Here is an exclusive for you guys that you will only find here at MIDNIGHT RAVER. The Kennedy Center and the Grammy Museum presented a tribute concert to Bob Marley titled “The Legacy of Bob Marley” last Sunday night, June 23, 2013. I was lucky enough to attend and saw many great friends. Dermot Hussey did a stalwart job as MC for the show. His credentials as a documentarian, broadcaster, and historian of black music, especially reggae and jazz, are unparalleled. His vast knowledge of the genres is astonishing. What is perhaps most intriguing is his knowledge of modern roots reggae, especially American-borne roots reggae. Great friend and always the perfect gentleman.
The show was absolutely great. The Roots Radics anchored all performances with near-perfect musicianship. Our friend Flabba Holt is a man made for music. Drummer Style Scott was incredible to watch. Regardless of who was at the mic, be it Junior Marvin or Matisyahu, he gave 110% with a boundless energy and in-your-face drumming style that I will not soon forget. The highlights of the night were Junior Marvin playing one of his favorites “The Heathen.” His guitar solos blaze fire. Also, blues singer Toshi Reagon with an acoustic version of “Sun Is Shining,” which had jaws dropping throughout the auditorium. I also enjoyed Citizen Cope’s rendition of “Natural Mystic.” The real standout though was African roots singer Rocky Dawani, whose stage persona and electrifying dance moves hinted at another legendary live performer we chronicle here on the blog. Yes, he has been compared to Bob Marley as an electrifying performer. I don’t really agree with the comparison because I’ve seen nobody do onstage what Marley did, but he gave it his all.
Here is my audio recording of the show. It will only be available here for a limited period of time so get it while you can!
Legacy Of Bob Marley Concert
Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Washington, DC
June 23, 2013
MC: Dermot Hussey
1. Intro/Rockfort Rock – Roots Radics
2. Keep On Moving- Dalton Browne & Roots Radics
3. Stir It Up – Junior Marvin & Roots Radics
4. The Heathen – Junior Marvin & Roots Radics
5. Wake Up and Live – Toshi Reagon & Roots Radics
6. Is This Love – Toshi Reagon & Roots Radics
7. Sun Is Shining – Toshi Reagon
8. WAR – Rocky Dawani & Roots Radics
9. Get Up, Stand Up – Rocky Dawani & Roots Radics
10. Three Little Birds – Rocky Dawani & Roots Radics
11. Redemption Song – Speech from Arrested Development 12. Citizen Cope – Comin’ Back
13. Citizen Cope – Bullet and A Target
14. Citizen Cope – Natural Mystic
15. Alice Smith – Mellow Mood