Entries tagged with: Bob Marley
Take Me To The River is a new-ish documentary on the Memphis music scene. You can watch the trailer below and here's the synopsis:
"Take Me To The River" is a feature documentary and record celebrating the inter-generational, inter-racial, inter-gender musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender, and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. Hip-hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, PNut, Hustle & Flow's Oscar-winning Frayser Boy, Al Kapone and Yo Gotti are paired with Grammy-winning legends of Memphis soul and R&B, including Mavis Staples, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush, WIlliam Bell, Otis Clay, and the incomparable session musicians of Stax and Hi Records. Oscar nominee Terrence Howard is our "MC" through the story as well as one of our recording artists.Several of the artists featured in the documentary, including William Bell, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, Frayser Boy, and Al Kapone, along with The Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison, will be celebrating the film with two live shows in NYC, backed by The 13-Piece House Band with Stax Records Hi Rhythm Section, and The Royal Memphis Horns led by Ben Cauley with special guests Stax Music Academy All-Star Broomfield Band.
The first of those shows, billed as "Take Me To The River LIVE," happens at Brooklyn Bowl on February 11. Tickets for that one are on sale now, and you can get $15 off with the promo code: STAX.
They do it again at Apollo Theater on February 12, with the addition of students from STAX Music Academy and students from NYC public schools. Ticket for the Apollo show are on sale, and also support bringing New York City public school students to the event as part of the film's educational initiative.
Brooklyn Bowl also has a slew of other tribute events coming up this month. Tonight (2/6) they've got a show to celebrate Bob Marley's 70th Birthday with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Roosevelt Collier, and Greg Humphreys Electric Trio (tickets).
Tuesday (2/10) is the Grateful Dead tribute with Alex Bleeker and The Freaks, Cass McCombs, Lenny Kaye, members of Darkside, Woods and more (tickets). Two days later, Who's Bad, the Michael Jackson tribute band, hits the venue (tickets).
The annual J Dilla tribute, Donuts Are Forever, happens February 15 and is sold out. There's also a Dilla celebration at Littlefield tonight (tickets).
Check out the trailer for Take Me To The River below...
Bob Marley was the center of attention at the Apollo on Saturday night, but Lauryn Hill stole the show, as this Apollo-written recap of the event explains:
This past Saturday, the Apollo Theater celebrated the 35th anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley's Apollo debut with two big blowout concerts.Check out video below...
The unforgettable evening featured some of reggae music's biggest titans performing Marley's signature numbers including: international reggae star Maxi Priest whose effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall led him to become the first reggae artist to have a number one hit worldwide; Marley's son Ky-Mani Marley who, a star in his own right, is an accomplished musician, singer-songwriter and actor; reggae ambassadors Third World, one of the most legendary reggae bands of all time, most known for their hits "Now That We Found Love" and "Try Jah Love"; The Wailers who together with Bob Marley have sold over 250 million albums worldwide and are considered one of the most successful bands in reggae music history. Additionally, the Apollo audience was treated to a very special surprise guest performance by music superstar Lauryn Hill. The Grammy Award-winning songstress sent the Apollo audience into a frenzy when she joined The Wailers on stage, performing rousing renditions of Marley's "Could This Be Love," "Zimbabwe," "Is This Love," as well as one of her own big hits "Doo Wop." All of the artists came together at the end of each show to perform Marley's seminal classic "One Love."
In late October 1979, Bob Marley and the Wailers made their Apollo debut with a sold-out seven show run. These performances were very special to the band for several reasons. Harlem was where Marcus Garvey first reached out to the African American community hearkening them to "look to East Africa, for the crowning of the Black King" - an idea which helped kindled the early flames of the Rastafari Movement. Additionally, Marley's concert run at the Apollo was his attempt to connect with the black community in North America and spread the message of Pan-Africanism and global black unity.As quoted above, reggae legend Bob Marley made his Apollo Theatre debut back in 1979 and now that concert will be commemorated with a tribute happening November 29 at the same venue. There's two shows (8 PM and 11 PM) happening that night and they will feature his backing band The Wailers, fellow reggae vets Third World and Maxi Priest, and Bob's son Ky-Mani Marley. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
photos by Greg Cristman
The Wailers @ The Paramount - 1/20/13
The Wailers, Bob Marley's backing band who now tours being led by longtime bassist Aston Barrett, are on tour now performing their 1979 album, Survival, in its entirety plus a set of hits afterwards. The tour stops in NYC on Thursday (1/24) at Brooklyn Bowl for a show with Top Shotta Band. Tickets for that show are available. All remaining dates are listed below.
The tour also stopped in Long Island over the weekend for a show at Huntington's Paramount on Sunday (1/20) with Groundswell and Frank Viele. We caught that one and pictures from it are in this post. Though they're obviously without Bob Marley, our photographer said that the band is still a ton of fun to see and their hits-filled set which had songs like "Redemption Song," "I Shot the Sheriff," "Jamming," and an extended version of "Exodus," had everyone on their feet and dancing.
More pics, the Wailers setlist from the LI show, and a list of remaining dates below...
Instrumental hip hop producer RJD2, who has a handful of solo material along with a number of collaborations with rappers in the Def Jux/Rhymesayers realm (among other things), will be celebrating New Year's Eve in NYC with a show at Gramercy Theater (12/31) with Com Truise and Chrome Sparks (DJ). Tickets for that show are still available and we also have two pairs to giveaway. Details on how to win are below.
In more year-end celebrations for RJD2, we spoke to him about his top ten things of 2012. Only four of them are albums and only three of those albums came out this year, but it's a pretty awesome list and you can check out the entire thing below.
As others in attendance at our free screening of the documentary last week can attest, the new Bob Marley documentary, titled "Marley", is a fine flick worth and one well worth celebrating 4/20 with, so either get to a theater near you showing the film tonight, or watch it online (not free).
""There is probably no musical artist who has as wide an audience internationally as Bob does," Macdonald says. "You can find people in any country in the world, whether the Arab world or Africa or Asia, who are into Bob. There is this huge built-in audience for people who want to know more about this man whose music speaks to them. And it's a really interesting life story. He lived a rich and eventful life, he died tragically young, and it's a great narrative. The amazing thing about Marley is that he's utterly unique. There is no other superstar in the world of music who came from the Third World -- he's the only one who speaks to the developing world. He's not just a popular musician, he's a philosopher. He's a prophet for them. He's somebody who gives advice and succor in times of need. There's nobody else who's like that. That's why I wanted to make a movie about him, to understand what he was saying and why he was saying it and why it is that the music has this ongoing resonance."" [Hollywood Reporter]MARLEY, made with the full support of the Marley family, "is the definitive life story of Bob Marley: musician, father, believer, husband, revolutionary, legend: from his early days through his rise to international superstardom." Directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play), the documentary, which screened at SXSW this year, is being released on demand and in theaters, including the Sunshine in NYC, on 4/20 (naturally).
You don't need to wait that long to see it though because BrooklynVegan is proud to present a FREE advanced screening of the film at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Thursday, 4/12, at 7pm (first come, first served). Like our recent screenings of The Island President, Boy, Senna, and Exit Through the Gift Shop, seats are put out in the main/back room of the club where a screen comes down over the stage, and the sound booms out of their concert-ready system. See you there.
Check out the trailer and video interview with Kevin Macdonald, Ziggy Marley and his wife Karen, below...
The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for an upcoming Weinstein Co. film drama about the late reggae star even though his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer.
The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documentary being produced by the Marley family-owned Tuff Gong Pictures and Steven Bing's Shangri La production banner, the first theatrical documentary to license Marley songs. [Reuters]