PCC Continues its Concert Series with September 21 Event
Chart-topping reggae artist Irie Love and local-favorite Rebel Souljahz will be performing live at the Polynesian Cultural Center’s Gateway special events venue on September 21, 2012.
Influenced by life in Hawaii and Jamaica, singer/songwriter Irie Love blends R&B and reggae with a pop twist, establishing a new genre called “ragga pop.” The Kailua native first gained recognition as a finalist on “Brown Bags to Stardom” and went on to provide back-up vocals for world famous artists P!nk, Chaka Khan and Dave Hollister of Blackstreet. In October 2008, Love released her first extended play recording, or EP, entitled Ehiku and followed up with her first international album, The Life of Love, in 2009. Love is currently working on her 2012 Hawaiian reggae album, featuring Hawaiian reggae charts number-one hit songs My Love and It Is Wut It Is with Fiji.
Started by four high-school friends from Waipahu, Rebel Souljahz quickly gained local acclaim as they began performing at clubs and parties in Honolulu. In 2008, Rebel Souljahz released their debut album, Nothing To Hide, featuring a mix of island reggae and R&B, with hit-songs Darling Angel, Nothing To Hide and The One.
“This summer the PCC has been the place to be for family friendly concerts,” said Raymond Magalei, PCC’s director of marketing. “The Irie Love and Rebel Souljahz concert will be the fourth concert we’ve held this year. Love was in the air during the Valentines concert featuring Natalie Ai Kamauu and Kapena, we kicked off summer with Anuhea and Nesian N.I.N.E. in July and kept the groove going with Maisey Rika and Ria Hall in August. It’s an honor to be able to host such amazing talent and we got more in store for the coming months.”
The September 21 concert starts at 8 p.m. in the PCC’s Gateway special events venue. The 24,400-square-foot venue provides a spectacular location for concerts and features shell torches that provide ambient lighting and state-of-the- art sound system.
Tickets are $10 for Kamaaina Annual Pass holders and $15 general admission. To make reservations, call the PCC ticket office at (800) 367-7060. On Oahu, call 808-293-3333. For more information, visit PCCKamaaina.com.