In The Cellar – Red Light Challenge
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Red Light Challenge
Hailing from the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii, Red Light Challenge is an alternative rock band made up of two brothers, Sean (23) and Kyle (18) Luster, who are both valedictorians and multi-instrumentalists, currently attending Boise State University. Although the band consists of only two members, they continue to create huge-sounding songs both live and in the studio using their high-energy attitudes and skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, trumpet, trombone, and more. The brothers have developed a unique sound coming from Hawaii, incorporating British Invasion songwriting, multi-part harmonies, R&B danceability, guitar-driven electricity, as well as popular sounds of today. Their many original songs contain memorable melodies and catchy choruses bound to hook new audiences everywhere.
The band has performed dozens of shows in Hawaii at popular venues such as Anna O’Brien’s, the 50th State Fair, and the historic Waikiki Shell. In 2010, the band went on a short U.S. tour at multiple Six Flags parks, and in 2013, they embarked on a self-booked, massive 42-show, 16-state Summer Tour spanning from Colorado to New England and back home to Hawaii, with performances at Pyramid and Simon group malls, as well as Hershey Park, Six Flags New England, KOAs, the Buckeye Lake Festival, and more. On tour, the brothers threw out leis and “Live Aloha” buttons at every performance.
In November of 2014, Red Light Challenge made history by being the first band from Hawaii to earn a Los Angeles Music Award. They were presented the prestigious ‘Hot AC Artist of the Year’ award at The Avalon Hollywood in honor of their songwriting and touring accomplishments. While in Los Angeles, the band had the opportunity to meet Producer/Engineer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt, etc.), who wound up producing “Lookout Mountain”, their debut EP released in July of 2015.
In addition to their performing and recording efforts, Sean and Kyle have always held the importance of giving back to the community. The brothers constantly volunteer in Hawaii, working with public schools, the Special Olympics, and more. The band has been working with the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, producing a song to spread awareness and putting on a community event that was featured in a documentary produced by the foundation, which aired on Hawaii television in June of 2015. In the beginning of 2014, Red Light Challenge started its own non-profit community-involvement program called “Red Light Challenge, Green Light Go”. This program was created to have events where the band goes to schools around the world to play music for students and promote striving for excellence in the arts, academics, and athletics. Events have already taken place in Hawaii and California, and there are plans to continue in Boise.