From Jacksonville Beach comes the pop-reggae band, Sidereal. Friday night’s show was nothing short of good vibes, a large crowd and yet another awesome event to be held at Freebird Live. After seeing Sidereal perform for the first time at the Void Music Issue release party, I was excited to see what they had in store for their own show. You can’t go wrong with live reggae, and Sidereal did not disappoint.
To start the night off was Hours Eastly, Cloud 9 and Resinated. From doors opening at 8 p.m., there was already a line outside of Freebird and a steady crowd for all of the opening acts.
Sidereal’s music got you swaying to the beat with some of their hottest songs, “Find a Beach” and, “Before I Go.” Looking around, everyone had smiles on their faces, enjoying the easy-feeling show on stage. One of the things I really enjoy about going to concerts is to see how the band makes a connection with the audience. It was easy to tell that Sidereal was stoked to be performing, with the excitement they showed before and after each song they played. There is just something about seeing artists that truly want to put on a show for you that makes the performance all the better. Along with the good music, Freebird is always a prime venue in Jacksonville Beach. The large lower area in front of the stage, the upper level with a balcony, and two bars, make for a hot spot to put on a show. Sidereal had a huge turnout of fans, but Freebird was still comfortable to move around in.
Sidereal formed in 2009, with Colin Paterson on the guitar and vocals, Luke Costas on the saxophone and keyboard, Niko Costas on the drums and Kevin Beaugrand on the bass. They have shared the stage with many acts including the Dirty Heads, Matisyahu and Less than Jake. Winning the title of the One Spark Jurors Award 2014, Sidereal was presented with $10,000 in prize money to use towards their effort to provide musical equipment to citizens of disadvantaged communities. Chosen first out of more than 60 applicants, Sidereal was named “Best Creator” in the music category. They are currently touring around Florida through August.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Sidereal to all of my friends, reggae lovers, or anyone open to checking out a great band that looks promising to only grow.