Pepper launch fall headline tour starting 10/17

Music News | Oct 4th, 2007

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Pepper Launch Fall Headline Tour On 10/17 With Special Guests The Expendables, Passafire & Whitestarr

Even though we’re already a few weeks into fall, it will still be summer at venues across the country as Kona, Hawaii’s favorite sons Pepper head out on a national headline tour with special guest openers The Expendables, Passafire and Whitestarr.

After a summer spent on the Vans Warped Tour main stage, Pepper is ready to bring its island vibes and feel good party tunes to club audiences across the country. Fans can expect the band to play songs off their 4 full length releases, including the recently released, No Shame which is a bold artistic leap forward for the Island-born-and-bred, California-based trio.

“We wanted to make a record that perfectly catches the Pepper vibe and I think we’ve done just that,” says drummer-vocalist Yesod Williams. “On This record, we’ve really succeeded in bringing the positive elements of our live show into the studio.”

The threesome credits the diverse stable of producers they recruited for much of the success of the project, including Nick Hexum of 311, No Doubt bass player Tony Kanal and former Butthole Surfer turned producer Paul Leary (Meat Puppets, Supersuckers.)

Pepper has toured with the likes of 311, The Wailers, Slightly Stoopid, G-Love & Special Sauce and Snoop Dogg. They’ve played at festivals such as The Bob Marley Day Celebration, San Diego’s Street Scene, Reggae on the River, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Download Festival in Boston and X-Games and Lollapalooza 2006. The band’s catalogue has sold well over 200,000 units to date. All of them independently released, 1999’s Give’n It has sold over 25,000, 2002’s Kona Town has sold over 110,000, 2004’s In With The Old over 70,000 and 2005’s Pepper Live DVD recorded over two sold-out nights at the Troubadour in W. Hollywood, has sold over 5,000 copies.

Pepper made a big slash at Alternative radio in early 2005 with their hit Give It Up’ The song received serious airplay at key stations like KROQ/LA, WXRK/NY, 91X/San Diego, Q101/Chicago, KXTE/Las Vegas, KEDJ/Phoenix and KUCD/Honolulu. The video for Give It Up’ was embraced by Fuse where it won on Oven Fresh’.

Pepper is: Singer/Guitarist Kaleo Wassman, Bassist/Vocalist Bret Bollinger and Drummer/Vocalist Yesod Williams.

One of three openers for Pepper, The Expendables sound has been described as an eclectic mix of genre-bending rock, reggae and surf. The Santa Cruz, CA based band has charmed audiences far and wide and has performed with acts such as 311, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid and reggae legend Eek-A-Mouse (in addition to appearances on the Vans Warped Tour.) The Expendables also ranked at number one in the Metro Santa Cruz Top 10 list of favorite bands in local music. The band has four original full-length albums to its credit: “No Time to Worry” (2001); “Open Container” (2002); “Gettin’ Filthy” (2006) and their just released self-titled CD (which was produced by Slightly Stoopid and G Love & Special Sauce producer Chris DiBeneditto.)

Pepper on tour with The Expendables and Passafire (Whitestarr on 11/13-12/6):

Oct 13 2007 2:00P
Pozo Saloon (supporting the Black Crowes) Santa Margarita, CA
Oct 17 2007 7:00P
House Of Blues Las Vegas NV
Oct 18 2007 8:00P
Avalon Theater Salt Lake City UT
Oct 19 2007 8:00P
Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO
Oct 20 2007 8:00P
Belly Up Aspen CO
Oct 21 2007 8:00P
Sokol Underground Omaha,NE
Oct 23 2007 8:00P
The Annex Nightclub Madison,WI
Oct 24 2007 8:00P
First Avenue Minneapolis,MN
Oct 25 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Chicago,IL
Oct 26 2007 8:00P
Agora Theatre Cleveland OH
Oct 27 2007 8:00P
Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
Oct 28 2007 8:00P
Opera House Toronto,ON
Oct 30 2007 8:00P
Irving Plaza New York NY
Oct 31 2007 8:00P
Roxy Boston,MA
Nov 1 2007 8:00P
9:30 Club Washington,DC
Nov 2 2007 8:00P
Norva Norfolk,VA
Nov 3 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Myrtle Beach,SC
Nov 4 2007 8:00P
Variety Playhouse Atlanta,GA
Nov 6 2007 8:00P
Jannus Landing Saint Petersburg,FL
Nov 7 2007 8:00P
Club Cinema Pompano Beach,FL
Nov 8 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista,FL
Nov 9 2007 8:00P
Floyds Music Store Tallahassee FL
Nov 10 2007 8:00P
Metropolitan Park Jacksonville FL
Nov 13 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues New Orleans,LA
Nov 14 2007 8:00P
House of Rock Corpus Christi,TX
Nov 15 2007 8:00P
Warehouse Live Houston,TX
Nov 16 2007 8:00P
Antone’s Nightclub Austin TX
Nov 17 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Dallas,TX
Nov 27 2007 8:00P
Rialto Theatre Tucson,AZ
Nov 29 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Anaheim CA
Nov 30 2007 8:00P
House Of Blues Anaheim CA
Dec 6 2007 8:00P
Showbox Theater Seattle,WA
Dec 8 2007 8:00P
Roseland Theater Portland,OR