In 2012, the Concrete Roots formed in Chicago. In 2016, they release their debut self-titled EP. All along, they have been playing live concerts throughout the Midwest. This has allowed them to really polish their sound and put on a strong live show. The sold out crowd at the Beat Kitchen ate up their reggae rock grooves.
The lead guitarist uses a talk box very effectively to add a sound not usually heard in reggae rock. It makes for great soloing. The band consists of Robert James on vocals and guitar, Toeknee Bilbrey on drums and dubs, Noel Valasquez on guitar, Rolan Valasquez on bass, and Jay Noga on keys.
In addition to playing songs from their debut EP, they played “Good Thing Going” by Sugar Minott and “No No No” by Dawn Penn. In both instances, they truly added their own unique spin to the songs.
The Concrete Roots are off to a great start and will surely continue to build their fan base in the Midwest and beyond.
Cost of a ticket: $20
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother