Ziggy, Stephen, Julian Marley, Damian, and Ky-Mani Marley--five sons of music legend Bob Marley--have announced the debut and launch of the Bob Marley: Roots Rock Reggae Festival. The summer concert tour will kick off in Virginia in early August with a four-week series of North American dates.  The cross-continent itinerary, which will see the five brothers performing as part of one uniquely talented band, marks the first time the iconic reggae pioneer's family has officially presented and collaborated on a tour, coast-to-coast under their father's name.

Launched in association with the William Morris Agency, the festival-style performances will see the Marley siblings performing a mix of each brother's individual solo material in addition to many of their father's best-loved classics.  With some two dozen dates slated across North America, the tour will also feature such diverse stars as Toots and the Maytals, Common, Nappy Roots, Blackalicious, Slightly Stoopid, Looner, and Stone Love featuring MC/DJ G-Fuss.

Since his death in 1981, Bob Marley's music remains timeless and universal alongside his reputation as one of the most charismatic and influential singer/songwriters in popular music history.  In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and five years later his celebrated song "Get Up, Stand Up" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  In the U.S., Bob Marley & the Wailers have nine RIAA gold-certified albums and one double-platinum album, along with the 10-times platinum certified hits collection, "Legend."

As the late music journalist Timothy White once poignantly observed, "Bob Marley's narrative melodies preserve the poetry of a suffering humanity; they are elegant in their bold simplicity, shining with a purity of purpose, as they relate sagas of social freedom, convey dramas of artistic freedom, champion the quest for spiritual freedom, and ultimately embody freedom itself."  It is indeed that very sense of spiritual freedom that Bob Marley: Roots Rock Reggae looks to honor and celebrate.

"Roots Rock Reggae has no agendas," says Ziggy Marley, "other than what each musician and fan feels. It's a communion for people to come together and celebrate good music and good vibes."

Says conscious rapper Common, "Bob Marley is the meaning of freedom, revolution, and music that uplifts the people.  To be a part of this tour is a special moment in my life.  I'm honored to be included and performing with the Marley sons. It's gonna be good every night to put such a free sprit in the air and rock my Bob Marley T-shirts."

The Marleys, Toots, Slightly Stoopid, Looner, and Stone Love featuring MC/DJ G-Fuss will be on all dates. Common, Blackalicious, and Nappy Roots will appear on select dates only.

The dates for the tour are as follows:

8.07 | Portsmouth, VA | nTelos Pavilion Harbor Center
8.08 | Vienna, VA | The Filene Center
8.10 | Brooklyn, NY | Celebrate Brooklyn
8.12 | Boston, MA | FleetBoston Pavilion
8.13 | Trenton, NJ | Sovereign Bank Arena
8.14 | Wilmington, DE | Tubman - Garrett park
8.15 | Pittsfield, MA | Berkshire Music Glen
8.17 | Cleveland, OH | Tower City Amphitheatre
8.18 | Detroit, MI | Meadowbrook Music Festival
8.20 | Chicago, IL | Chill on Kingsbury
8.21 | Riverside, MO | EH Young Park
8.22 | Denver, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8.24 | Albuquerque, NM | Journal Pavilion
8.26 | Phoenix Mesa | Amphitheatre
8.27 | Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre
8.28 | San Diego, CA | San Diego Street Scene
8.29 | Berkeley, CA | Greek Theatre

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[Published on: 6/25/04]

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