On September 25th in Tampa, Florida, on a beautiful Saturday, the sun was shining, a nice cool breeze was blowing and a sweat aroma was in the air, as you could tell a good reggae show was about to go down. As you pulled into the amphitheater, all members of extended reggae family were all out tailgating, waiting for the show to get started. Everyone was stoked for this lineup and how all three are top-of-the line alt-reggae rock bands were about to collide; it was like three headliners coming together for one spectacular tour you don’t want to miss!
Iya Terra was up first and they came out strong, hyping up the crowd as they filled the amphitheater.
The band play songs off the new album Ease & Grace — an amazing album from start to finish. The energy was flowing from the band into the crowd and everyone was singing along and dancing. Lead singer Nathan Feinstein even gave a shoutout to 311, saying how amazing it is to be jamming to them since they were teenagers and now be opening for them at the amphitheater. By time they finished their set, everyone was cheering that they needed more Iya Terra.
Next up was Iration and they never disappoint! By the time they started, the sun was setting turning the sky beautiful colors, perfect for the song “Summer Nights”. The band played all kinds of great hits and had the entire crowd along for the ride. They also have a new song “Don’t Want to Be Late”, so check them out! There’s no better way to relax on a beach than with Iration music in the air. Right before the band left the stage, they surprised everyone with the verification that they will be back next month for Reggae Rise Up.
Then, the time had come for 311. Everyone was watching the countdown on the stage and, once it hit zero, the crowd started to go wild, as the band started to walk out of the darkness and rolling clouds of smoke. This band has been jamming for over 30 years and have had huge success with multiple platinum records. The name ‘311’ comes from the more punk rock side of them, when the original guitarist for the band was arrested for streaking and 311 was the police code for indecent exposure. The band went from old to new songs, with great hits having all the fans singing and screaming for more. Everyone was leaving wishing it didn’t have to end, for it was an amazing night of music. Check all these bands out and don’t miss them when they come to a venue near you!
Photography by Brian “Porkchop” Nicholson