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The Expanders

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For more than a decade, U.S. reggae artists have been building a foundation from the Hawaiian islands to the east coast.
This new generation of reggae artists continues to reach new heights of success with album and ticket sales, as well as winning over fans worldwide. While most modern American reggae bands are rooted in the rock reggae style, there are a few U.S. artists championing the lineage of classic roots reggae traditions, and Los Angeles-based vintage reggae revivalists The Expanders are leading that charge, building their sound around classic 70’s and early 80’s style reggae, with three-part vocal harmonies, conscious songwriting, and an indie-DIY spirit.
The five-piece band comprised of John Asher (Drums, Vocals), John Butcher (Guitar, Vocals), Roy Fishell (Organs), Chiquis Lozoya (Vocals, Guitar), and Evan Heins (Bass) have been making reggae fans and critics take note with their refreshing sound that references the “golden era” of reggae. Butcher grew up listening to the record collection of famed reggae archivist Roger Steffens, and credit much of his love and knowledge to the accessibility and education of those experiences. Becoming friends with Steffens’ son, they developed an obsession with exploring the deepest reaches of the genre.

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