TOUR KICKS OFF MARCH 30th
w/ Iration, HIRIE, Amp Live
@ House of Blues
329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
$20 / Ages 17+
Doors 6 pm
Building upon the success of their Billboard chart-topping reggae album, Hustling Culture, The Expanders are hitting the road as a part of the Hotting Up Tour. The tour kicks off March 30 and will stop in notable cities such as Chicago, New York and Atlanta, and features Hirie and Amp Live (Amp Live only at select dates).
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 the 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.
The Expanders Tour Dates
March 30 @ Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
March 31 @ Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
April 1 @ House of Blues – Chicago, IL
April 2 @ Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
April 5 @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
April 6 @ Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
April 7 @ Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
April 8 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
April 9 @ Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
April 12 @ The National – Richmond, VA
April 13 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
April 14 @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC
April 15 @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – Wilmington, NC
April 16 @ Varsity Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
April 19 @ Music Farm – Charleston, SC
April 20 @ The Orange Peel – Asheville, SC
April 21 @ Mavericks – Jacksonville, FL
April 22 @ House of Blues – Orlando, FL
April 23 @ Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
May 7 @ Reggae On The Block 3 – Orlando, FL
May 28 @ California Roots Festival – Monterey, CA