Magadog were a Florida ska institution for almost 20 years. When they folded last year, frontman Ed Lowery created this powerful new ensemble, featuring an array of members from Magadog, Gwan Massive and Rude Squad. Together, they lay down a solid hybrid of traditional ska, skinhead reggae and '60s soul. facebook.com/apestampa.
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Four Minute Warning
Clearwater ska group Four Minute Warning claim they're "saving the world, one ska kid at a time." Singer-guitarist Ian Griffith, bassist Justin Larsen, saxman Austin Graham, trombone player Michael Requena and drummer Michael Hoeft put some fun twists on their music. Chimera veers from a shamelessly sleazy old-school metal riff to hop-stepping chords and horns, while Skank the Night Away jumps from O.A.R.-style pop to skittery licks and beats on a dime. facebook.com/fourminutewarning.
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Reggae outfit Jahfari has been rocking noggins for more than a decade at festivals, bars and restaruants like Skipper's Smokehouse and Ceviche in Tampa and Clearwater. Led by founder and lead vocalist Trent Mullins and musical director and keyboardist Adam Welch, the group plays all types of Caribbean music, from ska to dancehall to rocksteady. jahfari.com.
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Hailing from Madeira Beach, Resinated are a self-described modern pop-reggae, rock, funk, danceable fusion band. Members Kenny Mullins, guitar and vocals; Justin Runfola, bass and background vocals; Joshua Hasak, percussion; and Cameron Willinger, trumpet and background vocals, are known for throwing kooky, costume-oriented parties and presenting an all-around groove-oriented good time. Their first full-length release, BEyourself, was released in July. facebook.com/resinated.
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Urban Gypsies of Florida
It's not often you see a world-music jam band performing at a popular farmer's market, but the Urban Gypsies are familiar faces at St. Petersburg's crowded Saturday Morning Market, as well as other festivals. Their unique sound pulls from an array of influences - bluegrass, funk, Latin rock and, yes, gypsy music. And did we mention they have a song called Didgeridoo Loga Phone Jam? Yeah, there's that. urbangypsiesofflorida.com.
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St. Petersburg reggae singer Zally was surrounded by music growing up in Kingston, Jamaica. And it wasn't long before he started hanging out around mobile soundsystems to develop his own laid-back, one-love style of music. Since moving to the United States in the '90s, he's performed at venues all around the country, spreading a message of what he calls "music nice and music sweet." zally.org.