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Reggae music created a chill atmosphere for a dreadlocked and barefooted audience at Ace of Spades Sunday.
With four reggae- and R&B-influenced groups set to perform, the night was filled with grooves and moves for the Love and Roots Tour.
Starting off the night was Massachusetts band Massive Delicious. Formed by vocalist/guitarist Dylan Crawford, the group showed off their varied musical influences and talents with a short but enticing performance.
Massive Delicious impressed the crowd with their transitions and layering. Reggae, soul and funk: All could be heard in just one song. They brought the vibe and energy of tranquility and peace with their jams.
Alongside reggae influences, Micah Brown brought something a little different. His music was heavier on the soul and folk sound with a great Southern twang.
A violin and electric and acoustic guitars complemented each other seamlessly. A slight hint of reggae mixed with a country sound made Brown's performance a rarity.
Bermuda native Mishka was next to take the stage with nothing but reggae in his set. Before he entered, his band started jamming. With keyboards, bass, guitar and drums, all that was missing was vocals.
When Mishka came out, he performed carefree and from the heart, with a relaxing aura, as if he had no worry in the world. They played several songs without any breaks or chats.
It wasn't until the song "Love and Devotion" that Mishka took to the audience and asked them to help him with the chorus and put their hands in the air. Mishka ended his set with "Keep on Loving."
The final performer of the night was Maui native and Hawaiian folk rocker Anuhea Jenkins. With the band already jamming awaiting her entry, Jenkins started right up as soon as she hit the stage.
Vocally, she has a soulful and tender sound. A faint sound of rasp in her voice gave her a distinctive tone. She performed songs from her new album, this year’s “For Love,” and past albums.
In the middle of "Looking for Love," she sang a short piece of Mariah Carey's "Dream Lover," which she said was the inspiration for her song.
All musicians had a solid core of reggae, but each artist brought their own style and representation of other genres to perfect their original sound.