Saturday, 25 February 2023

Reggae On The Way Presents

Stephen Marley

with Special Guest Mike Love

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$39.50 advance, $44.50 day of show

All ages welcome

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About Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley

The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, eight time Grammy winning musician and producer Stephen was born on April 20, 1972; he began his career as a precocious six-year old singing, dancing and playing percussion with his siblings in the group The Melody Makers whose first single "Children Playing in The Streets" was produced by their father in 1979 and released on Tuff Gong, the label founded by Bob in the late 60s. While still a teenager he assisted in the production of The Melody Makers' albums including their three Best Reggae Album Grammy winners "Conscious Party" (Virgin Records, 1989) "One Bright Day" (Virgin Records, 1990) and "Fallen Is Babylon" (Elektra Entertainment, 1998).

In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists. Stephen's earliest solo production efforts for Ghetto Youths International includes his late grandmother's (Cedella Booker) album "My Altar", followed in 1995 by the Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers single "Works To Do" and younger brother Damian's "10,000 Chariots". In 1996 Damian released his debut album "Mr. Marley", on the Ghetto Youths imprint, on which Stephen played several instruments and wrote most of the songs, as well as producing the album.

The first project that brought Stephen's production capabilities widespread attention was "Chant Down Babylon", where he audaciously manipulated his father's original vocal outtakes from the 1970s Island Records' sessions, splicing them into duets with hip-hop and R&B artists, while updating the Wailers' richly textured one-drop rhythms with an assortment of samples, loops and overdubs. "Chant Down Babylon" achieved its objective of bringing Bob's music to a new generation of fans, earned a Grammy nomination, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Stephen's hip-hop infused dancehall beats were far more fluid and complex on Damian's 2001 album "Half Way Tree" (Ghetto Youths/Motown), demonstrating Stephen's equal dexterity in creating rugged roots reggae rhythms, which supported the well-crafted, substantial lyrics and Damian's vocal flow. "Half Way Tree" yielded several hits in Jamaica, and internationally, including "More Justice" and "It Was Written" (featuring Capleton) and won the 2002 Grammy for Best Reggae album.

Stephen produced and contributed vocals to Damian's single "Welcome to Jamrock", the biggest reggae song of 2005 and still very popular today. Released in September 2005, "Welcome To Jamrock" (Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths/Universal Republic) entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, a record setting opening week for a reggae artist; it was certified Gold and won the 2006 Reggae Album Grammy while the single was honored for the Best Alternative Hip Hop performance, another first for a Jamaican artist.

The success of "Welcome to Jamrock" increased the anticipation surrounding the release of Stephen's first solo effort- "Mind Control" -which won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2007. In 2008, Marley released a refreshing version of the hit album with an acoustic version that gained the artist another Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

In 2011 Stephen released his third solo album- "The Revelation, Pt.1: The Root of Life" that reconfirmed Stephen's expansive capabilities as an affecting vocalist, a versatile lyricist and an accomplished instrumentalist while furthering his renown as an ingenious producer.

Stephen continued to showcase his talent for navigating between genres by effortlessly blending reggae with soul, hip hop and electronic beats on his fourth solo album; "Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life," released in 2016. A robust reflection of his work, the album features songs with notable artists including; Rakim, Dead Prez, Wyclef Jean, Black Thought, Shaggy, Pitbull, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and more.

For the past two years, Stephen and his team worked on the development production and promotion of the annual Kaya Fest. Now in its third year, the Kaya Fest is a music and awareness festival intended to educate the public on the many benefits of Cannabis. In 2019 the festival will expand with showcases in both Florida and Southern California.

 

About with Special Guest Mike Love

with Special Guest Mike Love

Revolutionary music may seem hard to come by in these times, but that doesn't mean the revolution isn't still brewing. Meet Hawaii's Mike Love - who spreads his positive and powerful message across the globe.

Love developed a unique style and sound rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of reggae and Rastafari, while also fusing progressive and classic rock, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz, classical, and more. At the core of Mike's music, is healing - he is an active social, animal and environmental rights advocate, using his music as a tool to educate and unite.

Love started playing guitar at the age of 15, and soon after began performing live as front man for 10-piece band Dubkonscious. He then furthered his talents as a composer/lyricist, arranger and also producer on the band's album At the Foot of the Mountain.

He then began to hone what has now become an internationally recognized, power-packed, one-man-band style show, using looping, multiple instruments and an array of different vocal techniques and musical styles to create a full and powerful sound that belies the fact that he is on stage alone. Love's solo performances have since taken him to some of the largest stages in the world.

December 2012 saw the release of Love's first solo album, critically acclaimed The Change I'm Seeking. The album features his hit track Permanent Holiday, which went viral on YouTube and currently has more than 32 million views [2022], expanding his fan base to the furthest corners of the globe.

With the release of his second album Love Will Find a Way and follow-up companion album Love Overflowing, Love solidified the bond with his fans, exhibiting the evolution they have come to expect from his music.

Love has performed at festivals and on stages in the US, South and Central America, Canada, Europe, Guam, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, both solo and with his band The Full Circle. He has shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti, Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Groundation, Xavier Rudd, John Butler, Dave Matthews, Dub Inc., Trevor Hall, Nahko and Medicine for the People and Jack Johnson.

Notable festival plays include the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival (Byron Bay AUS), Reggae Sunska (Bordeaux FR), One Love Festival (Auckland NZ and California USA), California Roots Festival (Monterey USA), Boomtown Fair (UK), Sziget Festival (Budapest EU), Woodstock Festival (Poland EU), Electric Forest (Michigan USA), Wanderlust Festival (Hawaii, USA) and many more.

Love releases his music independently on his own Love Not War Records label and is currently working on his highly anticipated fourth album, with singles set to release some time in 2022.

 

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