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Reggae in the Pool--Ziggy Marley Live at Mandalay BayPublished on Monday, 10 August 2015 22:15
Reggae in the Pool—Ziggy Marley Live at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
Story and Photos by Shelah Moody
Over the years, I’ve traveled to many exotic locations to experience live reggae music—to the river, to the mountains, to the park, to the desert, on a ranch—but I have never reviewed a show from the perspective of a pool.
On July 31, superstar Ziggy Marley--musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, voice actor, philanthropist, producer and multiple Grammy winner performed to a packed house at Mandalay Bay Resort Beach.
Mandalay Bay Resort Beach, part of one of Las Vegas’ toniest hotels, is described as a world-famous aquatic playground featuring 2,700 tons of real sand, a 1.6 million gallon wave pool and 100 rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and personalized villas.
I am not ashamed to say that during the first syncopated riffs of Marley’s opening song, I kicked off my high heels , hiked up my frilly dress and waded into the water, pearls and all, so that I check out the show up close and personal with other concert revelers. (Only after being repeatedly assured by Mandalay Bay’s on duty lifeguards that I could not drown in a just few feet of water). Marley’s punky reggae party reminded me of watching a show by the ocean in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
As it turned out, the pool was the best place to watch a Ziggy Marley concert after a desert heatwave, with daytime temperatures soaring to 104 degrees and nighttime temps dropping to 70 degrees. Twirling and splashing in the water, I felt wild and free, like the title of Marley’s 2011 Grammy winning album. Note to self: next time, bring bathing suit and boogie board.
Arguably one of the most influential people in the music industry, the eldest son of icon Bob Marley has taken reggae music to new vistas, with his mix of roots reggae, ska, rock, and R&B, folk and African styles that he refers to as “Ziggy Music.”
Jamming on the electric guitar, Marley opened with the title track of his 1988 breakthrough album, “Conscious Party,” recorded with his siblings, Stephen, Cedella and Sharon—The Melody Makers, and segued into the jubilant “Reggae in My Head,” from “Wild and Free.” Marley was backed by a multicultural, world class group of musicians, including longtime members Santa Davis (drums), Ian “Beezy” Coleman (guitar), Takeshi Akimoto (guitar), Pablo Stennett (bass) and Tracy Hazzard (vocalist/dancer).
The majority of songs included in Marley’s Mandalay Bay set list focused on themes of ascension, liberation, stepping out of one’s comfort zone, social justice and overcoming insurmountable obstacles. “Forward to Love.” “I Get Up.” “Moving Forward.” “Fly Rasta.” “True to Myself.” “Love is My Religion.” “Rainbow in the Sky.”
“I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars,” the lead track from his recent album, “Fly Rasta,” is a love song for Mother Earth. Coincidentally, the video for “I Don’t Wanna Live on Mars” was filmed in the nearby Mohave Desert.
As one of his encore selections, Marley performed a soulful version of Bob Marley’s “Punky Reggae Party.” Equally impressive was the band’s mash up of Bob Marley’s “War” and Ziggy Marley’s ballad “Justice,” from his 1989 album, “One Bright Day.” During the middle of the show, Marley’s adorable young sons, Gideon and Abraham delighted the audience by singing and dancing around the stage, with Gideon holding a steady beat on the cymbals. During their stay in Vegas, Abraham, Gideon and their older sister Judah got to check out the Michael Jackson multi-media extravaganza “One,” presented by the Cirque Du Soleil, at Mandalay Bay. http://www.mandalaybay.com/entertainment/michael-jackson-ONE.
In case you haven’t heard, this cool dread is now a brand, with his own comic book, “Marijuana Man,” line of non-GMO foods--Ziggy Marley Organics and other projects. Early this year, Ziggy and Stephen “Ragga” Marley became the new faces of the high end John Varvatos clothing line, with larger than life advertisements strategically placed in stores around the world. In February, Marley and Tuff Gong Worldwide earned another Grammy for “Fly Rasta,” Best Reggae Album. On Aug. 16, Ziggy Marley will host “Reggae Night: Bob Marley’s Roots Rock Reggae - A 70th Birthday Celebration, featuring Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Inner Circle and the Skatalites. For more Ziggy Marley tour dates, go to http://ziggymarley.com/upcoming-shows/#sthash.kfo8yRg7.dpuf. For Mandalay Bay’s Beach Concert Series, check out http://www.mandalaybay.com/entertainment/beach-concert-series.
SAN JOSE JAZZ FEST AUG 7th -9thPublished on Friday, 24 July 2015 06:20
Terri Lynne Carrington’s MOSAIC PROJECT: LOVE & SOUL, WITH LEDISI
When I was growing up music was always in my home. There were albums being played on the stereo or my uncles playing the drums, piano, guitar, saxophone and singing. The drums and the saxophone have always been my favorite of all the instruments. I couldn’t believe that years later, I would meet the love of my life and he would to be a drummer. When I told my uncles that he was a drummer, the look on their faces was not pretty. When they heard him play that changed, my husband received their approval. A good drummer can make a so, so band sound great. All you jazz lover’s it’s about that time! The San Jose Jazz Festival is almost here August 7th through August 9th in downtown San Jose. This year one of my favorite drummers is going to be there Terri Lynne Carrington’s MOSAIC PROJECT: LOVE & SOUL, WITH LEDISI. She has put together an ensemble that includes, Tia Fuller on alto saxophone, Elena Pinderhughes on flute, Arnetta Johnson on trumpet, Andrew Marzotto on guitar, Amy Bellamy on piano, Josh Hari on bass and on vocals Jaguar Wright, Oleta Adams and Bay Areas own Ledsi. Yes, Terri Lynne is a force to be reckoned with she is a drummer, singer, songwriter and record producer. She was born in Medford, Massachusetts, and raised in a very musical family. At the age of seven she received a drum set that belonged to her grandfather Matt Carrington, who played with Fats Waller and Leon Brown "Chu" Berry. That was the making of one amazing drummer. This Grammy Award winning almost fifty year old drummer, has played with some heavy hitter in jazz community the likes of Stan Getz, James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, David Sanborn and Esperanza Spalding to name a few. Terri Lynne has put out six albums in her career. She won two Grammy’s one for 2011 The Mosaic Project and 2013 Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue. Check out these two albums they are fantastic. Terri Lynne jazz drumming has reached such a masterful peak. Her drumming is bad a--! She certainly gives the power of belief to women drummers everywhere. Check out Terri Lynne Carrington on Streetwise Radio Jazz Café. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, MyGen365, Live365 and Athena365.
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