Friday, June 28, 2013

Legacy Of Bob Marley Program Cover

Legacy Of Bob Marley program cover -

Roots Radics & Junior Marvin In Rehearsal - photos - June 21, 2013

Roots Radics and Junior Marvin in rehearsal for The Legacy Of Bob Marley at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, June 21, 2013 -

From left to right - Jim Fox, Hassanah, Simone Gordon,  "Computer Paul" Henton, Junior Marvin, Style Scott, Flabba Holt, Dalton Browne, Troy Simms

photos copyright 2013 Pansegrouw

Style Scott Rehearsal Photos June 22, 2013

Style Scott at rehearsal for Legacy Of Bob Marley at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, June 22, 2013.

all photos copyright 2013 Pansegrouw

Matisyahu, Roots Radics, Junior Marvin - No Woman, No Cry

Matisyahu with Roots Radics and Junior Marvin performing No Woman, No Cry at The Legacy Of Bob Marley performance at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, June 23, 2013

Legacy Of Bob Marley Review - The Prices Do DC

 From The Prices Do DC -

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Legacy of Bob Marley

Bob Marley the man and masterful reggae musician is gone, but his powerful messages of love, peace, freedom, and social justice still reverberate on concert stages around the world. And nowhere was that more evident than tonight at the Kennedy Center as the facility hosted a Grammy all-star tribute to Marley, his music, and his legacy.

The artists came from as far away as Ghana and as close as neighboring Virginia. Most played Marley songs that had special meaning for them. A few performed originals that had been directly influenced by the Jamaican songwriter, who died of cancer in 1981. Before and after their selections the artists praised the man they called their mentor as a preacher, teacher, and reacher.

"Sometimes a musician is more than a musician," said the night's emcee, Dermot Hussey, a friend of Marley's and current host for Sirius/XM's all-reggae station The Joint. "Sometimes they are the social conscience of their times. Bob Marley was one."

Much of the credit for the music, which kept the sold-out Kennedy Center crowd dancing, swaying, and bouncing throughout the night, had to go to the solid back-up band, the Roots Radics, who have been turning out hits for themselves and Jamaican artists such as Bunny Wailer and Yellowman for 30 years. For much of the night, the Radics were joined by Bob Marley and the Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, who played on many of Marley's greatest recordings and has fronted the Wailer's since Marley's death. Simone Gordon and Hassanah provided backup vocals.

International artists included Rocky Darwuni, who has been called the Bob Marley of Ghana, and David "Dread" Hinds, whose revolutionary lyrics create much of the draw of the British band Steel Pulse.

Several popular young performers on the summer festival circuit joined the tribute including Matisyahu, Citizen Cope, and Jacob Hemphill and Trevor Young of SOJA. One of the night's strongest performances  came from talented Toshi Reagon, who is originally from DC but is now based in Brooklyn.

Some of the loudest applause was given to Speech, the leader of the Atlanta rap group Arrested Development whose lyrics deal with the same social and political concerns as Marley's. Accompanied only by his guitarist from Arrested Development, Speech delivered a haunting acoustic rendition of "Redemption Song."

As you would expect, the 3-hour concert focused equally on Marley's songs of love and songs of protest. The crowd, obviously well-versed in reggae and Marley, sang along with hits such as "Get Up, Stand Up," "Stir It Up," and "No Woman, No Cry."

All the performers returned to the stage and swapped verses on "Exodus" and an anthemic "One Love/People Get Ready."

Tales, Tidbits, and Tips
The Marley concert concluded a 3-day The Legacy of Bob Marley event of the Kennedy Center's free Millennium Stage. On Friday, DC native Akua Allrich offered a jazz, blues, and soul show that included  2 Marley songs. Saturday night Southern Sudanese hip-hop artist and former child soldier delivered a show dedicated to such career-long Marley concerns as peace, social justice, and human rights. On Sunday, 2 hours before the Marley concert, the Grammy-winning hip-hop Arrested Development performed before a crowd of more than 1,000 fans who danced, bounced, and waved their hands in the air to such hits as "Tennessee" and "People Everyday."

Legacy of Bob Marley - Observer Article / Photo

From The Observer, Kingston, Jamaica -

Lauding Bob Marley's legacy

Howard Campbell
Thursday, June 27, 2013

BOB Marley's natural mystic took over the John F Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, DC last Sunday, where a diverse cast paid tribute to one of pop music's icons.

The Legacy Of Bob Marley, a joint production between the Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum, featured reggae acts David Hinds of Steel Pulse, former Wailers guitarist Junior Marvin, Trevor Young and Jacob Hemphill of SOJA; as well as Speech of Arrested Development, Matisyahu, Toshi Reagon, Ghanaian singer Rocky Dawuni, Citizen Cope and Alice Smith. All were backed by the Roots Radics Band.

Musicologist/disc jockey Dermot Hussey, who was the event's master of ceremonies, told the Jamaica Observer that the evening went "very well. It was sold out by Friday and the crowd loved every bit of it".
According to Hussey, some of the more memorable performances came from Toshi Reagan, daughter of Bernice Reagon Johnson, a founding member of gospel group Sweet Honey In The Rock. She performed an acoustic version of Sun is Shining.

Rocky Dawuni performed War and Get Up Stand Up while Speech did Redemption Song. Hinds, who toured with Steel Pulse as Marley's opening act in 1978, delivered an acoustic rendition of Concrete Jungle.
SOJA, which hails from Arlington, Virginia, cite Marley as one of their biggest influences. They did Running Away and So Much Trouble.

Marley, who died in 1981 from cancer at age 36, is the latest pop culture to be recognised by the Kennedy Center. Actor Dustin Hoffman, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand and blues guitarist Buddy Guy are among the recipients of awards from the Kennedy Center.

During the finale - From L to R - Citizen Cope, Rocky Duwani, Junior Marvin, Trevor Young, Style Scott (behind drums), Flabba Holt