Atlantic Current: The Music Issue - Nov/Dec 2022

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COASTAL CULTURE PALM BEACH COUNTY

ISSUE 59 NOV/DEC 2022

THE MUSIC ISSUE



11.4 CARL L ANSANGAN 4PM

12.2 AB BY OWENS 4PM

11.4 THE CAP TAIN MIDNIGHT BAND 9PM

12.2 INNA VISION 9PM

11.5 ROCK A Z GARY DRE AD AND RICK HA Z E

12.3 JOHN LE ONARD TRIO 4PM

9PM

11.6 B EN CHILDS 4PM 11.11 MOU TH TAPE 4PM 11.11 E AST HARB OR 9PM 11.12 LOW GROUND 4PM 11.12 ETHAN TUCKER AND THRIVE 9PM 11.13 JUSTIN SHAPIRO 4PM 11.18 CASEY TURNER 4PM 11.18 TON Y AND THE KING S 9PM 11.19 JOHNN Y DEBT 4PM 11.19 THE KILLB ILLIE S 9PM

12.3 HARPER 9PM 12.4 MOU TH TAPE 4PM 12.9 JOEY TENU TO 4PM 12.9 WAIST TO CHE ST CHRISTMAS SPE CIAL 9PM

12.10 THE NOU VE AU X HONKIE S 4PM

12.10 DR . BACON 9PM 12.11 THE MONTHLY SPE CIAL 4PM 12.16 VICTORIA CARDONA 4PM 12.16 SURFER B LOOD W/ MIRACLE ROY 9PM

11.20 THE MONTHLY SPE CIAL 4PM

12.17 THAT MAN AND ROB IN 4PM

11.23 FUSIK 9PM

12.17 S OUL JA M 9PM

11.25 THAT MAN AND ROB IN 4PM

12.18 VICTORIA LEIGH 4PM

11.25 JOEY CALDERAIO BAND 9PM

12.23 DUB B LE JA ME S 4PM

11.26 DUB B LE JA ME S 4PM

12.23 FUNKIN’ GRATEFUL 9PM

11.26 FUNKIN’ GRATEFUL 9PM

12.30 SNX 4PM

11.27 VICTORIA LEIGH 4PM

12.30 THE RE S OLVERS 9PM 12.31 SPRED THE DUB AND ROOT S SHAKEDOWN 8PM




CONTENTS

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The Resolvers

Longtime local favorites reemerge in a big band way

Indigo Dreamers

How this husband and wife duo found their rhythm

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Girlfriend Material

The chameleon of cover bands is coming to a bar near you

Music Venue Bites

Easy eats at three local music spots

Northwood Art & Music

A warehouse turned venue drawing locals to Northwood

Shade Tree Studio

Boynton recording studio with a family feel

Album Reviews

We let the musicians do the talking for three local album reviews

Interwebs

We have a website and yes it has articles, too


www.littlemoirsjupiter.com


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DECEMBER 9TH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE W/ MUSIC BY SPIDER CHERRY @ BOYNTON HARBOR MARINA NOVEMBER

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@ Respectables -- WPB

ROCK THE MARINA & FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA W/ THE FLYERS & SIERRA LANE BAND @ Boynton Harbor Marina (presented by Boynton CRA)

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

SUNSET TEQUILA & MEZCAL FEST @ Mizner Park Amp feat. Artikal Sound System, The Resolvers, Spred The Dub, Xperimento -- Boca

DAY OF THE DEAD PARTY FEAT INSULT TO INJURY @ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

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UPROOT HOOTENANNY @ Tim Finnegans -- Boca PB&J FOR JESUS @ Sticky Bun -- Deerfield

LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS NOUVEAUX HONKIES @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter BRIAN BOLEN DUO + HOMEGROWN SINNERS @ JB’s on the Beach -- Deerfield

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FLORIDA REGGAE FEST FEAT. THE ORIGINAL WAILERS, KASH’D OUT, THE RESOLVES, FORTUNATE YOUTH @ Centennial Park -- Boynton

LOW GROUND (4PM) + THRIVE AND ETHAN TUCKER (9PM) @ Guanabanas -- Jupiter HAVOC @ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ Voodoo Bayou -- PBG

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@ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

@ Sticky Bun -- Deerfield

PALM BEACH COUNTRY

BRYAN SMITH AND FRIENDS @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

BRYCE ALLYN DUO @ Leftovers -- Jupiter 8

UPROOT HOOTENANNY

ZZ TOP @ Pompano Beach Amphitheater

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UPROOT HOOTENANNY

@ City of Lake Worth Bonfire


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DECEMBER

SMOKIN’ ACES @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

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TREE LIGHTING /HOLIDAY CONCERT

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ Old Key Lime House -- Lantana THE KILLBILLIES W/ SPECIAL GUEST THE SHAKE

@ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

HOLIDAZED @ Northwood Warehouse -- WPB

ABBY OWENS (4PM) + INNA VISION WITH EARTHSTRONG (9PM) @ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

@ Centennial Park -- Boynton

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ ER Bradley’s -- WPB

36TH ANNUAL DELRAY BEACH TURKEY TROT

JUTT HUFFMAN TRIO @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

GIMME GIMME DISCO @ Respectables -- WPB

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@ Anchor Park

INNA VISION @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

TIM REYNOLDS TR3 @ Funky Biscuit -- Boca

VICTORIA LEIGH + MANGROVE MARK & THE FIDDLE KING @ Leftovers -- Jupiter

BREWAPALOOZA 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY

WAREHOUSE MARKET @ Arts Warehouse — Delray

ROCKIN’ AROUND THE BLOCK & HOLIDAY MARKET

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JOHN LEONARD @ Sticky Bun -- Deerfield

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INDIGO DREAMERS @ ER Bradley’s -- WPB

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@ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth @ 100 NE 4th St, Boynton

PALM BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE @ Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

SLOTHRUST @ Respectables -- WPB

JOEY CALDERAIO BAND ALBUM RELEASE PARTY

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GUAVATRON DUO @ Leftovers -- Jupiter

BRIAN BOLEN

@ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL

@ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

SUPER BREAK @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

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PAM AND DAVE + INDIGO DREAMERS @ Leftovers -- Jupiter THE KINECTED @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

SWITCHBLADE GLORY @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

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UPROOT HOOTENANNY @ Deck 84 -- Delray

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JERRY LEEMAN @ Sticky Bun -- Deerfield

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@ Papa’s Raw Bar -- Lighthouse Point (every Wednesday)

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DOMINIC DELANEY @ Northwood Warehouse -- WPB

THE LEAFY GREENS @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter SENSI TRAILS @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

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HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE FEAT. SPIDER CHERRY

@ Boynton Harbor Marina

THE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS

@ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

100 FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

WAIST TO CHEST CHRISTMAS SURF SPECTACULAR

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DELRAY BEACH HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

@ DAS Beer Garden -- Jupiter

60TH ANNUAL CHAOS FISHING GREATER POMPANO/ LIGHTHOUSE POINT/DEERFIELD HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE

@ Old School Square --Delray

INDIGO DREAMERS

@ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

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THE RESOLVERS @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

SPRED THE DUB @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ Voodoo Bayou -- PBG

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DECEMBER 30TH THE RESOLVERS @ GUANABANAS — JUPITER 11

A SEA OF SANTAS HOLIDAY PARADE -- Lake Worth

JUPITER/TEQUESTA 46TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE PIZZAROX 11 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (BOGO PIZZA & BEER) -- Boynton

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D.R.I. 40 YEARS TOUR @ Respectables -- WPB

JAMBUSH @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter

THE CHILI POPPERS @ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

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SOULJAM @ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

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HANUKAH W/ BRIAN AND BRIAN @ Sticky Bun -- Deerfield

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DELRAY JAZZ COLLECTIVE

@ Northwood Art and Music Warehouse -- WPB

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DEAD POETS @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca 10

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THE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS

@ E.R. Bradley’s Christmas Party -- WPB

THE HELMSMEN REUNION SHOW @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter THE DARK SIDE OF SOL (PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE) @ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth

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INDIGO DREAMERS @ DAS Beer Garden -- Jupiter

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GIRLFRIEND MATERIAL @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

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THE RESOLVERS @ Guanabanas -- Jupiter

PRODUCTS OF RAGE @ Mathews Brewing Co. -- Lake Worth INDIGO DREAMERS @ Stormhouse Brewing -- NPB FUNKIN’ GRATEFUL @ Crazy Uncle Mikes -- Boca

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JAHZILLA @ Maxi’s Lineup -- Jupiter


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EDITOR

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DESIGN

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WRITERS

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EVENTS

PHOTOGRAPHY

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ON THE COVER

Sometimes covers happen by accident. The Resolvers were playing a free show in Delray Beach, which was the perfect opportunity to get some live shots for their feature. After sneaking backstage for

a different perspective, I was able to capture Sahara Smith belting out vocals with her fist clenched toward the sky. She performs

with so much passion and charisma that it’s hard to take a bad

photo of her on stage. It wasn’t going to make it into the article, so I did the edit to personal preference and left it in my files. After going through cover options, I remembered this image. I could

visualize it right away and so could Rich. When that happens for the team, it’s likely we have our cover. - Dustin Wright

Singer: Sahara Smith

Photo: Dustin Wright

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Big Band Reggae,

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PHOTO: REGINA WALKER


THE RESOLVERS

Big Band Love BY DARIEN DAVIES

Everyone knows you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends. If you’re lucky enough like the bandmates in The Resolvers, you get to pick your friends who turn into your family.

A big band reggae group, who has been playing together for

the greater part of 15 years, has grown from a five-piece band,

to adding a horn section, with now 10 people gracing the stage at each show. The group came together naturally, and on an

as-needed basis, which ended up creating a perfect marriage of sound and energy.

“The band came together very organically. I knew Juice (Ojay

Smith) from an open mic I used to run every Wednesday night

out of a friend’s Cigar Shop in Deerfield Beach. He would come

every so often and we would sing Marley tunes together. Around that time Nate, Steave and I were already playing together in

another reggae/rock band called Mishpat. We were playing in

bars and parties around town when we scored a weekly Sunday afternoon gig by the beach at Kahunas. On the morning of our second week there, our singer called to tell us he was leaving

town and won’t be making the gig. We didn’t wanna call it off so

OJAY SMITH ON VOCALS, SAHARA SMITH ON VOCALS, RON EISNER ON VOCALS AND GUITAR, NATE LARGENT ON DRUMS, STEAVEN NIERATKA ON BASS, DEAN FISHBACK ON LEAD KEYS, JAYME GLUSMAN ON KEYS, DAVID BURGOS ON TRUMPET, DANIEL LARGHI ON TROMBONE, AND DEVON HEINRICHS ON SAX.

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PHOTO: SUGARSHACK SESSIONS MUSIC CHANNEL

we called Juice to do the gig. It felt very easy and natural and he

Yup, sounds about right. You know a guy? Sure do. Now, The

a good response, but we knew we needed a keyboard player to

vocals, (Ojay and Sahara are son and daughter of international

knew how to sing 1,000,000 tunes. We loved the vibes and we got really get the sound. We called around and we got lucky to get a

Resolvers is a mashup of Ojay Smith on vocals, Sahara Smith on reggae artist Ernie Smith), Ron Eisner on vocals and guitar, Nate

hold of Dean, who was already at the time a renowned live and

Largent on drums, Steaven Nieratka on bass, Dean Fishback on

was open so he agreed to come do the gig. The core of the band

Daniel Larghi on trombone and Devon Heinrichs on sax.

studio musician backing international reggae artists. His Sunday was formed,” said Ron Eisner, Israeli-born bandleader. “As we

lead keys, Jayme Glusman on keys, David Burgos on trumpet,

kept gigging, we began releasing music and started forming a

“The band has grown by leaps and bounds from a small five-

had a younger sister who can sing...sooner than later Sahara

10-piece big band reggae experience,” said Ojay, who says their

little community around the band. Then we learned that Juice would start coming to shows and she would jump on the mic

to sing a few. It was a showstopper every time. To the point we

piece reggae band with a splash of my sister here and there to a sound is reggae Nola soul funk.

knew we needed her with us every show. As the shows and stages

Doesn’t sound like your typical reggae band makeup, does it? And

with a horn section. I knew Daniel from when we were students

with a side of blues and R&B, and, of course, the size of the crew

got bigger we wanted to expand the sound with it. Particularly

at FAU music school, and he was down to put a section together

with David and Devon. That’s when the Hamsa Horns were added to the formation that is The Resolvers today.” 16 BAND PROFILE

it doesn’t feel like one either. Sahara feels their sound is reggae is remarkable for a reggae band, too.


“It’s different because we have our own voice, our own sound, and a real friendship that shows when we play and create.”

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“It’s different because we have our own voice, our own sound,

and a real friendship that shows when we play and create,” said Ron, who describes the difference between The Resolvers and

other reggae bands out there. “It’s also our creative process and approach. Our love for one another.”

That love has helped them share the stage with The Wailers,

Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Kymani Marley,

Inner Circle, English Beat, Yellowman, Matisyahu, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Mishka and many more. They’ve also graced the stages

at festivals such as Marley Fest, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival,

SunFest, Hulaween, AURA Music and Arts Festival and Dub Fest And about every local stage in South Florida, which are among

their favorites. “I mean, it’s home, it’s family and you can feel the

flow of energy from the band to Fam and vice versa,” Sahara said. The group loves their makeup, which they say makes them

unique and adds to what being in a band is all about. They are

able to draw inspiration from their differing cultures and diverse backgrounds.

Right now, you can expect to enjoy new music via singles and

videos, including a Sugarshack Session and a six-song EP dropping soon. On top of that, they all hope to turn their Resolvers side hustle into their main hustle and finally drop the 9-to-5s,

giving them more time to enjoy laughs on the road as they travel on tour.

Doing what you love and doing it with those you love means The Resolvers have reached ultimate success, with All The Lovin’.

“We really are a family band, and we get to go through this ad-

venture together. We get to be a positive force in many people’s lives, and that’s a blessing,” said Ron. @theresolvers

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Indigo Dreamers

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Married to the Music BY DAVID ROLLAND

When married couple Jamie Craig and Pouya Pourtahmasbi

tried to come up with a name for their quiet folk music duo, they discovered every name they liked was taken. “We wanted something without a specific meaning. We learned about the Indigo Children, this spiritual new age concept about kids with extra

sensitivity. We thought how about Indigo Dreamers? We felt we

were dreamy and that was a nice color to be paired with,” Jamie recalled to Atlantic Current.

The two musicians first met when they were students in 2014 at Florida Atlantic University’s School of Music. “After graduation we wanted to keep playing music together. At first it was going

to be a full band,” Pouya remembered. While it wasn’t exactly a

full band, they were a trio for a few years known as Jamie Craig and The Postcards. Jamie sang and played guitar, Pouya played bass, and they had a third member on the cajon, a percussion instrument.

By 2017 Pouya and Jamie wanted to go in a different direction.

“We started playing as a duo and it was now more collaborative. It wasn’t just about me anymore, so we changed our name and our presentation,” Jamie said. LEFT TO RIGHT: JAMIE CRAIG, POUYA POURTAHMASBI PHOTOS: JAKOB TAKOS

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And thus Indigo Dreamers was born.

Their romantic relationship was also blooming. “We spent more

and more time together making music and exchanging thoughts on life and we really felt a deep connection that was beyond the music,” Jamie said. They tied the knot in 2021.

Over the years they’ve played steadily throughout South Florida. One recent autumn week had a Wednesday night gig at DAS

Beer Garden, Thursday was a three-hour show at Stormhouse

Brewing, Friday was at Paddy Mac’s, and Saturday night was a concert at Village Music Wellington.

Indigo Dreamers play a combination of originals and covers. Thus far their recorded music has consisted of all original

songwriting, though they are planning to change it up with their next release being a collection of covers.

One of their covers, a version of Natalie Merchant’s “Wonder,” put a nice spin on the 1995 song where Jamie pulled out her melodica, a small portable keyboard that’s powered by her

breath. “People come up to us and suggest songs. People often

suggested playing Natalie Merchant songs. I wasn’t that familiar with her, but I always liked ‘Wonder,’” Jamie said.

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“Our music, creativity and relationship are entwined together and there is something so special about doing what you love with the person you love.”

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The melodica is a trademark for many of their songs. “It’s always a conversation piece when she brings it out for live shows. The melodica adds new color to arrangements,” added Pouya.

Pouya’s bass playing is also a trademark for the band. He has a

fifth string on the bass guitar, so he can add extra chords. But Ja-

mie said his playing and instrument is often compared by fans to being more reminiscent of a keyboard than a bass guitar. “Pouya

has a pedalboard connected, which is more common with guitars that makes his sound more atmospheric. He also does a lot of finger tapping which makes his bass sound like a synthesizer.

When he plays and people watch his hands they always comment on how he plays it like a keyboard.”

Pouya’s unconventional playing style was learned in Iran, his home country that he says is more musically diverse than

American media presents it. “The reality of Iran is much bigger than its dictatorial image. Tehran, where I’m from, has a whole

underground you’d never discover through media,” Pouya said. “I was part of bands in Iran. But I wanted more musical knowledge so I came to the U.S.. The image of Iran is very misleading. It

only shows the ugly side of the country. Iran has its traditional

music, but also modern pop and jazz fusion. There’s also a huge hip-hop scene.”

Would Indigo Dreamers ever get a chance to play his home

country? Pouya said he’d love to but also mentions, “Women are not supposed to sing around me. We couldn’t play the same way we do now here.” But he ends on a hopeful note, “The restric-

tive laws are getting looser every day. They’re doing things we couldn’t imagine 15 years ago,” he said.

In the meantime, there are a few exciting things on the way. They have an EP of original songs in the works, and they are recording an album of covers reminiscent of a live album. “Our music,

creativity and relationship are entwined together and there is

something so special about doing what you love with the person you love,” said Jamie.

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Girlfriend

Material

PHOTOS: JAKOB TAKOS

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BRYAN SMITH, TOM COUGHTER, MIKE MCCLEARY


NOT YOUR AVERAGE COVER BAND BY DARIEN DAVIES

Two dudes, one goal: Fun. If you’ve ever seen Girlfriend Material play—most likely at a waterfront bar with a lovely breeze and

delicious cocktails—you’ll agree. It’s just something about the

energy that they put not only into their instruments and the mic, but also the crowd. Everyone finds themselves singing, clapping, dancing and repeating with each and every gloriously fun and

funky cover song. Because why not? Like the saying goes, we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a (damn) good time.

“We play to the room and we can generally win over every crowd. We never write set lists so we read the crowd and go off the

room,” said Mike McCleary, who has been with the ever-evolving band since it’s inception. “We play everything from The Beatles to TLC to a lot of old classics like Bowie, then we might go into

NWA. We don’t limit to any genre and we keep it fun and dance-y, with a little bit of jamming but always pretty accessible to the crowd.”

The Girlfriend Material that you know now has been in the

works for about 15 years. At the helm of the band buzz was and is Bryan Smith, a self-proclaimed entertainment and music addict.

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In 2000, he and Mike, who both went to Alexander W. Dreyfoos

That was the beginning of Girlfriend Material, way back in 2010.

that played original songs. From there, as one would imagine,

can imagine, but they’ve also added on another bandmate, Tom

School of the Arts for music, started Gimp, a high school band

the group went their separate ways, with Bryan heading to Dela-

ware and then Albany. So, when he came back to Florida around

2008, it just made sense to start yet another band, this time called Ladies & Gentlemen. Some of the original bandmates moved on to other high-profile musical ventures, so the original leading

duo decided to keep doing what they do best, which is evolve and jam, this time as a cover band.

In a Parks and Recreation/Mouse Rat-esque vibe, they kept

changing their band name about every two weeks, thinking it

was the funniest thing. “People would hire us knowing it was us,

but people were annoyed because they could never find us,” Mike said. “Then we were talking and I said that I needed to meet a

nice girl and settle down. That I wanted to find a girl who’s girl-

friend material. Bryan said, ‘That’s our band name now!’ I said,

‘Man, you can’t keep doing this,’ but we decided that was it and it stuck.”

Since then, they’ve not only graced about every bar that you

Coughter. Now, you’ll find Bryan on guitar and vocals, Mike on drums, singing harmony and trombone, and Tom on bass. But

through it all, it’s always been about bringing the fun, and making the band more like a business and less like work.

“The best part about being in the band is having a job that

doesn’t feel like work! I get paid to entertain people,” said Bryan, who said he’s never had a real job but whose past jobs included

working with 103.1 The Buzz and MTV’s Ridiculousness. “Whether it be music or radio or comedy, I loved working on a TV set.

Anything in entertainment and music as a whole. If I can provide a distraction from people’s shitty or great lives, that’s awesome. I just like making people have fun.”

Which is exactly what you’ll get at each and every one of their shows. The trio works hard to keep their gigs unpredictable,

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“Bryan has more energy than anyone I’ve ever met. He’s very much an entertainer and people love watching him on stage. If you’re not having a good time, he’ll find you and get you out of your seat.”

meaning that they never have a set list and always rely on read-

ing the room to figure out the covers they’ll play, which include everything from Zeppelin to Outkast.

“With the exception of a couple of songs, we pick obscure songs that we still know that the crowd will recognize but they’re still fun. We put our own spin on it,” said Mike. “Bryan has more

energy than anyone I’ve ever met. He’s very much an entertainer and people love watching him on stage. If you’re not having a

good time, he’ll find you and get you out of your seat. The overall objective is to have fun.”

They realize that what you get out is what you put in, so they’re going all in and keeping the crowd on their tapping toes. They

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F@girlfriendmaterialmusic


“The overall objective is to have fun.”

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Beats and Bites Easy Eats to Enjoy During a Show BY ATLANTIC CURRENT STAFF Whether you’re an audience member at a show or part of the

next act, you’re bound to need a snack. Music may feed our souls, but not our stomachs. We’ve picked a few of our favorite spots to

jam out and chow down — along with a standout dish from each. Some are local favorites, while others are new menu additions.

But all are delicious and easy to eat during a show. So read ahead

and maybe we’ll see you there. Let’s just try and avoid eye contact while we’re eating. That would be weird.

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Crazy Uncle Mike’s The Bacon Croquettes

At Crazy Uncle Mike’s you can expect a mix of brews, bites, and beats — both their words and ours. What started as a brewery, restaurant and bar quickly became a go-to spot for live music.

You’ll find everyone from The Resolvers (Dec. 10th) to The Flyers (Nov. 4 and 17, and Dec. 2 and 15) on their stage, making it easy to make a full night at Crazy Uncle Mike’s. Even if you had a

bite before going, it’s likely you’re going to want something else to munch on after the first couple house made brews. Enter

The Bacon Croquettes, a menu item since day one and for good

reason. Dunk their crispy exterior into their maple aioli dipping sauce and you might be tapping the table for something besides the music.

6450 N Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487 @crazyunclemikes

Guanabanas Mexican Street Corn Flatbread

At Guanabanas, it’s always island time. The open-air bar and dining space are complete with a canopy of palms, stone pathways and waterfront seating. This outdoor oasis is a restaurant first

but takes great pride in their live music program and full stage. Sure there are longtime staples like their empanadas that are

easy to enjoy during a show, but we recommend pairing the trop-

ical vibes and tunes with the Mexican Street Corn Flatbread. This shareable handheld is topped with refried beans, roasted corn,

queso blanco, cilantro, spicy mayo and fire crunchies. It really is like street corn in flatbread form. Grab one or two for the table

during Joey Calderaio’s album release party show (Nov. 25) or the Waist to Chest Christmas Special (Dec. 9). 960 N Hwy A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477 @guanabanasrestaurant

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Maxi’s Lineup Tuna & Basil Roll

What started as a live music offshoot of Little Moir’s Food Shack is now part bar and restaurant by day and music venue by night

(Wednesday through Saturday). And with that comes their killer

menu during live shows. Once you enter through one of the sticker-covered doors and find a table, your senses will probably be

overwhelmed in more ways than one. Sure there are full meals

that everyone raves about like the Sweet Potato Crusted Fish, but you’re here for the music and want something quick and easy to eat. That’s where their equally famous appetizer comes into the picture — the Tuna & Basil Roll. It’s really just one of the best

tasting things, especially considering how simply prepared it is.

Fresh tuna and a basil leaf rolled into an egg roll, fried and sliced with a little sweet chili and teriyaki on top. Whether you’re into wasabi or not, you’re going to want to take a solid dip into the

wasabi cream dipping sauce. This app will pair nicely with Spred The Dub (Dec. 10) or The Helmsmen Reunion Show (Dec. 23). 103 S. U.S. Hwy 1 Ste. D3, Jupiter, FL 33477 @leftoverscafe

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Northwood Art & Music

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An eclectic venue for multimedia pursuits BY DAVID ROLLAND

Like it did for so many of us, the pandemic forced Joe DeStephan to pivot. For close to a decade he owned a warehouse in the

Northwood district of West Palm Beach. When COVID shut everything down, Joe’s tenants decided not to renew their leases. He all of sudden had a whole lot of space with no idea what to do with it.

First, he figured he could store his vintage International Harvester Truck collection. Then an artist asked if he could also store

some of his art in the warehouse and a light bulb went over Joe’s head like in one of those old comic strips. “I looked around the area and it reminded me of what Wynwood was 15 years ago,”

said Joe, founder of Northwood Art & Music. “Northwood is an industrial area, but it has a certain charm to it. This could be

the early stage of something special and this space is perfect for artists. I could use this building as a place for the community to get together, have some beers, and create.”

And so in 2021, with the building’s high ceilings and expansive

3,200 square footage he thought it would be a good spot to have some social gatherings because it was spacious enough to still

allow for social distancing. “I started having a few private parties with friends. I’d go to Total Wine and buy a couple kegs and we’d have some live music,” Joe said. “And we started having some painters and sculptors showing their work. It started getting bigger and I was like, I better make this legit.”

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In February 2022, he received a beer and wine license and North-

teacher. He has his quartet and every week he brings in his most

differing artists displaying their work in various bays for sale at

something like 1,500 songs that he knows how to play.”

wood Art & Music was open for business. The space has up to 25 any given time. The artists also enjoy adding to the establish-

talented students to come in and play as well,” Joe said. “He’s got

ment’s decor. “One artist used kite surf material to make a cool

The venue also tries to bring in as many great blues musicians

not be there in a few months. I want the place to be constantly

with the Groove Merchant Band playing Friday, November 11,

pirate ship that lights up at night. It’s really great, but it might evolving,” Joe said.

The beer, wine, and coffee menu he says is also shifting toward

providing the best quality beverages. “My background is Italian,

as it can round up. The November calendar is already packed

and the harmonica specialist Rockin’ Jake Band coming Saturday,

November 12, among others. But stretching beyond music, they had their first stand-up comedy night in early October led by

Jesse Cohen, which brought enough laughs that Joe hopes it can

so I like to bring the roots of my ancestors with great Italian

be a semi-regular event.

local variety. “I want to serve craft beer that’s only from Florida.

Joe says it’s useless for him to speculate what the future of North-

IPAs, porters, lagers, brown ales and sours.”

do know the place will tell me,” he said. “Northwood has a crazy

wines and coffees,” said Joe, who wants the beers to be more of a We have 20 different beers from all around Florida, including

The music element is also of utmost importance to Northwood Art & Music. They currently have four nights of music a week,

though Joe is eager to build it up to seven nights. Monday nights is a jazz night led by guitarist Neil Bacher. “Neil is a local jazz

wood Art & Music could be. “I don’t know what this will be, but I

energy that everyone feels right when they walk in.” @northwoodartandmusic

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SHADE TREE STUDIO

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A BOYNTON BEACH GIVING TREE BY AVA BOURBEAU

In high school Michael McCleary — of Girlfriend Material and

Surfer Blood — had a makeshift recording studio in his bedroom. His first recordings were on an old Dell using extremely high-

tech equipment — the plastic stick microphone that came with

the computer. He went to school for music but learned sound engineering on his own through research, friends and experience.

One of his friends, Surfer Blood’s drummer, Tyler Schwarz, overlapped the first recordings tape by tape. “It sounded horrible,” said Mike. They’ve obviously come a long way.

In 2009, his bedroom hobby became a reality. Ladies & Gentle-

men, the band that later went on to form Girlfriend Material, was started. They played local shows like SunFest and Buzz Bake Sale. When the time came that they needed a place to record, Mike

had accumulated quite a bit of equipment. He bit the bullet and got a communal space to record. With the help of his friend Joe

Butera, who is a sound engineer, they got to setting up the original Shade Tree Studio.

The original studio was in East Boynton Beach. As one of the only affordable studios around at the time, Shade Tree attracted a ton of up-and-coming talent. This includes well-known locals like

Spred the Dub, Roots Shakedown, and Girlfriend Material and

Surfer Blood, of course. “It’s always been a space for people and

kids to go and rehearse and record and do their thing,” Mike said. Like with many small businesses, the pandemic created com-

plications. Closing the doors at Shade Tree became a very real

possibility. The lease was getting too expensive, with not enough

money coming in. But, Mike’s perspective changed when a space opened up in the Boynton Beach Art District.

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His bands rallied behind him, he got approved for a grant from

the Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and he was able to sign a three-year lease. The icing on the cake?

CRA. He said, “The grants were monumental in getting the space

to where it is at today and for that I’m forever grateful to my city.”

He also got the news that he was going to be a dad. Instead of

Bands like Heavy Pets and The Dreambows have recorded music

expanding.

one went on to be the most played on their album with almost a

being forced to close, his business — and his family — were

Mike said that it was all possible because the bands “were there

every day helping in any way possible and shared the same vision

at Shade Tree. Mike engineered a few songs for the former and

million streams. American Sigh, a band who’s been on SunFest’s lineup, also recorded their album ‘Honor System.

and excitement expanding and moving forward.”

A shade tree describes someone who develops a skill without

He continued, “It was overwhelming to see how much love and

to describe himself as a shade tree mechanic, or a shade tree

support I received during this time, and it made me realize it was a community that I helped build…. it was bigger than I could have ever imagined.”

formal training. Mike’s father, a retired Delray firefighter, used carpenter. Mike is a shade tree recording studio. His training was built from passion and community.

Moving forward, Mike wants to continue to foster growth in the

The new space was twice the size and built out completely by

local music scene. “Whether it be rehearsal or recording, we

even an amp repair guy — which is appealing to gigging bands.

encourage people to take risks and experiment, really explore the

Mike and his father. They have analog vintage equipment and

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Album Reviews REVIEWED BY OTHER LOCAL MUSICIANS

Guavatron Momentous

Reviewed by Joey Calderaio

After nearly a decade of sharing their smooth jams with the

southeast, Guavatron has released their debut album “Momen-

tous” which dropped on April 28 of this year. The unique sound can be credited to the band’s wide ranging musical interests from

dance and electronica to rock and funk. A few weeks before the

debut, Guavatron released “Disco Shades” as a single, which is the first track off “Momentous.” Though the album is only com-

posed of 10 tracks, its full length sits at an hour and 5 minutes long, providing the listener with an all-immersive experience

that will make them feel like they’re rocking out in space. A few

songs from the album that stood out include “Turtle Dream” and

“Ray Gun”, which were all out jams filled with guitar and keyboard harmonies. Throughout listening to the record, elements of Pink

Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Daft Punk’s “Random Access

Memories” came to mind. Based in West Palm Beach, Fla., Guava-

tron continues to woo audiences all throughout the area and up the east coast. “Momentous” surely does not disappoint and is a

reflection of this band’s incredible talent and musicianship. Gua-

vatron continues to develop and shape overtime and “Momentous” is truly a testament to their proficiency that will continue to

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Artikal Sound System

Joey Calderaio

Reviewed by Adonis of Guavatron

Reviewed by Logan of Artikal Sound System

Welcome to Florida

I know most of the members in the band and am excited to listen to their album for the first time. I worked for the guitarist Chris

at his music school. He always gave me great advice and support.

They are all good people, and that helps the music! That alone

pushes the music to a higher place. To me, the intro track “Stayed”

is more of like an interlude to set the tone for the rest of the album. With an edge of lo-fi neo jazz type sounds meeting a bit of the reg-

gae they are rooted in. Even the more reggae-heavy tracks have their own twist meeting with other touches of colors from differ-

ent genres. This is what I’m gathering by the fourth track “When

I Wanna.” I really enjoy the mix and master. Everything blends together cohesively considering the combination of very different

genres. I’m really diggin’ this track called “You’re Not There.” One

Chasing Constellations

“Chasing Constellations” pretty much immediately won me over

when I heard Alan Watts’ voice come in on the intro. Calderaio hits

on heavy topics like greed and the search for meaning in life and Watt’s words set a great tone for the songs that follow. My favorite

is probably “Wave of Life” because Joey and Howi’s voices play so

well together, although “Paradise” is also a contender since it fea-

tures a local favorite of ours and another rising star, Sierra Lane.

Joey has really crafted a consistent sound for himself. Listening to this album one word keeps coming to mind: “thoughtful.” You

can just tell how much care was put into every part of it. Every-

thing feels very carefully planned, very consciously considered.

The album and the themes it touches on are cohesive. Nothing is

out of place, and it speaks to how much Joey must love doing this.

of my favorite types of reggae sub genres is dub. This track feels

Honestly, even just when I opened the Dropbox link for the album

Maybe what I could compare it to is a higher sound quality/more

ally need to be more organized.” Getting to know Joey through his

like roots reggae with touches of dub, so it’s totally up my alley. polished version of something Scientist, a reggae/dub sound engi-

neer, would mix. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this record for the first time. Artikal did a good job all around! artikalsoundsystem.com @artikalsoundsystem

(before it was released) I clicked around a bit and thought, “I re-

lyrics paints him as an introspective and optimistic fella, which,

in my limited interactions with him, seems to be accurate. This

album made me excited for him and for people to hear the fruits of his hard work. Proud to say this guy is from our very own South Florida and so happy to see our scene growing with artists like

him.

joeycalderaio.com @joeycalderaio

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