The Elovaters to Play Folk Across the Street Concert on Nov. 11

By Rick Mellerup | Nov 06, 2019

West Creek —  

Folk Across the Street will host the Boston-based reggae band The Elovaters on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

As usual with FATS shows, the concert will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and folks are invited to bring their own adult libations as well as an entree. The venue is Folk Across the Street impresario Roland Hagan’s barn, at 288 North St., West Creek.

Tickets are $20 and may be ordered by calling 609-296-9150.

Folk Across the Street’s musical acts usually come from the bluegrass, country, Americana, singer-songwriter and, especially, folk tradition. But folk is part of a larger genre, roots music. Roots music also includes world music and reggae, which, of course, had its roots in Jamaica, growing out of mento, calypso, ska and rocksteady in the 1960s.

The Boston folk scene is one of the nation’s strongest. So it was only natural that reggae would come out of the City on the Hill.

The Elovaters were formed in 2014, originally calling themselves The Cornerstone (which was the name of their first album, released in 2017).

They caught on quickly in the Boston bar/club scene, as evidenced by a video filmed at the Paradise Rock Club, a club with a 933-capacity that opened way back in 1977 and hosted the first Boston performances of acts such as R.E.M., Steve Earle and Phish. It is located on the edge of the Boston University campus so it draws crowds of students. The video shows that The Elovaters had the college kids jumping while performing a lively song called “Freedom.”

The band’s first album caught the attention of listeners outside of Boston, reaching No. 2 on the iTunes reggae chart and No. 9 on the Billboard reggae chart. Their second album, Defy Gravity, did even better, debuting at No. 1 on both of the aforementioned charts.

The Elovaters – lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jackson Wetherbee (amazingly charismatic for a guy who is the anti-Bob Marley in appearance), lead guitarist John Alves, drummer Nick Asta, bass player Matt Link, percussionist Derrick Cabral and keyboardist Greg Nectow – have opened for the likes of Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, Easy Star Allstars, John Brown’s Body and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. But now the Elovaters are becoming headliners, playing a very busy schedule. They’ll be touring in Raleigh, Charlotte and Asheville, N.C., and Atlanta in the week before they visit West Creek and will be  in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Maine in the week following.

Locals who love reggae won’t want to miss this one. There’s a very good chance that in the future you’ll be able to amaze your friends and neighbors by saying, “I saw The Elovaters way back in 2019 in, of all places, a barn!”  —R.M.




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