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Groovin’ to fresh, local reggae band

Michael Quiring

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Mystic Roots Band keeps the reggae alive and kicking during Friday Night Concert in the City Plaza. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Local reggae-rock group Mystic Roots Band filled City Plaza with a good-vibin’ groove for one of the last Friday Night Concerts of the summer.

The free concert received a solid turnout. The Mystic Roots Band’s lively and interesting 90-minute set encouraged many attendees in the crowd to dance and sing along to the feel-good reggae rhythm.

Throughout the show, the band’s numbers exemplified many elements of pop, rock and hip-hop that blended well with its own style of reggae. The musicians even incorporated dubstep into their reggae style, which could be heard in the remixes from their latest double album “Camp Fire.”

After playing the song “April Rain,” the Mystic Roots Band let the audience know it had been working on a special pop-reggae remix that would be fun to play.

The song that followed was a unique, successful reggae cover of Justin Timberlake’s hit “Mirrors.”

During a short break from jamming, drummer Marko came up to the front of the stage to display his vocal talents. Marko sang wonderfully as he danced on stage and shook his dreads, showing his capabilities as a musician and drummer to many in the audience.

The band also performed a cover of the infamous “Royals,” by New Zealand pop star Lorde. The audience immediately recognized the song and began singing along.

Overall, the concert was filled with an energetic, fun vibe as the band played throughout the night. The Mystic Roots Band made a good effort to always keep the crowd involved for the funky set, either by asking the audience to sing along or dance and be happy.

“These Friday Night Concerts are an enjoyable time, and tonight was definitely a good one to watch,” said Karen Fleener, a local concertgoer.

As the sun came down, the Mystic Roots Band closed the show by thanking Chico for its support and giving shoutouts to its sponsors. The audience responded with much deserved applause, marking another successful performance of the Friday Night Concert Series.

The Friday Night Concert Series will continue for two more weeks before returning next summer.

Michael Quiring can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.

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