Damian “Jr Gong” Marley is hitting the US for his ‘Catch a Fire’ Tour starting late August! Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and special guest Jo Mersa and Black Am I will be joining Damian in bringing the reggae heat to your city. The ‘Catch a Fire’ crew will be making stops in Philly, Las Vegas, Columbus, New York’s Central Park Summer stage, and many more. Tickets can be purchased here.
August 29 Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for the Performing Arts
August 30 New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage
September 3 Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 4 Portland, ME—Maine State Pier
September 5 Vienna, VA—The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
September 6 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony Summerstage
September 9 Columbus, OH—The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
September 11 Kansas City, MO—The Crossroads
September 12 Minneapolis, MN—The Cabooze Plaza
September 15 Denver, CO—Fillmore Auditorium
September 16 Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex
September 18 Eugene, OR—Cuthbert Amphitheater
September 19 Redmond, WA—Marymoor Park
September 20 Boise, ID—Revolution Center
September 22 San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
September 24 Las Vegas, NV—The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Pool
September 25 Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
The 2nd Annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise tickets are on sale now and our sources say they’re going fast. After last year’s experience, the word is out to say the least, so you’ll want to make sure you cop these tickets while you can.
Last years cruise was bananas, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Cham, Morgan Heritage and Wayne Marshall were just a few of the headlining acts on the ship.
This year after a successful first go around, the Jamrock Reggae Cruise team has decided to bring out 2 major cruise ships to head out to sea. The first cruise takes off November 30th and lands back to shore on December 5th, with the second cruise running from December 5th through the 10th. Featured artists include, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Third World, Capleton, and of course Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and much more.
Call your friends and family and lets get ready for *THE* Reggae experience on the ocean. Peep the video below for a bit of what we were fortunate enough to experience last year incase you need some further convincing.
Today is International Reggae Day and The House of Marley would like to encourage you to take your time and appreciate the different sounds of reggae music. Comment below and let us know your favorite reggae tune.
Jimmy Cliff – World Upside Down
Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is
Stephen Marley Ft. Damian Marley – Jah Army
Barrington Levy – Sensimilla
Rebelution – Ordinary Girl
Sanchez – Never Dis Man
Queen Ifrica – Keep It Your Self
Sean Paul – Temperature
Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Make It Bun Dem ($1 Bin Remix)[soundcloud id=’59263081′ playerType=’html5′ autoPlay=’false’]
Gyptian – Hold Yuh[soundcloud id=’10370976′ playerType=’html5′ autoPlay=’false’]
Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa and Bob Marley are all related. No, they aren’t family, per se… but there is a musical web that features straight lines from the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley to the new distinct sounds of Skrillex’s heart-pounding dubstep and Wiz’s smooth flowing rhymes. Through the music of the Marley family, The House of Marley has assembled a brief look at the history of reggae music and it’s influence on today’s popular music.
Whether roots reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub or dancehall, these Marley tracks have consistently bred new kinds of music over the course of the past 40+ years. From hip-hop to dubstep and ska to political punk, through the history of reggae and Bob Marley, the course of music has forever changed.
Roots Reggae: Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Get Up Stand Up”
Roots reggae is best exemplified by Bob Marley’s later work. Relying heavily on bouncing bass rhythms, scratchy guitar sounds and lyrics that dealt with beliefs and political stances, the genre would be forever defined by massive hits like “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Get Up Stand Up.” The tradition of catchy music with social themes is carried on today by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Lupe Fiasco.
Ska: Bob Marley & The Wailers – “One Love/People Get Ready”
Featuring an early take on the classic “One Love” and a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Bob Marley & The Wailers take the offbeat rhythm of rocksteady and amp up its pace in this ska classic. Following Marley and Desmond Dekker’s lead, the ska sound has gone on to be played by large selling acts like No Doubt, Sublime, The Specials and Madness.
Rocksteady: Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rock Steady”
Recorded in the late ’60s, Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Rock Steady” is the perfect example of the song’s genre namesake. Rocksteady features less reliance on the organ than ska, and has slower tempos. Closely following the formula of hits used by Motown in the ‘60s, this R&B influenced version of reggae eventually helped breed artists like The Roots, Raphael Saadiq and Black Eyed Peas.
Dub: Bob Marley w/ U-Roy – “Small Axe”
Dub may be one of the most interesting sub-genres of reggae as producers use instrumental parts of popular reggae songs to create new spaced-out sounds. Pioneers of the genre, including King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry, have had a heavy influence on the creation of dubstep. Dubstep closely follows their formula by adding reverb, echo and delay to samples. Check out the wild sounds of U-Roy mixing Bob Marley’s “Small Axe,” and tell us Skrillex and Bassnectar didn’t pick up a few things from Jamaica.
Dancehall: Damian Marley and Skrillex – “Make It Bun Dem”
A modern take on Dancehall music with a little dubstep thrown in for good measure, Damian Marley and Skrillex make a formidable duo by combining forces on the new track, “Make It Bun Dem.” Sampling a reggae organ, Damian spits fast and furious rhymes over a Skrillex mix that catapults the sounds of Jamaica into the 21st Century. Hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and The Game have found similar success by sampling dancehall for chart-topping hits.
The history of reggae music has had far-reaching effects over the years. From the birth of new music and new listeners, to new collaborations like that of Damian Marley and Skrillex, reggae music has developed into something that stretches far beyond its birthplace of Jamaica. Now the whole world is listening.