Byron Mercurius & Friends bring an Afro-Caribbean flavor to HIDMO with original songs and some favorite covers. Needless to say, the music is hot if it’s from Rhythm Culture, which has been playing the Pacific Northwest music and festival scene for more than 11 years.
During that time, the band has developed its own signature sound, driven by a reggae beat. With influences from the Caribbean and the Americas, and with a roots reggae base, the band brings blues and jazz into its own style of reggae music.
It’s so hot that no one can sit still while listening to lead percussionist Byron Mercurius of Guyana, who has more than 30 years of musical experience. with the trumpet, guitar, piano, and drums.
When Rhythm Culture is called onstage, five musicians of divergent ages and backgrounds bring five different instruments to the spotlight.
“Keep the Wild Free,” Rhythm Culture’s first release, features several of these musicians. The album is a compilation of rhythms and styles, each song with a unique signature.
Rhythm Culture music appeals to all people because of its positive, upbeat message. The band invites listeners to free their minds and allow themselves to get swept up in a rhythmic experience that the band hopes will feed each person’s spirit. So bring your dancing shoes and join the reggae party.
The show is free and family-friendly. Busy Bee Catering will have food for sale.
Meinig Park is at 17670 Meinig Ave., behind Sandy City Hall. The Dale Nicholls Main Stage is the larger of the two stages in the park. Bring low-back lounge chairs or blankets for comfort.
Sandy Summer Sounds are made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.