After catching the Chicago, Illinois stop on Stick Figure’s Above The Storm Tour, Top Shelf Reggae drove about 3 hours north the next night to catch them at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. Another beautiful sold out venue filled with music lovers anticipating Stick Figure with supporting bands Iya Terra and Twiddle on January 20th, 2018.
Iya Terra prides themselves on staying true to roots reggae music by covering songs like “Exodus” by Bob Marley and “Rock the Dancehall” by Alborosie. However, they still manage to add a modern twist of rock with shredding guitar solos and hip hop with songs like “Humble Yourself”. Iya Terra truly knows how to bring the energy and work a stage, and Twiddle is at the forefront of this generation’s jam bands. They are an eclectic mix of genres from jazz, rock, reggae and funk... and they definitely brought in a new crowd of people that you wouldn’t usually find at a Stick Figure or Iya Terra show. Between their Santana-like guitar solos and improvised jams, Twiddle also paid tribute to the legends Grateful Dead and Tom Petty by covering “Scarlet Begonias” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels”.
Stick Figure’s dub-infused reggae, accompanied with the vocals of lead singer Scott Woodruff, has a one-of-a-kind sound that can be recognized instantly. Their live performance is packed with lots of energy, but balanced with vibey instrumentals and slower jams, like their brand new single which came out the same day as the Chicago show, “Easy Runaway”. Every member of the band adds to their strong stage presence. From KBong hyping up the crowd on the keys to Johnny Cosmic’s soulful vocals and guitar skills to the always awaited features from TJ O’Neil, Stick Figure consistently puts on a memorable performance. There’s still a couple weeks left of this extraordinary tour; it’s one you don’t wanna miss! Check out www.stickfiguremusic.com for show dates near you, and to take a listen to their two latest singles “Above The Storm” and “Easy Runaway” in the meantime.
Show review by Sandy Krietzberg; photography by Gia Krietzberg