Pepper, Iration provide two nights of reggae-rock music in Dallas

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Pepper, a band from Hawaii, played in the Granda Theater on Friday. (Christine Jonas/The Daily Campus)

Dallas got a little taste of the Aloha State when Hawaiian bands Iration and Pepper headlined their own shows on Thursday and Friday.

Iration, a reggae-rock band, played at The Loft at the Palladium Complex on Thursday.

After the doors opened at 7:30 p.m., the show goers were enjoying the mild temperatures on the second-floor deck while watching a crazy lightening storm approach from the Southwest side of downtown.

When the first opener, Through the Roots, started just after 8:30 p.m. some people moved inside to be near the stage.

This classic, reggae band played a 40-minute set to a very small, but lively crowd. The music had a great sound to it and was very easy to connect to.

Tomorrows Bad Seeds, the second band, took the stage around 9:20 p.m., just as the storm moved all the way in. The windows next to the stage were violently lighting up as the lightening struck right outside.

Their sound is a more similar match to Iration, as their reggae sound has a heavy rock influence, sometimes losing the reggae sound all together.

Iration took the stage around 10:30 p.m. and played to a much fuller audience.

They were lively and played a wide range of songs. The live version of their hit Time Bomb was a crowd pleaser as many people sang and danced along.

Pepper, who signed Iration to their label LAW Records, brought much larger crowds to the historical Granda Theater on Friday.

The show was opened by The Expendables, a self-proclaimed reggae band with punk rock influences. Their performance was lively, but could be better described as punk rock with a reggae influence. The crowd went crazy for this band and actively participated in their performance.

When Pepper took the stage, they proved to be the superstars of the bunch. Their ease on stage provided a great show.

The packed venue pulsated with the beats of their rock music, with brief intermissions of conversational banter between two of the three band members, Kaleo Wassman, the guitarist/vocalist, and Bret Bollinger, the bassiest/vocalist. Their chemistry on stage made it a fun environment and a rockin’ show.

These two reggae-rock heavy shows proved to be a good fit for the Dallas concert crowd.

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