Roots / Reggae Week in Jupiter


Upcoming Roots / Reggae Shows at Guanabanas

Jupiter, FL – March 6, 2018 – One version of the old refrain goes “March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion”. At Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar, the month of March will definitely roar with the sounds of several high-profile roots / reggae acts, beginning with Iya Terra on March 15Pato Banton and special guest Roots Shakedown March 17, and The Expanders with Sensamotion and Dubbest March 22. All performances begin at 9 p.m. except the triple header on 3/22, which begins at 8 p.m. No cover, 21 and over are welcome. Guanabanas is located on the Loxahatchee River and near the Jupiter Inlet, at 960 North Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477.

“Our crowd is definitely roots / reggae-friendly, and do we have a very special treat lined up for them,” says Talent Buyer Matt Cahur. “In about a week’s time, we will have presented one of L.A.’s premiere reggae acts in Iya Terra, British legend Pato Banton with an outstanding local group Roots Shakedown, and another L.A. reggae revivalist mainstay The Expanders, plus a couple of special guest bands.” Cahur is a Jupiter-based guitarist and the head of a music management and promotions company that boasts of a successful 20-year record. In addition, he serves as the lead sound engineer for Guanabanas.

Formed in Los Angeles about four years ago, Iya Terra take a modern approach to creating conscious sound waves that has them bound for infinite possibilities. In 2016, Iya Terra reached new heights as they toured heavily throughout the western U.S. with bands such as The Movement, New Kingston, and Arise Roots. Their third studio album Sacred Sound, released on March 17, 2017, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae chart. The band’s March current tour has them winding through Texas and the Southeast before heading to Utah and Colorado. More details:

Born Patrick Murray in Birmingham, England, Pato Banton was pivotal to the rise of reggae in the U.K. during the 80s. Several high-profile guest appearances, including with UB40 and Chrissie Hines led to his solo debut, 1987’s Never Give In. He then had a U.S. college radio hit in 1990 with a cover of The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World”. He eventually hooked up with Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD organization, which took him on tour across the globe, peforming concerts and working with disadvantaged youths. Still actively touring, his latest release came in 2008: Destination Paradise.

The Expanders are a five-piece unit that pride themselves on representing the “golden era” of reggae. They are currently promoting in support of their latest full-length release, 2017’s Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol 2, as well as a brand-new single called “Blood Morning“, issued last month. The band is John Asher (drums, vocals), John Butcher (guitar, vocals), Roy Fishell (organs), Chiquis Lozoya (bass, vocals), and Devin Morrison (guitar, vocals). More info at

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Guanabanas is an open air restaurant and bar with woven tiki huts and banyan trees towering overhead and hand-chiseled coquina stone pathways underfoot. The team maintains a laid-back, island atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The award-winning menu features a fusion of Mexican, fresh Florida seafood and traditional fare; a breakfast menu is available Saturdays and Sundays.

Guanabanas offers a custom catering menu and signature cocktails. Executive Chef Vinny Trupia oversees the culinary operations and also manages a community garden at the neighborhood resource center El Sol.

The establishment hosts recurring “Give Back Thursdays” to help the needs of the local community organizations, partnering with willing companies to help drive donations and  money where needed, as well as giving away stage space to allow charities to showcase their cause.

Past beneficiaries include the Surfrider FoundationMartin Memorial HospitalHaiti Relief Effort, the Brave Maeve FoundationFreedom Flight for WWII Vets by the Martin County FirefightersFurry Friends, and many others.

Guanabanas’ new food truck can be booked for any event by calling 561.747.8878 or emailing The establishment recently launched a new weekend brunch menu featuring Build Your Own Donut and Waffle Bars, $6 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Margaritas, $12 Bottomless Sangria, and more.

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