Written By: Brian Winters
All the way from San Diego, CA, Through The Roots brought their high-energy brand of reggae rock to midtown's American Beauty during a stop on their Bloodshot Eyes Fall Tour. Through The Roots was joined by Sun-Dried Vibes, a trio out of South Carolina, and local favorites CC Roots.
CC Roots, formerly Cecilia Celeste, began the night with a hybrid clash of reggae, progressive rock, and blues. Despite their name, the Jersey City based group is as much a jam band as they are a roots band. The six-piece band had a killer rhythm section, a pair of impressive guitarist, and a jack-of-all trades musician playing everything from harmonica to trumpet. Paying homage to both Peter Tosh and Chuck Berry, CC Roots closed out their opening set by playing a tight rendition of “Johnny B. Goode.”
Next, Sun-Dried Vibes took the stage and delivered a huge sound with just a guitar, bass, and drum-kit. Lead singer Zach Fowler's voice was outstanding, every line ringing out loud and crisp. Quite far from their hometown of Fort Mill, SC, Sun-Dried Vibes had a small, but devout group of fans hanging on to every word. Sun-Dried Vibes set consisted mainly of songs from their 2014 album Back2Square1, including “Nugg It,” “Irie Vibes,” and “Young One,” but the track “Trouble” off their debut album Give Thanks (2011) was a definite highlight. Sun-Dried Vibes have been steadily gaining hype as one of the top emerging reggae rock acts on the East Coast, and they definitely lived up to expectation.
As a New Yorker, I consider the city to be Manhattan and venture out of that area to Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and other boroughs as needed to see great music. This past week I headed out to Long Island to The Theatre at Westbury. [Why you ask?] The only reason to travel anywhere, amazing reggae.
The Theatre at Westbury was hosting an incredible show with Through The Roots, Stick Figure, The Green, J.Boog and Rebelution all on one stage, in one night. For anyone who has not been there, this theatre is worth the drive. Under what looks like an industrial circus tent, the seats are staged in the round, meaning they form a 360 around the stage. The stage itself is a small platform in the center that slowly rotates as the bands perform, making every seat in the house a great seat. In addition they have some amazing food and drinks and a nice outdoor patio for anyone wanting a smoke or a little fresh air.
As we walked in, we passed Anamorphosis Art (www.anamorphosisart.com). Ania Amador and Christopher Morphis had a large canvas set up and were painting along to the music. The piece they were creating was beautiful and captured the vibe of their company which is “committed to spreading a conscious message about peace, love, liberty, and meditation through their collaborative work…”