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Marcia Griffiths (of Bob Marley & The Wailers) + Sly & Robbie

July 28, 2017
8:00 pm
Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

Moe's Alley presents Reggae Matriarch MARCIA GRIFFITHS (of Bob Marley & The Wailers), for her first-ever performance at our venue! She will perform together with Jamaica's "Riddim Twins" SLY & ROBBIE & THE TAXI GANG. Special guests MIGHTY MYSTIC support. Get yout tickets well in advance for this show! $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show Doors 8:00 PM, Show 9:00 PM Patio Menu by Jerk House Santa Cruz: Marcia Griffiths is the Queen of Reggae music. She has had many successful shows internationally for over thirty years in the music business. Her latest album Marcia and Friends, featuring nearly forty songs with her and other top artists, straightaway hit the billboard charts. As one of the original I - Three's - the background vocalists for the legendary Bob Marley - Marcia helps to keep the spirit of Bob Marley alive. She is a direct link to the prophetical, proverbial king of Reggae - Bob Marley. In her shows she always covers some of his hit songs with class and sincerity and the spirit of Bob Marley is rekindled. The I-Threes, Bob Marley's three little birds, were the most influential female singing group in the history of Jamaican music. A trio featuring Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt, the I-Threes provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley's performances and recordings from 1974 until his passing ten years later. Backing Marcia on this tour is Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass), the arrangers, producers, songwriters, session musicians and developers of raw talent, are widely acknowledged as 'the world's greatest rhythm section'. 'The Riddim Twins' have been together for over 35 years....between them they are estimated to have played on or produced over 200,000 recordings. Their list of collaborators is a veritable who's who - there's every prominent Jamaican artist from Beenie Man to Sean Paul to Peter Tosh, Don Carlos, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Shaggy, Cherine Anderson, Bitty Mclean, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Ini Kamoze; and they have played with and produced artists such as Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Paul McCartney, Carlos Santana, Sinead O'Connor, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40's Ali Campbell, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Michael Franti and countless others. Sly and Robbie, affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era. Marcia Griffiths was already well known when the I-Threes came together. From her duet recordings with Bob Andy, including Young, Gifted and Black, Marcia Griffiths already had international recognition. During the recording, Marcia asked Judy to sing a harmony on Young, Gifted and Black, which later went to number two on the British charts. After that Marcia invited the Rita and Judy to sing harmony with her on a show she had at the House of Chen in New Kingston, Jamaica. This show was where the I-Threes vocal group was born. Shortly thereafter, after the departure of Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston from the Wailers, Bob asked the I-Threes to sing on his recording, Jah Live. After that historical recording, the I-Threes continued to record the entire Natty Dread album. For the next ten years the I-Threes did all the tours with Bob Marley and sang on all of his albums. The only Bob Marley album they didn't sing harmony on was Catch a Fire. Since Marley's passing, Marcia has been working hard and consistently as a solo artist touring the world. August 2011 the I Threes did two major performances in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA at the Hollywood Bowl. People came from near and far to see the I-Threes performing together again. On the annual U.S. Sunsplash Tours with Tony Johnson, Marcia used to do the tour every year. Marcia Griffiths is a rare example of what true quality reggae music embodies. Marcia's Love is Automatic single with Busy Signal was number one on the England and European charts. Another of her big current songs that gets a lot of radio airplay is What Goes Up, Must Come Down which is a combination with Marcia and Queen Ifrica. Marcia Griffith's latest CD, Marcia and Friends features combinations with singers such as Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Bunny Rugs, Daville, Freddie McGregor, Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, Diana King, Richie Stevens, Etana, Bob Andy and John Holt, amongst others. For DJ's on Marcia and Friends, there are combinations with Gentleman, Damian Marley, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and U Roy. Marcia Griffiths is a special treat, bringing us inspired reggae music, backed by excellent background vocalists and on this tour by the legendary Sly & Robbie. She puts on a classic show, lively, inspired and uplifting.

Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz

1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
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