Reggae-rockers ready to Trop the Block
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
Trop the Block music festival will take place Saturday with Tropidelic and 11 other bands.
Music is scheduled nonstop from 2 to 11 p.m. on an outdoor stage on North Phelps Street, downtown, and also indoors at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts.
Cleveland-based Tropidelic – a festival favorite – and several other acts will give the event a strong reggae-rock flavor to usher in summer.
Matt Roads, front man for the band, said the timing was right for a street fest in Youngstown and made it happen.
“We’ve been playing Youngstown for a long time,” he said. “The last time we played there was at Suzie’s and it sold out, so we figured let’s pick it up a bit more.”
Trop the Block is actually the first in a series of festivals that Tropidelic has scheduled in the coming weeks, including the band’s own Freakstomp Music Festival.
Freakstomp, now in its third year, will take place Aug. 9-11 at Clear Ford Adventure Resort in Butler, Ohio, which is between Cleveland and Columbus.
“We had been having it near Medina but it was nearly sold out last year so we moved to a bigger location near Mansfield,” said Roads.
Tropidelic’s festival schedule also includes Summer Camp, the major jam band fest near Chillicothe, Ill., May 23-26; and Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival, May 31-June 2.
On June 7, Tropidelic – which punctuates its sound with a horn section and rock guitar riffs – will release its sixth studio album. Titled “Here in the Heights, the album can be pre-ordered now for $9.99 at tropidelic.com.
Two singles from the upcoming album – “Icarus” and “Bad One" – have already been released.
“Heights” will be the band’s first release on its new label, Ineffable Records. “They are an industry leader in the reggae-rock genre,” said Roads.
Although Roads is the band’s primary song writer, several other members of Trop pitched in on the upcoming release, adding some new dimensions.
Tropidelic formed on the campus of Kent State University about a decade ago, but the act started taking things seriously around 2012.
The current lineup – which also includes Bobby Markouc (lead guitar), David Paglisotti (bass), Darrick Willis (drums), James Begin (vocals, trombone) and Derek McBryde (trumpet) – has been intact since then.
Also on the bill for Trop the Block are Oogee Wawa, Carlos Jones and the Plus Band and Youngstown’s 5 Elements.
The event will also include vendors and food by Suzie’s and Rhine Haus Bier Hall.
Admission is $25 at the door and $20 in advance at eventbrite.com.
Here is the band schedule:
3:30-4 p.m.: Whiskey Pilot
4:30-5 p.m.: Rare Breed
5:30-6 p.m.: Big Blitz
6:30-7 p.m.: Plinko
11:15-12:15 p.m.: 5 Elements
3-3:30 p.m.: Swap Meet
4-4:30 p.m.: No Funk No Justice
5-5:30 p.m.: Larry Elefante
6-6:30 p.m.: Cosmic Lemons
7-8 p.m.: Carlos Jones & the Plus Band
8:30-9:15 p.m.: Oogee Wawa
9:45-11 p.m.: Tropidelic