PHOTOS: Los Rakas, Fortunate Youth & True Press at the Indy 5/1


By Benjamin Wallen //

Los Rakas, Fortunate Youth with True Press //
The Independent — San Francisco
May 1st, 2014 //

I used to live in Southern California and during my time there I was surround with Reggae. Not the old albums of Jamaica and the Marley days, but modern Reggae laced with Sublime-like influences. The openers of this show at the Indy last week takes me back to SoCal in an instant. Given the unusually warm weather in San Francisco, it was fitting to witness some of California’s best Reggae bands opening up for Los Rakas.

Smoke filled air and with heavy bass and easy tunes about being good to one another, and everything you love about the music was there — Happy people were all around skunking around and enjoying the Thursday night show. Fortunate Youth & True Press brought high energy and delivered. Swapping instruments and floating around stage in that natural way that only expert musicians can seem to navigate with perfect precision, not missing a beat.

Finally Los Rakas took the stage in the packed venue, and we were welcomed on stage by Bay Area legend Chuy Gomez. Immediately the crowd’s energy seemed to rise and the easy-flowing group came on to kill it with great beats and fantastic flows.

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