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Summer Daze Concert Series at Propaganda Lake Worth

The Summer Daze Concert Series Block Party at Propaganda Lake Worth had locals foaming at the mouth for weeks at the thought of seeing the killer national acts Tribal Seeds, The Expanders and Arise Roots. Being able to vibe to the sounds of our favorite bands in an intimate setting like a block party was very appealing to many.

As soon as Martin & I heard Tribal Seeds were coming to Lake Worth I was on duty for obtaining press passes. Lucky for me, I had previously dealt with one of the bands managers for a different show and they responded with a yes right away. Tribal Seeds also followed with a yes and I mustered up the courage to ask for an interview as well. We were all set to interview The Expanders with a maybe for an interview with Tribal Seeds. Hell yeah! That is until Tropical storm Erika decided to form in the Atlantic. Anyone in Florida knows the mere mention of a tropical storm or hurricane sends people rushing to the gas stations and to Publix to grab all of the water on the shelves. Good news is……it was a complete false alarm.

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Now I could spend the next four paragraphs describing the drama and confusion that followed but I’d rather not harp on the negative. Long story short the venue was changed to the indoor venue of Revelution Live, then changed back to Propaganda. Then, day of the show it was announced that Tribal Seeds and The Expanders would not be coming due to an illness but the show would go on indoors at Propaganda with a talented list of locals and Arise Roots. You can imagine how pissed the fans were to hear Tribal Seeds and The Expanders weren’t coming. We were super bummed as well because we had the interviews all set up. After a few heart wrenching moments of breaking the news to Martin (Tribal Seeds had been on repeat in our house for weeks leading up to this), we discussed it and realized we were still really excited to see some talented local musicians alongside Arise Roots.

First band to hit the stage was Lake Worth Long Shots, originally from Lake Worth, Florida but now living in Orlando. They got the crowd out of their seats and grooving to the sounds of their new single “Island Song”.

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

“Island Song” is a cross between modern Reggae and traditional Ska music. It is easy listening and catchy, you can hear it for free on their website http://www.lwlongshots.com.

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

Lake Worth Long Shots is currently on tour with Rick Haze out in California for the next month but when they return, they are definitely worth a check out. You can find them at local spots such as Dada’s in Delray or E.R. Bradleys in downtown West Palm Beach.

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Lake Worth Long Shots &emdash;

Next in line to take the stage were regulars on the scene, Roots Shakedown. This band has opened up and shared the stage with legendary reggae artists Steel Pulse and Inner Circle.

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

They had the fans forgetting all about the missing headliners playing their hit single “Something More”. You can check them out live at Guanabana’s or head over to their website http://www.rootsshakedown.com and see their previously recorded, live accoustic performance for the Sugarshack Sessions. We had the pleasure of meeting lead singer Brett Staska in the alley way for a quick safety meeting and he is a seriously cool guy. He also has a solo project that keeps him busy around town. His sound, described by his website as “Sunburnt Folk Rock” is definitely a must have on your playlist. You can check his solo project out here http://www.brettstaska.com.

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

MJW Photography: ROOTS SHAKEDOWN &emdash;

Now, if you have never seen a barefoot dude play a Ukulele like Chuck Berry, you need to see The Helmsmen from Jupiter, Florida. These guys had so much energy and talent that their love for music definitely showed.
With a Ukulele, guitars, drums and a saxophone in their lineup, there are plenty of grooving vibes to move to.

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

Their new EP The Homework, has a very Jack Johnson kinda feel to it which of course is more than okay by me. It is a refreshing and laid back alternative to their more upbeat and body moving songs from previous releases. You can check them out at local spots like Guanababas, E.R. Bradley’s and the Bamboo Room as well as on their websitehttp://www.thehelmsmenband.com.

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

MJW Photography: The Helmsmen &emdash;

LFTD LVLS hit the stage next. Right off the bat I see a guy with dreads holding a guitar and I hope this isn’t just for show and they can deliver. Their song “Burning Dread” has a sound reminiscent of early nineties ska/rock. Kind of like a pre-fame No Doubt minus Gwen Stefani. The crowd quite obviously knew these Propaganda regulars. They can be seen most Thursday nights for Reggae night and ladies also drink for free!

MJW Photography: LFTD LVLS &emdash;

MJW Photography: LFTD LVLS &emdash;

MJW Photography: LFTD LVLS &emdash;

While taking a small break outside to consume some much needed pizza, we noticed what looked like a band unloading behind a nearby building. I’m telling you I should be paparazzi with my cat like reflects and my no fear mentality when it comes to approaching people.

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

Turns out the band was Arise Roots, the last headliner standing. I quickly ran over to their tour bus and asked if they wouldn’t mind spending a few minutes with us after the show to take some photos. The guys are so cool and were all about it. Now, I have to be honest. Before this night I had never listened to Arise Roots. They are now a staple in our playlist. Their songs “Loving You” and “What a Shame” make you feel like you are in Kingston alongside the grandfathers of roots reggae.

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

The raw talent and FIYAH Karim, Todd, Ron, Rudy and Robert bring to the stage make this up and coming reggae band one to watch. Currently on tour with Tribal Seeds and The Expanders for the Summer Smoke Out Tour 2015, there are definitely big things to come for this group of roots musicians. My personal favorite song of the night was “Love you Right” bringing me back to the sounds of my honeymoon in Negril.

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

 

We plan on making the trip whenever possible to see our new friends Arise Roots, the LAST HEADLINER STANDING. We were truly blessed they made the trip down to South Florida without the rest of the tour. Everyone show them some love and buy their new album Love and War. While your at it, pick up Moving Forward too. You can find it on their websitehttp://www.ariseroots.com.

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

MJW Photography: Arise Roots &emdash;

When we first found out we were not getting to interview The Expanders and Tribal Seeds I was pretty bummed. I spent a good amount of time preparing for it. However, I shook it off pretty quickly and sprung into action. I reached out to Hunter Hutchings, lead guitarist for Spred the Dub, and asked if they would like to spend some time with us at the near by coffee shop for an interview. The guys were totally down for it and we set the time. You can read the full interview here http://www.mjwphotographyfl.com/spred-the-dub-interview

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

Spred the Dub was everything we had hoped they would be. A little bit of reggae and a little bit of ska/rocksteady they bring their own “Good time Reggae” sound to the stage and it gives a diversity that was just what the show needed. Spred the Dub is no stranger on the scene here in Palm Beach County, they are Monday night regulars at E.R. Bradley’s and play often at The Social in Orlando. They have shared the stage with headliners Black Uhuru, The Dirty Heads, The Green and Passafire to name a few.

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

They played the title track from their new album Coming Home Drunk which brought me back to a time when I used to skank to the sounds of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish and The Dance Hall Crashers. Additionally their songs “Who Knows” and “Be Free” get your feet jumping and your heart pumping. If you don’t dance at one of their shows, you might as well quit circling the drain and get it over with already, because you can’t possibly have a pulse.

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

MJW Photography: Spred the Dub &emdash;

So moral of the story here is if you didn’t go to the Summer Daze Concert Series this year because Tribal Seeds and The Expanders cancelled, SHAME ON YOU! You missed some killer local bands and a totally vibing time.
Content Writer: April Whitney

Photo Credit: April & Martin Whitney

About the author
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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