Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

I-Tal/Primal Rhythms

When: Sat., Nov. 30, 9 p.m. 2013

Going back to the late 1970s. I-Tal is one of the foundational elements of reggae music both in Cleveland and, really, across the U.S. Many reggae and rock bands that formed since then can draw their lineage directly to the influences of early I-Tal shows. Frontman “Papa” Dave Smeltz told Scene last year: “We were playing reggae with a lot of rock influence. Being from Cleveland, that's what you gotta do.” And that legacy still bares its soul every time the band takes the stage. Luckily, they’re doing so tonight at Grog Shop. Also: If you’re wondering about the name, Smeltz says it came from reading Penthouse, where he saw the word within a list of reggae terms. It means “natural” or “vital.” And the music has always landed right in that very “ital” wheelhouse. (Sandy)

Price: $12 ADV, $15 DOS

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