After a few years away, The Durgas are returning to the Big Island for a concert at the Honoka’a People’s Theater on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. They’ll be joined by local rockers Mister Peanut Butter and The Long Hill Gang. Tickets available at the door.
By layering authentic reggae, African, and eastern European folk elements over strains of heartfelt American roots music, The Durgas’ songs cut through rock ‘n’ roll’s insularity and pre-conceived standards. Brothers Benjii Simmersbach (vocals, guitar) and Christopher Simmersbach (lead guitar) draw much of their musical influence from their childhood. Both were born in Bavaria/Germany but raised in various parts of Thailand, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, Italy, and the U.S. The Durgas’ music weaves the sounds and cultures of their upbringing into their music without losing touch with their roots in punk rock.
The Long Hill Gang is a group of like-minded musicians who began “playing for fun” on weekends. Singer-songwriter John Hansen and guitarist Eric Johnson formed the core of the group and eventually attracted newer members over the past several years. The result is a fun-loving collaboration ready to present original music (mixed with our favorite cover tunes) and focusing on vocal harmonies and instrumental grooves.
Hailing from the misty mountain town of Waimea, Mister Peanut Butter blends indie and alternative rock with psychedelic punk to create a sound all their own. They’ve played all over the island, from Hilo to Kona and all spots in between. With a huge library of original songs, each Mister Peanut Butter show is sure to be a different experience.
If you go… Have a good show!
Event: The Durgas w/ Mister Peanut Butter and The Long Hill Gang.
When: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Showtime: 6 p.m.
Where: The Honokaa People’s Theatre, 45-3574 Mamane St, Honokaa.
Cost: $25 at the door.
Info: (808) 775-0000