Based out of Syracuse, Root Shock is known for playing heavy reggae-rock with a positive message, and is currently touring behind the 2018 release of its "Many Paths" EP. Vocalist Jessica Brown has the striking vibrato of Gwen Stefani and the commanding presence of Erykah Badu. The band's sound can change from spacey and languid to steadfast, punctuated with a quick stop-time moment or horn line. Warbled vocal and guitar effects add psychedelia while groovy bass lines and drums drive the beat along. Root Shock gives a refreshing twist to traditional reggae by mixing it with funk, soul, and pop.
Root Shock will perform along with West End Blend and The Big Takeover on Friday, December 21, 9 p.m. at Anthology, 336 East Avenue. $13-$18. Ages 18 and over. 484-1964. anthologylive.com; rootshockmusic.com