PERFORMANCES & TICKETS
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey
Friday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. • 2017
TICKETS: Res. $64 | Standing Room Only $66 | Lawn $45 | Child (1-12) Lawn $35
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public
ALCOHOL: Patrons will not be permitted to bring in outside alcohol during this performance
New This Year: Print Tickets at Home or Use Your Phone!
UB40 has reunited with original founders Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue to bring back the experience and sound of the hugely successful original UB40 line-up and their hits. UB40 dominated charts in the 1980's & '90s with the hugely successful Labour Of Love album series. When vocalist Astro and keyboard player Mickey Virtue rejoined forces with Ali Campbell, the spirit of their old band UB40 wasn’t far from the surface. All three are founding members of the iconic Birmingham reggae troupe that took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.
Their first Labour Of Love album, in 1983, yielded a cover of Neil Diamond’s Red Red Wine, a longtime fan favorite. The band also scored hits with (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You and I Got You Babe, a duet between Ali and the band’s old friend Chrissie Hynde. “When we play live now, it feels like a real group,” says Ali. “The musicians in our band have all played with other reggae acts, so they love what we’re doing. And the fact that Astro is back with us after six years speaks volumes about the music we are making.”
Guest Artist: Matisyahu & Raging Fyah
Matisyahu has become widely kown as an alt-rock improvisational-jam scene vocalist of acclaim since Matisyahu found himself on stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival with the de facto leader of improvisational rock-n-roll; Phish’s front man Trey Anastasio.
Many early fans of Matisyahu remember that moment clearly not because of the songs he played in front of the 80,000 person crowd, but because of his seemingly unfettered confidence (or perhaps naiveté) in helping lead Trey and his band through an improvisational display of beat boxing and lyrical gymnastics during the two songs performed. It may have been unrefined, but Matisyahu’s passion for full band improvisation was laid bare.
Matisyahu has released his lead single “Step Out Into The Light” off their sixth studio LP, which is out Spring 2017. The new album will mark his first full-length project since 2014’s Akeda. The single is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, the band Raging Fyah makes music that is tethered to their island’s enduring, much emulated roots rock reggae tradition yet is distinguished by an expansive vision that propels their musical journey forward. The five piece band from Kingston, Jamaica, received critical acclaim for the intricate harmonies, nuanced musicianship and impressive songwriting skills showcased on their previous self-released albums, Judgement Day (2011) and Destiny (2014), earning comparisons to legendary reggae outfits including England’s Aswad and Steel Pulse, and Jamaica’s beloved Third World.