Luckyman Concerts & Greenhouse Productions Presents:
Doors: 7:00PM | Show: 8:00PM
Two decades. They've gone by in a blur, filled with soundchecks, encores, album releases, and sold-out shows stretching from the California coastline to the UK mainland. Along the way, Pepper has sharpened its own "Kona dub-rock" sound— a blend of reggae, alternative rock, island rhythms, and punky spirit — whilealso building a community of fans and likeminded bands.
That communal spirit runs throughout the band's eighth studio album, LocalMotion. After sharing shows for years with their heroes and peers, Pepper's threemembers —\vocalist/guitarist Kaleo Wassman, vocalist/bassist Bret Bollinger,and drummer Yesod Williams — are no longer merely artists; they're ambassadors of a scene, bringing people together under an umbrella of positive-minded music and collaboration. Appropriately, they share the spotlight with
some of their longtime friends on Local Motion, whose songs featureappearances by Stick Figure, E.N Young, Micah Brown, Iration, The Green, TribalSeeds, and Reel Big Fish's Billy Kottage. A celebration of artistic synergy, brotherhood, and modern reggae music, Local Motion is Pepper's mostcollaborative record to date, shining a light not only upon the three bandmatesthemselves, but also upon the wide community they've helped build.
"We're part of a community of bands who have the same mindset," saysWassman. "They're our peers. They're our friends. We all exist on the sameplane, and that's why we called this album Local Motion, because this is our localscene. It's where we fit in."
Before Pepper began building a community in its adopted hometown of SouthernCalifornia, the group held its very first rehearsal in 1997 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.All three members were natives of the Big Island, and together, they made asound that nodded to their tropical roots while also moving forward into newterritory. After earning a local fanbase in Hawaii, they moved to the mainland,where Pepper quickly became a popular live act. Pepper's diverse music allowedthe group to tour the country with a wide variety of bands, including reggae icons(The Wailers), punk bands (Pennywise), reggae-rockers (311, Slightly Stoopid),and hip-hop legends (Snoop Dogg). Meanwhile, the band's admiration for DIY-minded groups like NOFX inspired Pepper to launch its own label, LAW Records,which gave the trio complete control over its own music. It also allowed the bandto sign other acts, which expanded Pepper's circle even further.
For an album that features nearly a dozen guests, Local Motion wasappropriately recorded with several producers, including Stick Figure, the EnglishBeat's Wayne Lothian, E.N Young, Henry Fong, Jinco, the Dirty Heads' Dave
Foral, and Jungle Josh. Working with a range of collaborators gave Pepper achance to experiment with new sounds. The result is an album that pays tributeto the band's past while also pushing forward — and, perhaps, hinting at whatmight be in store for the next 20 years. There's the brass-filled bounce of"Carnaval," the sexed-up swagger of "Sugar (808 remix)," and the summerygrooves of "Warning," all wrapped into a tracklist whose songs celebrate thebright side of a life well-lived.
"When we moved to California, we were playing small clubs," remembersBollinger, who now plays outdoor amphitheaters, indoor theaters, festivals, andother high-capacity venues with his bandmates. "We felt like we were one of the
only bands carrying the flag for this genre in America. These days, it's different.We're seeing some real movement within the reggae scene. This sound hasbecome an established part of American music, and we're grateful for the otherbands who are flying the flag, too. Everything is connecting. The energy is right.
Incorporating those bands into our new record was the perfect alignment ofwhere we need to be."
"In a world of social chaos," adds Yes Williams, "we wanted a ‘return tocommunity,' that community being the reggae-rock community. We continue toflourish and grow due to the synergy of likeminded bands and fans. Without eachother, we are nothing, from where the music comes from to where it goes. Thisrecord is filtered through the community, a true Local Motion that we are luckyenough to be a part of."
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Empty Clear Water Bottles will be allied into the venue *except for hydro flasks or metal water bottles of any kind
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