“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member—horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately, it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move. The pulse collectively becomes that of one.
The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands, but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip-hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. Each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
“Hailing from the east coast, Baltimore alt-rockers Ballyhoo! have been on the road, taking their melodic anthems to the people for over a decade. Their “On Tour Forever” work ethic has taken them all over the country, steadily building a fan base of loyal "fHooligans."
In 2013, the band cracked the Billboard 200 chart at #189 with their 5th album, “Pineapple Grenade," released on their own label, Right Coast Records.
Acumental and Terminal Knowledge started working together before they began calling themselves the Palmer Squares in 2008—they'd recently moved near the Logan Square park of that name. They've since settled into a giddy, loose-limbed rhythm that feels like they're bouncing bars off each other in real time, though they explained in a 2014 video interview that they rarely write their verses in the same room.
Based in Charlotte NC, Of Good Nature, has received quick attention to their newly released, chart topping music. Rock, Groove, Alternative and Reggae are more popular descriptions of OGN’s fusion-friendly approach to today’s music, but this group of prolific songwriters explore a range of styles that have lead to a highly accessible sound. Full length album “Timeless” debuted at #1 on iTunes and #3 on Billboard (Reggae Albums Chart) in March 2019 and single “Take Me Anywhere” premiered on Sirius XM’s The Pulse. “Be The Day” has been featured on CaliRoots Radio Show on Sirius XM’s The Joint.
Often described as “Progressive Reggae”, The Quasi Kings are unabashed to change their musical stylings at whim. Formed in Columbus, OH in the Spring of 2016, the band has quickly “cemented its place as the sprawling, multi-instrumental next generation of Columbus reggae.” (Columbus Dispatch). Their debut EP “Throwaway Culture”, released in late 2018, showcases a unique blend of roots reggae and modern styles with strong songwriting and vocal harmonies.
Sun-Dried Vibes provide a fresh twist to the reggae/rock genre with their high-energy live performances that crank out infectious sing-a-longs laced with a positive message. SDV will be heard, since their inception the group has played around 275 dates a year. The trio of road warriors quickly became a festival favorite with two full length albums under their belt and a long list of tour history that grabbed fans from all demographics. In 2014 one of the most progressive promoters in the world took notice and added SDV to the major festival 'California Roots: Carolina Sessions' sharing the bill with the Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Katchafire and more in Wilmington, NC.
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Dustin Smith has been tirelessly writing songs for the past 25 years. In the summer of 2015 he decided to form a live band that could bring his works to audiences around the world. In early 2019, Taylor Long and Ethan Miller joined the group. Taylor immediately began crafting new songs with Dustin, while Ethan added smooth leads and ripping solos. The band has evolved into a vessel capable of taking their songs to other worlds with their rock and blues based approach to improv within the set structures of the songs. The Daydreamers have become a staple of the Ohio festival scene but have their sights set on a larger goals. They are set to head into the studio to record a follow-up to their 2018 release, Mind Blown.