November 17, 2017 8:00 PM - November 18, 2017 12:00 AM after Dark Presents:
Friday, November 17, 8pm, $10 advance/$12 day of show
Two acts from Cleveland
“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 and 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. But 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.”
For their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head”, Tropidelic carefully vetted what songs made it to the record, and featured songwriting efforts from members James and Darrick. Sound engineer Cary Crichlow, who has worked on the last four releases from the band, returned to get the job done. “Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music” says Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”
These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper and The Wailers. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest. In 2017, the band is focused on headlining tours as well as performing at Electric Forest, Burning Foot Festival, Surrounded By The Sound, Bragg Jam, Shadefest and much more. Stay tuned for more from Cleveland’s home-grown, Tropidelic.
Vibe & Direct is an emerging 3-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and is comprised of Mike Miller, Danny Giannetto, and Doug Rab. The trio is an ever-evolving musical fusion that blends the musical spectrum, leaving in their wake a psychelectrojam dance party. They perform with a magnetic pulse, creating an aurally and visually immersive experience. The boys released their debut EP – Psychadelevator, in 2013, and are planning to release their second project in 2015.
Through their illuminating journey to spread good sounds and good vibes, they have had the pleasure of gaining many friends and fans. Some touring highlights include Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, The Werkout, Summerdance, Lazy Daisy, Tribal Connection, and Vibe in Color, with stops from Buffalo, New York to Denver, Colorado. Surrounded by high spirits and a vibrant team, Vibe & Direct is looking forward to what the future has in store! Vibe – Jam – Dance – Repeat
“Vibe & Direct create highly visual music in an extremely danceable atmosphere. They tend to branch off into improvisatory waters, with guitarist Mike Miller throwing down mind-bending lead guitar work. This is at once a percussive, tightly rhythmic band, and also a melodious journey.” – Cleveland Scene
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