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Reggae on the River- Guanabanas Waterfront Restaurant and bar

The vibes were chill and the day couldn’t have been more beautiful. Reggae on the (other) River had made it to Jupiter, Florida. South Floridians from Miami to the Treasure Coast gathered for the sweet island sounds of reggae music hosted by Kulcha Shok Muzik.
The music line up was a solid mix of local and national talent. Brooklyn New York natives, New Kingston and reggae ambassadors Inner Circle hailing from Kingston Jamaica brought in adoring fans both young and old. The solid local talent brought a following that rounded out the crowd just perfectly. I would be lying if I said we weren’t concerned about parking. A lineup of this caliber was sure to bring a herd of reggae enthusiasts. Luckily for Martin and I, I was able to work my magic and get us a parking spot right in front of the restaurant courtesy of Jay at Park Place Valet. We needed the ability to regroup in the van in between bands so a close spot was crucial. While getting our bags together we heard music and realized we needed to get moving because the show had already started. We arrived at the stage just in time to capture some awesome images of our friends The Helmsmen from Jupiter Florida. As per usual The Helmsmen didn’t disappoint and had a sound and energy that was perfect for getting the crowd warmed up. They played an insanely catchy tune called “Time” that was reminiscent of the Surfaris’ hit Wipe Out. Check out a spot light piece on these energetic guys in the most recent edition of The Atlantic Current here http://theatlanticcurrent.com/the-helmsmen/  .

 

Treasure coast locals The Ellameno Beat from Jensen Beach Florida gave us quite a surprise when they brought out a two piece horn section to compliment the roots reggae sound of songs like “Give I Love” and “Driftin Away”. Lead singer Reggie Froom looked more like Jax Teller from SOA than Bob Marley but that doesn’t bother this girl a bit. They have cemented their reggae street cred with me after Reggae on the River and I can’t wait to see them play again at Chillin the Most in Jensen Beach on Halloween night.

 

After being in the crowd for two straight bands, Martin and I needed a time out and headed to the van to recharge. Not before snapping a few images of our beautiful surroundings on the way. The reggae music fans of South Florida are full of life and love and Guanabanas is the perfect island themed hub to bring them all together.

We decided to grab a bite to eat as they say the food at Guanabanas is excellent. “They” (who are they anyway) were right. We had the fresh dinner catch of blackened snapper with rice, beans and plantains……. holy deliciousness. The staff was more than helpful and available and even delivered our dinner to our van. If you ever want delicious food come by and visit these smiling faces and tell them MJW Photography sent you.

While enjoying a Red Stripe and a plate full of blackened snapper we missed the dreaded duo of Jahfe performing. I am told they are fantastic and worth checking out next time they are playing at a location near you.

We hustled up after we realized we had already missed one band and made it back to the stage in time for the Moska Project. Their website refers to their genre as latin reggae infused rock and their vibes rounded out the list of openers quite nicely. Playing with a horn and bongos in addition to the trio of guitars gives songs like “Fuego” and “Fire Up” a Santana meets Reel Big Fish sound that had the entire crowd moving and shaking.
MJW Photography: Moska Project- Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Moska Project- Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Moska Project- Reggae on the other River &emdash;

After the postponement of California Roots the Carolina sessions earlier this month we were super excited to have this opportunity to see New Kingston in our own back yard. With bass player/father Courtney Panton Sr. from Kingston Jamaica to guide them there is no doubt in our minds about where this group is headed. With a roots reggae and R&B blended style, “Empress Love” gave the ladies a sweet love song to sway to while the tour title track “Protect Me” gave the fans their dose of roots.

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

There is no doubt about how much the crowd enjoyed New Kingston and how hyped up they were for upcoming Inner Circle. Walking around chatting it up with fellow fans is what it is all about for me. There is nothing better than the vibes at a reggae show.

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Moska Project- Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Ellameno Beat- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

We spoke to New Kingston back stage about the possibility of a group photo opportunity and they were more than happy to oblige. While waiting around the bands VIP area for them to regroup, we met some super cool people and managed to miss all of Boxelder’s performance. Oooops. It was worth it for the few images we snapped of Steven, Tahir and Courtney Jr.

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: New Kingston- Reggae on the Other River &emdash;

Whether you are a reggae music fan or not if you have ever watched an episode of cops in secret hopes of seeing someone you know, than you have heard Grammy winning artists Inner Circle. The self proclaimed Bad Boys of Reggae will forever be known for the long running theme song from the show cops. “Bad boys”, the title track of the same named album was picked up by the Fox network show in 1989 and has since become named the number one played reggae song across the world.

While waiting for some technical difficulties to get cleared Lance O. from Kulcha Shok Muzik gave a huge shout out and welcome to the crowd to get everyone pumped for the performance. I made a few new friends too.

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

Once the equipment issue was fixed the Bad Boys of Reggae got the crowd jumping to the sounds of their roots rock reggae hit “Smoke”. The studio version of this song features Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley which further exhibits Inner Circle’s deep roots in the reggae community.

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

Inner Circle has planted their own roots here in South Florida having started Circle House Studios in Miami back in 1980. Circle House Studios remains one of the major players in the reggae game with the Bad Boys regularly collaborating with artists such as Pittbull, Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dog and more.

While playing their songs “Sweet Jamaica” and “Tenement Yard” the fans went ballistic moving and grooving to the sweet sounds of Kingston Jamaica right here in our own backyard.

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;
MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

MJW Photography: Inner Circle_Reggae on the other River &emdash;

After a long day of good vibes, red stripe, excellent music and delicious food it was time to hit the road and head home. In case you missed my clear suggestions earlier I will tell you again. Do yourself a favor and check out Guanabanas and all they have to offer next time you are in town.

See you at the show.

~April

Photo Credit: April & Martin Whitney

Content Writer: April Whitney

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April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney- Photographer, music lover and overall gypsy soul. I found my passion for photography, music, writing, and travel. While on Tour was born out of a desire to combine all of these things and become the wandering soul I have always wanted to be. I love to travel to different festivals, meet new friends and vibe out wherever the music may take me.

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