Posts filed under ‘Reggae’
Join in the Summertime Fun Reggae Style as Hot Like Fire Lights Up Boston’s Infamous Downtown Crossing: August 28th, Tuesday & August 30th and September 6th, Thursday (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Yes indeed!It’s a block party and you’re invited for free. That’s right, no cover charge for one of Boston’s top Caribbean party bands. Widely considered to be the no. 1 dance band on the East coast that performs reggae in true authentic style, Hot Like Fire has been nominated three times for the Boston Music Awards and is the 2011 winner of the New England Urban Music Award for Best Caribbean Band. Dance, dance, dance up a storm in front of Downtown Crossing’s Macys , to the reggae beats of the bands originally composed tunes, Bob Marley oldies and other well-seasoned crowd favorites, as well as special arrangements of top hits from other popular genres. You can even expect some soca, ska, and calypso style sounds thrown in for a little extra variety. Hot Like Fire always gets and keeps the crowd going while they demand encore after encore performance.
SurfSide5 Beach Bar & Grill (Beach Party)
Can’t make the block party? Then just come to the beach party at the SurfSide5 in Salisbury, MA. Every Sunday during the summer season and on into the fall, Hot Like Fire attracts approximately 600 fans to this seaside eatery’s 8,ooo square foot outdoor dance floor. In addition to the music, you can enjoy their picnic style fare of fresh Maine lobster, New England clam chowder, a variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, and hot dogs too. Come to either of these two events and I guarantee you that you will be movin’ and groovin’ to some of the very best reggae around anywhere!
About the Band
Kelly B., the band’s leader and composer, founded the group in 1998 while a student at the Berklee School of Music. After a trip to Barbados, she was inspired to start-up her own reggae band. Hot Like Fire’s current membership includes: Kelly B. on lead and back-up vocals, trumpet, and percussion, John “Redd” Lima on back-up vocals and keyboards, M’ Talewa Thomas on bass, Glen “De General” Grant on drums, Charleston Sarjeant on keyboards and steel pan, and dj Flex Murder on vocals.
When: August 28th, Tuesday and August 30th and September 6th, Thursday (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Crossing (In front of Macys)
When: Sundays (Summer season – Columbus Day) – Starting at 4:00 p.m. and continuing until anywhere between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.
Where: SurfSide5 Bar & Grill (Salisbury, MA)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 978-463=9222
Feast on Five Dollar Tapas Platters and Live World Music @ Masa in Boston’s South End: Thursday Evenings (9:30 p.m. ‘Til Close)
Each and every Thursday night, now you can enjoy the fine world music offerings of Los Three to the additional tune of scrumptious sampler platters of tapas. Come on out to Boston’s South End and let the folks at Masa, winners of Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” award, treat you to an evening of their fine Southwestern cuisine enlivened with New England-style culinary touches. All the while you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ to Los Three’s high-spirited arrangements of Latin, reggae, funk, and oldies but goodies tunes. Such a combo of great music and tasty cuisine is sure to please.
Matt Jenson, on keyboards and vocals, is a member of the faculty at the Berklee College of Music and a tried and true Bob Marley aficionado. So much so in fact, that he actually teaches a course entitled The Music and Life of Bob Marley which always attracts large numbers of eager students. In addition, he also has a reggae jazz cd to his credit and two of his own bands, Acid Reggae Xperience and Rebel Tumbao. Over the course of his career he has performed with such renown artists as Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Johnny Adams, Mighty Sam McClain, Cyril Lance, and Johnny Neel. He currently performs on a rotating basis with a number of Boston area Latin bands.
Alex Alvear, on bass and vocals, leads one of Boston’s most renown Latin ensembles, Mango Blue, which features his own original and arranged Afro-Latin compositions. Before traveling to the US, he made a huge impact on the national music scene in his native Ecuador. Since his arrival in America over 20 years ago, he has continued to rise in popularity, appearing frequently around New England, in NYC, across the nation, and overseas as well. He has performed with such world music stars as Celia Cruz, Orlando “Puntilla” Rios, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Francisco Aguabella, Paquito D’Rivera and others. He also holds the honor of being involved in the making of two Grammy-nominated cds.
Pablo Bencid, on percussion and vocals, was awarded a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music where he trained for a successful international career, performing frequently in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and the Virgin Islands. In his travels he has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious events and venues including the Istanbul Music Festival, Bolivar Hall (London), The Sodra Teatern (Stockholm) and many others. In addition to his performances with the well-known local band Either/Orchestra, he has also appeared with the Labeque Sisters of international fame, the JCA Orchestra, Zalo Grau & La Clave Secreta, the Aquiles Baez Quartet, David Holmes and Nu Quartet, and other notable names.
When: Thursdays (9:30 p.m. ’til Closing)
Where: Masa (South End)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 617-338-8884
Experience Your Favorite Top 40 Hits of Times Past in a Whole New Light with World Fusion Artists Island Storm: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Island Storm is one of Boston’s newest world music ensembles and they have cooked-up their own special versions of some of the most popular American hits of times past, complete with a distinctive ethnic flair. Talk about bridging the cultural gap, this is definitely a rather direct yet interesting approach. Imagine your favorite soul, R&B, funk, pop, and rock hits of yester year rearranged in various world beat styles, oftentimes but definitely not limited to, reggae. Artists featured in the band’s repertoire include the likes of The Beatles, The Stones, Bill Withers, Bonne Rait, James Brown, Joe Jackson, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, and more. There’s even few reggae originals thrown into the mix by Bob Marley, of course, and others. By the way, this band comes well prepared to keep the audience up and dancing all night long!
The quartet that is Island Storm shares many many years of playing experience between them including:
Rho (lead vocals, guitar) – Also trained as a classical violinist, he brings many years of “island music” performance experience to the table and was formerly the lead with the local reggae band DreadRocks. He is also especially well versed in other genres including: psychedelic rock, folk, Latin, jazz, and electronica.
Michael Iannantuoni – Artistic Director – (drums, percussion, vocals) – Trained formally at the South Shore Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and The Percussion Institute of Technology, he has gone on to perform with some of the most well-known musicians in the business. He’s has shared the stage with The Platters, Tavares, Little Richard, Soul City, and The Rockin’ Soul Horns as well as collaborating with such record industry successes as Steve Oliver,Tim Bogart, Jeff Berlin, Bruce Bartlett, Jimmy Herrin, Lourdes Pita, and others.
Marc Leishman (guitar, vocals) – In the 30+ years of performing all over New England, this Berklee grad has appeared at virtually every well-known entertainment venue in the area. Remember the smash hit “I Only Have Eyes for You” from the 80s, by The Flamingos? Leishman actually performed with the band’s founding member for a spell. He is a specialist in blues, rock, country, pop, R&B, jazz and world fusion genres.
Mark Gibson (bass, vocals) – He was originally a classical clarinetist performing with various orchestral groups before turning to the electric guitar and bass. Since then he has enjoyed 15 years experience as a local producer and recording artist.
So, if you are ready to experience some of your old popular favorites from yesteryear in a whole new light with that special ethnic flair, then Island Storm is the band for you. Come on out to Johnny D’s this coming Thursday evening and see what they’re all about.
21+ (Exceptions are made for some shows during the week or early evening on the weekend – call in advance)
When: August 25th, Thursday @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: Davis Square (Somerville)
Tickets: Cover charge at the door
Yay!!! Hooray!!! Summertime is upon us once again. And for many a Boston area eating establishment, this means that the outdoor patio is now open. In honor of this occasion, I would like to point out some of the local eateries where one can enjoy a warm pleasant summer evening feasting on tasty cuisine and better yet catching some of Boston’s best world music acts at the same time. If you’re looking for reggae music, then Shenannigans’ Reggae Fridays is the place to be. Start your weekend off to the island sounds of Continuous Reggae at Shenannigans Irish Pub & Restaurant. Who says you can’t enjoy great reggae in an Irish pub atmosphere? What’s special about this particular patio, located very near to the Boston harbor, is that you can actually enjoy the aroma of salt sea air as you dine … a definite added plus. As far as the menu goes, of course as you would expect, you can sample such Irish favorites as a BLT made with real Irish bacon, Bangers, Mash, and Beans (Irish sausage and beans with mashed potatoes and gravy), or Shepherd’s Pie (specially seasoned ground beef, veggies, and mashed potatoes topped with gravy). In addition, it just so happens that this establishment’s eclectic taste in music is reflected in their menu as well. Take a look and you will discover various ethnically inspired dishes such as, Quesadillas, Asian Salmon, Chicken Curry, Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple and more. And if you’re in the mood for American cuisine, well they’ve got you covered there too. So, the next time you’re in the mood for reggae, just head on over to Shennanigans and breathe in the salt sea air, indulge in a warm summer’s evening, and, best of all, treat yourself to some fabulous world music.
In addition to the happenings at Shenannigans’ Reggae Fridays, there’s lot’s of great world music to be heard all around the Boston area in combination with the warm summer evening ambience of patio dining … Aaaaaah yes. Just check out these additional restaurant locations from previous posts: Athenian Corner, Bella Luna Milky Way, Green Briar, the Basha Cafe, the Precinct, The Fireplace, Cafe Luna, the Red Fez, Kasbah, and the Half Door. I love summer!!! I also happen to enjoy spending a good part of it out on a restaurant patio, but add world music to the mix? The dining experience just doesn’t get any better than that!
When: Fridays (10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)
Where: Shenannigans (South Boston)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 617-269-9509
Relive the Music Legend that is Bob Marley Each and Every Monday Night @ Sally Obrien’s: Show Starts at 9:30 p.m.
Listen to the Duppy Conquerors.
Hey reggae fans!!! In the mood for some good ole’ Bob Marley? And who wouldn’t be from time to time? Well now you can satisfy your craving each and every Monday night at Sally Obrien’s Bar and Grill in Somerville with the likes of the Duppy Conquerors. This amazing band, consisting of some of Boston’s premier reggae artists, devotes its entire repertoire to honoring Marley and his great reggae legacy. The various members of the band have performed with such world renown artist’s as Marley’s very own band The Wailer’s, Ziggy Marley, The Skatalites, Black Uhuru, Eek-A-Mouse, Steel Pulse, Toots & the Maytals … and the list goes on an on.
It as been argued in many music circles that Bob Marley, a virtual hero to so many both artistically and philosophically, should rightfully be considered one of the world’s most influential artists of the 20th century. In 1980, Marley’s last tour with his band earned the distinction of drawing the biggest audiences ever of any musical act to perform on European soil! A devoted Rastafarian, Marley held fast to his vision of “One world, one love”. He left behind a huge legacy of songs which related to virtually all aspects of life. One of my all-time favorite quotes of his on the wonderful uplifting powers of music, indeed says it all- “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”.
If ever there was a reggae ensemble that is truly dedicated to honoring the music of Bob Marley, the Duppy Conquerors surely fit the bill. The band takes its name from one of Marley’s song titles which means “killer of bad spirits” which fits the aforementioned quote at the end of the previous paragraph perfectly. Led by Curtis King on vocals, who is known for his endearing stage presence, this extremely dedicated group has developed a reputation for appealing to a rather wide range of audience members. If you visit their website you can even share your Bob Marley listening experiences with the rest of the world. Curtis is joined by fellow band mates John DeCarlo, background vocals and rhythm guitar, Sarah Mendelsohn, lead and background vocals and drums, Carol Nam Koong, background vocals and keyboards, Jonas Kahn, lead guitar, Mark Ferranti, bass, Joe Stewart, trombone and percussion, John Frazee, trumpet and percussion, and Jeff Robinson, saxophone, keyboards, and percussion.
As an added bonus, you can hear all of this fabulous music for free. Come ready to dance up a storm! Come hungary as well, so you can enjoy some of Sally Obrien’s tasty eclectic cuisine. The menu includes Irish, Mexican, Italian, and American selections. So why not get your Bob Marley fix with the experts. You can join the Duppy Conquerors each and every Monday evening for some of the best in reggae music.
When: Every Monday night @ 9:30 p.m.
Where: Sally Obrien’s Bar and Grill (Somerville)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-666-3589
Warm Up a Cold Weekend in January with the Award-Winning Progressive Island Sounds of John Brown’s Body: January 21st, Friday@ 8:00 p.m.
Listen to John Brown’s Body.
I was very glad to see the posting for this upcoming show at the infamous House of Blues, as several members of John Brown’s Body are also members of Dub Apoclaypse, recent winners of the most coveted Boston Music Award for Best International Artist of the Year. (See my previous post) This band is a huge local favorite, which should come as no surprise since their latest original release “Amplify” debuted at #1 on the Billboard reggae charts, #10 on the CMJ world music charts, and also made iTunes’ list of top 10 reggae albums of 2008. The band labels their music as “Future Roots Reggae”. And a well-deserved label it is, as John Brown’s Body is considered to be one of the most successful progressive-style reggae bands in the entire world. The musical formula responsible for their success consists of an artful blending of a rather large number of other genres with reggae rhythms including dub, dubstep, hip-hop, electronica, funk, and ska. Add to that the lyrical melodies of lead vocalist/composer Elliot Martin, a trademark of his for which he is very well-known, and some rather unique instrumentation within the band and you have one top-notch, cutting-edge reggae sound with a magnificent stage presence to boot. It is refreshing to note, however, that the band has not lost its distinctively roots reggae character, in spite of it all. Their music, unique as it is, still screams reggae, loud and clear! John Brown’s Body’s current membership includes: Elliot Martin, co-founder (lead vocals), Tommy Benedetti, co-founder (drums), Mike Keenan (guitar), Scott Flynn (trombone), Sam Dechenne (trumpet), Drew Seyers (saxophone), Nate Edgar (bass), Matthew “Kofi” Goodwin (organ), with Jason “Jocko” Randall (sound engineer). The band has begun to tour internationally in earnest, having made stops in France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, and Canada in the spring of this past year.
Also appearing in the show will be Spiritual Rez and Zion Train, along with djs Mister Rourke and Axel Foley. If you come hungry, you can catch dinner before the performance. Check out the menu here. Let John Brown’s Body be your host for an evening of reggae fusion at its very best!
When: January 21st, Friday @ 8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Where: House of Blues (Kenmore Square)
Tickets: Standing room only
$20.00 (Advance) / $22.00 (At the door)
More Info: 888-693-BLUE (2583)
Congratulations Dub Apocalypse: Winners of this Year’s Prestigious Boston Music Award for International Artist of the Year!!!
Listen to Dub Apocalypse.
The Boston Music Awards are geared towards the recognition of many of our area’s “best of the best” local musicians, and to win in any category is quite an honor indeed! This year’s winners of the category for Best International Artist of the Year are the dub reggae ensemble Dub Apocalypse. This group is a little bit elusive, in that they don’t have a concrete web page up for view, but don’t let that fool you one bit! They are beyond the shadow of a doubt, a first-rate world music ensemble, winning over audiences wherever they perform. So, it comes as no surprise that they have landed themselves a regular gig every Sunday at Bull McCabe’s in Somerville. A key factor in this band’s smashing success is the impressive level of experience that individual members bring to the table. It seems that everybody has played for at least one major band or another during their career. The line-up of group members, which tends to vary somewhat from one performance to the next (so this list may not be entirely definitive), includes: Tommy B from John Brown’s Body on drums, Timo Shanko from G Love and Electric Sauce on tenor sax and electric bass, Dana Colley from Morphine on baritone sax, Ken Clark from the Ken Clark Trio on organ and vocals, Johnny Trama from the Nate Wilson Group, B3 Kings, and Peter Prince & the Trama Unit on guitar, Scott Flynn also from John Brown’s Body on trombone, Nate Edgar from John Brown’s Body as well on bass, Sam Kininger from Soulive, Dave Mathews, Wyclef Jean, and others on sax, Eli Winderman on keyboards, Geoff Scott and Jeff Lockhart on guitars, and Jimmy V and Skiff on vocals. And let’s not forget this year’s fine nominees in this category which included Bloco AfroBrazil, Cirkestra, the Debo Band (recent past winners), and Zili Misik (recent past winners). Congratulations all!!!
I also want to make mention of a number of additional world music artists who either won honors or were nominated in various other categories. Some of these musicians perform ethnic music only as a part of their repertoire, but they too deserve mention here nonetheless. Congratulations also to the Dropkick Murphys, the Have Nots, the Bodega Girls, Grace Kelly, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, John Pawhida, Die Young, Club D’Elf, and Get Laid. We Bostonian world music fans are definitely very fortunate to have such talent available around town for our entertainment pleasure.