Hawaiian reggae band The Green leaves Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room with a truly memorable performance
– review of the concert at South Florida’s Culture Room
The up-and-coming Hawaiian reggae band, The Green, came out with a bang on Friday night that left the people of Fort Lauderdale with chills. Hosted by Fort Lauderdale’s very own Culture Room, this event was one for the books as it was a night filled with fun vibes and chill beats that brought everybody together.
The night started off with a passionate performance by one of the two opening acts, Leilani Wolfgramm. Her music contains a unique mix of R&B and reggae and her love for music shone through as she danced around the stage and swayed to the beats. She set the tone for the night with a few of her hits such as Herbivore, Change The World, I Am and Sinner. At one point she even joined in with her band and began playing the guitar, showcasing her range of musical talents. Wolfgramm ended her set with a powerful song off of her upcoming album, Live Wire, which comes out in a few weeks on February 23.
Shortly after Wolfgramm’s set came to a close, the other opening act, reggae singer Sammy Johnson, arrived on stage. It became clear right away that Johnson was definitely a favorite for the ladies in the room. He opened with fan-favorite Wishing On Your Love, then continued on to showcase his impressive vocal range throughout his extensive set, which included songs Give Me All, I’m The One For You, Fall In Love, Together, Sleepwalker, and Leaving Me. He finished it all off with Don’t Say Goodbye, and made sure to promote his latest album, Sleepwalker, that came out just last week on January 26.
Soon after these two entertaining sets, it came time for the main event, The Green. The band definitely lived up to the hype of the screaming crowd, which only heightened as each band member walked out one by one onto the stage, with lead vocalist Caleb Keolanui emerging last. The set up of the stage represented the band’s Hawaiian culture with colorful leis wrapped around each mic stand and a big screen above the stage displayed the band’s name in large letters. The Green kicked off their performance with their upbeat, hit song Marching Orders off of their latest album of the same title. The album Marching Orders came out in October of 2017 and this week marked the band’s fifth week on the album’s tour. After performing Marching Orders, they proceeded to play Good Feeling, Runaway Train, Roots and My Rights. The crowd was mesmerized by the stunning vocals from not only Keolanui, but also JP Kennedy (guitarist & lead vocalist), Ikaika Antone (keys & lead vocalist) and Zion Thompson (guitarist & lead vocalist). Drummer Jordan Espinoza and keys/bass guitarist Brad Watanabe were not overlooked for their skills either, as they played their hearts out and helped to create the beats and rhythm that the crowd couldn’t get enough of.
The night continued on with Trod the Hard Road, followed by fan-favorite Love I, which is one of the slew of songs they played straight off of the band’s self-titled debut album. Up next, were the songs Never, Dearest Sylvia, and Alive (which the entire crowd seemed to know every word), along with She Holds Me Tight and Alone. Next, they switched up the vibe a little, beginning with the slightly slower, chilled out song Going Up, then moving on to Feel so Cool, She Was the Best, I’m Yours, Come In and Wake Up. To close off the set, the group decided to play one of their most popular singles off their newest album, All I Need, which had the entire crowd moving their bodies and swaying to the soft beat. However, this was not the end of their memorable performance. Soon after they came out for an amazing encore of Seven Nation Army, What Will Be Will Be and, lastly, Something About It.
This talented group of men did not fail to impress the crowd all night long and they expressed their gratitude a multitude of times while showing that this group is not just in it for the fame, but for the love of the music and to express themselves in doing so. It became clear to everyone in the room that The Green was more than just six band mates, but instead a family that wanted to share this bond with their fans through good vibes and even better music.