Southern California reggae rockers Dirty Heads brought their ‘High and Mighty’ tour to Abacoa Amphitheater in Jupiter, Florida on July 25th. Along with them were fellow Southern California ska rockers Sublime With Rome and Hawaiian reggae star HIRIE.
The evening of music and dance was as close to perfect as possible, with the weather cool and dry, the music hot and danceable, and the crowd high and mighty. HIRIE started off the evening with a set of positivity drenched reggae pop backed by a six piece band. Her music was a light and sunny combination of horns, dubbing, and psychedelia.
Next up, Sublime With Rome. The trio absolutely rocked the evening with a long set of music both original Sublime and music of their own, this was classic SWR fueled by the South Florida evening and Mother Nature. The crowd showed their appreciation and respect by dancing and singing along until the sun dipped deep over the horizon.
Last but not least came Dirty Heads and their horn based funk reggae sound. This was a wonderful set of everything that one would expect of the California natives. There was lots of rap-infused reggae, or is that reggae-infused rap? There were horns, sometimes too many horns for the small stage, leading to an occasionally muddled sound. There was dancing, lots and lots of dancing to the hits as well as newer music. Everyone on stage looked like they wanted to play forever, and might have were it not for a local curfew.
This was one of the best post-pandemic nights of music thus far with the air filled with good music and good vibes. We can only hope for much, much more of this.