Collie Buddz, Katchafire, Common Kings, The Expendables and J Boog, just to name a few.
Tribal Theory released the steamy single “Part Time Lovers” in 2017, and a new EP titled Reclamation in 2016 -- which, includes hit songs “Burnin” and “My Roots”. They laid the foundation of their discography with releases that include “Love You Down” (single), released 2015. Full-length albums Cali Love and Hell of A Night, both released in 2013, included the popular songs “Stuck in the Middle”, “Simple City”, “Mr.2Nite” and “Cali Love”. Their very first EP was released in 2011 and was self-titled.
The band has received several accolades over the years including 2011 champions of VANS Warped Tour Battle of The Bands and winners of Orange County Mai Tai Rumble 2013. As well as receiving “Best World Music Album of Year 2013” at the San Diego Music Awards (SDMA) and returning in 2014 to headline the SDMA.
Tribal Theory, it’s not just music, it’s a lifestyle.
Band members are: Nico Tuilesu (lead vocalist), Ku Hawkins (vocalist), Peter Cruz (guitarist, back-up vocalist), Rudy Duenas (bassist) and Brian Baker (drummer).
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.