What to Do Tonight: The Aggrolites

Before music, The Aggrolites were extras in the Matrix movies
  • Before music, The Aggrolites were extras in the Matrix movies

One sure sign that summer is finally here can be heard in the laidback reggae sounds wafting through backyards. Bob Marley provides the soundtrack to many weekend barbecues, while dance-floor DJs dust off old ska and dub singles to spin on sweaty summer nights. If you’re looking for a live reggae fix, the Aggrolites are coming to town this week. Originally formed as a backing band for reggae star Derrick Morgan, the Aggrolites blend Jamaica’s famous island groove with England’s raw rude-boy edge. This isn’t the punked-up ska that dominated ’90s modern rock; it’s dancehall reggae smothered in vintage vinyl crackle and a cool, casual attitude. The Aggrolites make traditional, party-ready ska filled with warm organ grooves, funky, punchy guitars, and big, hip-moving backbeats. This is the sound of summer. The Aggrolites, with Sellin’ You Short and Johnny Red & the Skamunists, play the Beachland Ballroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 216-383-1124 or go to beachlandballroom.com.—Matt Whelihan

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