October 26th, The Ways of The World Tour was at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, featuring The Movement alongside The Badda Skat Band, The Elovaters and The Late Ones. It was an epic night, with over 1,500 fans packing in at Jannus Live for some of reggae’s best bands. With all their music delivering a positive message and good vibes everyone joined in to enjoy all these amazing bands. It was mind blowing to see them all perform at the same show together.
Opening the night was a local favorite, The Badda Skat Band, who started off the evening with conscious lyrics and dub music. Badda Skat has collaborated with Jah Roots, Gary Dread from The Movement and has opened for some of the biggest names in reggae from all around the world. Looking the part with his natural dreadlocks that are longer than he is tall, a true Rastafarian at heart, Badda Skat took the stage with music sounding like it came straight out of Jamaica. Along with the funky bass lines from Jeffery Rubinstein and Mike Honcho’s dub beats on the drums, The Badda Skat Band delivered messages in a truly unique style which always get the crowd’s attention. Check out their new album, Taking Flight, scheduled to be released this month and check the band out live, since they always put on an amazing show.
Up next was The Elovaters, a reggae band out of Boston. Their debut album The Cornerstone hit the top of both Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts back in 2017. In 2018, they dropped Defy Gravity, which was debuted at #1. The band has been touring heavily in support of the album ever since, opening for some of the most popular reggae bands as they have been skyrocketing in the music world. Make sure you check them out — you won’t regret it.
It was an epic night, with over 1,500 fans packing in at Jannus Live for some of reggae’s best bands.
After that, The Late Ones hit the stage, a family band featuring two brothers, Tui Avei and Tau Avei, along with their cousin Josh Brunson. The Late Ones are from Laie, Hawaii and blend a hip hop, R&B and jazz to make their own unique reggae sound. They released their EP in 2015, which went to the top of the iTunes Reggae charts in just a week. They hit the stage that night with powerful soulful lyrics, delivered in true Bob Marley style. The trio had the crowd dancing and screaming for more, for their energy was contagious.
To top off the night and what everyone had been waiting for, The Movement walked onto the stage and Jannus Live went wild. The Movement started in 2003 in South Carolina, before they became known as musical shapeshifters. With Josh as lead singer, Jason on the bass, Matt on the keys and Gary on the drums, their music will blow you away. The band members took turns doing solos while passing around their guitars and other instruments; they owned the stage like no other. These guys are all very talented musicians who all play multiple instruments, while putting on an awesome show. Their newest album, Ways Of The World, will blow your mind.
The Movement and The Elovaters will be back on March 20th-22nd in 2020 for the monster reggae festival Reggae Rise Up Florida, along with a ton of other great reggae bands. Get your tickets now, so you don’t miss it! We cannot wait to have these bands come back.
Photography by Brian Nicholson