The Green Leaves’ stage presence provides a very different feel than that of the other bands that have played so far. Initially playing a sort of jazz-reggae fusion, they move on through other genres, like hip-hop, to complete their sound. Much like Tribe of I, they have a more globalized influence to their style. This constantly upbeat performance causes the audience to break out into sporadic dancing. I think this may be something you simply do by letting go and allowing the tune to carry you. This is not hard—the entire event offers an inviting environment, allowing for a true feeling of comfort and being at ease. After playing both covers and originals, their closing number is a Ska version of “Stand By Me,” which inspires a break out of bouncing around and singing along from a devoted audience, to which yours truly cannot resist.
The last group The Rocksteadys blast into something that is not quite rock steady. Rather it is progressive rock combined with funk that has a clear reggae offbeat. They are perhaps a perfect example of how far the term “reggae” can be stretched. The Rocksteadys’ set is easy on the ears and leads one onto the dance floor via the colorful stage lights. Their first number carries the listener through a borderline psychedelic sound. However, switching gears in their second tune, they dish out more reggae-influenced songs. Throughout their set they explore various types of reggae, though their rock style is more defined. Their breakdowns keep me hooked—like diving into cold water to stay alert. They knock out feel-good numbers that allow one to walk away one a positive note. This is clear, as by the end of their set there are shouts for an encore.
In my humble opinion, Sarah B Band is easily the best that Utah’s reggae scene has to offer. That being said, all of the bands mentioned provided good entertainment that had their audiences leaving the bar in good spirits. Then again, that seems to be the nature of this music. It is easy to walk away happy and somewhat content with life after a gig like this. Each band that played represents a part of the globalized aspect of this genre. This gave the performances a certain level of diversity that complemented and built on each other. Simply put, this event was well done, as those setting it up provided an inviting and friendly atmosphere for any wishing to attend. I’d recommend readers find time this summer to enjoy a Reggae Thursday. You won’t be disappointed. Though I am a rock n’ roller till the day I’m six feet deep, I agree with what concertgoer Alisi said about the music here, “you can tell it’s from the soul.”