Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Reggae reunion

Toots and the Maytals in town for Marley in the Mountains


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Toots of the Maytals from Jamaica, is reggae with an air of James Brown. Courtesy photo from Mountain Niceness Productions

Monkeying around has opened a lot of doors for Toots and the Maytals, the Jamaican musical group headlining Thursday's Marley in the Mountains concert in Ketchum's Atkinson Park.

Formed in the early 1960s, the Maytals made waves with their strong, well blended voices and passion for performing.

A fan favorite was their song "Monkey Man," which the UK's ska band The Specials included on their debut album. It was also covered by doomed songstress Amy Winehouse, who would later plan to—and fail to—perform live with the band in 2009. The Clash covered "Pressure Drop" and Bob Marley & The Wailers sang about them in "Punky Reggae Party."

Each affiliation strengthened the recognition of the band, which today is among the best-known ska and reggae vocal groups around.

Lead singer Toots has been compared to Otis Redding and other showmen in zeal and performance vitality. Toots and the Maytals brings a 10 piece band for the ultimate party. Toots is said to be a dancing machine as he channels James Brown across the stage. Toots & the Maytals currently hold a record 31 No. 1 one hits in Jamaica.

Fresh from the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Ore., Toots and the Maytals will be in Ketchum for one night only, July 12.

Tickets are still available for the show, as are special passes for those who prefer their beer sipped cold in the shade and their potties private.

This is a presentation of Mountain Niceness Productions.

The details:

When: Thursday, July 12. Gates open at 5 p.m. and show starts at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Atkinson Park, Ketchum.

Tickets: $25 until day of the show when they will be $30.

VIP: Very Irie People can get a single pass for $100 which includes Cheap Shot vodka, beer, apps, private portable toilets and behind-the-stage shade area.

Get tickets: At all Atkinsons' Markets, the Board Bin, Johnny G's Subshack, Zenergy at Thunderspring, Backwoods, Peaks and Perks in Stanley and online at www.marleyinthemountains.com.




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