Ziggy Marley

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday June 22, 2012 7:30 PM
  
$36 in advance / $45 day of concert



Ziggy Marley (born David Marley in Kingston, Jamaica) is the oldest son of reggae great Bob Marley. Ziggy Marley has continued the family's involvement in the music scene. He spent some of his early years growing up in Trench Town, one of Kingston's poorest neighborhoods as his father tried to make a success of his band, the Wailers.

After their father's death in 1981, Ziggy joined with Sharon, Cedella and Stephen to become Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, allowing them to craft their own soulful sound which blends blues, R&B, hip-hop and roots reggae. The Melody Makers earned their first Grammy (Best Reggae Recording) for their third album Conscious Party (1988), produced by Talking Heads Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, which included the hit songs "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down."

After two decades as the driving creative force behind The Melody Makers, Ziggy's first solo tour came in Summer 2002, on the 23-city Jeep World Outside Festival, joining such artists as Sheryl Crow, Train and O.A.R. The following year saw the release of his debut solo album, Dragonfly, followed by 2006's Love Is My Religion, a Grammy winner that further explored personal, social and political themes amid a fragrant mix of roots reggae, traditional rock 'n roll, African percussion and other varied musical elements. Recently, Marley won his fifth Grammy Award, in the category "Best Musical Album for Children," for Family Time, a 2009 collection of reggae-inflected, family-oriented songs. Family Time features family and friends including Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Jamie Lee Curtis. His latest album, Wild and Free, is his fourth solo studio album.

Ziggy also continues to head Tuff Gong Worldwide, in honor of his father's own music label Tuff Gong Records, which envisioned independent ownership of Marley music, and led the relaunch of Bob Marley's official website and an exhibit at the Grammy Museum in L.A. commemorating the 30th anniversary of his father's passing. This past year, with a mandate to support other Jamaican artists, Tuff Gong released Let's Go Back...Way Back, Vol. 1: Dancehall Originators, the first in a planned series of compilation albums that seek to preserve and promote Jamaican music to new generations.

Involved with a breadth of charities, Marley leads his own, URGE (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that benefits efforts in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations. The charity's missions range from building new schools to operating health clinics to supporting charities like Mary's Child, a center for abused and neglected girls.

Ziggy Marley splits his residency between Florida, Jamaica and California.


Find more info at: www.ziggymarley.com


Photos: Any press/photo passes will be issued by the Tour Manager and must be approved prior to day of show. Photographers must sign a release provided by Artist before they are issued their photo pass. Photos can only be taken for the 1st Three (3) Songs. No Professional Cameras are allowed in the venue without Photo Pass.

Video: No video recording is allowed.

Audio: No audio recording is allowed.


Opening Band - Adam Ezra Group

On 11/11/11 the Boston based Adam Ezra Group officially released their much anticipated album, "Ragtop Angel." The CD is their debut on Royal Avenue Records and was produced by multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson, best known for his work with The Fray. Upon its release, "Ragtop Angel" shot to the top of the Amazon charts (peaking at #4 behind John Mayer and Sarah Bareilles) and was featured on iTunes "New and Noteworthy Rock Albums" in December of 2011. Soon after, Ragtop Angel won "Album of the Year" and "Takin' Off" won "Song of the Year" at the New England Music Awards.

The group's live performances, sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records in 2010. Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with producer Aaron Johnson who has helped hone Adam's ramblings into finely tuned pop songs that still retain the power and conviction developed from Ezra's years of "do it yourself," grassroots work ethic. The first single, "Takin' Off," has been getting added to playlists on radio stations across the country. The group also released their first video, "Miss Hallelujah," filmed on location throughout their hometown of Boston.

But The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet. AEG currently contributes 25% of their touring to benefit causes in communities across the country and worldwide.

Having toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Corey Smith, Deer Tick, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country's most talked about bands.




 

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