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Two Bob Marley birthday celebrations come to SLO County 

On Feb. 6, Bob Marley would have turned 74 if he hadn't passed in 1981. Nearly 40 years after his death—longer than the 36 years he spent on Earth—people worldwide still gather to celebrate the man, his music, and his message:

"If you're white and you're wrong, then you're wrong; if you're black and you're wrong, you're wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green—God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.

"Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life.

click to enlarge PLAYING FOR BOB One Drop Redemption brings their Bob Marley-inspired sounds to The Siren on Feb. 1. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ONE DROP REDEMPTION
  • Photo Courtesy Of One Drop Redemption
  • PLAYING FOR BOB One Drop Redemption brings their Bob Marley-inspired sounds to The Siren on Feb. 1.

"I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool.

"Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together—black, white, Chinese, everyone—that's all.

"Conquer the devils with a little thing called love.

"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

"Live the life you love. Love the life you live."

Two local Bob Marley celebrations are planned this week. Numbskull and Good Medicine Presents has booked One Drop Redemption—The Premiere Bob Marley Experience into Morro Bay's The Siren on Friday, Feb. 1 (7:30 p.m.; 21-and-older; $16 at Boo Boo's and ticketfly.com or $20 at the door). Local act The Kicks will open.

Longtime reggae musicians Gordon "Suba Dread" Brooks, Jeff Douglas, and Terrell Smith formed One Drop Redemption in 2005. According to their bio, "In these last days, we want to represent 'redemption' like our name says. Every man, woman, and youth is blessed with this possibility. We live in a time where choices are available to all. We're here to empower all who willing to listen."

click to enlarge TRENCHTOWN LOCAL Ras Danny and His All-Star band play the SLO Brew Event Center for a Bob Marley birthday celebration on Feb. 2. - PHOTO COURTESY OF RAS DANNY
  • Photo Courtesy Of Ras Danny
  • TRENCHTOWN LOCAL Ras Danny and His All-Star band play the SLO Brew Event Center for a Bob Marley birthday celebration on Feb. 2.

Over at the SLO Brew Rock Event Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, check out Resination, Ras Danny, and True Zion (7 p.m.; 18-and-older; $10 at slobrew.com).

Fronted by Vance Fahie, Resination is one of SLO County's premiere roots, rock, and reggae acts. Ras Danny is a longtime SLO resident but originally hails from Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica, and was Bob Marley's protégé. In fact, he started the annual Trenchtown Bob Marley Birthday & Life Celebration at Trenchtown Culture Yard in 1982 with a few of his friends a year after Bob's untimely passing. He returns to Jamaica regularly, where he donates instruments and his time in helping Trenchtown youth carry on Marley's musical legacy. He's playing with his touring band.

Local reggae trio True Zion will open the show. Make Bob proud!

Hard knocks

click to enlarge NYC ELECTRO Über-hip New York City-based electronic duo The Knocks play the Fremont Theater on Feb. 1. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW SOKOLOW
  • Photo Courtesy Of Andrew Sokolow
  • NYC ELECTRO Über-hip New York City-based electronic duo The Knocks play the Fremont Theater on Feb. 1.

Über-hip New York City-based electronic duo The Knocks play the Fremont Theater on Friday, Feb. 1 (9 p.m.; 16-and-older; $27.31 at Boo Boo's and fremontslo.com), with Young & Slick and Blu DeTiger.

Featuring Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson, The Knocks have been on the scene for a decade now but only recently released their second full-length album, New York Narcotic.

The album's first single, "Ride or Die," garnered more than 28 Million streams and hit No. 1 on iTunes Dance, 22-plus weeks on the Billboard Dance chart, and 16-plus weeks on the Billboard Alternative chart. The duo also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

At heart, these guys are an in-the-trenches gritty NYC act.

"New York can be shitty sometimes," B-Roc said in press materials, "but you're still high on it. Our power's been cut off in our apartment. We've been dropped from labels. New York keeps fucking you up and you keep coming back to it."

Young & Slick is a bi-coastal music and art project—the brainchild of Dutch artist Nick van Hofwegen. He's triptastic.

Opener Blu DeTiger is heating up thanks to her new song, "In My Head." The 20-year-old musician is a student at NYU Clive Davis, worked as an NYC DJ, and played bass with the alt-rock band, Kitten.

Also at the Fremont, see Tritonal on Wednesday, Feb. 6 (9 p.m.; 16-and-older; $36.69 at Boo Boo's and fremontslo.com), with APEK SJ. Tritonal is Chad Cisneros and David Reed, who are among the top 400 most consumed artists on Spotify globally.

Just so you know, the Ryan Bingham show on Sunday, March 24 (9 p.m.; 16-and-older; $36.69 to $42.56 at Boo Boo's and fremontslo.com), is almost sold out! If you want to go, get tickets now!

More music ...

click to enlarge FOR THE KIDS Multi-instrumentalist Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza play a children's concert on Feb. 2, in the Spanos Theatre. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN ZANES AND CLAUDIA ELIAZA
  • Photo Courtesy Of Dan Zanes And Claudia Eliaza
  • FOR THE KIDS Multi-instrumentalist Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza play a children's concert on Feb. 2, in the Spanos Theatre.

Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza present a spirited children's concert full of classic children's songs as well as music from folk icon Lead Belly this Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Spanos Theatre (2 p.m.; all ages; $18 students and $36 general at (805) 756-4849 or calpolyarts.org). The show is appropriate for kids ages 3 and up!

click to enlarge SCOTTISH BLUESMAN Resonator guitar wiz and Delta blues style Scotsman Dave Arcari makes his U.S. West Coast debut on Feb. 2, at The Siren ... for free! - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVE ARCARI
  • Photo Courtesy Of Dave Arcari
  • SCOTTISH BLUESMAN Resonator guitar wiz and Delta blues style Scotsman Dave Arcari makes his U.S. West Coast debut on Feb. 2, at The Siren ... for free!

Though he's straight outta Scotland, Resonator guitar wiz and old-school bluesman Dave Arcari is steeped in the traditions of American Delta. He makes his U.S. West Coast debut this Saturday, Feb. 2, at Morro Bay's The Siren (3 to 6 p.m.; 21-and-older; free), with The Bonneville Phantoms opening the show. Later that night, OK Alright and The Ragged Jubilee play (8 p.m.; 21-and-older; $6 presale at ticketfly.com and Boo Boo's or $6 at the door).

click to enlarge AMERICANA VERNACULAR The Red Barn hosts string wizards Del Rey and Steve James on Feb. 2. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DEL REY AND STEVE JAMES
  • Photo Courtesy Of Del Rey And Steve James
  • AMERICANA VERNACULAR The Red Barn hosts string wizards Del Rey and Steve James on Feb. 2.

The Red Barn Community Music Series presents the return of Del Rey (resonator ukulele and pianistic guitar) and Steve James (bottleneck guitar) on Saturday, Feb. 2 (5 p.m. potluck, 6 p.m. show; all ages; $15 at the door), in Los Osos' Red Barn. These two proponents of "American vernacular guitar playing make musical testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic," according to their press materials.

click to enlarge BEYOND BLUEGRASS John Reischman and The Jaybirds play two SLOfolks shows this week: Feb. 2 at Castoro Cellars, and Feb. 3 at Coalesce Bookstore. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN REISCHMAN & THE JAYBIRDS
  • Photo Courtesy Of John Reischman & The Jaybirds
  • BEYOND BLUEGRASS John Reischman and The Jaybirds play two SLOfolks shows this week: Feb. 2 at Castoro Cellars, and Feb. 3 at Coalesce Bookstore.

Bluegrass and beyond act John Reischman & The Jaybirds play two SLOfolks shows this week: Saturday, Feb. 2, at Castoro Cellars (7:30 p.m.; all ages; $20 at (805) 238-0725), and Sunday, Feb. 3, at Coalesce Bookstore (7 p.m.; all ages; $20 at (805) 772-2880). Folk, gospel, amazing harmonies, incredible musicianship—these are Americana masters at the top of their game.

click to enlarge CACHE IN! Amazing bluegrass trio The Cache Valley Drifters play a rare show at The Painted Sky Concert Series on Feb. 7. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS
  • Photo Courtesy Of The Cache Valley Drifters
  • CACHE IN! Amazing bluegrass trio The Cache Valley Drifters play a rare show at The Painted Sky Concert Series on Feb. 7.

And speaking of masters, the amazing Cache Valley Drifters play a rare show at The Painted Sky Concert Series next Thursday, Feb. 7 (7:30 p.m.; all ages; $20 at Boo Boo's, Ball & Skein or by calling (805) 927-8330). Formed in 1972, this was folk icon Kate Wolf's backup band, and they're known for giving the bluegrass treatment to songs by Paul Simon, Etta James, and Cream. Expect stunning musicianship, incredible vocal harmonies, and three great characters in Bill Griffin (mandolin, guitar), Wally Barnick (bass), and Mike Mullins (guitar, mandolin).

Don't get ripped off!

These aftermarket ticket scalpers are getting out of hand. If you Google "Avila Beach Blues Festival," you'll see all kinds of vendors selling tickets, many for as much as $100 for a general admission entry ... more than a 100-percent markup!

"I hope people know that these are all BS, that they should only purchase tickets for ANY event from either the company that's putting on the event, the venue where the event is being held, or the ticketing company that's handling the event," local promoter Bruce Howard of Otter Productions Inc.—which puts on the Avila Blues Fest—said. "All of these third-party ticketing companies are a rip!"

If you want to see the 26th annual Avila Beach Blues Festival on Sunday, May 26, with Little Feat, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Charlie Musselwhite, buy them for $45 at eventbrite.com! Δ

Keep up with New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey via Twitter at twitter.com/glenstarkey, friend him at facebook.com/glenstarkey, or contact him at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.

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