The Wailers perform at Agave Tuesday
Two reggae powerhouses will perform at Agave in Avon tonight. The Wailers will be joined by Duane Stephenson for the Uprising 2011 Tour. The Wailers, one of the world’s most celebrated reggae groups, are getting back to their roots with their new three-singer line-up, which includes Yvad, Koolant and Danglin as well as original member and the band’s musical director Aston “Familyman” Barrett. This year celebrates Familyman’s 40th year with The Wailers. “For more than 40 years, The Wailers have been about spreading a positive message to our audiences,” Barrett said. “With the World Food Program’ campaign, we want to get the word out beyond the audience – so even if these people can’t feel it musically, they can feel it spiritually.”The band will be using the tour to bring attention to their new single “A Step For Mankind,” which was written by Stephenson specifically for the World Food Program. They will be donating unused funds from the band’s hospitality riders directly to the United Nations’ World Food Program to help stop world hunger. Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers are one of the most successful reggae bands of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. Wailers’ bass player, Barrett, is recognized throughout the world as the architect of reggae.A revered innovator, he joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley’s right-hand man and musical director. On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers’ sound. Following Marley’s death in 1981, “Fams” took the reins as the band’s leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band’s involvement with the fight against global hunger. “A Step for Mankind,” recorded in Jamaica specifically for Oniric Records’ Solution for Dreamers: Season 3 is the band’s first studio song in more than 16 years. The band has been supporting the United Nations’ World Food Programƒ (WFP) efforts to eradicate hunger throughout the world. The new song calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. The band is joined on the track by the Wailers’ new singer Koolant, a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas, known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work. The track also introduces Dr Dre’s protg, Bishop Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper. Stephenson, recognized as one of reggae’s most talented sons, is promoting the release of his latest album, “Black Gold,” and is joining the tour as special guest. This is Stephenson’s sophomore album, following the top-selling “August Town,” He is also the writer behind “A Step for Mankind,” which he will be performing on tour with the Wailers at each performance. Advanced tickets are $25 and available for purchase at Agave, Get Hi Gallery, Eagle Valley Music, and online at http://www.rmentertainment.com. The show starts at 10 p.m. and is for people age 21 and older. Free shuttles will be provided to Eagle-Vail and Avon while TurtleBus will provide rides to Edwards and Vail for $5. Both shuttles leave 15 minutes after the show.
What: The Wailers and Duane Stephenson.Where: Agave, 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd AvonWhen: 10 p.m. Tuesday.Cost: Advanced tickets are $25 and available for purchase at Agave, Get Hi Gallery, Eagle Valley Music, and online at http://www.rmentertainment.com. More information: Call 970-748-8666. Free shuttles will be provided to Eagle-Vail & Avon while TurtleBus will provide rides to Edwards and Vail for just $5. Both shuttles leave 15 minutes after the show.