THE GREEN’S MARCHING ORDERS ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ONBILLBOARD REGGAE CHART, #15 ON BILLBOARD INDEPENDENT RELEASE CHART, AND # 62 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200 SALES CHART!
The Green’s Marching Orders has impressively debuted at #1 on the BillboardReggae Chart and reached another charting milestone as the album hit #15 onBillboard’s Independent Release and # 62 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart. Marching Orders (released on October 20, 2017 via longtime label partner Easy Star Records) is the band’s fourth studio album and their third album to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae Chart and their highest charting album on the Top 200.
MARCHING ORDERS – THE REGGAE POWERHOUSE’S FOURTH ALBUM - SET TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 20, VIA EASY STAR RECORDS
Reggae fans have reason to get excited. It’s been four years since The Greenreleased Hawai’i ’13, which further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best in the genre and won the group an unprecedented three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in its home state of Hawaii. The Green have now released the second single and title track off of the new album “Marching Orders,” out now on all major digital outlets (stream here). Marching Orders is due out October 20th through longtime label partner Easy Star Records. Pre-orders are available here: http://www.thegreen808.com/.
This past weekend was witness to a special event. The Green, who is currently on tour with Rebelution, made a one night only appearance at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to perform an all acoustic show. For anyone who has not been, the Knitting Factory is worth checking out. It is one of the smaller venues, which give it a beautifully intimate atmosphere and makes it perfect for a show like this.
The opening act, Shoreline, took the stage as the crowd started to gather. A new band, their set was a mix of reggae covers and original tracks. With three stools and three musicians, I was glad that they kept with the acoustic theme of the night. They kept the crowd going with a few tracks from Sublime and Shaggy and played an amazing reggae version of a Snoop Dog track. Not Snoop Lion, but some old school hip-hop Snoop in a new reggae version. Mixing in some of their original songs as well, this band is just starting off, but put on a great set for the crowd. I look forward to seeing them again when they can do a full set of original content.
This Saturday, June 18th, The Green will be playing a special acoustic show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. This is a special event and we were lucky enough to connect with JP Kennedy from The Green before the show to talk about their music, the show and the upcoming album.
RN: Reggae In NYC
GR: The Green
RN: Reggae In NYC was able to see you last week in Westbury, Long Island with Rebelution, Stick Figure and J. Boog in the round, tell us a little bit about that show?
GR: Westbury, that was a bunch of us that were playing a venue, that was different. I think it really showed with the energy and the performance. We all had a blast. I think if you were at that show it was definitely a special experience. That venue is crazy.
RN: What was it like as a performer to play “in the round”?
GR: It was different. We have never played anywhere like that. It was kind of nerve racking at first, we weren’t used to spinning around. But it was sick, the vibes were good, the crowd was good and I actually want to do that again soon. It was badass.
RN: Tell us about the show at Knitting Factory, it’s going to be an all acoustic set?
GR: It’s coming in doing a little acoustic set. Going to be just taking it down with our acoustic guitars. We like to do that because it allows us to showcase the vocals, the harmonies and lyrics. It’s not too crazy more mellow. It should be another Westbury type show, but on the acoustic side.
RN: Any chance we get a guest appearance at the Knitting Factory?
GR: There’s a chance, yeah, there’s a chance. You never know who is going to be in the house. There is always a chance that someone pops up and we jam together. Kanikapila, backyard jam style.
As a New Yorker, I consider the city to be Manhattan and venture out of that area to Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and other boroughs as needed to see great music. This past week I headed out to Long Island to The Theatre at Westbury. [Why you ask?] The only reason to travel anywhere, amazing reggae.
The Theatre at Westbury was hosting an incredible show with Through The Roots, Stick Figure, The Green, J.Boog and Rebelution all on one stage, in one night. For anyone who has not been there, this theatre is worth the drive. Under what looks like an industrial circus tent, the seats are staged in the round, meaning they form a 360 around the stage. The stage itself is a small platform in the center that slowly rotates as the bands perform, making every seat in the house a great seat. In addition they have some amazing food and drinks and a nice outdoor patio for anyone wanting a smoke or a little fresh air.
As we walked in, we passed Anamorphosis Art (www.anamorphosisart.com). Ania Amador and Christopher Morphis had a large canvas set up and were painting along to the music. The piece they were creating was beautiful and captured the vibe of their company which is “committed to spreading a conscious message about peace, love, liberty, and meditation through their collaborative work…”