Bob Marley Roots Rock Reggae Fest Dates Announced

The late Bob Marley’s sons Ziggy, Stephen, Julian and Damian will team this summer for the first Bob Marley Roots Rock Reggae Festival. The trek begins Aug. 7 in Portsmouth, Va., and will wrap Aug. 29 in Berkeley, Calif. Other artists confirmed to perform are Toots & the Maytals, Common, Slightly Stoopid and Looner.

Roots Rock Reggae marks the first time the Marley family is collaborating on a national tour that is this extensive. Stops on the trek include an Aug. 10 appearance at Celebrate Brooklyn in the borough’s Prospect Park, an Aug. 22 show at Red Rocks outside Denver and an Aug. 28 gig at San Diego’s annual Street Scene festival.

A number of the headliners are supporting new albums. Stephen is scheduled to release a solo effort on Motown this fall. Ziggy is touring in support of 2003’s “Dragonfly” on Private Music/Arista, while Julian rolled out “Time & Place” in November 2003 on Ghetto Youths/Tuff Gong Records.

Common has recently collaborated with hot producer Kanye West on his next set, the follow-up to 2002’s “Electric Circus.” Toots & the Maytals just released their newest album, “True Love,” via V2.

Here are the Roots Rock Reggae dates:

Aug. 7: Portsmouth, Va. (nTelos Pavilion Harbor Center)

Aug. 8: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)

Aug. 10: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Celebrate Brooklyn)

Aug. 12: Boston (Fleet Boston Pavilion)

Aug. 13: Trenton, N.J. (Sovereign Bank Arena)

Aug. 14: Wilmington, Del. (Tubman-Garrett Park)

Aug. 15: Pittsfield, Mass. (Berkshire Music Glen)

Aug. 17: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheatre)

Aug. 18: Rochester Hills, Mich. (Meadowbrook Music Festival)

Aug. 20: Chicago (The Chill on Kingsbury Street)

Aug. 21: Riverside, Mo. (E.H. Young Riverfront Park)

Aug. 22: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks Amphitheater)

Aug. 24: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)

Aug. 26: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre)

Aug. 27: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)

Aug. 28: San Diego (San Diego Street Scene)

Aug. 29: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)


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