46 North Orange Ave
8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013
Supporting Acts: Scholars Word Natural Vibrations
Natural Vibrations (sometimes affectionately called "Natty Vibes"), is the Pacific's premiere reggae band. And they just released their long-awaited and highly anticipated 6th full-length album, titled Got This Music. The project, their first full-length release in five years, is produced by Imua Garza and Brett Ortone, the same production team responsible for blockbuster hit titles by Rebel Souljahz and Kolohe Kai. A veteran of the Pacific reggae scene for over 15 years, Natural Vibrations has been repeatedly praised by critics for their straight- ahead, no-holds-barred pop/rock/reggae musical style and their dynamic and energetic live concert performances. With its winning combination of the classic Natural Vibrations sound and an edgy, modern production style, Got This Music solidifies Natural Vibrations place at the top of the reggae ladder. Being Hawaii's top party and dance band, it is only appropriate that the new Natty Vibes album lead off with the hot track "Party & Dance", a hard-driving song about the joys of just letting go in the clubs after a long week of working, complete with blistering lead guitar solos throughout. It is followed by the title track, "Got This Music", a catchy reggae song sung by bass player Jehua Evans with its message of the positive healing power of music. Lead singer Peni Pua'auli's daughter, Quela Pua'auli–Puahi, is featured on a duet with her father on the song "Don't Worry", a solid mainstream reggae song in the classic Natural Vibrations vein, that is already garnering significant airplay on many top island music stations. Guitarist Wayne Enos' song compositions include the longing "Anxiously Waiting", a medium-tempo track about anticipating a pleasurable relationship; and the tracks "Can't Stop", and "The Vibes", both featuring guest 2Boi on the mic. Papa T from B.E.T. is featured on two of Peni's tracks, the upbeat "Are You Ready?" and the pro-ganja dancehall track "Sensi Nation". One of the song highlights of the Got This Music album is "Sound So Easy" featuring a blazing sax solo from Simplisity's Andy Sexton, one of Natural Vibrations early influences.