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Toots and the Maytals :: 04.08.07 :: Fox Theatre :: Boulder, CO

Toots and the Maytals
An Easter Sunday with reggae legends Toots and the Maytals in the non-denominational house of worship that is the Fox was a religious experience for some attendees.

Opener Apollo Sunshine provided a nice contrast to Toots in age and style with their youthful, avant-garde rock sound that's becoming a staple at festivals across the nation. From Summer Camp to Langerado, Apollo Sunshine's jagged, jam friendly pop is finding a home in a wide range of music scenes. The band's head-banging and body thrusting, while entirely unlike the Maytals, was well received, especially given it was an audience waiting for classic roots reggae.

In typical reggae fashion, the Maytals opened with 61-year-old Frederick "Toots" Hibbert entering after the first two songs. Holding the mic near his chest, Toots' tattered voice took over. Even at his age, his moves took him all over the stage. Toots introduced one of the band's most famous tunes, saying, "Tonight is a very special night. If someone steps on your toe, don't hurt them. Just tell them pressure's gonna drop." The crowd sang along to "Pressure Drop" as Toots gave fist-pounds to those in the front row.

Toots and the Maytals :: 04.08
Toots and the Maytals is one of those legendary groups that should be on every music fan's short list of bands to see before they die. Just to hear a certifiable classic groove like "Funky Kingston" live is special. The band's energy evolved throughout the night, ranging from "Louie, Louie" party sing-a-longs to Toots on acoustic guitar. It was interesting and inspiring to watch a man fighting back the years move a crowd into a jumping frenzy, in much the same way as descendents like Michael Franti do today.

In a six-song marathon encore, the band turned it up a notch with an alternate twist on John Denver's "Country Roads" for the Colorado crowd and the classic "54-46 That's My Number." Covered in sweat and smiling, the legend took a bow, gave heartfelt goodbye and left the stage as the Maytals shuffled off to the ending of the "Star Spangled Banner."

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rulosa01 starstarstarstar Mon 4/23/2007 06:41PM
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kewl Mon 4/23/2007 08:27PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/23/2007 09:12PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

props to toots. it's kinda criminally unjust as to how he has to open up for Dave Matthews. either way, mad props goes to toots. while most people his age are collecting that gold watch and trying to make it to the early bird special at Shoney's and Old Country Buffett, these dude is tearing up the house. I and I bumba-clot!

jamheadzach starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/23/2007 10:13PM
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Toots has played four shows in two years at the Barrymore in Madison. Every show is sold out. Every show is magic in its own way. He's a true performer, an original, and an all around party starter. Don't miss a Toots show or you'll rue the day...guaranteed!

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 07:19AM
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Toots is incredible, Pressure Drop is one of my favorite songs of all time. Buy his music, and go see his shows!

windorascrub Tue 4/24/2007 08:35AM
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when i saw toots for the first time he threw a fit on stage and walked off. it was one of the most unproffesional moments i have ever seen. he came back out yelling at the sound guy and declaring himself the "king of reggae." can't say that i want to see him anymore. that being said he does have some great material.

MutilatedLips starstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 10:19AM
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Great article! Toots has never let me down on a performance, but from what you just said, windorascrub, that would make me loose respect for the guy too. No one ever goes to shows to see the artist ego shine through the music.

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/24/2007 05:11PM
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Walking out of a Toots show not two weeks ago (@ Warfield) I couldn't help but think how much of a legend the guy is. Fuck he IS THE JAMAICAN JAMES BROWN!!!! So entertaining, so happy to be doing what he does. I just love him and his music. Prolly seen him close to 10 times and have never left unsatisfied.

Don't know about windorascrub's experience, I'd chalk it up to dude spend alot of time on the road. That said, the last time I saw Toots at a small club (Galaxy Theater) he let a bunch of fans jump on stage a boogie with him and the girls. My younger brother (19 at the time) was up there with his arm around Toots having a blast. Seemed pretty cool to me.


thirdcoastson starstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 01:01PM
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It's gonna be a funky reggae party in Austin May 1st! So ready to get down with Toots and the Maytals!

Alex.Anastas starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 05:24PM
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The James Brown of reggae music. Keep funkin' it up for many years to come, brotha!


jerrybird11 starstar Mon 4/30/2007 12:12PM
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Toots is fun to see, definetly should see him for his legendary satatus, however i saw him in boston recently and the band just seemed to go through the motions of each song, and not really get into it. Also he was giving his sound guy a hard time the whole show, in the middle of songs he would walk off stage and start yelling at his sound guy, he even made comment to him in the microphone saying "he was dumb", and addressing the crowd saying "what with this guy he cant follow simpile instructions" the music was good but those little instances took away the irieness for me.