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Sound Waves and Ocean Swells Brett Staska Proves That Passions Can Pay The Bills by Savannah Sheehan Photos by Kevin Flett Is “Living the Dream” really as easy as it seems? Brett Staska seems to think so, or rather, is doing exactly that. Florida native, Brett Staska, has made a name for himself in the …

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Evolving Their Reggae-Rock Fusion By David Rolland Photos by Bret Hunter It was not once, but twice that the reggae rock fusion of Fireside Prophets came together on the Florida Atlantic University campus. The first time was back in 2008 when singer/guitarist Justin D’Alfonso was attending freshman orientation. “I met the drummer Travis Schmeider and …

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Bringing Funky Improvisation To Their Live Shows by David Rolland Like the genre of music they play in Jamtronica, the West Palm Beach five piece, Guavatron got their name from merging two things they love, guitarist Adonis Frangiskakis said. “We had a silly name before Guavatron. I don’t even want to tell anyone what it …

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Local and National Acts Blend at Abacoa Town Center Amphitheater by David Rolland Looking to put a musical bent on your Memorial Day Weekend? If so, you’re in luck because Matisyahu will be playing at Abacoa Town Center Amphitheater on Sunday night at 8 p.m. The singer first shot to fame with his reggae/rap/rock hybrid “King …

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JM & The Sweets Finish Their First Album by David Rolland Photos by Ben Hicks It has been two years in the making, but JM & The Sweets are finally putting the final mix on their debut EP. “It took the whole time we’ve been together to get these songs done,” their frontman Josh Miles …

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By Savannah Sheehan I arrived at the Irishmen — a Boca staple bar that I had never before visited. It was fifteen past 5 when I approached the doors. Feeling a slight tinge of nervousness, I fanned my hands to ward away any clamminess. The sun was just now setting as I opened the bar …

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Vinyl Takes Center Stage In our world full of digital music and various streaming services, it’s rare to find a place like Top 5 Records. It didn’t open to hop on a trend. It opened for the love of vinyl. That, and the owner’s collection was getting pretty thick — approximately 50,000 records. Top 5 …

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By Darien Davies Photos by Leon Legot Alright, my little festival-goers, it’s finally time to break out your Coachella-like outfit and pluck that daisy flower you’ve been growing all year. SunFest is here, so let’s get weird. Even if you’re new to the music scene or are a veteran of West Palm Beach’s downtown action, …

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Tortuga Music Festival Sets Attendance Record Of Over 100,000 by Alexis Edwards Tortuga Music Festival is one of the most renowned annual events in South Florida. The venue: an amazing stretch of sand that’s in the heart of Fort Lauderdale beach. This years’ conditions: literally perfect. In Florida you never know what you’re going to …

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Ten Spring Concerts South Florida Can look Forward To by David Rolland Spring is what many in South Florida will consider the most wonderful time of the year. You can still sleep with your windows open – the mosquitoes haven’t begun hatching a hundred thousand eggs – and best of all, it is still music …

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Gravel Kings are no stranger to our local music scene, hailing from Fort Pierce with their fresh brand of Americana.  The strength of their sound means they haven’t gotten lost in the SoFlo reggae/tropical/roots scene that seems to dominate our ears, and their long awaited EP “Lure.” is certain to please.  The EP kicks off …

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The Bryan Jackson Music Festival Takes Over Downtown Fort Pierce 69 musicians from across the Treasure Coast will gather on 7 stages in downtown Fort Pierce, FL for a day of music, fun, and community. By Iris Estrada The Bryan Jackson Music Festival is an annual event on the Treasure Coast held in the memory …

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The World’s Ultimate Backstage Pass by Joe Pregadio Cloud 9 represents a state of intense happiness. Total euphoria. It would seem that, in order to achieve this elevated state of consciousness one would have to depart on an epic journey compounded by legions of obstacles, unknown risks, and ambiguous paths. For many, the notion remains …

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A Tale of Uproot Hootenanny’s Annual Trip To Ireland Written and Photographed by Liz Dzuro Deerfield Beach’s Uproot Hootenanny has been traveling to Ireland for nearly a decade. Each time they visit, there is always a mix of familiar and new. Along with seeing new places, Bassist Chris Bonelli and percussionist/singer Ojay Smith joined Brian …

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Adapt and Evolve. By Sean Gordon Photos: Jack Bates A mainstay in Palm Beach County music venues, Moska Project has made a name for themselves in South Florida’s reggae rock scene and have kept it there for 14 years. The band was founded by old neighborhood friends from Caracas, Venezuela, vocalist and guitarist Gilly Gonzalez …

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If you are like most SoFlo reggae enthusiasts you’ve had this date marked on your calendar for a long time. On Sunday, October 9 reggae vibes will fill our salty air as 8 bands take the Guanabanas stage for a daylong celebration. This year marks the 4th year for this much-anticipated event. Bands include Through …

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New music from one of South Florida longest-running bands by Dana Krangel Photos by Jack Bates In an area full of new music, it’s the bands that endure the test of time that go on to define our music culture here in South Florida. Creating original music as a band for a whopping 14 years, …

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Deadheads Descend On Guanabanas in Jupiter In Celebration Of Jerry Garcia’s Birthday—Sunday, July 31 July 31 will be a day to celebrate one of music’s most influential artists ever.  Jerry Garcia, the bespeckled founder, guitarist, and spiritual leader of The Grateful Dead left us too early in 1995, and Guanabanas is throwing the party of all …

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by Dana Krangel Photos: Jack Bates No questions necessary, it’s obvious that Jupiter’s The Helmsmen are growing up. Last year’s The Homework EP was just the start and these guys have taken a crash course in being a band with an emphasis on working as a team. The result is an intermediate graduation in their …

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Stick toYour Roots: How Roots Shakedown Stay Way Above Water by Dana Krangel Photos: Shaye Babb In an ocean of reggae bands that were born by the ocean and play music on that ocean (when they aren’t surfing on it), it can be hard to stand out. There may be a shortage of perfect days to wear your …

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  Island Indie rock coming to you from Jupiter By Ashley Zimmerman Photos: Jack Bates Named after their high school’s old mascot, The Helmsmen, a group of twentysomething guys from Jupiter are bringing their own brand of what they refer to as Island Indie to the local music scene. Though the band’s inspirations vary across the …

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Rain is No Match for Dave Matthews Band Beats By Giana Pacinelli I was crouched in a corner of a Tiki bar, one of hundreds hiding out as the rain came beating down on the lawn chairs and blankets that were holding our place on the lawn of Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre Saturday night. The show …

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By Dana Krangel Photos: Dave Earley If you’re going to bother putting on actual clothes and leaving the house after 7 p.m., well then all be damned if you’re not going to have a good time. The goal, no doubt, is to end up with a smile on your face and a cold beer in …

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ARTIKaL Sound System Comes Full Circle In Its Latest Release, Inversion By Alex Rendon Photo: Alex Markow “Our band is a culmination of the epic scene we have in South Florida” In Jamaican Patois the word “artikal” is defined as “top notch;” one must command an understanding of this Jamaican slang word to grasp what …

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We hope you enjoy our feature on Amber in our latest edition of The Atlantic Current, which was released on May 1.  To pick up your copy see the list of distribution locations on our website.  Following is the full interview with Amber, edited only for clarity and brevity…..   TAC:  We downloaded your new …

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Bringing the Juke Back to Delray Beach By Alex Rendon Photos: Joaquin Anico “For being one of the busiest streets in South Florida, Atlantic Avenue really lacked places that offered live music,” explained entertainment entrepreneur Ryan O’Riordan, owner of Delray Beach’s newest live music hot-spot, the Vintage Tap. With this great musical void, O’Riordan, former …

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By Alex Rendon In the vein of the Avett Brothers, Fort Pierce’s Gravel Kings concoct rootsy folk music with upbeat pop hooks.  The lone folk act on West Palm Beach label Decades Records, Gravel Kings certainly stand out. Their debut full length effort, Arrows and Maps, dishes out enough attitude and inward reflection to attract …

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Through thick and thin, musician Julian Cires proves he’s no coward on Lavola’s latest masterful record.  By Alex Rendon Photo: The RO Project Chances are, if you are an avid local music fan, you’ll be well-acquainted with the musical bombast that is Lavola. This four-piece has been building a name for itself with its intense …

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South Florida’s kingdom of folk is being rocked Words by Dana Krangel Photos: Alexis Lawson   There aren’t a lot of things that permeate cultures. Variables that for a brief moment, equalize all groups while bringing together friends and strangers. I know what you are thinking and no, we aren’t talking sandwiches. We are talking …

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