Echo Movement and Throne Gone Down bring reggae music to local venue on Wednesday
By Matt Bixenstine
About a dozen times each year, an unmistakable rhythmic beat resonates from the corner of Coventry Road and Euclid Heights Boulevard.
This unique mix of catchy offbeat chords and positive vibes wafts up the Grog Shop’s staircase and pours into the streets of Cleveland Heights – thousands of miles from its origin in Kingston, Jamaica, and its rebirth in Southern California.
Today’s brand of reggae defies traditional stereotypes associated with the genre, geographically and otherwise. Greater Cleveland has developed a niche reggae scene thanks to reggae-friendly venues like the Grog Shop and annual festivals like the recently-completed Midwest Reggae Fest, held each August, 45 miles east of Cleveland in Nelson. Reggae concert-goers at the Grog Shop typically reflect the same cultural, ethnic and age diversity for which Cleveland Heights is known.