Catch A Fire Tourfeaturing: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Super Cat, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Jo Mersa, Black Am I, Skip Marley, Jemere Morgan, Plus DJ Sets by Kingston 12, Shinehead, and Papalote
Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Start Time: 5:00 PM
The Catch A Fire Tour will make a stop at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, September 25 at 5:00 PM. The tour features Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Morgan Heritage and Tarrus Riley with special guests Jo Mersa and Black Am I. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15 at 11:00 AM.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley:The youngest son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the Reggae category, taking home an award for Best Urban/Alternative performance for his title single, “Welcome To Jamrock.” The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc Welcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for Best Reggae Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in conjunction with his Distant Relatives project., and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track “Make It Bun Dem”, which Rolling Stone called “a monster mash up of dubstep and dancehall.”Damian is also working with his brothers Stephen and Julian under their Ghetto Youths International Label, to discover, develop and sign gifted artistes by applying their musical talent and vast experience to create new and different styles of music. Damian is currently in the studio working on his upcoming solo album.
Stephen “Ragga” Marley:Eight time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer Stephen Marley will release his fourth solo album “Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life,” the second installment in a two part series, following his critically acclaimed 2012 Best Reggae Album Grammy recipient “Revelation PartI: The Root of Life.” Whereas “The Root of Life” is a celebration/preservation vehicle for the powerful messages, enriching spirit and live instrumentation that is the essence of roots reggae, “The Fruit of Life” utilizes a diversified sonic palette in its expression of the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip-hop. Like The Root, which premiered atop the Billboard Reggae Album chart, following the Grammy Award winners “Mind Control” (2007) and “Mind Control Acoustic”(2009), making three consecutive number one Reggae tally debuts for Stephen, “The Fruit of Life” will be released on the Marley family’s label Ghetto Youths International.
Morgan Heritage: Having fully recharged their momentous journey in the past year and a half, and having unquestionably established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit, Morgan Heritage is now on another phase of their indomitable mission. The Royal Family of Reggae, has taken the impressively significant step forward by releasing their upcoming album, Strictly Roots. According to Gramps, “Strictly Roots, our 10th studio album is particularly significant. It represents our first album released independent of VP Records, on our very own label CTBC Music Group. VP has been great for the group and we're grateful for our years with them. We just felt it was time to approach the release of our music differently." Possessing that unmistakably authentic Morgan Heritage organic roots sound with an expansively eclectic mix that takes it seamlessly into hybrid valleys and mountains, Strictly Roots interestingly pays homage to the elders, while ironically, also blazes the trail towards the exciting future of roots.
Tarrus Riley: Tarrus Riley is among the leading ambassadors of modern day Reggae Music from Jamaica. The singer’s commanding vocals, intuitive lyrics and vibrant personality have combined to create a formidable artiste with authentic credentials in Reggae music. His rising catalogue has been described as ‘healing’ music, and has brought adoration and acclaim from leading music luminaries from across the globe. His fifth studio gem, Love Situation, was released with huge anticipation in February 2014, and it debut at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart and I Tunes Chart. The 17-track album again features a powerhouse behind the production that has produced consistently admirable work over the decades. Tarrus Riley considers himself as a voice of the people, and has set himself apart as someone who sings for the people. He defines himself as one who makes thought-provoking music about Black consciousness and experiences with the intention to open people’s minds and let them think.
Barrington Levy: With a career that began more than two and a half decades ago, Barrington Levy is credited as the original singer of the dancehall era, inspiring many others to follow in his footsteps. He was born in West Kingston, but spent much time as a youth in Clarendon, where he developed his signature riff by experimenting with different vocalizations and bouncing the sounds off the surrounding hills. In 1983, Barrington made a big splash in Great Britain with “Under Mi Sensi”, a tune that spent 12 weeks topping the charts. He released the hit “Living Dangerously” with Bounty Killer in 1996, which was a smash hit in Jamaica and the U.S. Called reggae’s “Mellow Canary” due to his strong, pure vocal style, Barrington Levy has enjoyed an outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist continuing to record and tour extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is currently working on an album, which will be titled “Its About Time” and he has said it will be his last. This album will feature artist like Damian Marley, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Heavy D and a lot more surprises.