The pride of Maui will be returning to the mainland United States for the Rock With You Tour 2016.
Ekolu, which in Hawaiian means three, began performing and recording authentic Hawaiian, acoustic, reggae music in 1999 as a trio. As a veteran band in the local Hawaiian music scene, Ekolu has released eight full-length albums throughout their career, including award winning albums, Down In the Valley, Ekolu Music, Shores of Waiehu and Perseverance.
The music Ekolu produces and performs live blends together feelings of love, religious values, belief in God, nature and the land of the band, Hawai’i. Ekolu is not your typical cookie-cutter reggae band trying to make it big with your cliche chronic and party anthems.
In fact, one of their top tracks, “Mistah Offisah”, references the lyrics “I’ve got a bit of news for you, I haven’t smoked a spliff in my life. I never needed it to get me high. Music we play is all I need. Don’t come around here accusing me.” Ekolu has made it a tradition to actually end each record with a religious song, giving thanks to God, such as their track “Closer to Jesus” the album finale for Ekolu Music.
To begin the 2016 calendar year, Ekolu released their latest single, “Rock With You” on January 4th. The single has made the rounds throughout the Hawaiian radio airwaves, including landing the top spot on multiple stations on O’ahu, Maui and the Big Island since its release. Now, Ekolu will take their new track on the road to the mainland for a spring tour.
Ekolu’s Rock With You Tour will begin on March 31st in Oregon, featuring shows in Portland, Eugene and Bend, along with a trip to Tacoma, Washington. Other cities featured on this tour will include Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach, Phoenix, Los Angeles and a festival date at the 15th annual Pure Aloha Festival in Las Vegas.
Joining Ekolu on tour will be fellow Hawaiian island reggae singer, Micah G. Micah G is an accomplished solo artist, as well as being one of the singers from the local island group, Next Generation, which also featured his brother Caleb Keolanui and cousin JP Kennedy, singers in the Hawaiian reggae band, The Green.
If you are on the mainland and missing the sweet sounds of authentic Hawaiian island music, find the next Ekolu show in your area.
For more information on Ekolu, follow the links below.
Video: Ekolu – “True Love” (Live in Hilo, Hawai’i)