By Jason Hoffman, Rock At Night Detroit
Live Review: J. Navarro & the Traitors w/Macho, Grey Matter, and the Scotch Bonnets-The Magic Bag-Ferndale, MI – May 20, 2023
That’s right, J. Navarro and the Traitors infiltrated The Magic Bag on saturday night for the release of their new album All of Us or None. This Detroit Ska band was formed by Jason Navarro and Eric Abbey; both of whom were big in the scene but had never played together. Joining them for the night’s festivities were Macho (Detroit MI), Grey Matter (Lansing, MI), and all the way from Baltimore, the Scotch Bonnets.
Macho kicked off the night with what they describe as ‘Witchy-Punk’. Their set was short and left the crowd wanting more. Grey Matter took the stage next. With their thought-provoking lyrics and good riffs, they definitely got the crowd moving. Scotch Bonnets were next on the line-up and even though it wasn’t billed as such, they were co-headliners. Led by singer, song-writer, and guitarist Kristin Forbes this band blends great Jamaican grooves, R & B, and Rock.
Jason Navarro (who by the way, is in as many bands as Trump has pending lawsuits) and the Traitors took the stage around 10:30. After Jay thanked Eric Abbey (Keyboard-vocals) for his production work on the new album the band jumped into “One Hand” the first track off of the new album. The guys played the entire new album with a few tracks from their EP Short Changed Future and album Criminals and Lions. Nothing but smiles and tired feet by the time they stopped playing and one lucky fan walked out with a new guitar raffled off by the sponsor of the show, Reverend Guitars.
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