Concerts and Shows at The Magic Bag

Tropidelic with Passafire & The Palmer Squares

Thursday, December 29 - Doors 7pm - $20 adv. - All Ages

"Every single second is a blessing if you count them all," sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member ­– horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately, it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move. The pulse collectively becomes that of one.

The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands, but that doesn't stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip-hop, and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Unapologetically original, Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. Each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. "We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band," says Roads, "but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun."

Quickly elevating themselves in the live circuit, Tropidelic can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, The Flobots and Wookiefoot. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Electric Forest, California Roots Music & Art Festival, Reggae Rise Up, Warped Tour and 311 Caribbean Cruise, as well as the host of their own annual Freakstomp Music Festival.

Following on the success of their 2019 release, Here in the Heights, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard reggae charts, Tropidelic has released a series of impressive singles featuring guest appearances from Dirty Heads, Matisyahu, Devin the Dude and Shwayze. These singles have amassed over five million streams in 2020, and they are featured on their latest album, Of Illusion, which debuted on November 13th, 2020. Of Illusion was released on Billboard's number one reggae label, Ineffable Records. Tropidelic has put in their ten thousand hours, and they have arrived on the national scene to the delight of their ever growing and rapturous fans.



Passafire:


Passafire's single, Keepin' On, serves as a mission statement for the veteran rock-reggae outfit as they continue to forge ahead through their second decade of reimagining the boundaries of the current rock-reggae landscape. Unflinchingly optimistic, Keepin' On shows off what Passafire does best: expertly blending the macro/political and the micro/personal. The rock-steady anthem weaves together Passafire's take on global warming, economic uncertainty, and technology's threat to personal privacy with the band's dedication to survival, intent on thriving by any means necessary ."We are very grateful to be where we're at with awesome fans that sustain and support us," said Passafire's bassist Will Kubley. "But every band wants to get to the next level" quickly pointed out lead guitarist/lead singer Ted Bowne. "We keep reaching new milestones and having new meaningful events, but we still have many ambitions we want to achieve. So we've got to keep going until we do."Passafire released their 7th full length album, STRATA, in September 2021 on their own independent label, Flameguy Records. You can find Passafire on tour now in support of the release. Since forming in 2003, Passafire has released a total of six studio albums and boasts credits like producing with Paul Leary (Sublime, Pepper, U2, Slightly Stoopid), #1 albums on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae charts, and sharing stages with rock-reggae OGs 311 and Pepper, and legends Toots & the Maytals, the Wailers, and John Brown's Body, who in the band's early years, inspired them to explore reggae with a gritty edge. "We like to mix tight, clean reggae grooves with distorted guitar riffs" insisted Ted, "We're '90s kids," added Will, "we love rock, hip-hop and metal equally. It was always natural for us to straddle the line between genres."Passafire's name is a take-off on The Wailers' classic Catch a Fire album and the band's hypervigilance towards honoring the culture without appropriating it combined with their unwavering dedication to the expansion of their skills as musicians, producers and songwriters, has led the band to create a sound that stands out from their peers.

The Palmer Squares:

As many of you know, we began releasing music as The Palmer Squares over a decade ago and have since created several studio albums as well as over 100 videos on our YouTube channel...

Well in 2017 we finally decided to take the leap and LEAVE OUR DAY JOBS behind in order to continue improving both the quality and quantity of our content -- we even celebrated our 10 year anniversary as The Palmer Squares in 2020 and we're proud to have reached that milestone as fully independent professional musicians!

...then COVID.

BUT NOW WE'RE BACK BABY !!!


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