Maui Arts & Entertainment

The Throwdowns CD Release Party This Saturday

August 4, 2011, 1:00 PM HST
* Updated August 5, 7:57 AM
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By Kristin Hashimoto 

The Throwdowns have been making radio waves with their songs such as, “Stay HI” featuring Marty Dread, and “Kihei Town.” Behind the scenes, they’ve been working overtime to record and produce their debut album, Legs of Our Own. This foursome is certainly making an island style stand with their 13-track debut, on August 6, at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

While many artists in Hawai’i are well known for their Hawaiian, Jawaiian, and Reggae music, this powerhouse band breaks from the established music scene here, and offers something familiar with a little more pop and extra edge. With their sound and catchy riffs, try not to dance at their gigs, just try. Their song “All the Answers,” will severely test your ability to stay at a standstill. You’ll be moving before you even know it.

Erin Smith is lead vocalist and guitar player, Kimo Clark plays bass, Ola Shaw is on guitar, and Ian Hollingsworth keeps everyone in time, on drums. As and aside, damn does that girl have some pipes. Smith lays into some of those lyrics like they were a lover gone wrong. For her youth, she has all the angsty emotion infused vocals of someone who’s been through some shizz.

They have rocked with bands including: The Fray, Train, Panic! At the Disco, Matisyahu, Steel Pulse and more. They’ve also been nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano awards.

The Throwdowns, image courtesy of the MACC

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Whether performing at bars, clubs, or larger venues, these guys and girl, bring the energy of the place up, up, up. Gates at the MACC open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The show will take place at the Yokouchi Pavillion and starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Moth, Kimie Miner, Lily Meola, Marty Dread, and others will be guest performers at this event. A separate area will be available to those 21 years of age and younger. You won’t want to miss this.

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For more information visit www.mauiarts.org, www.thethrowdowns.com, or call, 808-242-7469 for tickets.

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