Ooklah the Moc
Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 7-8pm
Big Medicine Stage (Smith St. & Hotel St.)
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
Ooklah the Moc holds a special place not only in the heart of Hawaii’s island music scene, but also in Hallowbaloo’s. Having performed to an excitedly packed crowd during the inaugural Hallowbaloo in 2008, the popular band returned to the festival again with furor in 2010, and now for a charmed third time in 2012.
The band first formed in 1997 with The Clash-like hardcore punk mixed with reggae elements. Since then, Ooklah has evolved into a rich, reggae-centered 10-piece that performs songs anywhere from chill island grooves such as “Spliff Mood” to catchy sing-alongs such as “World Party” that consistently bring throngs of fans out to every show. The band also makes quick fans out of unsuspecting listeners, with the band’s catchy spin on progressive roots reggae. Drawing influences from decades of music, Ooklah the Moc finds inspiration in bands and artists such jazz musician John Coltrane, ’70s Jamaican bands Black Uhuru and The Abyssinians, early ’80s Roots Radics, English bands Black Slate and Steel Pulse, early ‘90s hip-hop Wu-Tang Clan and many more.
With the long list of musical influences also come a big variety of musical variations Ooklah presents to listeners — which means no show is ever boring. With large horn and percussion sections, keyboards, bass and four vocalists up in the mix, the skillful Ooklah can rev up the crowd to move like a single entity of musical symbiosis, whether it’s a soothing lullaby-like tune or a bounce-worthy groove. Prepare yourself for a musical and spiritual high.