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Stick Figure brings the vibes of reggae past to the youth of Boca

Show review by “Road Kill” Bill Walters

Boca Raton, FL – Stick Figure, a roots, reggae, dub band from Duxbury, MA is one of the fastest growing groups in the genre. The reason for their incredible rise in popularity is band founder, leader, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Scott Woodruff and his amazing way of combining the sounds of the greatest reggae of the past with his own extreme creativeness. Woodruff has used 21st century technology and his own musical brilliance to preform, record, produce and release six albums with each disc gaining more polish and maturity in both sound quality and strength in song writing.

I have been blessed to have seen reggae icons Bob Marley & the Wailers, Steel Pulse and Black Uhuru, all with their original line ups, and I can hear all of those influences in Stick Figure’s music. The incredible combination of roots, reggae and dub (especially the dub) sets them completely apart from most reggae bands. Woodruff’s smooth vocals and echo-filled guitar work seal the deal. Add three good friends on bass, drums and keyboards and a tour dog named Cocoa and you have the recipe for one of the best live shows in reggae today.

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“Set in Stone” the latest recording from Stick Figure, was on full display at their live performance Friday night at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida. Opening for red hot Rebelution, the weather was hot, sunny and breezy as the band took the stage promptly at 7 p.m. with Sunset Cove well under half full. But those in attendance were treated to tight, energetic 30 minute set of great reggae.

The sounds of Stick Figure filled the air in West Boca, across the water and flowing into the beautiful raw nature of the nearby everglades. Sunset Cove is the perfect place to hold a reggae show and Stick Figure kicked off this night with the bass thumbing through the parking lot as they dove into “Choice is Yours”. Staying with the new album, they sizzled on “Fire on the Horizon” half way through the set and the sound quality was excellent. As fans continued to stream in and the crowd grew in front of the stage, they wrapped up their quick set with “Livin’ It” and the crowd favorite “Smokin’ Love”.

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I was just starting to work up a good sweat from dancing to Stick Figure’s great vibe when time constraints forced them to leave the stage much too quickly! But it was a great set and hearing their music outdoors was brilliant. After seeing them 6-weeks earlier at a club in Ft. Lauderdale I knew that this band would sound great in an outdoor setting and any fan who was there was not disappointed with Stick Figure’s performance. I’m extremely excited for the future of this band, their sound will continue to develop and grow as their live show matures and they become tighter, especially given the tremendous touring schedule they are on for the rest of the year.

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While the rest of that evening turned into a tremendous smoked out party with The Green, J Boog and headliners Rebelution, I left Sunset Cove already looking forward to the next time I can see Stick Figure live.

 

For a full gallery of images from the Falling Into Place tour stop in Boca Raton, FL including The Green & Rebelution click here.

 

 

 

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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