A lot of attention goes out to the big fish. The headliners, even the regional heroes, attract the attention of local press when they come to town. But for anyone who has lived somewhere with a vibrant local scene of any genre, a lot of times it’s the smaller bands, the side projects, the up-and-comers that bring something truly individual to their scene.
Enter Denver Reggae Social Club, the newest outfit to Denver, Colorado’s growing reggae scene. Featuring members of John Brown’s Body, Odesza, and Dopapod, among others, this all-star lineup has been representing proper at the monthly Cervantes’ Reggae Night, on the first Tuesday of every month. And Rootfire is giving away a pair of tickets for this June’s event.
I had the chance to catch Denver Reggae Social Club last month, and it was well worth making the five hour drive a day early to do so. These are all players who have been crossing paths for years, and experiencing their enjoyment on stage together sets the vibes to positive from the first note. This enjoyment is accentuated by the pure prowess of musicianship and understanding of the genre which permeates the players on stage.
Denver is booming.The attraction of the Mile High City is spreading throughout the country rapidly. For those who call this growing Rocky Mountain metropolis home, the good news is: an influx of people brings an influx of talent. For those enthusiasts looking for that reggae fix, the Denver Reggae Social Club is holding the goods.