Lead singer Bryce Allyn.
Photo by the Bryce Allyn Band.
Royal Palm Beach’s 2022 Fall Concert Nights have been tribute-filled thus far, with free nods to The Cure, Billy Joel, Elton John and Toby Keith since September.
On Nov. 18, the Bryce Allyn Band (bryceallynband.com) adds some originality on the main stage at Commons Park.
Sponsored by the Village of Royal Palm Beach Commons Park.
The rock, reggae and funk group’s namesake lead singer and guitarist is actually Bryce A. Rutkowski, who started the band in 2015 under his easier-to-spell middle name. The lineup is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Mike Kerr, bassist/vocalist Yazmani Velazquez and drummer Ryan Weidenfeld.
“I’m living and writing the soundtrack of my life,” Rutkowski says, “one day at a time.”
He has done just that for decades in South Florida with multiple popular regional acts.
Rutkowski helped Boxelder become one of Palm Beach County’s most popular and successful reggae/rock bands starting in 1997. The Jupiter-based quintet toured the United States before disbanding in the early 2000s. A reunion show in 2013 has led to several more anticipated shows.
The Rutkowski-led act B-Liminal followed in a similar musical vein, with its disbandment leading to the formation of the Bryce Allyn Band. Among the three entities, Rutkowski has eight CDs of mostly original material.
His current 7-year-old quartet features a cast of talented South Florida veteran musicians. Drummer Weidenfeld’s additional credits alone range from West Palm Beach-based roots rocker Monty Warren to the Rage Against the Machine tribute act Products of Rage.
The Jupiter-based Rutkowski’s latest single is a reggae version of Gregg Allman’s “Midnight Rider,” initially recorded with his namesake Allman Brothers Band and later a hit for him as a solo artist. Iconic reggae recording engineer Wayne Jobson produced the Bryce Allyn Band’s version.
Royal Palm Beach’s Fall Concert Nights run from 5 to 9 p.m., with music starting at 7, at Commons Park, 11600 Poinciana Blvd. The series concludes with cover acts Tuxedo Zebra (Dec. 2) and Southern Blood (Dec. 16), and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. For further information, call 561-753-1232, or visit www.royalpalmbeach.com.