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The Wailers – Aston “Familyman” Barrett & Al Anderson

 Reunite After 10 Years, Tour 5 States in 5 Days

By M. Peggy Quattro    –    July 28, 2016

Wailers’ captain Aston “Familyman” Barrett and guitar legend Al Anderson teamed up in July to tour five cities, in five states, in five days. Following nearly 10 years of performing sebbkings-famsjr-josharmparately, the two Wailers’ came together for a memorable tour in the Northeast. The talent-filled band included musicians Aston Barrett Jr. on drums, lead singer Josh David Barrett, guitarist and singer Chet Samuel, bassist Omar Lopez, and Dane “Tazz” Cole on keyboards and vocals.

The Wailers Reunited tour kicked off July 20 inside the popular House of Independents, Asbury Park, NJ. Local bands Scoundrel and Random Test warmed up the crowdasbury-al-josh, setting an Irie vibe for the Wailers performance. As bassist Familyman walked on stage, a roar of appreciation and delight from fans of all ages and colors filled the packed house. Surprising even the veteran Wailer, this was a reoccurring theme at every show to follow.

After beginning with “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Stir It Up,” singer Josh Barrett welcomed the crowd with a warm Rasta greeting. The crowd was all in as he danced and spun his long locks, addressing the massive between songs, and spreading the message of One Love. “Three Little Birds,” “Wake Up and Live,” and “Hypocrites” followed, each song burning with Al’s scorching guitar leads and Familyman’s booming bass. Aston Jr., a fan and student of his Uncle Carlton “Carly” Barrett, brought the original one-drop drumming style that characterizes The Wailers sound. Singer Chet Samuel offered Reggae classics from Dennis Brown and Jacob Miller, as well as adding some Dancehall niceness.

The set rocked on with “Running Away,” “Crazy Baldhead,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “Rastaman Vibration,” “Heathen,” “Could You Be Loved,” and perennial fan favorites “Jammin’” and “Get Up Stand Up.” Familyman brought out bassist Omar Lopez who aptly finished the show with “Redemption Song” and “Exodus.”

The Wailers tour received an enthusiastic welcome at Washington, DC’s Howard Theater the next evening, before rolling into NYC for a highly anticipated show at B.B. King’s Times Square Bar & Grill on July 22. The response was enthusiastic as the band was tight and Al and Familyman were in sync. Josh was singing and dancing with fervor, greeting the room filled with his hometown smiling, skanking fans, spreading Rasta One Love vibes. Adding to the authenticity of this Wailers Reunited performance was the addition of original Wailers engineer Dennis Thompson for a one-time appearance mixing the sound.

The journey continued onto Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD on Sat., July 23, and concluded at a near sold out show at the historical National Theater in Richmond, VA on Sun. the 24th. The Wailers tour reminded the world why they remain one of the greatest, and most covered, bands on the planet. Aston Barrett Jr. sums it up by defining the Wailers as “an international sound that has no category.” Watch for The Wailers band, led by founder father Aston “Familyman” Barrett, coming to a venue near you soon!

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1st Annual DAB Music Festival with Third World & Next Gen Marleys

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Ruption & band take us on a percussive journey

Words & Pics – M. Peggy Quattro & Barbara Reuther

Third World, Marley brothers Jo Mersa and Yohan, and Big Harvest delivered the Roots Rock Reggae, while Miami’s 10-piece band The Baboons brought the hot Latin, Funk, Pop, and Caribbean groove. Between sets, DJ Gravy and DJ Tom Laroc kept the music spilling into the iconic North Beach Bandshell on Miami Beach. This music-filled Day at the Beach was sponsored by CAC, LargeUp, and Blackwell Rum.

The Bandshell is a Miami Beach treasure. It holds less than 1000 people, and offers the opportunity to be directly stage-front, witnessing the performers only a few feet in front of you. As usual, it was a peaceful, fun congregation, similar to a big family reunion. For the $20-30 ticket price, I expected the place to ram. Fortunately for those present, there was plenty of room for skanking and a pre-celebration of the 4/20 unofficial holiday.

Next Gen Marley brothers
Next Gen Marley brothers

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Damian Marley & SOJA Sail into SunFest 2015

The West Palm Beach waterfront festival was full of fun, food, and music!
Words & Photos by M. Peggy Quattro
Video & Social Media by Arielle Quattro

This year, the trek to West Palm Beach (WPB) from Miami was by Tri-Rail. As first timers on the two-tier train that rides alongside the 10-lane I95 expressway, we enjoyed the special SunFest $5 fares, an added bonus to the hands-free, gasless, mindless commute.

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Damian Marley at SunFest WPB 2015

Downtown Palm Beach was all abuzz with festival activities. A favorite for South Floridians, SunFest draws all ages, races, and nationalities, men, women, kids, and millennials sporting the latest fashion trends. But it’s the music that brings them to the waterfront fest every year, for the five days of top names from all musical genres and the best in local talent. This Saturday drew me in with two acclaimed Reggae acts – Grammy-winner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, aka Zilla, and the Grammy-nominated Washington, DC-based band SOJA. Continue reading

Ziggy Tribute to Legends Hollywood Bowl

Reggae X: Ziggy Marley’s Tribute to the Legends at the Hollywood Bowl

Presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide and KCRW
Words by Carlene Founder

Los Angeles, CA -The LA weather was invitingly warm on July 31, 2011. The Hollywood Bowl was alive. Busses were still pulling in, fans still climbing the hill, and TV cameras were all over covering what was happening on the stage. People were upbeat and packed down with everything they thought they would need for the evening, from sandwiches and cold beer to cheeses and warm wine. Incense was in the air and its white clouds hung in whiffs between the bodies. Before the sunlight went dim, the concerts host, KCRWs Jeremy Sole, introduced himself and the nights first performers, Ras Michael and the Sons and Daughters of Negus. Continue reading

Nkulee Dube – Berkeley, CA Show

Nkulee Dube: Feeling Irie in Northern California

Words and photos by Lee Abel

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San Francisco, CA – South Africa-based Nkulee Dube delighted Californians in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Berkeley during July, on what was her first U.S. tour. She was ably supported by her own wonderful band. Many who came to see the 26-year-old singer/songwriter were curious about the great Lucky Dube’s daughter. She did not disappoint.

Nkulee possess a strong voice with a natural beautiful melodic tone. She has managed to fuse ethno-soul and jazz with ethno-ragga in a true African stylee. She’s charismatic and joyous, with a command of the stage far beyond her age and experience. Like her father, Nkulee danced with members of the band. But, unlike Lucky, she also invited the audience on stage to show off their own moves.
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Beres Hammond in Concert

Beres Hammond in Concert at Hard Rock Live

The Love Within the Music Tour 2011
By M. Peggy Quattro / Photos by Don Parchment

Beres receives roses from a fan

Theres no more beloved Reggae singer and performer today than Beres Hammond. For more than 30 years, Beres has given 100 percent of his energy and love to writing, recording and performing. He has been quoted as saying that he’s happiest when in his convenient home recording studio. Well, after witnessing the outpouring of love and affection on July 29, 2011, inside the 5500-seat Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL, all bets are on that the stage is his second happiest place.

Performing for thousands of loyal South Florida fans was the perfect way to kick off the eastern USA leg of the Love Within the Music Tour. The show began promptly at 8 p.m. with Brooklyn-based singer and dynamo Ed Robinson. His energetic performance included his Number One hit Our Heroes, as well as paying tribute to greats Dennis Brown with If I Follow My Heart and Bob Marley with Talking Blues.

At 9 p.m. the ladies went wild when Wayne Wonder strolled on stage in a dark blazer, jeans, and his trademark dark shades. Flashing that winning smile, he began with Its All Right, a Donovan Germain-produced hit for Penthouse. Mr. Germain was in the house, so Wayne added another Penthouse hit, The Saddest Day of My Life. Choosing from an extensive song catalogue, the sexy crooner launched a mini-version series of I Dont Know Why, Live and Learn, and Forever Young, displaying his DJ prowess by also filling in the Buju Banton and Louie Culture parts. Upon dedicating this to “my favorite girl,” Wayne Wonder went into Search Dem Search over screams from the enthusiastic audience. He introduced his new love ode, If I Ever, with a moving vocal, and closed his set with the popular No Letting Go.

Beres – King of Lover’s Rock

After a short set change, and a rocking DJ set of current and past hits, you could feel the charge in the air. The man of the night was about to appear and the crowd cheered in anticipation. As Beres Hammond sauntered on stage, the Hard Rock Live erupted into screams. Looking fine in his black leather cap, jeans, soft tangerine-colored patterned jacket, and leather shoes, Beres greeted the crowd and began a series of short song snippets. The jacket came off immediately to reveal a loose white linen shirt; however, the most attractive part of his attire was that beaming smile. Beres truly loves performing on stage and it shows in every song, every step, and the crowd went wild. No Disrespect, What One Dance Can Do and She Loves Me Now were full of fun and energy. He playfully led the audience with Falling in Love (All Over Again) and adeptly filled in for his friend Buju, Dancehall style, on the wildly popular Stay Longer. A touching moment was when he asked the crowd if they remembered the great Garnet Silk before launching into Mama Africa.

With hundreds of hits to choose from, Beres offered up as much as time would allow. In between Come Back Home, Tempted to Touch, Sweetness, Putting Up Resistance, and Groovy Little Thing, he blew kisses to crowd and smiled at the adoring throng of ladies who pushed to the front waving and offering bouquets of long-stem red roses. Double Trouble saw Beres offering up his famous skank as he held out the microphone for his fans to sing along.

The band and back-up singers were in top form also. Coming to the front of the stage, they contributed lead guitar, bass, sax, and trumpet solos, which brought more excited screams of approval. In a moment of Beres humor, he spoke with the audience and told them: “If everyone would vote for me [as president], no one would need visas to come up here,’ perhaps a reference to the missing Harmony House Singers.

Wayne Wonder

During Pull Up the Vibes, Beres took a minute to show off his multi-talents. He took a short spin on the drums and played on the bass players axe with drumsticks; a short and sweet presentation, but enough to have the Hard Rock massive cry out ‘can you play some more?!’ As he flirted throughout Feel Good, Beres had every lady wishing they were dancing to this Reggae song with the subtle sensual singer. Beres slowed it down with an emotional No Disturb Sign while Love Means Never To Say Im Sorry had the audience passionately singing along.

Beres continued to tease and draw in the ladies with They Gonna Talk, while throwing mad kisses and smiling his mega-watt smile. With no shortage of songs left to performand no time left to perform themBeres brought the show to an end with the classic feel-good Rockaway. Hesitant to leave the love and unity, Beres disappeared stage left with an a capella tribute, singing How do you say thank you.for all you need is love they say no more time

We give thanks to Redline Media Group and Hard Rock Live for bringing South Florida fans a memorable night of Love Within the Music.