Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Experience the heartbeat of reggae

Don Carlos shares the love


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Don Carlos returns to Ketchum to perform with the Dub Vision Band for a free show for Marley in the Mountains. Photo by

Don Carlos is a living reggae legend of 30 years who returns to Ketchum for a free concert for the first-ever Marley in the Mountains event. A Jamaican native, Carlos grew up in western Kingston and was one of the original members of the Jamaican band Black Uhuru, a roots reggae trio.

"Reggae is getting more and more popular every day," Carlos said. "People hear the beat, they feel it, and they get attached to it."

Carlos said reggae sends a message to people about material things and violence. It is meant to enlighten people.

"It's the heartbeat of the people," Carlos said. "The beat is like your heart."

Carlos will play a mix of songs and will perform familiar reggae songs for the audience because he enjoys the requests. He will have six musicians and two back-up singers performing with him.

"I am still missing four people," Carlos said. "But, I have to work with what I got."

Carlos said he enjoys traveling and performing but travel is difficult these days. He said he likes meeting and associating with many different people and does so around the world. Carlos will perform with his touring band, the Dub Vision Band, on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., on Fourth Street in Ketchum.

Marley in the Mountains will also include music by the African Abstract Soundsystem after the concert at 10:15 p.m. at the Roosevelt in Ketchum. In addition, Raffle prizes will be announced during the concert at 8 p.m. Purchasers need not be present to win. Raffle tickets are available for $20 each, and will benefit bluefish.org, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the future of Idaho's wild salmon and steelhead.

For a list of raffle items and events, visit marleyinthemountains.com.

Event schedule

Friday, Feb. 27

· "River Ways" documentary at 5 p.m.

·  Roger Steffens' Marley multi-media show at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 7 p.m.

· African Abstract Soundsystem at the Roosevelt in Ketchum at 10:15 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28

· Roger Steffens presents an aprés-Marley, multi-media show at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 4 p.m.

· Don Carlos and the Dub Vision Band, free concert on Fourth Street in Ketchum at 7 p.m.

· Lion's Den Soundsystem at the Roosevelt in Ketchum at 10:15 p.m.




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