Reggae superstar Maxi Priest and legendary guitarist Junior Marvin from Bob Marley’s original Wailiers celebrate global icon Bob Marley’s 70th birthday with a one-in-a-lifetime concert experience at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8.p.m. Tickets for “Get Up Stand Up: A Tribute to the Music of Bob Marley” are $59.50, $49.50, and $39.50 and can be purchased online at www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury.
Reggae fans will relive the magic of Marley’s music and message as Maxi Priest and Junior Marvin masterfully perform songs from the charismatic musician’s extensive catalog, including the massive hits “One Love,” “Redemption Song,” “Jammin'” “Three Little Birds,” “No Woman No Cry,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and countless others. British reggae superstar and vocalist Maxi Priest will also perform a selection of his international hits, including “Easy to Love,” “That Girl,” and “Wild Ones.” Priest is the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts, and is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion.
Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter Bob Marley served as a world ambassador for reggae music and sold more than 20 million records throughout his career—making him the first international superstar to emerge from the so-called Third World. Since his passing on May 11, 1981, his legend looms larger than ever, as evidenced by an ever-lengthening list of accomplishments attributable to his music, which championed for social change while allowing listeners to forget their troubles and dance.
Although Marley’s music was never recognized with a Grammy nomination, he was bestowed the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, an honor given by the Recording Academy to performers who have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording. Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and in 1999, his album “Exodus” was named “Album of the Century” by Time Magazine, while his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC. Since its release in 1984, Marley’s “Legend” compilation has annually sold over 250,000 copies, and it is only the seventeenth album to exceed sales of 10 million copies.
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