The Green's latest album, Hawai'i '13, opens with a chant because, according to guitarist, vocalist and one of the band's five songwriters JP Kennedy, "From the times of ancient Hawaii and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It's a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge and guidance so that we can be 'pono' or righteous in whatever we do."
The chant prepares the listener as much as the band. Hawai'i '13 dances through roots reggae, soul and R&B — a logical sound for a band that's supported Rebelution, Iration, SOJA and Damian Marley, and has played at the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and California Roots Festival.
The Green plays the Arcata Theatre Lounge along with The Expanders, known for reggae centered in three-part vocal harmonies and strong songwriting, with lyrics that range from socially heavy to playful and upbeat, in the tradition of classic 1970s Jamaican groups like the Ethiopians, the Gladiators and the Mighty Diamonds, Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $20 advance at Ticketfly, Wildberries, People's Records and the Works, $25 at the door. The show is 21-and-over.