Artist of the day: Green Sunshine
We'll admit, "hip-hop jam band" sounds like a terrible, terrible idea. But with Green Sunshine, it totally works.
Performing a mix of funk, jam, hip hop and jazz, the collective consists of three MCs (Reason, Rhyme and Chaos), a vocalist (Motown Tea), a guitarist (Justin Boza), a bassist (Curtis Haze), a drummer (Jason Stander), a DJ (Sly Boogie) and a guy who plays trumpet, keys and harmonica (Johnny Nichol).
The end result is something like G. Love and Special Sauce, Arrested Development and Jurassic 5 all covering the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique. Their music radiates positive vibes, and is deeply funky and extremely fun-loving (thanks, no doubt, to "green"-loving songs like Puff Puff Pass and THC), making the band a house-party favorite around Tampa Bay.
You can see what all the hype is about when they play Saturday night at Dunedin Brewery with Skull and Bone Band. Click here for details. If you feel like a drive, they're also performing at the Wake Up Florida Music Festival at Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville on Friday. Click here for details.