While the reggae scenes in surrounding areas like Boca and Miami have been maturing like young dreadlocks, with lots of shows from up-and-coming local bands at spots like the Funky Buddha, the scene in Fort Lauderdale has been less natty.
The beloved Fourth Dimension rocks Fat Cat's downtown once a week, and Lauderdale gets big touring acts at Revolution and Culture Room once in a while, but it has seemed for some time like Lauderdale could use some attention so that it may begin to lock up as its own dread on the larger SoFla Rasta head, if you will.
Well, we're pleased to announce that a new knot is forming. Local reggae personality extraordinaire Lance-O of Kulcha Shok is bringing his energy and expertise to Fort Lauderdale with a new weekly reggae party...right near da' beach, boiiii!
Reggae on the Beach will be taking place every Thursday at Sandbar, near Sunrise and A1A. The venue is three floors with a rooftop and ocean view, and every week, the sweet sounds of reggae will be pumping into the ocean air.
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On the third Thursday of the month, beginning April 19, Lance will be throwing his popular Jah Surf party at the spot, which will feature two live bands, surf videos, and more. The other Thursdays of the month will feature DJs.
Jah Surf gained popularity in Miami, and Lance says he's bringing it up here because the Fort Lauderdale surf scene is more dedicated and enthusiastic. "This party has evolved over the years and adapts to stay alive," he said.
Let's hope this will help to get things rolling in Lauderdale and inspire more appearances from bands like Spred the Dub, Stampede Movement, Jahfe, the Resolvers, and all the others that are rocking Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties on the regular.
Reggae on the Beach presented by Kulcha Shok. Thursdays at Sandbar, 900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale. Click here.