Reggae band The Expanders will be hitting the road in the Spring on a headlining tour, as well as opening for Iration and HIRIE. They will playing with Iration at Webster Hall in NYC on April 8th.
Building upon the success of their Billboard chart-topping reggae album, Hustling Culture, The Expanders are hitting the road once again. Kicking off the Top Shelf Spring Tour in their home state of California, the band will stop in notable cities such as Denver, Austin, and Las Vegas before finishing out at the California Roots Festival.
While Hustling Culture (released June 16th, 2015 on Easy Star Records) is the band’s third studio album, it is the first album to gain such acclaim, garnering media attention from The LA Weekly, LA Examiner, Wax Poetics and other notable publications. “From the top to the very last drop, the tight musicianship—and ebullient performances make Hustling Culture an album that’s easy to keep on repeat,” said the LA Examiner.
The Los Angeles-based quintet, comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organ), Chiquis Lozoya (Bass, Vocals), and Devin Morrison (Guitar, Vocals), revive the “golden era” of reggae. They combine vintage 70’s and early 80’s style reggae, three-part vocal harmonies, conscious songwriting, and an indie-DIY spirit to champion classic sounds sometimes lost in times of rock reggae.
“There are a handful of contemporary bands that take the [‘70s classic reggae] sound very seriously, thriving to respectfully and properly pay tribute to the mood and feel of vintage reggae. The Expanders… are among those leading that charge,” mused Wax Poetics.
The Expanders’ music is a reminder that reggae music wasn’t born in a tropical paradise but in the underprivileged areas of Jamaica. Each song carries a unique expression for human rights, social justice and freedom from oppression, expressions The Expanders hope to share with every fan on their Top Shelf Spring Tour.
“Our goal is to bring that vintage reggae feel and sound that we love to places where people might not get to hear it on a regular basis,” said Morrison.
Mar 02 Velvet Jones w/ The Olè’s, Iya Terra Santa Barbara, CA
Mar 03 Crazy Horse Nevada City, CA
Mar 05 Winter Rock Reggae w/ Iration, Pepper,…Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 07 Cervantes Otherside Denver, CO
Mar 09 Gas Monkey (Free) Dallas, TX
Mar 10 Walter’s Downtown Houston, TX
Mar 11 House of Rock w/ Arcade Hustlers Corpus Christi, TX
Mar 12 ATX Wildfire @ Flamingo Cantina Austin, TX
Mar 13 Jack’s Bar San Antonio, TX
Mar 18 Last Exit Live w/ E.N. Young, Ras Linga,…Phoenix, AZ
Mar 19 Backstage Bar & Billiards Las Vegas, NV
Mar 30 Granada Theatre w/ Iration, HIRIE Lawrence, KS
Mar 31 Majestic Theatre w/ Iration, HIRIE Madison, WI
Apr 01 House of Blues w/ Iration, HIRIE Chicago, IL
Apr 02 Varisity Theatre w/ Iration, HIRIE Minneapolis, MN
Apr 05 The Intersection w/ Iration, HIRIE Grand Rapids, MI
Apr 06 Newport Music Hall w/ Iration, HIRIE Columbus, OH
Apr 07 Water Street Music w/ Iration, HIRIE Rochester, NY
Apr 08 Webster Hall w/ Iration, HIRIE New York, NY
Apr 09 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel w/ Iration, HIRIE Providence, RI
Apr 12 The National w/ Iration, HIRIE Richmond, VA
Apr 13 Cat’s Cradle w/ Iration, HIRIE Carrboro, NC
Apr 14 Greenfield Amphitheater w/ Iration, HIRIE Wilmington, NC
Apr 15 Greenfield Amphitheater w/ Iration, HIRIE Wilmington, NC
Apr 16 Variety Playhouse w/ Iration, HIRIE Atlanta, GA
Apr 19 Music Farm w/ Iration, HIRIE Charleston, SC
Apr 20 The Orange Reel w/ Iration, HIRIE Asheville, NC
Apr 21 Mavericks w/ Iration, HIRIE Jacksonville, FL
Apr 23 Vinyl Music Hall w/ Iration, HIRIE