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HaleAmanO / Press

“The House of Sharks is a spirited bunch, creative, fun-loving, and always on the move, picking up momentum with each performance. Whether they are the main attraction or just helping out another band by playing back up, this humble group takes advantage of every on-stage opportunity, playing with and for a constellation of stars traveling through the Las Vegas music scene.”

“The audience moved to the rhythmic island sounds of Las Vegas based HaleAmanO. With their mix of reggae and rock 'n' roll, the show offered wicked guitar solos as wellas a unique twist on the classic "Hotel California". The bands love songs were highlights, including standout "Love Me for Me". HaleAmanO seemed at home onstage hyping the crowd with their boy-band style choreography. Their strong vocals and paradise vibe made for an unforgettable performance”

“HaleAmanO brings to the Las Vegas music scene an energetic brand of reggae and dancehall, infused with subtle hints of R&B, rock, jazz, heavy metal, and big band swing. When asked what makes them different from other bands in the Las Vegas area, Ryan Fleming is quick to point out that most reggae guitar solos are subtle, but HaleAmanO uses "in your face" guitar solos. "We like to interact with the crowd and use choreography to keep the crowd alive. Showmanship is really important to us and we feed off of the crowd," he says. HaleAmanO loves to perform, but the support of their fans is what they appreciate and respect the most; quickly admitting it's the fans that define their success.”

“Best live band: HaleAmanO Next time you’re thinking about flying to Hawaii to hear tuneful island reggae performed by a seven-piece band, stay home. Okay, you’ll need to leave your house, but HaleAmano is almost always playing somewhere around town, and when they do, you can count on them getting a party started. haleamano.com.”

“Two huge Hawaiian guys playing ukuleles is already the key to happiness. But if you test your endorphin capacity by adding a five-piece rhythm section, you end up with HaleAmano, the local island reggae band that's recently been troubling the musical waters like Jaws does to skinny-dippers - and Las Vegas is the naked girl in the ocean. Frontmen Ryan Fleming and Israel Waahila have a back 'n' forth stage bromance that inspires a community feeling in the audience - which is perfect, since HaleAmano's music has strong political unity undertones when it's not delving into a sweet sea of r&b-inspired baby-making music (which you could still call unity undertones if you think about it). Though local, HaleAmano tends to catch residencies at casino pools and Hawaiian cultural events. But if they keep up their current M.O. - energetic stage vibe, impressive musicianship, sweet ukulele shredding - there's little doubt they'll be gracing stages for crowds beyond AARP card-carriers at The Pond. ”

“The idea for the group was to spread island roots around Las Vegas, to bring a part of Hawaii to the desert -- and also to keep up a tradition of music that Fleming's family has been a part of for generations. Bringing that history to Las Vegas, a city where the indie crowd is now the dominant force in the music scene, isn't an easy sell -- at least, not to places with an already established musical lean. But HaleAmanO took a different route to recognition -- one that doesn't live downtown. "There's actually a huge Hawaiian community here, which I didn't know until joining this band," Parkhurst says. "This is the ninth island, so they say," Beavers adds. "That's the nucleus of our fanbase. It's been the best fanbase I've ever seen. It's tight-knit: They show up to a lot of shows, and they're very supportive ... and the casinos love us because the music's clean and positive." ”

“Formed in Las Vegas but steeped in the island sounds of Hawaii, the group HaleAmanO, which means “House of Sharks,” is making its debut at the ninth annual reggae festival. "I like seeing people grab their friend and run onto a dance floor — that doesn’t happen when you go to a rock show,” says Chris Parkhurst, keyboardist for reggae group HaleAmanO. “It’s a big accomplishment to finally get a spot in this festival. When I moved here, you miss all the music from back home, so I thought we’d share it with the people of Las Vegas, because it’s a type of music that’s rarely heard. We’re soul-R&B-roots-rock-and-reggae. A lot of people from rap and rock, they all gathered at our shows and came up to me and said, ‘I don’t really like reggae, but I love your sound.’ ” ”

“HaleAmanO creates unique sound with reggae, blues, rock, soul. Summer's almost here, and few Vegas acts conjure up sunbaked vibes like reggae hybridists HaleAmanO. Time to soak up some good vibrations. What does HaleAmanO sound like? Sometimes people say we sound like 'roller coaster reggae.' We use two guitars, bass, keyboards, two percussionists and ukulele." You're about to release your debut CD, "House of the Sharks," what can you tell us about it? "HaleAmanO has been around for two-plus years and this is our first full-length album. 'House of the Sharks' is an eclectic collection of songs that, when you listen, they might make you feel as though you're on an island yourself. If soulful vocals are your thing, check out tracks 'Love Me For Me' or 'Hold Me In Your Arms.' If you like more traditional roots reggae music, listen to 'Sky Down' or 'Jah Souljah.' 'Recession' and 'I n I' are more politically charged tracks, but nothing controversial. ”

"Island Reggae band HaleAmanO is taking Las Vegas by storm. In just a short time they have established themselves as one of the premiere bands in town. The four-man band will soon release their debut CD. It's only a matter of time befor the world finds out about HaleAmano!"