UPDATE, Wednesday, February 2, at 2:59 p.m.: Anthony B's show at Crosstown Station has been canceled and replaced with a date at The Granada in Lawrence. The new show time is tomorrow, February 3. Check out more information here.
Nesta Robert "Bob" Marley, OM would have celebrated his 66th birthday this Thursday if he still walked amongst us today.
Whether 420-friendly or not, one cannot deny his impact on culture. This week, from Tanzania to England to Kansas City, his music and legacy will be remembered with radio broadcasts, late-night dub sessions, spoken-word performances and countless covers of every track from Legend. Are you willing to venture out of your snow clave to feel Jah's love?
Warm up this dreary-ass week with these shows filled with island beats, natty dreads and Red Stripe specials:
Anthony B & The Band and DJ Jabberock at Crosstown Station:
This hardcore Rastafarian is a member of the Bobo Ashanti sect, known for their turbans and long robes. Hear his rich, spiritual, politically correct reggae tomorrow at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door or buy them here. Doors open at 8 p.m.
An Americana tribute to Bob Marley at the Jazzhaus:
On Thursday night, dobro-man James Dean Rose Jr. leads this movement of jah country music people that includes several acts including Tyler Gregory and Cowgirls Trainset. The show begins at 10 p.m., and the cover is $3. Done right, "Redemption Song" on a banjo might sound incredible, you never know. If not, $2.50 Boulevard pints and $3 Stolis can ease the pain.
The Melodians, New Riddim, the Passtimes and DJ Rico at Crosstown Station:
We've plugged the shit out of this show (read Nick Spacek's Critic's Choice preview in print on Wednesday). Yes, reggae legends will be in the Crossroads on Thursday night. Neo-ska-revivalists New Riddim and resident Hooligan king DJ Rico open up. Tickets are still available for $10 advance and $12 at the door.
Jah Kings CD-release show at Californos:
The Springfield-based reggae band shares a member with KC's 77 Jefferson. DJ Jabberock also opens this one up on Friday at 8 p.m. Cover is $3. Copies of Jah Kings' Afrikan Diaspora will be available for $10.