If you are looking to take in The Island Sound this weekend, look no further than Hawai’i!
Of all the states in the United States, Hawai’i is the most common area to find high quality reggae music on a regular basis. Whether it is The Green, J Boog, Fiji, Common Kings, Maoli, Rebel SoulJahz or any of the main stage acts from the mainland touring the island chain, Hawai’i always has a weekend stocked full of roots reggae music.
This weekend the reggae spotlight will be shining bright on some of the genre’s fastest rising acts, live and direct from Honolulu’s The Republik. Headlining the Friday night showcase will be Camile Velasco, better known by her stage name, Eli-Mac. The female reggae singer will be celebrating her DubStop EP Release.
Supporting acts and special guest for the Friday night reggae showcase will be the homegrown Hawaiian natives the Jimmy Weeks Project, Likkle Mai from Japan, Tenelle from Los Angeles and Oahu’s own, The Vitals.
The fully loaded lineup consists of some of the newest and brightest artists putting out radio hits on reggae radio stations throughout the islands. Both Eli-Mac and Likkle Mai recently collaborated on the #1 hit single, “Young Soul Rebels”, while Eli Mac has continued that same success with breakout hits “DubStop”, “First Love” and “They Don’t Know”.
As for the supporting acts, the Jimmy Weeks Project is certainly no stranger to radio hits with “Homegrown”, “Quick Tongue”, “Mixed Up” among others. The Vitals have recently seen their stock rise in hurry with singles “Fake Lover” and their latest release “Hey Mr. DJ”. And, the female reggae voices have certainly put out their own breakthrough tracks to reach radio prominence with Tenelle’s hit song “Flava” and Likkle Mai has had her vocal talents featured on Dry & Heavy’s radio single, “Love Explosion”.
If fans happen to be on the outside of The Republik walls as tickets sell-out, there are other options for that island sound on O’ahu, featuring So Roots at Hawaiian Brian’s on Friday, as well as Ekolu at Jimmy Buffett’s Wakiki on Saturday and a hana hou performance from Jimmy Weeks Project at Mai Tai’s on Saturday night.
No matter what your style and preferences might be, the island of Oahu has your reggae taste buds jumping this weekend.
Video: Eli-Mac – “DupStop” (Official Music Video)