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Brothers Ryan and Kai Kalama formed OFFWHITE in high school. Growing up in a musical family—their mother a choir director and father part of a musical comedy act—the Kalama’s were destined to be talented. “We started singing together when we were little,” says Ryan, who plays bass and keyboard while Kai plays the guitar. “Our harmonies are a big part of our music.”

Weezer was the first show they attended and a clear influence in their catchy self-titled 2003 debut album, along with other ’90s rock bands like Superdrag and Green Day. The two also cite The Who and Marvin Gaye as key influences. “We call it soul rock because our vocals are more on the soulful side than a rock singer, but then we bring the rock with our instruments,” explains Ryan.

OFFWHITE’s acoustic show delivers a mix of original songs with a long playlist of diverse covers. They brilliantly perform everything from the Rolling Stones and Neil Young to more indie acts like My Morning Jacket and The Shins, who they cover particularly well.

The Kalamas grew up in the Redlands, Inland Empire and moved to San Clemente seven years ago. “I love playing San Clemente because of the vibe down here. Everybody who’s come to see us is always so appreciative. It’s just a really warm vibe here. People who go out in San Clemente are out to have a good time,” says Kai.

Ryan and Kai play an acoustic set every weekend at Gordon James and BeachFire, and an occasional show at Goody’s Tavern with a full band. OFFWHITE’s second album, Live at for the Record, will be available this winter. For more info, visit - San Clemente Times


OFFWHITE Live at For The Record(Unreleased)



Ryan and Kai Kalama, grew up in a desert climate, which drove them indoors to discover MTV. And by discover they mean devour. Being from Hawaiian descent, the Kalama’s never forgot their embedded need to melt hearts; but also had a great hunger to melt minds as well. The Kalama family is not only big in size, but big on each other. Mom taught them to sing via the church choir and Dad taught from the stage. 10 years in the making OFFWHITE has played the Southern California music scene since they were in middle school. Joining forces with Kent Graves on drums OFFWHITE’s sound summons the diverse tastes of The Beatles, mixed with the tenderness and soulful vocals of Marvin Gaye. One can also hear the urgent pop rush of Green Day, along with the breezy harmonies of the Beach Boys. After a short time of building a following as an acoustic act, OFFWHITE recorded a Live, acoustic CD, OFFWHITE Live @ For the Record, to answer the requests to hear OFFWHITE in an acoustic setting. Totally live, with their closest friends in the room, warts and all they laid down mostly new songs, and a couple from their first release, OFFWHITE(2003). With the release of their second CD coming out this fall, OFFWHITE plans to spread out from San Clemente, playing in both acoustic and full band settings. Anywhere that has power! Remember, OFFWHITE Loves you, so should you.