Posted in music | pictures on July 22, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Alpha Blondy
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"4:45 PM: Perry's band is ok. A couple of times they do a little dub, some swirling, echoey organ, some piano but mostly it's just one long vamp after another. From down the hill, most of Perry's vocals are inaudible and those that aren't don't make any sense. Not that they'd make any more sense if they were. It would be nice to be able to see something but it's also nice to be outside under the trees with plenty of space.

5:20 PM: The line has mostly disappeared, but the place is clearly sold out. Ivory Coast reggae legend Alpha Blondy has taken the stage, barely visible from beyond the wooden fence just short of the press tent outside. He's got a couple of women singing harmony, a horn section, a couple of guitars and keyboards. He looks resplendent in his gold robe. The sound is all highs and lows with not much midrange, screechy guitar opening the show with a long, note-for-note Zeppelin riff, bass booming, hypnotic and comforting. Just down the hill behind the back wall of the arena, people have brought their blankets, their picnics, their beer. The sound is great back here, and it's a lot more comfortable than having to stand inside. Scratch Perry's deity is everywhere, in the air, in peoples' lungs, in their red eyes. Time to find a tree that hasn't been taken, get some back support. One with the earth, yes I! Alpha Blondy plays a greatest-hits show..." [Lucid Culture]

As pointed out above, Lee "Scratch" Perry (and his suitcase) opened Sunday's Summerstage show (which was one day after the secret show at BKLYN YARD). More pictures below...

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Comments (5)

Was a great show...thanks for finally putting these up

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 7:20 PM

blondie's bassist = awesome... and looks like he's packing one hell of a moby dick in those jeans.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 10:39 PM

When did David Cross start playing with Lee Perry?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2009 11:52 PM

how come you only cover reggae listened to by white people?

THATS RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!111111

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2009 12:20 PM

scratch like dem white boys

Posted by the minister | July 23, 2009 3:53 PM

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