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Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Pepper at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper performed at Friday Night Live at The Pool at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 17,2009 (Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

Pepper plays a mix of reggae, dub and rock.  The band Pepper began in Hawaii in 1996 when singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman joined forces with bassist/singer Bret Bollinger and Yesod Williams drummer. With the trio in place, Pepper left Hawaii for Los Angeles and went on to open shows by Burning Spear, Shaggy, and other major reggae artists.

In 1999, after gathering a local following on the Big Island, Pepper gained the interest of an independent, L.A.-based record company, Volcom Entertainment, who produced and distributed the band’s first release, Give’n It, which combined dancehall, reggae, hip-hop, and pop genres.

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

After extensive touring, Pepper took to the studio with Steve Kravac (Less Than Jake, MXPX) to record their second album entitled “Kona Town”, released in March 2002. With Kona Town, Pepper’s sound continued to evolve, adding elements of an “island sound”. The track “Give It Up” was released as a single.

In March 2004 Pepper released “In With The Old”, debuting at #35 on the Billboard Heat Seekers and #18 on the independent albums chart.  The band released their fourth album (and major label debut) entitled “No Shame” on October 3, 2006.  On March 20, 2007, Pepper released “To Da Max”, their first compilation CD containing rare and B-side tracks. Pepper released a new album in July 2008, entitled Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations on their own label, Law Records. Pepper’s album Pink Crustaceans and Good Vibrations was released July 22, 2008.

The Spring 2009 line-up of the Jägermeister Music Tour will feature Pepper with longtime staples on the punk scene, Pennywise. 

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com

Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel
Pepper Performs at The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com