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Mystic Vibrations Caps Off The Summer Reggae Concert Series Smoothly With Exceptional Finale
8/6/2014 3:56:48 PM

Reggae group Mystic Vibration rocking the stage August 1 at James Island County Park. Photo by Damion Smalls
By Damion Smalls

On the first night of August this year, the band known as Mystic Vibrations took to the stage at James Island County Park and delivered resounding beats and lively vibes for fans of all ages.

The performance, the last of the county park’s 2014 ‘Reggae Summer Concert Series’, was preceded by De Lions of Ja (June 6), ReggaeInfinity (June 27), and Da’Gullah Rootz (July 11).

The eclectic audience was teased with a string of melodies at the beginning of Mystic Vibration’s set. In the end, it served to properly prepare them for onslaught of enticing grooves coming their direction for the remainder of the night.

The group delved into their collection of tunes, jamming with tracks like “Rasta Nuh Play Games”, “Sweet Honeycomb”, and “Dub Games”. The crowd around the stage seemed to grow with each song. Those not dancing near the band swayed in their seats or blankets, surveying the action accordingly.

The family-friendly night was placated with more than just the music. The open, grassy field surrounding the stage left plenty of space to throw footballs and Frisbees, play tag, or consume some of the superb food and drink choices available at the concert.

Several food trucks and stands vended their services at the show such as Papa John’s, Charleston Choo, Little Star of Caribbean, Kool Katz Italian Ice and Charleston Festival Foods. Shaved ice, jerk chicken, and empanadas were popular items purchased. Draft beer, water, and Pepsi products were also on tap. The “green” initiative of recycling was highly encouraged throughout the night.

Merchandise stations at the concert included African and Caribbean-themed accessories such as jewelry, hats, shirts, and incense. A stand for the children was adjacent and sold toys, games, and candy. As a participant of previous performances in the Summer Series, this thankfully was a clear skies and reasonably warm type of night.

Mystic Vibration members Andrew Whitaker, George Johnson, Marcus Ruby, Dion Samuel, and lead vocalist Ric Williams displayed how they have survived as a regularly booked act for the past two decades. Their seamless cohesion brought together the best of Charleston as it can be considered one of the most ethnically diverse events of the year. Their next local performances will be at Coconut Joe’s on the Isle of Palms Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 pm and Sunday, August 10 at 5:30 pm.

Later this year, Mystic Vibrations, along with Signal Fire, International Morality, and The Dubplates, will perform at the ‘Fall Reggae Jam’. Taking place on Saturday, November 16 at the Music Farm, proceeds of the event will benefit the Montego Bay Animal Haven. Special guests include Charlton Singleton and Zandrina Dunning.

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