THIS WEEKEND: AFRO ROOTS TAKES CENTER STAGE IN ISLAMORADA

Johnny Dread has taken the stage in festivals across the globe, with leading artists including Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Israel Vibration, Alpha Blondie, Third World, The Wailers, Sugar Minot, Culture, Steel Pulse, and The Marleys. CONTRIBUTED

The award-winning Afro Roots Fest takes center stage this Memorial Day weekend in Islamorada, with shows scheduled Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29. 

Concerts in Islamorada will take place at the Florida Keys Brewing Co. (FKBC), 81611 Old Highway. Attendees can expect a tasty blend of craft beer and melodic offerings from some of Florida’s top world-music talents. Saturday evening’s show, beginning at 6 p.m. at the brewery, spotlights the Caribbean-influenced world beat music of Johnny Dread, paired with the Latin-infused rhythms of Javier García.

Sunday’s musical schedule begins at 4 p.m. Audiences can sway to the sounds of the nine-piece Latin funk band Suenalo, a critically acclaimed South Florida favorite, and the funky New Orleans style of the Bad Apples Brass Band.

Both shows take place in the beer garden and admission is free. The festival is presented by Miami-based nonprofit organization Community Arts and Culture, and supported by the Florida Division of Arts and Culture, the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, Keys ICE, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District, and FKBC.

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