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The Wailers

Infinity Hartford


Thu, October 09, 2014
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Price: $45 - $65

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Reggae / World
The Wailers

One love, one world and one night with the #1 Reggae band on the planet...and they’re promising the show will be smokin’ hot. Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide.  As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed numerous other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.

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The Wailers

Roots Rasta Reggae Rebels

The legendary Wailers band is bringing its revolutionary sound and message to faithful fans around the world. Steered by acclaimed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity by original Wailers’ lead guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, the reunited Wailers band is on the brink of musical history!

These Wailers guarantee to deliver music and talent perfected over decades on the road and in the studio. Original members welcome the new-generation talents of drummer Aston Barrett Jr., Familyman’s multi-talented son who has perfected the distinctive style of his uncle, Wailers co-founder and innovative drummer, Carlton “Carly” Barrett; the solid roots Rasta vocals of US-born lead singer and rhythm guitarist Josh Barrett; and the polished background vocalist Sheema McGregor, daughter of famed I-Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor.

Accompanying the legends and children-of-legends on stage are Javaughn Bond on keyboards, who has played with Stephen Marley’s son Jo Mersa; and guitarist Owen “Dreadie” Reid, a former student of Familyman who also plays bass with Julian Marley’s Uprising band. Sound engineer is Dennis Thompson, the veteran live engineer who traveled the world with Bob Marley & The Wailers, and the man responsible for many BMW-song dub mixes.

Bob Marley & The Wailers have recorded 11 albums, and toured and performed before millions of fans in numerous countries. They have claim to nearly  half billion Bob Marley & The Wailers records sold since the early 70s, including 1977’s Exodus, declared Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine. The BBC named “One Love” Song of the Millennium the same year, while the New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the century, while Rolling Stone magazine name Bob Marley & The Wailers Band of the Year in 1976. All of these accolades were made possible with the Wailers band creation of, and participation in, timeless, distinctive music, intricate arrangements, and lyrics that told a story and touched fans everywhere.

Since Bob Marley’s untimely passing in 1981, Familyman vowed to keep a promise he made to his leader and friend – that he would hold the band together and maintain the quality of music. The message is stilll Burnin’, the Exodus of Jah people continues, Uprising and Survival remain the call to fans. The incomparable Wailers are coming to Babylon by Bus, to rock the stage, to bring the magic and message of Roots Rasta Reggae. It’s a Rastaman Vibration, a slice of music history you must not miss.

The Wailers – Fun Facts & Info for press releases, social media posts, tweets, etc.

  • Bassist Aston “Familyman” Barrett and brother drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett were recognized as the best rhythm duo in Jamaica before joining Bob Marley.
  • Bob Marley requested to meet the famous Barrett Brothers at Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Kingston studio in the late 1960s.
  • Familyman’s rolling bass and Carly’s explosive drumming are credited with creating “rub a dub.”
  • By 1973, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the band, as did keyboardist Earl “Wya” Lindo
  • Bob, Familyman, and Carly were left in London, where they recorded Natty Dread, the first Bob Marley & the Wailers album, released in 1975.
  • Natty Dread Lp contained “No Woman, No Cry,” their first UK hit, and first hit outside of Jamaica.
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded 11 albums together - seven studio and three live albums.
  • Aston Barrett Jr. studied his famous uncle’s videos and drumming style and is “the closest to his uncle,” says his father Familyman Barrett.
  • Sheema McGregor is part of a royal Reggae family…her mother is Gospel singer and original member of the I-Three, Judy Mowatt, and her father is Reggae pioneer, singer, songwriter, and producer at the Big Ship recording studio, Freddie McGregor.
  • Familyman Barrett and his brother Carlton were the top rhythm section in Jamaica, playing with The Hippy Boys and the Upsetters before meeting Bob Marley.
  • Wailers drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett was senselessly shot down in front of his house in 1987.
  • Familyman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bass Player Magazine in 2012.
  • Familyman was a teacher and mentor to many young musicians in Kingston, most notably Robbie Shakespeare, one half of the award-winning Sly & Robbie rhythm team.
  • In addition to being an innovative bass player, Familyman played guitar and keyboards, and was a songwriter, producer, and arranger.
  • US-born Donald Kinsey is an acclaimed Blues and Rock guitarist who also played with Peter Tosh.
  • Familyman had several record labels in Kingston - Rhythm Force, Danger Zone, Star Apple Fams and Cobra, and Atra Records.


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