San Diego based reggae rockers Hirie brought their high energy vibes to The Observatory North Park on Friday December 3rd.  The band, which has recently completed a cross country tour opening for Sublime and Dirty Heads, is now back playing headline shows in California.  Veterans of smaller local venues like 710 Beach Club and The Music Box, this talented group seems to be gaining new fans every day and playing to larger and larger venues each time they come back to town.  The Observatory was jam packed and this San Diego show was an early holiday treat for their hometown fans.   

Forming in 2013 the seven piece band are all talented musicians and together the group puts on an exciting and infectious live show.  The band consists of Hirie on lead vocals, guitar, uke; Chris Hampton saxophone, flute, melodica, and accordion; Andrew McKee trombone, guitar, didgeridoo, and percussion; Andy Flores bass; Blaine Dillinger lead guitar; and Joey Muraoka on drums.

Highlights of the San Diego show included tracks from the band’s 2016 album Wandering Soul like “Queen,” “Don’t Take My Ganja,” and closer “Boom Fire.”  Throughout the show Hirie called out several causes that the band supports, with particular emphasis on helping her fans struggling with mental health issues.  It’s great to see artists who use their platforms like this in such a positive way. This is a killer live band and if you’re a fan of roots/reggae music their show is not to be missed!