Soulcraft continues to bring the reggae vibe to Salida

Another doubleheader of positive reggae rhythms swings through Salida’s Soulcraft Brewing this Friday, July 20, at 9 p.m. Bands Mighty Mystic and Indubious stand as evidence of the current health of reggae music in the U.S. as a ray gun spraying photons of positivity and broadcasting truth and love to disrupt the molecules of our modern struggles.

Opening is Oregon-based Indubious. The name represents “living life without doubt or fear.” Brothers Evton and Skip Burton, who both battle cystic fibrosis and seem to be winning, take the understanding of creating positive-music-as-inspiration to a deep level. The brothers display light-bright harmonies, chunky rhythm synths and wisdom in 2017’s album From Zero. The self-produced album reached No. 6 on Billboard’s reggae chart last year. As a live band, the tight four-piece highlights vocal percussion, wordplay and rock-reggae jams. There are hints of the Hip Abduction, Live and Chromeo hiding in the sunsplash of dub and Shinehead influences.

Headlining the evening will be Mighty Mystic. Born Kevin Mark Holness in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, Mystic and family settled in Boston when he was still a toddler. Inspired early by the incomparable Bob Marley, Mystic dedicated most of his life to preaching love through reggae music. He has kept college town Boston in the running for one of the better reggae towns in the States with his dedication. His “hard roots” style blends Jamaican roots reggae with the driving bass of dancehall and a significant helping of hip-hop and rock.

Lyrically, Mystic stands for peace, truth and justice. Tunes such as “Revolution,” “Riding on the Clouds” and “Original Love” from his breakout album, Wake up the World, make him an obvious staple for large reggae festivals around the world. One can imagine some of the conversations that might take place between this artist and his younger brother, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Both of these bands have already shared stages with most of reggae music’s contemporary greats and have had studio collaborations with Sizzla, Zahira, Shaggy and Lutan Fyah. Soulcraft Brewing has been persistent in ticking off a list of small but noticeable improvements that bring warmly produced music to pair with some of the valley’s most inventive craft beer.