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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bob Marley Birthday Parties

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Reggae's "Conquering Lion," the Legend-ary Bob Marley, would have been 64 on Friday. Born February 6, 1945 in St. Ann's, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley was a true musical visionary, a songwriter whose lyrics often seemed to come from Jah himself, who took reggae music to the highest "ites" while championing the "downpressed" sufferer against the "Babylon shitstem." In honor of this blessed event, let's all light a big fat spliff and get irie.

Yes, Rasta!

For those wishing for more, uh, active participation in Marley day, two local events this week honor Bob's b-day. This Saturday, Bay Area-based roots reggae revivalists Groundation come to Mezzanine to present a tribute to Bob Marley featuring legendary drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace -you might remember him from the movie "Rockers"--and Bay Area jazz guitarist Will Bernard. Ticket info is here and here. If you're still not irie enough by then, hasten over to the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley on Sunday for the weekly reggae bash King of Kings. DJ Smoky and guests I-Vier, Spliff Skankin' and DJ Boomshell play "all things Bob--all night long," which means that the Downlow's dancefloor will be more like a soul shakedown party, seen?

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