The Far East, DJ JAH Culture
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The legendary Wailers continue their quest to bring reggae to the forefront of the world's stage. Led by renowned bassist and founder Aston "Familyman" Barrett, and joined by original Wailers guitarist Donald Kinsey, The Wailers give audiences around the globe the opportunity to experience their unique and innovative sound. From 1972 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman has carried on the mission to "keep The Wailers together" - just as Bob requested.
In tribute to the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers present Familyman’s multi-talented son, Aston Barrett Jr. It’s startling to witness how the young powerhouse delivers with his uncle’s inspiring landmark “one drop” drumming style. Also on stage is polished background singer Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor.
Accompanying the legends and children-of-legends on stage are many other talented musicians: bass guitarist Owen “Dreadie” Reid, a former student of Familyman who also plays bass with Julian Marley’s Uprising band; front man Joshua David Barrett, Rastaman by lifestyle and culture, who delivers Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity through his performance and interaction with the audience; Andres Lopez on keyboards, who has performed with artists such as Alborosie, Lutan Fyah, and Anthony B.; and Anne-Marie Thompson, an experienced gospel singer. FOH/Sound engineer is Christian Cowlin, a Wailers Band veteran who has traveled the world with The Wailers for more than 20 years and who is responsible for the band’s live sound.
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 music’s quality, to “keep me [Bob Marley] alive through music.” The message is still 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. Legend.
The Far East
Brooklyn's THE FAR EAST appeared in 2013 with their single "Youthman" immediately gaining recognition and airplay from BBC Radio's David Rodigan.
The Far East pull inspiration from foundation rhythm and a youth spent in Punk Rock; bringing new, heavy magic to an old sound. Disillusioned with modern life and digital noise, The Far East immerse themselves completely in the often forgotten beauty of Rocksteady, Roots, and classic Dancehall.
In the fall of 2016, The Far East set out on a month long, national tour supporting veteran 2Tone legends The Specials and played to sold out crowds across the US (including Riot Fest Chicago). In honor of their 2016 tour the group released a second single entitled Can We Make It Up featuring veteran reggae guitarist Andy Bassford and produced by the talented New York production house Channel Tubes.
They again set out on tour with the Specials in the summer of 2017, coming home to record a new EP with Channel Tubes set to be released this summer. The first 45 single has been released as of May 2018 and includes a video for the lovers anthem “Rain On My Party”. David Rogidan has named this release Scorcher of the week on BBC 1Xtra.
In past performances they have supported other iconic groups such as The Wailers, the Slackers, The Dap Kings, The Suffers, The Frightnrs, and The Skints.
DJ JAH Culture
JAH Culture was harvested from the mind of Walter Anthony Teperino, way back in the early 90's at NYC's world famous "Wetlands Preserve" (R.I.P.!). It was here, while working as part of the staff, Walter/JAH CULTURE was exposed to many incredible years of amazingly talented bands, musicians & artists who graced the stage (including The Cannabis Cup Band), and also, not to forget mentioning the incredible artists, musicians & behind-the-scenes folks who made up the Wetlands staff (who ironically, many are now part of the heart & soul of your awesome ROCKS OFF crew today). That environment nurtured the many years of being involved as a touring & recording drummer for Punk/POP band "Lady Luck" (w/ Denise Teperino-Miret (his sister) on Vox & Roger Miret of Agnostic Front on Bass), & was also touring drummer for Punk/Reggae band: "King Django" (Hellcat/Epitaph Records) for the "Reason Tour".
Various US, Caribbean, European tours and other minor shows later, while on a vacation to JAMAICA, DJ JAH CULTURE was formed based on a need to continue doing music while not in a currently touring band, & while also being exposed to inspiring Jamaican Reggae & Dancehall culture. Upon returning to NYC/NJ, JAH Culture immediately started collecting records & purchasing turntables w/ the help & advice of longtime bredren & NYC DJ/Producer : "DJ GRAVY" (Rice & Peas NYC, & LargeUp.com). At the same time JAH Culture also started acquiring sound system equipment & knowledge w/ the help of a longtime bredren & audio engineer by the name of "BANANA SOUND" (Fair Lawn, NJ). Banana & JAH Culture originally met back in the Wetlands days (where Banana was the in house audio company), and after years of being out of contact after Wetlands closed (the week of 9/11), they ran into each other again and have not stopped working together since on countless productions & shows (including many ROCKS OFF productions).
JAH Culture Sound System & DJ/Selector JAH Culture is a touring American sound system dedicated to widening international awareness of sound system culture. Its key goal is unifying people of all beliefs and backgrounds through the healing power of music. JAH Culture brings you upbeat musical entertainment and a positive mental vibe for ANY & ALL occasions. JAAAH MON!!! - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=5621&o=2#sthash.meVLKuQh.dpuf