Reggae shows in Nashville are about as common as ... well, Cracker Barrel outposts in Kingston. That makes tomorrow night's appearance by Alex Marley — cousin of Bob, and a singer, guitarist and recording artist in his own right — a doubly rare opportunity. On Saturday, he'll be performing two sets, 8:30 ("younger crowd," sez the flyer) and 11 p.m. ("adult"), with his Black Lion Band in honor of what would have been Bob Marley's 67th birthday Feb. 6 at Madison's Island Breeze Cafe (formerly the Montego Bay Cafe), 936 Gallatin Pike South.
At Sinizine, Dave Sharp has a preview of what to expect:
Marley is a Rastafarian who’s fluent in Jamaican culture and music, which over the years he’s broadened to include other sounds and instruments (he plays seven and DJs). Although he came from a purely reggae/dance-hall background, his experience studying music at The Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing in Kingston and traveling the world surfing (he’s been a member of Jamaica’s national team) introduced him to different cultures and sounds.
Diversity is the essential component in Marley’s endeavors and its reflected in the makeup of his band, the Black Lion Band. Their keyboardist is from the USA, drummer is from Trinidad, bassist from Venezuela and Marley is from Jamaica. He says it makes it more natural to blend ideas and sounds.
“The band I’m playing with used to play rock,” Marley said. “They’re pros so they know how to play reggae as well. I bring the dance-hall and reggae and they bring the rock.”
Special guests at intermission include the Sonar Fleece Band and DJ Dom Electro from the Dub Poet Society. The club will also have Caribbean food and soft drinks available, along with the obligatory Red Stripe beer. Tickets are $20. Call 750-2656 or 587-9739 for ticket info.