Pepper, comprised of guitarist/vocalist Kaleo Wassman, bassist/vocalist Bret Bollinger and drummer Yesod Williams, formed in Kailua-Kona on the big island of Hawaii in 1997. They have also been known to hypnotize fans of all walks of life with their incredibly sweet harmonies all the while keeping bodies moving on the dance floor.
Pepper has sold more than half a million records independently and founded its own record label, LAW Records, through which three other artists’ music is distributed: Iration, Passafire and The Supervillians. Pepper’s music has appeared in many movies including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Good Luck Chuck,” television shows and video game soundtracks as well as a number of album tracks appear on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart including No Shame’s “No Control,” which peaked at No. 18, and “Give It Up” which peaked at No. 34. No Shame’s song “Your Face” is now available for “Guitar Hero World Tour.” The band has also amassed a large and loyal following stemming from its nonstop touring, which includes numerous rounds on the Vans Warped Tour and outings with reggae legends The Wailers, 311 and Snoop Dogg, to name a few.
Pepper has performed at several festivals including Lollapolooza, Mile High Festival, West Beach Music Festival and many others.
Katchafire is an all Maori reggae band from New Zealand, which has achieved phenomenal success over the last few years. The group’s debut album, the prophetically named “Revival” release by Mai Music, has sold in excess of 45,000 copies with “Giddy Up” being the biggest selling single of 2003. The album “Slow Burning,” 2004’s follow up, was similarly well received, selling 20,000 copies in the first week of release. Since 2002 Katchafire has recorded four full length albums, a dub remix album and a live CD. With years of touring under its belt, the band is constantly in huge demand in New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia and around the world.
J Boog is a man of many influences. The singer of Samoan descent was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, Calif. J Boog’s music career became serious in 2005, when a couple of brothers from his neighborhood brought him to one of his artists, George “Fiji” Veikoso. The two began working together immediately and Boog ended up moving to Hawaii in 2006 to continue developing his craft. After releasing his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007, he joined the musical family Wash House Music Inc., a record label based in Hawaii and San Francisco. The results are apparent when listening to Boog’s new music. It is authentic island music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog’s writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.
Opening the all-day festival will be Hot Rain from the island of O‘ahu, Hawaii, Squarefield Massive from Sacramento, Calif., Keyser Soze, The Mark Sexton Band and UpRising from Reno.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m. First band starts at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $39, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the MontBleu box office or online www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also by purchased by calling MontBleu Resort at 775-588-3515. This is an all ages event. Food and beverage concessions and a sponsor/vendor village will be located inside the amphitheater.