It might seem difficult—in a city with a prominent Jamaican presence such as NYC—to justify going to see a reggae group that consists of twentysomethings from the suburbs of snowy Rochester, New York. (It’s between Buffalo and Syracuse, in case that part of the state may as well be a foreign country to you.) But you might want to reconsider in time to catch Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad when they play the Met tonight at 10. Admission is free for college students (from ANY college on the planet, by the way).
The unorthodox setting alone would be worth the trip to the museum, but Giant Panda also serves as a sort of musical missing link towards understanding how reggae music became synonymous with jam bands thanks to generations of affluent, pot-smoking white youngsters crossing streams. Giant Panda may look the part, but they dig deep, and their sincerity sets them apart from the Trustafarian cliches that easily snag their peers...
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