Champlain Valley Fair
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley featuring Stephen “Ragga” Marley With Redman and Easy Star All Stars
With Redman and Easy Star All Stars
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Damian and Stephen Marley
Damian and Stephen Marley are bringing their unique blend of Reggae music and world peace to this year’s Champlain Valley Fair, Saturday, August 31st in the Coca-Cola grandstand.
Both sons of Reggae Legend Bob Marley Damian and Stephen have each worked assiduously to carve their own niche in music history and to add a new perspective to the Marley legacy for the 21st century.
The second son of Bob and Rita Marley, 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 who’s first single “Children Playing In The Streets” was produced by their father. Just like his older brother Ziggy, Stephen acquired his initial studio skills by watching his father. In 1993 Ziggy and Stephen founded Ghetto Youths International as a means of controlling their own music and helping upcoming artists.
Damian Robert Nesta Marley, also known around the world as “Junior Gong” and more recently as “Gongzilla” was born in 1978 to parents Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. As a young adult, he developed a passion and a gift to speak for those who cannot always speak for themselves. A self-proclaimed ‘Spiritual Revolutionary’
Newark’s favorite prodigal son Reggie Noble, aka platinum-selling Def Jam Recordings artist Redman, shows off a different side of his musical persona with the release of his 7th solo album, REGGIE on December 7th. The sneak attack is initiated on the first two tracks that have already hit the street – the Internet only “Tiger Style Crane” and the new mixshow sensation, “Def Jammable.” (video directed by Clifton Bell (Ayo) to be released next week)
Featured producers on REGGIE include Rockwilder and DJ Khalil, with guest appearances lined up for Method Man, Bun B, Faith Evans and his Gilla House crew. Final personnel lineups and song title sequence will be announced in the weeks ahead. He is currently on a 20 city European tour with his partner in rhyme Method Man promoting his new “REGGIE” LP
Redman Def Jam’s elder statesman exploded on to the hip-hop scene in 1992 with Whut? Thee Album. And still going hard an entire hiphop generation and half dozen gold and platinum albums later (Whut? Thee Album <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whut%3F_Thee_Album> (1992), Dare Iz a Darkside <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dare_Iz_a_Darkside> .(1994), Muddy Waters (1996), Doc’s da Name 2000 (1998), Blackout (1999, with Method Man), Malpractice (2001).)
Easy Star All Stars
Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. Thanks to their best-selling tribute album releases,Dub Side of the Moon (2003),Radiodread (2006), and Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), the remix album Dubber Side of the Moon (2010), as well as original releases Until That Day EP (2008) and First Light (2011), the Easy Star All-Stars have built a growing, dedicated fan base throughout the world, bringing together fans of reggae, classic rock, dub and indie rock into one big family.
The band has toured in over 30 countries on 6 continents, playing over 100 shows per year for the past 5 years. They’ve played loads of major festivals throughout the world, including an unprecedented three-day, three-stage stand at Glastonbury in 2009, which earned them a UK Festy Award Nomination that year.
Easy Star’s Thrillah marks the band’s first new tribute album since 2009’s Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band. Starting with Dub Side of the Moon, the band has deconstructed classic albums and rebuilt them as reggae, helping to start a larger trend that has since become popular at major festivals and in other genres. As source material, Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the first album the band tackled by an American artist, a non-rock artist and a non-concept record. The group found their usual innovative ways to transform the material, turning “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” into an Afro-Beat anthem and slowing down “Beat It” into a powerfully emotional roots song. On the record, the group is joined by guest artists like Steel Pulse, Luciano, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Spragga Benz, Cas Haley, Christopher Martin, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), The Green and others. On tour, the band will present the music on their own, as usual, mixing in music from this record along with hits from their entire past catalog of tribute albums and originals. The Thrillah Tour continues the band’s nearly 10 year tradition of incredible live shows that have built them into one of the most popular touring reggae bands on the planet.