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If its hot, it must be reggae

One of the best, Rhythm Culture literally has its roots in the Caribbean and Americas


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - Byron Mercurius shows his polished talents when he sits behind the trap drums, surrounded by his reggae friends. Together the quintet is called Rhythm Culture.The Dale Nicholls Main Stage at Meinig Park is going to feel like midsummer for more reasons than just the fact it is Aug. 14 when the roots reggae band Rhythm Culture performs from 6:30-8 p.m. next Wednesday.

Needless to say, the music is hot if it’s from Rhythm Culture, which has been playing the Pacific Northwest music and festival scene for more than 11 years.

During that time, the band has developed its own signature sound, driven by a reggae beat. With influences from the Caribbean and the Americas, and with a roots reggae base, the band brings blues and jazz into its own style of reggae music.

It’s so hot that no one can sit still while listening to lead percussionist Byron Mercurius of Guyana, who has more than 30 years of musical experience. with the trumpet, guitar, piano and drums.

When Rhythm Culture is called onstage, five musicians of divergent ages and backgrounds bring five different instruments to the spotlight.

“Keep the Wild Free,” Rhythm Culture’s first release, features several of these musicians. The album is a compilation of rhythms and styles, each song with a unique signature.

Rhythm Culture music appeals to all people because of its positive, upbeat message. The band invites listeners to free their minds and allow themselves to get swept up in a rhythmic experience that the band hopes will feed each person’s spirit. So bring your dancing shoes and join the reggae party.

The show is free and family friendly. Busy Bee Catering will have food for sale.

Meinig Park is at 17670 Meinig Ave., behind Sandy City Hall. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is the larger of the two stages in the park. Bring low-back lounge chairs or blankets for comfort.

Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

In case of rain, the show will move to the Sandy Community Center at 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

For more information, call 503-688-5569 or visit sandysummersounds.com.