On Friday, September 13th in St. Petersburg, Florida, two amazing groups came together for a night of firsts at Jannus Live. This was the first headlining event for The Green at the venue and they were excited to perform with special guest New Kingston, who was also performing at Jannus Live for the first time. Originally known as Jannus Landing, this venue is an outdoor courtyard in downtown St. Petersburg. Jannus Live is a unique outdoor midsized venue, one of my personal favorites, which fits in well with the character of the St. Petersburg area.
People traveled from near and far to see The Green headline at Jannus Live and no one was disappointed.
New Kingston is a reggae group out of New York. Stephen, Tahir and Courtney Jr. are brothers that jam alongside their dad, Courtney Panton, on the bass and a few others. They are an amazing family of musicians. If you didn’t get a chance to catch them here at Jannus, be ready, because they just finished touring with The Green and are coming back with Tribal Seeds on October 24th! If you have never heard of them, check out their latest single “Bring Your Rays”. They had the crowd singing along with “Honorable & The Beast” and, my favorite, “A Likkle Bit Ah Herb”. It was “MADD”.
The Green formed in Oahu, Hawaii about 10 years ago. Their voices and melodies melt together so well, they will have your attention as soon as they start till the moment they finish. People traveled from near and far to see The Green headline at Jannus Live and no one was disappointed. The members consist of Caleb Keolanui (lead vocals), Ikaika Antone (keys, lead vocals), JP Kennedy (guitar, lead vocals) Zion Thompson (guitar, lead vocals), Brad “BW” Watanabe (bass) and Jordan Espinoza (drums). If you have never heard of The Green, check out their latest release with Iya Terra “Follow Your Heart”; it is amazing. They had everyone in awe, with harmonies from songs like “Wake Up” and “Mama Roots”. Do not forget check out their new album Black & White! St. Petersburg can’t wait to have this Hawaiian band come back again.
Photography by Brian “Porkchop” Nicholson