Headlining this bevy of superstars are legendary Toots & the Maytals (who along with Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley are regarded as the fathers of Reggae music), Ali Campbell’s UB40 the former lead singer of UB40 band who have sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Other Icons include Mykal ‘Grammy’ Rose, former lead singer of Black Uhuru, winners of the first Reggae Grammy. Prolific Rocksteady/Reggae singer John Holt, his slow romantic style is recognized as the fore runner of the Lovers Rock sub genre.
Daddy U Roy the ‘Originator’ whose style of `Toasting’ is one of the pioneers of the DJ/Rap culture from the 60’s. `The Queen of the Dance Hall ‘ Lady Saw the first female DJ to win a Dance Hall Grammy. The harmonizing protest singers The Wailing Souls, nominated 3 times for the Reggae Grammy. Talented songbird Etana plus local stars Ambelique, Mical Rustle and the Code Red Band. DJ music will be provided by Glamma Wayne of Gemini Disco fame.
Berris White, CEO of Effective Music & Entertainment, (Executive Producers of this event) said he grew up with this music and many of these stars and saw the need to still recognize and showcase the stalwarts and originators of this genre and the high standards of the original style of Reggae music. He hopes “Icons of Reggae in Concert” will be an annual event and what better time to start than on this year the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.
Gates open at 12 noon and show time is 2pm sharp. In addition to the exciting music there will also be great food from many of our local Caribbean chefs and restaurants, arts and craft vendors and displays showcasing Jamaica’s 50th Independence, plus activities for children including Bounce House and face painting.
Tickets for this fun filled day of festive music for the family are $32 (early bird up to Jan. 31.) $42 after and $52 at the gate. Children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. VIP tickets (inclusive of preferred parking, seating and refreshments) are $100. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets including participating Wal Mart stores, local Caribbean ticket outlets or online at www.iconsofreggae.com.