THE GREEN – BIO
Since forming on O’ahu, Hawai’i, in 2009, The Green has become one of the most successful and beloved bands in the reggae genre. During their relatively short career, the band has been awarded a Best Reggae Album nod from iTunes (2010, for their self-titled debut), four coveted Na Hoku Hanohano awards in their native Hawai’i (2014, including Group of the Year, Reggae Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year), and three #1 Billboard Reggae chart debuts, along with charting on the Billboard Top 200. Not bad for a band that was formed by six members of Hawai’i’s tight-knit music scene to record a few songs and have some fun.
The Green was one of the first Hawaiian reggae bands to tour extensively on the mainland, as well as going further afield to New Zealand, Japan and other locales. Before becoming a headliner on their own, the band supported bands like Rebelution, Iration, SOJA, Bruno Mars, and Damian Marley, as well as performed at acclaimed festivals including Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and California Roots Festival.
The Green’s fourth studio album, Marching Orders, was released in late 2017, via longtime label partner Easy Star Records. It continues the group’s steady march to the top ranks of their genre and beyond, with critics calling it “innovative” and “imaginative.” Debuting at #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts, it remained in the top 10 for over 18 consecutive weeks, regaining #1 spot 3 separate times. It was also awarded best reggae album at the 2018 Na Hoku Hanohano awards.
Caleb Keolanui – Lead Vocals
Ikaika Antone – Keys, Lead Vocals
JP Kennedy – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Zion Thompson – Guitar, Lead Vocals
Brad “BW” Watanabe – Bass, Keys
Jordan Espinoza – Drums
“The Green’s powerful sonic identity fuses late 1970s-era dub-heavy roots reggae (reminiscent of English bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse) with strands of contemporary rock/pop/R&B and sporadic indigenous Hawaiian musical and lyrical references. That appealing synthesis has catapulted The Green to the forefront of Hawaii’s thriving reggae scene.” – Billboard
“The rhythmic components of “Marching Orders” pulse with dynamism, while the melody is infectiously delicious” - The Huffington Post
“The Green as a musical force cannot be overstated, and this album genuinely succeeds in showing why still to this day, they are one of the most consistently loved bands in the genre.” - Top Shelf Reggae
Billboard - Feature (2.21.2018)
Enchufate - Concert Review (1.25.18)
Afropop - Video post (12.20.17)
The Pier - Leak of the Week (11.12.17)
Culture Collide - Feature (10.26.17)
World Music Central - Review (10.22.17)
Top Shelf Reggae - Review (10.9.17)
Huffington Post - Premiere (9.15.17)
– Fourth studio album Marching Orders debuted at #1 on Billboard Reggae Charts and remained in the top 10 for over 18 consecutive weeks, regaining #1 spot 3 separate times.
–2015 Honolulu Pulse Award Winner: Best Local Band – Reggae
– 2014 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner in 3 categories: Group of the Year,
Reggae Album of the Year, & Favorite Entertainer of the Year
– 2014 Honolulu Pulse Award Winner: Best Local Band – Reggae
–AllMusic’s Favorite Reggae Albums of 2013
– Sophomore album Ways & Means spent four-weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart
– Debut album named iTunes Best Reggae Album of the Year 2010