Among reggae legends like Toots & The Maytals and Lee “Scratch” Perry at Reggae Fest Chicago, Iration are the new guys. “We’re the New Kids on the Block!” says the lead singer.” “Can we still be considered kids if we have passed 30?” Iration formed in 2004 in Hawaii and since then they have toured relentlessly earning them the honor to play this stage. “From the smell of things, I think you’ll like this next song. It’s about smoking weed in the summer.” They launch into “Summer Night”. “Getting high, thinking about the summer nights” sing the whole crowd as they sway back and forth and enjoy this great reggae groove on a warm August night in Chicago.
Iration also showed the rock side of their sound with some shredding solos are heavy distortion. They were a definite contrast to most of the softer reggae sounds heard at the festival. Iration showed how the sound is evolving and that reggae is still alive and well today. The festival as a whole was very well run and a great addition to the Chicago summer festival scene.