Tuesday, June 26
Gates 6:30 pm, Show 7:30 pm
Jimmy Cliff was reggae’s ﬁrst international star and remains its greatest living ambassador, having taken the music of Jamaica to all corners of the world. His career breakthrough came in the 70s, with the release of the soundtrack to The Harder They Come. The album served as an introduction to reggae, including three songs that have become reggae standards: “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” “The Harder they Come” and “Many Rivers to Cross.” Jimmy still stands as a shaper of modern music, with Sacred Fire, his 2012 album produced by Rancid front man Tim Armstrong.
If Trevor Hall’s 2009 self-titled Vanguard Records debut represented the young musician’s struggle with finding himself, his follow-up, Everything Everytime Everywhere (August 2011) is a courageous affirmation that he has become the man he had been seeking. The warm linearity of his prior work gives way to a mature artist hitting his stride, an image that persists throughout this body of work, from the easy reggae slide of the opening “The Return” and the anthemic “Brand New Day” straight through to the momentous closing track, “The Mountain.” Hall’s signature blend of catchy pop/rock songs infused with tasteful shades of reggae has made this diverse 24-year-old one of the most lauded up-and-coming musicians on the American music scene.