Original and long-standing members of the late Bob Marley’s band continue to perform around the world and record music together. - Renegade Productions

The ultimate in roots reggae

The Wailers, the roots reggae band originally formed by Bob Marley, returns to the Rogue Valley. Headed up by Aston "Family Man" Barrett, the group carries on the spirit and message of the late Marley's music.

The Wailers will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Main 1 Arts Center, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show is open to all ages.

Teaming up with Marley as the bass player and musical director for the Wailers, Barrett also became one of the architects of reggae music. He and members of The Wailers continue to tour the world.

The name "Wailers" first applied to groups led by Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston in the mid-'60s, when ska was the ruling sound in Jamaican music.

By the end of the decade this alliance had teamed up with Barrett and his brothers and began to dominate the early reggae scene, recording untold hits for producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. After signing with Island Records in 1971, the name Wailers referred to Bob Marley's band.

When Tosh and Livingston left the group two years later, the position of musical director was officially passed onto Barrett and his late brother Carlton, who died in 1987. Marley and The Wailers would then go on to break musical history by selling well over 250 million records worldwide.

Other long-standing members of Marley's Wailers continue to record and tour with the band, and former City Heat vocalist Gary "Nest" Pine is regarded by the group as the best lead vocalist since Marley himself.

The Wailers remain an ultimate roots rock reggae outfit with quality hit songs full of depth and widespread appeal.

Tickets to the show cost $25 and are available at the Music Coop and the Low Down Board Shop in Ashland; Bad Ass Coffee, Six One Nine and Musichead in Medford; Victoria's Station in Merlin; Listen Here Records in Grants Pass and the Williams General Store in Williams.

Tickets also are available online at renegadeshows.com, tickets.com, ticketswest.com and jambasetickets.com, or call Renegade Productions at 530-583-2801 to order tickets by phone.

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